About the GP14

GP14 Class Symbol

Designed in 1949 by the brilliant Jack Holt, the GP14 is still going strong in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, North Eastern America and Western Australia. A heavy and stable boat, it is a great boat for learning how to sail, being quite forgiving especially when compared to some other two-man dinghies.

It also provides excellent racing, and the quality of the fleet is proven in the fact that many Olympic sailors have raced the boat. The racing at the highest level tends to be close and tactical, making Gp14s great boats to get an all-round sailing education.

Videos for GP14 Sailing

First up, here's a useful video for rigging a GP14:

This is very useful on-board footage of a top GP14 sailor tacking, rounding the top mark, and hoisting the kite:

Some great footage of GPs rounding the windward mark, and proof that just because they are more stable than a lot of other boats, it doesn't mean they don't provide a few thrills and spills along the way:

Slightly different conditions for sailing here:

Some good footage of the various boat-handling manoeuvres:

They're a lot of fun in a breeze:

The Class has its own YouTube channel here, and this playlist is particularly good. And the Western Australian branch also has a YouTube channel

Books for GP14 Sailing

Specific for GP14s

GP14: 50 Years on the Water

United States

GP14: 50 Years on the Water

General Books Useful for GP14 Sailors

The Bestsellers

These three books will help any sailor improve in any class of boat.

Sailing Fitness

You need to be physically fit to do well - even just a little bit of all-round fitness can improve your results a lot. These books are all helpful in designing a program that works for you. My favourite is Sailing Fitness & Training by Michael Blackburn.


Getting your head right can be as important as getting your technique right. These books will all help with this area, and the Eric Twiname book, Sail, Race and Win is possibly my all-time favourite book on how to improve your sailing

Books for Self-Coaching by Olympic Coach Jon Emmett

Jon Emmett coached Lijia Xu to an Olympic Gold Medal,and is a multiple World Champion himself. These well written books share the secrets of how to coach yourself and improve your sailing.

Sailing Technique and Performance Books by Frank Bethwaite

Frank Bethwaite is a bit of a legend - relentless in his pursuit to understand high performance race craft. His two bigger books (High Performance Sailing and Higher Performance Sailing) can be quite dense to read while Fast Handling Techniques is lighter and easier to read. All are hugely important.

...and finally, Three Absolute Classics

These three books are nailed-on classics - books that have helped generations of sailors and are still relevant today. Start to Win is a good, relatively basic book that will help get you to the front of the fleet; Winning in One Designs is widely regarded as essential reading for one-design sailors; and Advanced Racing Tactics is more in-depth, is a tougher read, but will help with a lot of in-race strategy.

Links for GP14 Sailors

Class Information

The International GP14  Class Association site

The Irish GP14 site

The South African GP14 site

The UK GP14 site

The Western Australia GP14 Site

GP14 Owners Online Community

The GP14 Facebook page

GP14 Owners Online Community

The Yachts and Yachting GP14 Class site

Wikipedia page for GP14s

Boat Set-up, Boat Handling and Other Tips

Technical Information from the South African class page:

  • A tuning guide from Speed Sails
  • A note on sheet lengths and diameters
  • there is also a link to a word document on installing Scuppers

The Western Australian site also provides sailing tips here

Blogs and Blog Posts

A GP14 Building blog archive

The Vital Statistics

Suggested sailor weight range (helm and crew together): 125kg to 190kg (265lbs to 420lbs)

  • Hull Material: Wood, GRP and FRP
  • Year designed: 1949
  • Length: 4.27 metres
  • Beam: 1.54 metres
  • Mainsail and Jib Area: 12.85 square metres
  • Spinnaker Area: 8.4 square metres
  • Hull Weight: 132.9 kg

Who's Who in GP14s

  • Jack Holt
  • Richard Estaugh
  • Ian Dobson
  • Neil Marsden
  • Stuart Bithell
  • Matt Mee
  • Graham Nelson
  • Andy Davis
  • Mike Senior
  • Carl Jeffs
  • Ger Owens

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