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GP14 class talks on Zoom this week during World Sailing's Female Festival - "Steering the Course"

by Vanessa Devereux 24 May 10:38 BST 24,25 & 27 May 2021
Jane Kearney © Richard Craig /

The International GP14 Association are taking part in World Sailing's Female Festival - "Steering the Course"; following the excellent Zoom talk our top 3 female sailors from our 2018 Worlds at this year's RYA Dinghy Show; the Association has asked a few more sailors to join them in chatting GP14 sailing.

Our sailors will be sharing tips on boat set up and techniques for lighter weight sailors. They will be sharing their journey into sailing and our token male Ross Kearney will share what he does differently when he has a female crew. Our third talk is about the supporting roles in sailing and International race team member Sally Burnett and International Measurer Olive Parker amongst others will be talking about what this entails.

The GP14 is a friendly class where families can sail together or in opposition. We have had child helms with their parents crewing, husbands and wives or siblings sharing a boat on the competing together, at all levels of sailing from club to World Championships as well as in opposition to each other. In 2022 our Worlds at Skerries in Ireland hope to host a Ladies World Championship, along with the Open, Mixed and Youth if there are enough entries to meet the criteria set by World Sailing.

As a prequel our "Women Win Too" Zoom chat is available here:

We invite you to join us during the festival when our sailors - females with one token male - talk on Zoom about helming, crewing and other roles in racing and sailing.

Monday 24th May 8pm

Topic: Female helms - Katie Dwyer First female Helm at 2018 Worlds. Sarah Norbury First female Helm and female boat, 2019 Nationals and Ross Kearney 4th place at 2019 Nationals (with a male crew)

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 860 7664 5302
Passcode: 256293

Tuesday 25th May 8pm

Topic: Female crews - Mel Morris 9th place and first female crew 2018 Worlds, Liz Senior 2nd place crew at 2019 Nationals and more importantly just in front of her World Champion husband Mike, Michelle Rowley- Crew for Katie Dwyer and first female boat at the 2018 Worlds and Jane Kearney (gold fleet crew)

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 856 6550 8262

Thursday 27th May 8pm

Topic: Other Roles Which Supporting Sailing - Sally Burnett International race official, Olive Parker International Measurer, and Kerri-ann Boylan coach chat about how they came to be involved.

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 862 3727 3250
Passcode: 975564

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