GP14 World Championship

Event: Gp14 World Championship

Type: International sailing regatta

When: Starts 12th August and runs for most of the week.

Where: Looe in Cornwall

What: 130 world class boats competing in the 2012 Aigua Charter GP14 World Championship in Looe.

All the times and scheduling can be found via the orange read more link below.

Read more about GP14 World Championship Racing

Okay, I don’t sail! I wish I could as it was one of the things I wanted to have a go at when I moved to Looe. Needless to say, for one reason or another, it hasn’t happened – yet.

Anyway, next week Looe is expecting a large fleet of around 130 boats and their crews, for the 2012 GP14 World Championship.

Competitors will be coming from all around the world to compete, so many different nations will be represented in Looe. It’s a truly international event for our little seaside town 😉 Our own mini Olympics 🙂

GP14 World Championships daily programme of events

Saturday

Daytime

  • 09:30 – 18:30 – Scrutineering and registration. Sail measuring and registration in the club house.

Evening

  • 20:00 – Opening ceromony, Fish Quay.
  • 20:30 – Competitors briefing

Sunday

Daytime

  • 08:30 – 11:00 Scrutineering and registration
  • 13:00 Practice race
  • 14:00 Race 1

Evening

  • 20:00 – 22:00 Commodores reception Daily prize giving

Monday

Daytime

  • 11:55 Race 2 with Race 3 to follow

Evening

  • 19:30 AGM, Clubhouse
  • 20:30 Daily Prize Giving and Buddy Quiz Buddy Prize

Tuesday

Daytime

  • 11:55 Race 4 with Race 5 to follow

Evening

  • 20:00 Daily Prize Giving
  • Live band, BLACK FRIDAY. The music is a lively mix of original songs, traditional Irish jigs, reels and ballads

Wednesday

  • Spare race day

Thursday

Daytime

  • 11:55 Race 6 with Race 7 to follow

Evening

  • 20:00 Daily Prize Giving
  • Launch night for 2013 UK Nationals
  • Olympic/Highland Games
  • Buddy Prize

Friday

Daytime

  • 11:55 Race 8 with Race 9 to follow

Evening

  • 20:00 Overall Prize Giving
  • Ellen MacCarthur Cancer Trust Raffle
  • Live Band – 1st Dance. 1st Dance AKA Riviera

The racing

Boats in the  GP14 Championship are made by a variety of boat manufactures but speed differences between them are very tight which means that sailors win races due to their tactics and some luck. Apparently, racing in the GP14 fleet is very competitive and challenging.

All boats start from one position and  finish in relation to the the other boats in the race.

Although I don’t quite understand this bit, the organisers say the fleet is split into Gold, Silver and Bronze which means that regardless of overall position in one race, competition remains fierce throughout the whole week.

The GP14 World Championship 2012, organised by Looe Sailing Club is open to all boats of the GP14 class and this year is fully booked out with an incredible 130 entries, making it one of the biggest regattas of the year. It is sure to be a major visitor attraction, bringing an international crowd to Looe.

Looe Sailing Club

Looe Sailing Club was founded in 1934, quickly becoming one of south-west England’s leading sailing, producing numerous top sailors competing locally in some of the most popular dinghy classes in the UK, as well as many national sailing champions.

That reputation means you can expect to see crews from all around the world for this prestigious race.

The GP14 World Championship

The regatta promises to be an impressive sight with all the boats starting together. There will be daily sponsored prizes after each day’s racing, so plenty to get competitive about.

The race series will feature 9 main races and a practice race on the Sunday of the regatta. The Wednesday of the three-day event is set aside as a day to catch up with races if the event runs behind schedule or a chance for you to enjoy some of the other delights of Looe and South East Cornwall if all the races go according to schedule. But if you are really keen on your racing, expect a crews’ race on that day too.

About Looe

Looe is thriving fishing port, with beautiful safe beaches, restaurants, cafés and pubs all within a short troll of the Looe Sailing Club. The dinghy park is right next to the main beach. That is bound to be good news to sailing families and visitors alike. You will also no doubt appreciate that there is a sandy beach completely free of swift currents or sudden drops, and within a few metres of the launching slips. It’s an ideal vantage point for non-sailing, mums, dads or children to enjoy their leisure time and watch the racing.

A major tourist town, Looe has great transport links. It’s easy to access and is a great base from which to explore picturesque villages such as Polperro. Dartmoor, and Bodmin Moor with the infamous Jamaica Inn are just a short drive away. Just 30 minutes’ drive also takes you to the City of Plymouth where the National Marine Aquarium is a major visitor attraction.

You may visit Looe for the regatta, but can you really leave the area without taking a look at the Mayflower steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America or Plymouth Hoe, with its view of Drake’s Island?

The 2012 Aigua Charter GP14 World Championship in Looe offers a chance to view some truly world class sailing, and the ideal location from which to base your holiday.

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