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#Optimist - Howth Yacht Club will host the 2019 Optimist National and Open Championships between 15 and 18 August, the International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland has announced.

The association added that it is still in the process of finalising dates and venues for the rest of the 2019 calendar but will make announcements as soon as possible on the IODAI website and Facebook page.

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#HYC - Be sure to reserve your place for the KBC Autumn League final night banquet hosted by Howth Yacht Club on Saturday 20 October.

The venue is also available for Christmas parties this upcoming festive season — with room to host up to 150 guests for a tailored three-course dinner or a more casual alternative.

For details contact the clubhouse at 01 832 2141 or email [email protected]

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#Optimist - Howth Yacht Club have congratulated youth members Luke Turvey and Rocco Wright for topping the senior and junior tables respectively in the final 2018 rankings in Ireland’s Optimist class.

Turvey is in fine company in the senior fleet, ahead of Justin Lucas; James Dwyer-Matthews; Rian Geraghty-McDonnell, Ireland’s top performer at last week’s Oppy Worlds in Cyprus; and Sam Ledoux, who beat him on count back to win the senior Gold fleet at the IODAI Munster Championships last weekend.

Fellow Howth and NYC youth Wright, meanwhile, sailed a solid event with five bullets at Tralee Bay Sailing Club in Fenit, which saw a tough weekend of shifty conditions.

And in another win for Howth, the Fair Sailing Award went to Johnny Flynn.

“LukeLuke Turvey was second overall in the Senior fleet | Photo: Paul-Michel Ledoux

2018 IODAI Munster Championships Results

Junior Fleet Gold

  • 1st Rocco Wright HYC
  • 2nd Jessica Riordan RStGYC
  • 3rd Ben O’Shaughnessy RCYC
  • 4th Billy Doyle TBSC
  • 5th Peter Williams RStGYC

Junior Fleet Girls

  • 1st Jessica Riordan RStGYC
  • 2nd Alana Twomey RCYC/CHSC
  • 3rd Clementine van Steenberge NYC

Junior Fleet Silver

  • 1st Sorcha Gannon O’Connor HYC
  • 2nd William Walsh TBSC
  • 3rd Conall Mac Thrinfhir TBSC
  • 4th Harry Moynan RCYC
  • 5th Hugo Crawford HYC

Top Local Sailor – Junior Fleet

  • Billy Doyle TBSC

Senior Fleet Gold

  • 1st Sam Ledoux NYC
  • 2nd Luke Turvey HYC
  • 3rd James Dwyer Matthews RCYC
  • 4th Fiachra McDonnell NYC
  • 5th Trevor Bolger RStGYC

Senior Fleet Girls

  • 1st Eimer McMorrow-Moriarty TBSC
  • 2nd Lauren O’Callaghan NYC
  • 3rd Grace Fahy RStGYC/LDYC

Senior Fleet Silver

  • 1st Liam Duggan RCYC
  • 2nd Fleet Ciara Paul MYC
  • 3rd Clodagh Malone NYC

Top Local Sailor – Senior Fleet

  • Eimer McMorrow-Moriarty TBSC
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#HowToSail - Next month Howth Yacht Club will host a two-day course on essential navigation and seamanship for cruising in coastal waters.

Run on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October, the course is touted as the ideal introduction to the essential knowledge required to plan and safely undertake short cruising passages in coastal waters.

The "concise yet highly informative" course is geared towards skippers and crew who are new to cruising, but is equally suitable for sailing yachts, motorboats, RIBs, divers and sea anglers.

The course will include:

  • Charts and chart work
  • Safety
  • Navigation buoys and lights
  • ‘Rules of the Road’
  • Tides
  • Weather
  • Passage planning and pilotage
  • Modern methods of electronic navigation

Presented by David Jerrard of Sea-Craft, the course runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day in HYC. The course fee is €120 which includes the full course pack and documentation.

The course is open to both club members and non-members so feel free to bring along a friend or colleague.

For more details and booking information, contact [email protected] or phone Sea-Craft at 01 286 3362 anytime.

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#HYC - Howth Yacht Club’s annual Dinghy Regatta, sponsored by MGM Boats, takes place this Sunday 26 August.

Three races will be held back-to-back for Optimists, Lasers, RS Fevas, 420s and IDRA 14s, as well as other classes on PY handicap and with a minimum of three boats.

For full details see the HYC website HERE.

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#HYC - Howth Yacht Club’s annual Autumn League gets a whole new makeover for 2018 with a new sponsor, plenty of weekly prizes and promotions, and a full entertainment programme.

Racing in the KBC Autumn League 2018 begins on Saturday 15 September for the six-week series, which includes a special family day on Saturday 22 September, and a gala dinner and prize-giving on the final night, Saturday 20 October.

The online entry form, entry list and Notice of Race are now available from the HYC website.

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#HYC - Ahead of the eagerly awaited Wave Regatta, Howth Yacht Club is getting ready to host the Sportsboat Cup 2018 this coming weekend — but it’s a contingent from Cork who are looking to retain the top prize for the Rebel County.

Defending champion T-Bone, the Durcan/O’Shea boat helmed by All Ireland Helmsman Champion Alex Barry, returns to the European Championship 1720 fleet where they will no doubt face a strong challenge from Antix — which has Fionn Lyden taking the place of Anthony O’Leary as skipper for this event.

Boats from Dun Laoghaire, Cork, Baltimore, Galway and Wales are set to converge on the Howth Peninsula for the 1720 title alongside a mixed fleet of Half and Quarter Tonners, among them Conor Fogerty’s vintage Silver Shamrock. (Download the sailing instructions below.)

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, this year’s Sportsboat Cup also incorporates the inaugural J/80 Irish National Championships, with Pat O’Neill’s Mojo having the jump on a small but experienced fleet with past Olympians, national champions and sailmakers involved.

The event runs back-to-back with Howth Yacht Club’s Wave Regatta on the weekend of 1-3 June, and its hoped many of the Sportsboat Cup competitors from the UK will stay on to race with the Irish fleet.

Andrew Algeo’s Juggernaut leads the J109’s into division one but faces stiff competition under IRC, as reported earlier today on Afloat.ie.

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#HYC - Howth Yacht Club is preparing to roll out its new sailing school initiative in the coming weeks as the spring season catches the breeze.

Quest Sailing has been devised with the intention of bringing “new blood into the club”, according to Commodore Joe McPeake, who notes that the scheme will already involve participation at the corporate level as well as a number of language schools.

“This will create a much greater activity in the water, and hopefully will bring in new members and reinvigorate the sailing platform,” he says.

Volunteers are also wanted to help the club in various ways, with an evening scheduled for next Thursday 29 March to connect with members who wish to contribute beyond the usual activities afloat.

Elsewhere in his message for Spring 2018, McPeake hails the season-opening Icebreaker open dinghy event, which runs for five weeks from Sunday 15 April and promises fun on the water for Optimists, Lasers, Fevas, 420s and Toppers alike ahead of the junior racing season proper. The programme launch takes place at the clubhouse tomorrow Saturday 24 March at 4pm.

The beginning of summer will see another open event in the Wave Regatta over the June Bank Holiday, which will showcase facilities currently being spruced up after escaping the ravages of Storm Emma relatively unscathed.

Howth Yacht Club has much more from the commodore’s spring statement HERE.

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#ICRA - Norbert 'Nobby' Reilly has resigned from the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) over disagreements with its direction in the last 12 months.

In his resignation letter submitted yesterday (Thursday 18 January), the Howth Yacht Club stalwart and former ICRA commodore suggested that it is “probably a good time to wind up” the association, on the eve of a symposium to determine its future direction.

Reilly accused ICRA of “getting in the way of its own plan” since a memorandum of understanding signed in 2016 with the ISA, now Irish Sailing, led to a boost in its finances for cultivating and promoting cruiser racing in Ireland.

Of its €50,000 budget for 2017 — four times ICRA’s revenue in 2015 — allocations of €11,000 were made for training and €8,500 for recruitment via CrewPoint.

But Reilly claims only €2,000 of the former was spent in clubs (Howth YC and the Royal Cork) which already have training programmes in place, with little spend or results for the latter.

Fixture clashes, disputes over venue selection, a drop in crew numbers and a poor return from its communications/web and social media budget are some of the other issues cited by Reilly in influencing his decision.

Specifically, Reilly says that the selection of Galway as host venue of this year's ICRA Nationals was not passed by the executive, and that the first he knew of the decision “was on Facebook”.

Speaking to Afloat.ie on Reilly’s resignation, ICRA commodore Simon McGibney paid tribute to his contributions to cruiser racing, but added that the departing executive’s comments should not affect plans for the weekend symposium, which starts tomorrow morning in Limerick.

“Strategically what we’re trying to do is to take a good look and review where we [as ICRA] want to see ourselves in the next five years, and that has always been the case going forward.”

McGibney added that he believes Reilly was given a fair hearing from the ICRA board, but decisions “are always done by majority”.

Regarding the ICRA Nationals in Galway this August, McGibney dismisses suggestions that the event would not be a ‘true nationals’ without the presence of Dublin boats because “there is a rotation of where the Nationals will be hosted” as bound by the ICRA constitution.

“Galway is an ideal location to bring it to the West Coast,” he added, urging people to “look at the bigger picture” of the event as “a promotion for cruiser racing on a national level.”

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#HYC - Conditions for Howth Yacht Club's  Laser Frostbites yesterday (Sunday 14 January) contrasted those of the opening weekend — with the sun shining and a southerly breeze rising from 12 to 19 knots over the course of the day’s two races.

Twenty-three boats took to the water, comprising 14 standard rigs, seven Radials and a pair of 4.7s. With significant shifts, a wind bend and the tide ebbing across the course, no one was comfortable in their position.

Ronan Wallace got ahead early in the first race and held on to to take a comfortable first, while long-term rivals Ronan Cull and Paul McMahon fought it out for second, Ronan getting to the line ahead.

The Howth Yacht Club website has more on yesterday’s racing HERE.

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