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GP14 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

BY ALISTAIR IRELAND

Back in 2014 I was offered the chance to become a North Sails Jockey by the Dinghy Specialist Sailingfast. Fresh out of the 420 youth class there was no better way to start the next step in my sailing career.

For the last two years North Sails powered the Flying Fifteen I was sailing. In 2015 I won the British National Championship on home waters with my Dad with a brand new set of North Sails. This was shortly followed by winning the Scottish Nationals at Loch Lomond with Philippa Benson the following month. I later found out later that both boats powered by North Sails won the Silver/Classic and the Modern class at Loch Lomond.

Following this success we decided to take on our next challenge at the 2016 GP14 World Championships in Barbados. North Sails were happy to provide our gear for the event and get behind one of the youngest teams.  Turns out we were one of the lightest teams at what was to be a heavy wind event! Thankfully North had provided us with a personalised tuning guide with special recommendations from ex-GP14 sailors. Having a guide that was personally tailored gave us an advantage that was welcomed in such a high standard fleet.

Despite the heavy airs myself and Philippa finished the 2nd under 21 boat and 37th overall in a strong fleet of 105.

We would like give a big thank you to North Sails and Sailingfast for their on-going support and we look forward to the next big event!