Poole Yacht Club GP14

The GP14 sailing dinghy was designed by Jack Holt in 1949 and has its origins in Wales. It was designed as a general purpose sailing dinghy but it was also excellent to row and has a standard conversion for fitting a small outboard motor.

The GP14 was initially designed with a main and small jib as a comfortable family dinghy. Nowadays it has 3 sails, a mainsail,either a large, overlapping foresail or a smaller jib and symmetrical spinnaker set on a spinnaker pole. With a full rig it is an exciting racing boat. GP14s are used for all levels of sailing, from training beginners through club racing through to competing on the Open meeting circuit. It can be sailed by people of all ages and even for competitive racing there is a wide tolerance of all up crew weight.

Over the years the class has adapted to the times and construction materials have moved from wood and marine ply to foam reinforced plastic.

There are around 30 GP Fourteens at Poole, with class racing on two evenings a week with some week-end Trophy events. Launching is possible at any state of the tide via a wide concrete slipway with a secondary slipway adjoining the beach.The sailing area for racing is a large expanse of water directly in front of the club.

GP14 Specification

Designer: Jack Holt

Portsmouth Number: 1133 (PY)

Measurement Feet Meter
Length 14'0 4.27
Beam 5'0 1/2 1.54
Draft 3'0 0.91
Length of Mast 22'0 6.94
Sail Area Sq. Feet Sq. Meters
Mail Sail 68.9 6.4
Jib 34.5 3.2
Genoa 44.2 4.1
Spinnaker 90.5 8.4

Weight(min): 293lb 133KG

Construction: Plywood, GRP or composite.

Class Secretary:
The GP Fourteen Class International Association. 129B Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6DG

GP14 Contacts

Class Captain

Steve Thompson

Vice Captain

Ian Aitken



Social Representative

Emily Deary
Tracy Deary



Results Secretary

Steve Thompson