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Day two of the Mermaid National Championship sponsored by Volvo yesterday at Tralee Bay Sailing Club in County Kerry saw sailors awake to a steady 18 knots gusting 22 when what was expected was 10-12 knots by the forecast! A pleasant surprise by all accounts although with everyone a little rusty after the ‘break’ last year it was going to make for an interesting day on the water.

A slight delay on the first start scheduled for 11 o'clock saw the fleet get away in wet and windy conditions with everyone fully hiked and trying not to fall out! A full Olympic course was sailed with pretty physical conditions, especially on the downwind legs. The Mermaids hummed along with heart rates up at the gybe marks!

There were a number of protests lodged after racing so the results link below are the final results taking into account outcomes of protests, according to organisers.

First race results: 1st place went to 188 Innocence from Foynes Yacht Club helmed by Darragh McCormack and crewed by brothers Mark and Noel. 2nd place went to 102 Endeavour from the Royal Irish Yacht Club helmed by Roger Bannon and crewed by Kate Grimes and Barry Hayes. 3rd place went to 187 Zuleika from Wexford Harbour Sailing Club helmed by Derek Joyce and crewed by Cillian Joyce and Brian Fenlon.

A Mermaid race start in Tralee BayA Mermaid race start in Tralee Bay

With wind strength and direction holding steady the second race got off with no delay, hardly time to eat the sandwich! Results of Race 2: 1st place went to 187 Zuleika from Wexford Harbour Sailing Club helmed by Derek Joyce and crewed by Cillian Joyce and Brian Fenlon. 2nd place went to 119 Three Chevrons from Foynes Yacht Club helmed by Vincent McCormack and crewed by Roisin McCormack and Michael Lynch. 3rd place went to 177 This Is It from Skerries Sailing Club helmed by Mark Boylan, with crew Aileen Boylan and Niall Collins.

The 3rd race start sequence was about 3 minutes underway when a 30 degree wind shift called a halt to proceedings. A much appreciated, very quick rejigging of marks saw the fleet getting off a clean line within 10 minutes for a 3rd and final race of the day. The wind had eased slightly but tired bodies meant a big effort from everyone! The sun was out and a relatively flat sea meant for stunning conditions with the mountains and Samphire Rock making for gorgeous backdrops.

Results of Race 3: 1st place went to 177 This Is It from Skerries Sailing Club helmed by Mark Boylan, with crew Aileen Boylan and Niall Collins. 2nd place went to 188 Innocence from Foynes Yacht Club helmed by Darragh McCormack and crewed by brothers Mark and Noel and 3rd place went to 119 Three Chevrons from Foynes Yacht Club helmed by Vincent McCormack and crewed by Roisin McCormack and Michael Lynch.

Afterwards, competitors exchanged many stories of blocks, cleats, uphauls, downhauls etc. breaking off and lots of improvising going on!

Final results following 5 races can be viewed here

Mixed forecasts again for tomorrow and given how far off today’s was everyone is just waiting to see what the new day will bring...

Published in Mermaid

The Dublin Bay Mermaid fleet makes a long-awaited return to Fenit, Co. Kerry this week for their annual National Championships. The event, which was originally due to be hosted last year by Tralee Bay Sailing Club but cancelled due to COVID, looks forward to going ahead with four days of Championship racing scheduled from Wednesday the 18th of August to Saturday the 21st.

Tuesday the 17th will see boat measurement, inspection and weight-check from 2 pm onwards as well as a sail measurement facility in place for new sails. There will also be an optional practice race at 7 pm on Tuesday the 17th. Registration will be open from 0900 - 1000 on Wednesday morning with a briefing at 1000 before the boats head out for their first race at 1200.

Ten races in total are scheduled across the four days with the famous ‘crews race’ also planned to follow Championship racing on Thursday the 19th. The crew's race sees the boats have one of their crew swap with the usual helm and is always an interesting one! Principal Race Officer is Scorie Walls with support and mark boats from TBSC as well as Foynes Yacht Club.

There are already 20 pre-entered online with boats coming from Rush Sailing Club, Skerries Sailing Club, Wexford Boat Club, Foynes Yacht Club, the Royal Irish Yacht Club and The National Yacht Club so a strong turnout is expected. 

Fenit is a popular venue for the fleet with historical links going right back to the beginning of the class. This event will mark 10 years since a Mermaid event was last held in beautiful Tralee Bay with the Nationals hosted there in 2011 and before that in 2007.

This year's event hosted by Tralee Bay Sailing Club is fortunate to have main sponsor Volvo behind them and a strong team of volunteers ready to put on a great event on and off the water.

An outdoor Championship BBQ dinner is planned for Saturday the 21st to crown the new National Champion with local caterers ‘The Rustic Pantry’ set to serve up a feast and outdoor live music followed by speeches and prize giving. Wishing all competitors the very best of luck and an enjoyable event.

Published in Mermaid

Tralee Bay Sailing Club and the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) have announced its staging of the 2020 WIORA Championships at Fenit in County Kerry has been postponed until September.

TBSC Commodore Liam Lynch and WIORA Commodore Gary Fort agreed that it would be impossible to run the event under the current restrictions on its original dates from June (24th -29th).

New dates have been agreed for the end of September which will not clash with other events on the cruiser-racer calendar.

The event will now be held over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th and Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th.

The Notice of Race and entry forms will be available at

There will also be a race to Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary on Sunday 27th to position boats for the RWYCI October Series.

Published in WIORA

The new year dinghy clinic organised by the Tralee Bay Maritime Centre is now in its third year and 2019's edition was a success with 30 boats attending.

16 Optimists including national champion Justin Lucas and Dublin ace Sam Ledoux trained under the direction of French coach Viviane Chaix and former medallist at Optimist worlds Sophie Browne.

Former Academy sailors Darragh O ‘Sullivan and Cian Byrne managed the two Laser groups (10 sailors) while Clinic Manager and lead coach Thomas Chaix worked with the four 29er partnerships.

29er TraleeFour 29er partnerships were afloat in Tralee Bay

The week proved to be outstanding with many hours secured in the mild conditions and great winds ranging from 3 to 18kts. The focussed training with experienced coaches proved to be very efficient and sailors and parents alike were very pleased to have started their new year in Kerry.

optimist tralee16 Optimists including national champion Justin Lucas and Dublin ace Sam Ledoux trained under the direction of French coach Viviane Chaix

Peter Williams was the recipient of the Maritime Centre coaches award adding his name to the big cup.

The clinic concluded with the traditional regatta run under PY on a windward leeward course. The average lap approach allowed the fast 29er and the slower optimist to compete against each other.

Laser traleeFormer Academy sailors Darragh O ‘Sullivan and Cian Byrne managed the two Laser groups (10 sailors)

Four races were completed in the 15-18 kts Southerly right in front of Fenit beach... Some of the races were very close with mere seconds separating sailors. Eventually, Adam Wash (Laser 4.7) managed to edge out Sam Ledoux and radial sailor Paddy Cunnane.

The new “battle of the classes” trophy was won by the laser 4.7 (Adam Walsh, Harry Pritchard and Stephen Cunnane) ahead of the Optimist (Sam Ledoux, Peter Williams and Killian Reidy). Download results below.

lasers Dinghy traleeLaser and Optimist Dinghies are recovered in Fenit

Published in Youth Sailing

The J/24 Association of Ireland has announced the calendar for its regional and national championships in 2019.

Lough Ree Yacht Club will host the class for its Westerns in the first big event of the year on the weekend of 13-14 April — the week before Easter.

The following month the fleet moves to Tralee Bay Sailimg Club for the Southerns on 25-26 May.

Howth Yacht Club will host the Eastern Championship on 15-16 June, and the Nationals on 23-25 August will be sailing out of Lough Erne Yacht Club.

Published in J24

Tralee Bay Maritime Centre have over 50 boats on the water this week at Fenit in County Kerry. Brian O'Sullivan, Centre Principal, told he is delighted with the response to the performance coaching clinic, led by Thomas Chaix, with some of the best junior sailors in the country coming together in three different dinghy sailing classes - Lasers, Toppers and Optimists

Coaches from Greece, Portugal, France, Poland and Ireland have their hands full with a massive turnout for the inaugural clinic at Europe's most westerly port.

Published in Youth Sailing

Tralee Bay Sailing Club in Fenit may seem a long way from the established sailing centres in Cork, Dublin and Belfast Lough writes W M Nixon. But it is set in the heart of one of the most energetic and sports-mad areas in Ireland, and if it were to re-name itself as the Kingdom of Kerry Yacht Club, it might better express its key role in channeling the sailing spirit of Ireland’s largest and most characterful county.

With a proper marina well filled with serious boats and set within the shelter of Great Samphire Island where Fenit Harbour provides total shelter, the hospitable village is accessed by a causeway bridge. And at Fenit itself, Tralee Bay SC in its spectacular location above the dinghy park and slip provides a strong focal point to co-ordinate sailing at every level from a village which has the added advantage of being south-facing.

tralee bay sailing club
Optimists launching for a major championship at Tralee Bay SC

tralee bay sailing club marina Fenit
The marina at Fenit loking east

The Roll Call of historic sailing events – local, national and world level – which have been staged here in the club’s sixty years would put many a larger and longer-established club to shame. But such has been the hectic level of activity in every area of sailing that the club find their 60th Anniversary is roaring down the line for celebration on July 16th without a reasonably complete selection of historic material in place in order to do the TBSC story full justice.

In other words, if you’ve relevant sailing and sailing people photos going back to 1956 and even beyond, please get them to the club pronto, as they want to have a proper exhibition in place to tell the Tralee Bay Sailing Club Story on July 16th when a programme of special events afloat and ashore will celebrate three score years years of a great sailing club.

Tralee_bay_Yachts_RacingBig sailing winds - ICRA Nationals in Tralee Bay. Photo: Robert Bateman

Published in News Update

Three Tralee Bay Sailing Club members set out from Fenit in county Kerry yesterday to retrace a TBSC voyage first made 25 years ago. Ribbers Cian O'Donnell, James Landers and Giles Kelliher set out from the most westerly port in Europe on the 700–mile circumnavigation. Pit stops are planned in Burtonport tonight, then Bangor, Kilmore Quay, Dingle before returning home to Fenit. 

Published in Powerboat Racing

Beautiful sunshine and a wide range of wind speeds greeted the participants of the two day training weekend organised by Simon McGibney from ICRA/WIORA and Des McWilliam and Graham Curran of UK McWilliam Sailmakers. This was the second year of the training clinic, successfully hosted again by Tralee Bay Sailing Club with boats from the Royal Western Yacht Club, Galway Bay Sailing Club, Foynes Yacht Club and Tralee Bay Sailing Club taking part.

Building on the format developed last year the weekend began with an early start for a long day on the water with OOD Peter Moore and his team from TBSC. Des and Graham were on the water in RIBs and followed the fleet throughout the day, observing and videoing race starts, mark roundings, tacks, gybes, sail trim etc. They also went onboard boats to watch crews as they went through procedures and throughout the day were able to interject with advice when required.

The race team got in seven races on a windward leeward course with the addition of a gate to ensure boats completed gybing manoeuvres downwind. To keep racing interesting crews had to listen out for any ‘special instructions’ from the OOD such as every boat must put in a certain number of tacks before the windward mark. Racing was very close with an evenly matched fleet of boats competing. The weekend also included practice race starts which consisted of eight races starts run off one after another with just three minute countdowns. Exhausting work for crews but great for practicing skills! Saturday drew to a close with BBQ in clubhouse overlooking the beautiful Tralee Bay a full debrief session an each of the skills where crews had the opportunity to watch some of the recorded footage of the day. After the debrief session Elaine O’Mahoney from Foynes Yacht Club ran a very entertaining nautical quiz, which the participants really enjoyed.

Graham Curran onboard Huntress

Graham Curran of UK McWilliam Sailmakers onboard Huntress 

There was plenty of chat about the live results that were efficiently provided by ICRA’s scoring guru Denis Kiely and could be accessed by competitors between races out on the water on ICRA’s website

Racing on Sunday began early again – something about being ashore for a Kerry/Dublin football match! The training team got in another seven races to bring the tally to fourteen for the two day training clinic. The weekend concluded with a final debrief session with Des and Graham and a lot of happy crews went home with a bit more knowledge on how to improve their racing. Looking forward to the next one! Would highly recommend this training clinic to any club to organise. Contact can made with Des through here 

Published in ICRA

#TBSC - Tralee Bay Sailing Club hosted the UK Sailmakers Ireland team of Des McWilliam and Graham Curran on the water for two days of coaching this past weekend (13-14 June).

A series of 16 races was run over the two-day event in Fenit, where a lot was learned and plenty of fun was had by all, as the video above can attest! A photo gallery of the weekend is also available HERE.

Published in News Update
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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