Welcome to the 2017 GP14 Irish and Master Championship

Ballyholme Yacht Club are very honoured to have been asked to host the 2017 GP14 Irish and Master Championship. We have a long history with the GP14 dinghy boasting the World Championship winning crew of Bill Whisker and Jimmy McKee in 1975 at New Jersey, USA , and the British Nationals winning crew of Burton Allen and Issu Duffy.

The Championships will take place from Saturday 19th August to Monday 21st August with registration on Friday night and Saturday morning.

Ballyholme has a great reputation for looking after its visitors and making everyone most welcome. We will have catering available each evening with a dinner on Saturday evening. Anyone who attended the BYC Regatta this summer will vow for the quality and value of the RibEye Steak provided!

We are lucky to have attracted two world championships and numerous other national championships in recent years. We only hope you can enjoy yourself as much as the winning America’s Cup skipper Glenn Ashby did in 2014:


GP14 Nationals 2017 NOR

GP14 Nationals 2017 Entry Form


Seniors – £ 70.00 received by Friday 11th August

Youths  – £ 50.00 received by Friday 11th August

Late Entry Penalty after Friday 11th August 11:55pm – £10.00

Youths – both helm and crew must be 22 or under on 1st January 2017.


Registration – Friday 18th August 1900 to 2030, and Saturday 19th August 0900 to 1030
Briefing – 1030 Saturday 19th August


Prizes will be given as follows:

  • First, Second and Third Overall.
  • First, Second and Third in Silver Fleet.
  • First, Second and Third in Bronze Fleet.
  • First Master over 50 in the overall results.
  • First Master over 60 in the overall results.
  • First Youth in the overall results.
  • Each Race Winner

Further Prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organisers.

Where to Stay?

We recommend that you organise accommodation as early as possible to ensure that you are close to the clubhouse where we will have a lot of social activities planned. We have a large number of guest houses/ B&B’s and small hotels within walking distance of the club. There are also self-catering apartments and houses to rent in the local vicinity. You can book all of this through the Bangor link on the Ards and North Down tourism website. The location of the clubhouse and address details can be seen on the map below. We have limited room for campervans altjhough there is more space available in the public car-park approx 200m away. Please let  our office know if you plan to camp or bring a motor-home.

More information about accommodation can be viewed at ballyholme.com/where-to-stay.

Local Attractions?

Our home town Bangor is a great place for an Easter holiday – for all of the family.

Bangor is a classical Victorian tourism resort but it has lots of modern facilities to entertain you and your family during your stay. Please click here for more information about Pickie Fun Park, Aurora (Olympic sized swimming pool and leisure centre), Eddie Irvines Sportsplex, our Multiplex cinema and many other attractions. We are only 12 miles away from Belfast with the Titanic Signature Building and Victoria Square shopping complex. You can also visit the world famous Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, have a walk around the Gobbins or visit the Mourne Mountains – Northern Ireland is not that large and most attractions are within a 2 hour drive.

If the rest of the family want to be more active, Bangor and North Down is home to many golf courses (including the home of Rory McIlroy) as well as some great cycling routes. You can even hire horses locally.

There are a number of local tourism websites including the new Visit Ards & North Down website

How to get here?

Please view our “How to Get Here page for travel directions etc.

For anyone travelling from GB, please let us know early and we will try to negotiate discounts with our local ferry services – P&O or Stena.

Belfast City Airport is just 15 minutes drive while Belfast International is only 50 minutes away.

Bangor has a rail (and bus station) linked to the Dublin train via Belfast Central station – only 5 minutes drive away. Let us know if you need collected.

Further Information:

For more information please contact our Event Coordinator David Fletcher or our Club Office via our office email

  • 19th August 2017 - 21st August 2017
    10:30 - 17:30