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Dun Laoghaire's future lies in tourism and leisure, according to a submission on the new 'master plan' for the busy harbour.
The Irish Times reports that the town's top sailing and yacht clubs, who have come together under the banner of Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs, are putting aside their individual interests "in favour of a larger and longer-term vision for the harbour".
The clubs' submission urges a rethink on public access to both the shore and water sides of the harbour. Inprovements in linking the town with the harbour area are already a goal of the master plan.
"Properly developed with a marine tourism and leisure focus [Dun Laoghaire] can generate new and sustainable sources of income." they said.
Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs comprises the 'big four' waterfront clubs - the National, Royal Irish, Royal St George and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club - as well as the Dublin Bay Sailing Club and the Royal Alfred Yacht Club.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Dun Laoghaire's future lies in tourism and leisure, according to a submission on the new 'master plan' for the busy harbour.

The Irish Times reports that the town's top sailing and yacht clubs, who have come together under the banner of Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs, are putting aside their individual interests "in favour of a larger and longer-term vision for the harbour".

The clubs' submission urges a rethink on public access to both the shore and water sides of the harbour. Inprovements in linking the town with the harbour area are already a goal of the master plan.

"Properly developed with a marine tourism and leisure focus [Dun Laoghaire] can generate new and sustainable sources of income." they said.

Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs comprises the 'big four' waterfront clubs - the National, Royal Irish, Royal St George and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club - as well as the Dublin Bay Sailing Club and the Royal Alfred Yacht Club.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay it set to burst alive with 'joie de vivre' during the only foreign stopover in the world-famous French Solitaire du Figaro yacht race.
Dun Laoghaire will be the only international stop in the race, considered the unofficial world offshore solo championshop, between 11 and 14 August.
To celebrate the visit of the iconic 3,390km race, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and the National Yacht Club have joined forces to create the Festival des Bateaux.
The harbour will be a magnificent tapestry of colour as the boats arrive for this international event. Dun Laoghaire will be resplendent with fireworks, music and the sights, sounds, foods and ‘joie de vivre’ of France.
Fireworks will light up the sky at 10pm on Friday 12 August. There will also be a festival village with public access to visiting boats, a colourful and authentic French market and exhibition, a festival stage at Harbour Plaza and activities throughout Dun Laoghaire, not to mention a spectacular farewell as the boats depart early on Sunday 14 August.
Meanwhile, plans to berth the 45 or so competitors expected are well underway, according to the National Yacht Club.
Funding was secured between DLRCoCo and Fáilte Ireland, and the tender for the supply and delivery of 18x11.5m pontoons and associated service bollards was won by McNiven Marine, Irish agents for Ronautica Marine.
The gangway contract was secured by Tynes Gangway, and the last contract for the installation and de-commissioning of the infrastructure is currently underway.

Dublin Bay it set to burst alive with 'joie de vivre' during the only foreign stopover in the world-famous Solitaire du Figaro yacht race.

Dun Laoghaire will be the only international stop in the race, considered the unofficial world offshore solo championship, between 11 and 14 August.

To celebrate the visit of the iconic 3,390km race, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (dlrcoco), the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and the National Yacht Club have joined forces to create the Festival des Bateaux.

The harbour will be a magnificent tapestry of colour as the boats arrive for this international event. Dun Laoghaire will be resplendent with fireworks, music and the sights, sounds, foods and ‘joie de vivre’ of France.

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How Dun Laoghaire will look in August

 

Fireworks will light up the sky at 10pm on Friday 12 August. There will also be a festival village with public access to visiting boats, a colourful and authentic French market and exhibition, a festival stage at Harbour Plaza and activities throughout Dun Laoghaire, not to mention a spectacular farewell as the boats depart early on Sunday 14 August.

Meanwhile, plans to berth the 45 or so competitors expected are well underway, according to the National Yacht Club.

Funding was secured between dlrcoco and Fáilte Ireland, and the tender for the supply and delivery of 18x11.5m pontoons and associated service bollards was won by McNiven Marine, Irish agents for Ronautica Marine.

The gangway contract was secured by Tynes Gangway, and the last contract for the installation and de-commissioning of the infrastructure is currently underway.

Published in Figaro
The historic visit of HRH Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland today, has led to an increased level of security by the Defence Forces through the deployment of the air corps, army and the navy in addition to the Gardai. 
On the naval front it is believed that two naval vessels are on duty for the arrival of the Queen to Dublin, marking the first of a four-day visit which is to include Cashel and Cork city. The last visit by the head of the British monarchy was 100 years ago when King George V and Queen Mary arrived by sea at Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire).

The most modern naval vessel of the eight-strong fleet the LÉ Niamh (P52) is an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) which is equipped with a bow-mounted 76mm gun. To see the crew undertake exercise-drills of the gun, watch the video below.

Published in Navy

With still eight weeks to go to the first race in Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta there are 360 entries now in from across 24 classes.

July's event stood at just 22 entries six months ago but it grew steadily over the Spring to put it on a par with the 2009 VDLR, the biggest regatta in Irish sailing that year.

The positive response is an indication, says organiser Adam Winkelmann, that the 2011 fleet, should be a bumper one too when it sets sail on July 7th for the four day event.

The line up has got an international flavour too; there are entries in from Germany, France, Denmark, Scotland, Wales, UK and of course Ireland with the bulk of entries drawn from the capital's own waters of Dublin Bay. Here's a sneek peek (below) of the first 360 entries so far:

ClassClubBoat NameBoat MakeOwnerType
IRC 0Arklow SC Aquelina J122Sheila & James Tyrell IRL National
IRC 0Clyde CC Grand Cru Beneteau First 40.7 Jamie McGarry Scotland
IRC 0Clyde CC Eos elan 410 Roderick Stuart Scotland
IRC 0Fairlie Yacht Club Elf Too Beneteau First 40 Christine Murray Scotland
IRC 0Howth YC Crazy Horse Mill 36 Chambers/Reilly IRL National
IRC 0Liverpool YC Mighty Max 2 Prima 38 Neil Thomas UK
IRC 0Norddeutscher Regatta Verein Doppelbock Dufour 45 Performance Friedrich Boehnert Germany
IRC 0Royal Irish YC Lively LadyBeneteau First 44.7Derek MartinLocal
IRC 0 Royal Irish YC WOW J111 George Sisk Local
IRC 0 Swansea Yacht & Sub Aqua ClubDark Angel Dubois 37 Anthony Ackland UK
IRC 1Ballyholme YC TroubleCorby 29 Smyth,Ross and Magowan N.Ireland
IRC 1Carlingford SC Humdinger Jeanneau Sunfast 37 Michael Mc Cabe IRL National
IRC 1Holyhead VaVavoom elan 37 Richard Calveley Wales
IRC 1Liverpool YC Rebel Sigma 38 Stan Edge UK
IRC 1National Yacht Club Gringo Archambault A35 Tony Fox Local
IRC 1National YC Adrenalin Archambault A35 McDonald,Wright,Balfe,O'Malley Local
IRC 1National YC Lula Belle Beneteau First 36.7 Liam Coyne Local
IRC 1National YC Sailing West Intuition Reflex 38 Sailing West Local
IRC 1National YC/Royal Irish YC Rockabill V Corby 33 Paul O'Higgins Local
IRC 1Royal Cork YCAntix Beag Modified 1720 Anthony O'LearyIRL National
IRC 1Royal Irish YC Aztec Archambault A35 Peter Beamish Local
IRC 1Royal Irish YC Axiom X 37 sport Michael O'Neill Local
IRC 1Royal Irish YC Black Velvet Beneteau 34.7 Parnell Family Local
IRC 1Royal Irish YC Xtravagance X34 Colin Byrne Local
IRC 1Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club Animal Elan 380 Debbie Aitken UK
IRC 1Royal St George YC Megalopolis Rob Humphres 36 Custom Peter Allman Local
IRC 1Royal St George YC ErrislannanSigma 38 Paul KirwanLocal
IRC 1Total Ulster and Ballyholme Yacht Club.Respect Corby 29 Mr Ian Wilson N.Ireland
IRC 1 Royal Irish YC Another Adventure Archambault A35 Daragh Cafferky Local
IRC 1 Helensburgh SC Carmen 2 Beneteau First 36.7 Paul Scutt / Alan Jeffrey Scotland
IRC 1 Royal Irish YC Raptor Mills 30CRDenis Hewitt & Ors Local
IRC 2 Arklow SC J'Zus OuthaulJ92 Brian Dempsey IRL National
IRC 2 DL Marina White Lotus ELAN 333 Paul Tully Local
IRC 2 Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Dick Dastardly One off Berret 1/2 tonner Brian Cusack and Others Local
IRC 2 Howth YC King One Half Tonner David Cullen IRL National
IRC 2 Howth YC Dux X302 Anthony Gore-Grimes IRL National
IRC 2 Howth YC Impetuous Corby 25 Fergal Noonan & Robert Chambers IRL National
IRC 2 Howth YC Jokers Wild Beneteau 32S5 Gordon Knaggs IRL National
IRC 2 Howth YC Papillion Beneteau 300 Brendan O' Halloran IRL National
IRC 2 Howth YC MiniMumm Beneteau Platu 25 Ronan Cobbe and Niamh McDonald IRL National
IRC 2 Killyleagh YC Movistar bleu Élan 333 Raymond Killops N.Ireland
IRC 2 Liverpool YC Flash 2 FORMULA 28 Adam Kyffin & Jon Oliver UK
IRC 2 National YC Smile Corby 25 Healy, O'Connell, O'Sullivan Local
IRC 2 National YC Jester J80 Declan Curtin Local
IRC 2 Royal Irish YC Cor Baby Corby 26 Martin Ryan / Vincent Lattimore Local
IRC 2 Royal Irish YC Jawesome II J80 Mervyn Dyke/Basil D'Arcy Local
IRC 2 Royal Irish YC Diamond Huzar 30 Ocean Kyran McStay Local
IRC 2 Royal Irish YC Peridot Mustang 30 Mk2 Yannick Charrier / Jim McCann / Paul Cadden / Hugh O'Donnell Local
IRC 2 Royal St George YC Kamikaze Jeanneau Sunfast 32 Peter Nash Local
IRC 2 Royal St George YC Free Spirit Elan 333 Doherty,Gilsenan,Hannigan, O'Reilly, Ryan Local
IRC 2 Royal St George YC Red Rhum Dehler DB1 Jonathan Nicholson, Christopher Nicholson Local
IRC 2 Royal St George YC Bendemeer Beneteau 325 Lindsay J Casey and Denis Power Local
IRC 2 Royal St George YC Helter Skelter Jeanneau Sunfast 32i Adrienne and Averil Jermyn Local
IRC 2 Sligo YCRuthlessCorby 26Conor RonanIRL National
IRC 2 UCD Sailing Club, RIYC Graduate  Dominic O Keeffe  
IRC 3 Bray SC Shrinkwrap Pro Superseal 26 Donal Gleeson IRL National
IRC 3 DL Marina Asterix Hunter SonataCounihan Meredith Boushel Local
IRC 3 DL Marina Jabiru Hunter Sonata Martin & Saundra Renwick Local
IRC 3 Douglas Bay YC IOM Tango Bolero 26 Andy Dunn IOM
IRC 3 Dublin Bay SC Chouskikou Beneteau First 28 Ronnie Sheehan / Ray Hickey Local
IRC 3 Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Challenger Europa Challenger Boland, Breathnach, Rossiter Local
IRC 3 Howth YCSunChaser Jeanneau Sun Dream 28 Michael Marr IRL National
IRC 3 Howth YC Gecko Bolero Quarter Ton Kevin Darmody IRL National
IRC 3 Howth YC Holly H-Boat Basil Mac Mahon IRL National
IRC 3 Malahide YC Goyave First 28 Colm Fitzpatrick and Russell Camier IRL National
IRC 3 Malahide YC Scandal J 24 Brian McDowell IRL National
IRC 3 National YC Grasshopper 2 Hanse 301 Kevin and John Glynn Local
IRC 3 National YC Huggy Bear Impala 28 Sean Doyle Local
IRC 3 National YC Cacciatore Hunter Sonata Mairead Ni Cheallachain Local
IRC 3 National YC Two Step bolero 26 Ross Doyle Local
IRC 3 Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club / DBSC HyFlyer Hydro John Barnard IRL National
IRC 3 Royal Irish YCCapilanoBeneteau 211Seamus StoranLocal
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC BorraineAphrodite 101EAN PUGH FRA
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Wynward Beneteau First 27 W. McCormack Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Cri-Cri J 133 Paul Colton Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Chinook Beneteau 21 Andrew Bradley Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Pamafe Beneteau First 285 Michael Costello Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Supernova Quarter Tonner Syb McCormack / Ken Lawless / Pat Shannon Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Saki Nicholson 31 Paget McCormack, Ben,Michael Ryan Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Yikes Beneteau 211 Joe Conway Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Taiscealai Shamrock brian Richardson and Jorid Lindberg Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Isolde Beneteau 21.7 Peter carroll Local
IRC 3 Royal Irish YC Small Wonder Beneteau 211 Hugh C Kelly Local
IRC 3 Royal St George YC Hard on Port One DesignFlor O'Driscoll Local
IRC 3 Royal St George YC Syzrgy Beneteau 211 Rowan Fogarty Local
IRC 3 Royal St George YC Carrabeg  D L Martin and R Deasy Local
IRC 3  Lady Rowena Sadler 34SE David Bolger Local
Two-Handed IRC Liverpool YC Ulula Corby Nick Ogden UK
Two-Handed IRC Pwllheli SC Mojito Bavaria Peter Dunlop Wales
Two-Handed IRC Royal Irish YC Dinah JOD35(mod) Barry Hurley Local
J109 Holy Loch SC Tigh Soluis II One DesignDr Ken Grant Scotland
J109 Liverpool YC Sleeper One DesignAlasdair Davidson, John Carrier UK
J109 National YC Jalapeno One DesignBaker et al Local
J109 National YC Powder Monkey One DesignChris Moore Local
J109 National YC Something Else One DesignJohn and Brian Hall, Sue McDonnell Local
J109 Royal Irish YC Indecision One Designdeclan hayes/patrick halpenny/ronan molony Local
J109 Royal Irish YC Joker 2 One DesignJohn Maybury Local
J109 Royal Irish YC JuraOne DesignPeter Boucher Local
J109 Royal Irish YC Jump the GunOne DesignMichael Monaghan & John Kelly Local
J109 Royal Irish YC Jetstream One DesignPeter Redden Local
J109 Royal St George YC Jedi One DesignSarratt and Austin and McGuiness Local
J109 Rush SC/Howth YC Storm One DesignPat Kelly IRL National
Beneteau 31.7 Ballyholme Yacht Club / Royal Ulster Yacht Club Twister One DesignFletcher, Byers, Fair N.Ireland
Beneteau 31.7 National YC Prospect One DesignChris Johnston Local
Beneteau 31.7 National YC BluefinOne DesignM Bryson,B&S O'CallaghanLocal
Beneteau 31.7 National YC LevanteOne DesignBrian Leyden,Michael LeahyLocal
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC MagicOne DesignDonal O'Sullivan, David EspeyLocal
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC Flying Machine One DesignConor and Donal O Gallagher Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC Dies Irae One DesignPatrick D Rowan Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC Prima Nocte One DesignPtrick Burke and Patrick Kennedy Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC Extreme Reality One DesignPatrick McSwiney, Emmet O'Rafferty Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal Irish YC Attitude One DesignSugars, Owens and Branigan Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC LevanaOne DesignJean MittonLocal
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC AvalonOne DesignConan & FoxLocal
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC 30 Something One DesignKavanagh,Jones,Gaffney,Lubliner Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC Fiddly Bits One DesignPJ Timmins/Bill Quigley/Domhnall Murray/Kevin Byrne Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC After You Too One DesignMichael Blaney Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC Violet Flame One DesignBrendan Murphy Local
Beneteau 31.7 Royal St George YC Legally blonde  Cathal Drohan Local
Sigma 33 Douglas Bay YC IOM Polished Manx One DesignKuba Szymanski IOM
Sigma 33 National YC Popje One DesignTed McCourt Local
Sigma 33 National YC Elandra One DesignRalph Hance, Local
Sigma 33 National YC Enchantress One DesignK.Bonner/L.Nicholl/M.Larkin Local
Sigma 33 National YC Miss Behavin One DesignAlan Bell & Others Local
Sigma 33 Royal Irish YCLeeuwin One DesignHenry &Caroline Leonard & Robert Kerr Local
Sigma 33 Royal Irish YCSeptember Song One DesignBarry Colleary Local
Sigma 33 Royal Irish YC White Mischief One DesignTim Goodbody Local
Sigma 33 Royal Irish YC Pastiche One DesignThomas J O Neill Local
Sigma 33 Royal St George YC Gwili Two One DesignDermot Clarke & Paddy Maguire Local
Sigma 33 Royal St George YC Rupert One DesignPatrick T Varian, Richard V. Lovegrove Local
Sigma 33 Royal St George YC Moonshine One DesignRonnie Moloney,David O'flynn Local
Sigma 33 TBCFandango One DesignCope/Lee/Price Wales
Non-SpinnakerBray SC Syledis in Blue Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 323 John & Brenda Hayes IRL National
Non-SpinnakerCarlingford SC chase me westerly fulmar bilge keel John Raughter IRL National
Non-SpinnakerDouglas Bay YC IOM Grand Cru Dufour 425 Peter Curphey IOM
Non-SpinnakerDun Laoghaire Motor YC Just Jasmin Bavaria Match 35 Philip Smith Local
Non-SpinnakerHowth YC Brazen Hussy Dufour 34 J Barry/M Stirling IRL National
Non-SpinnakerHowth YC Voyager Dehler 34 Joe Carton IRL National
Non-SpinnakerHowth YC Bite the Bullet Elan 333 Colm Bermingham IRL National
Non-SpinnakerNational Miss Scarlett Jeanneau Anthony Keane Local
Non-SpinnakerNational YC Orna Grand Soleil 40 Philip Dilworth Local
Non-SpinnakerNational YC RebellionLambay 60Hughes,O'Mahony,HanlonLocal
Non-SpinnakerNational YC Tsunami Beneteau First 40.7 Vincent Farrell Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal Irish YC Act TwoDufour 42M.O'Leary,T.Roche,D.AndrewsLocal
Non-SpinnakerRoyal Irish YC Eden Park jeanneau sun odyssey Liam Farmer Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal Irish YC The Great Escape Bavaria 33 Patrick and Denise Rigney Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal Irish YC Sea Safari Jeanneau Sun Oddessy 37 jacqueline smith Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal Irish YC Afternoon Delight Jenneau Sun Odyssey 32 M.Bennett; M. Brennan; G.Begley; J.P.Mackay Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal Irish YC Arwen Hanse Philip O'Dwyer Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal Irish YC Persistance Sigma 38 Charles Broadhead, Jerry Collins, Ian Stuart Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal St George YC Nirvana Beneteau 311 Bernard Neeson Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal St George YC Katie Janneau Sun Odyssey 32 Conorv McGuinness and Others Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal St George YC Calypso Beneteau Oceanis 361 Howard Knott, Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal St George YC Vespucci Dehler 31 Sean and Kristina O'Regan Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal St George YC Spirit Jeanneau 39DS Colin O'Brien et al Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal St George YC Nauti-Gal Beneteau First 310 John / Jason Crawford Local
Non-SpinnakerRoyal St George YC Windshift Jeanneau Sunfast 37 Ruairi O'Flynn, James O'Connor Local
Ruffian 23 Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Carmen One DesignBrendan Duffy Local
Ruffian 23 Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Ruff Rider One DesignRonan Lee Local
Ruffian 23 Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Ruff Justice One DesignPat O'Dowd Local
Ruffian 23 Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Ripples One DesignFrank Bradley Local
Ruffian 23 National YC Crescendo One DesignLorcan Balfe Local
Ruffian 23 National YC Riff Raff One DesignBrian Warner, Richard Godley, Hilary Murphy-Fagan Local
Ruffian 23 National YC Different Drummer One DesignDeclan Tonge Local
Ruffian 23 National YC Paramour One DesignLarry Power, Roberto Sastre, David Russell Local
Ruffian 23 National YC Ruff n' Ready One DesignB Cullen/C Brown/A Kirwan Local
Ruffian 23 Royal St George YC Ruff Nuff One DesignDerek and Carol Mitchell, Local
Ruffian 23 Royal St George YC Diane 2 One DesignAlan Claffey Local
Ruffian 23 Royal St George YC Nuits Saint Georges  Alan Kirwan Local
Ruffian 23 Sailing in DublinRuff DiamondOne DesignSailing in DublinLocal
Shipman Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Invader One DesignGerard Glynn Local
Shipman Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Just Good Friends One DesignMicheal Carroll Local
Shipman National YC Curraglas One DesignJohn Masterson Local
Shipman National YC Malindi One DesignAndrew Gray Local
Shipman National YC Bluefin One Designfinucane,o'sullivan,hegarty,rous Local
Shipman Royal Irish YC Whiterock One DesignHenry M. Robinson Local
Shipman Royal Irish YC Macro One One DesignJ Murray Local
Shipman Royal St George YC Jo Slim One DesignJ.D.Clarke,William and Gerard Maher Local
Shipman Royal St George YC Euphanzel 3 One DesignJohn Simington Local
Shipman Royal St George YC Twocan One DesignF. David Freeman Local
Shipman Royal St George YC Viking One DesignDr Fergus Mason, Dr Monica McWeeney, Oliver McCrohan Brian J Glynn Local
Shipman Royal St George YC Gusto One DesignChristine Heath Local
Shipman Royal St George YC The Den One DesignAisling Costello / George Miller Local
Shipman Royal St George YC PoppyOne DesignPeter WallisLocal
Laser SB3 Howth YC Sharkbait One DesignBen Duncan/Brian Moran IRL National
Laser SB3 Howth YC TBA One DesignDavid Quinn / Garrett May IRL National
Laser SB3 Howth YC Monkey  Cassidy/Kavanagh/McCormack IRL National
Laser SB3 Howth YC Shockwave One DesignEoin Quinlan Local
Laser SB3 Howth YC Sin a Bhuifl  Gillian Guinness Local
Laser SB3 Kinsale YC TBC One DesignRonan Downing IRL National
Laser SB3 Lough Ree YC/Arklow SC Sirius Black One DesignAnna Leech and Ken Hudson IRL National
Laser SB3 National YC Bumble BOne DesignFionnuala LoughreyLocal
Laser SB3 National YC Bluebird One DesignCathy Mac Aleavey Local
Laser SB3 National YC Alert Packaging One DesignJustin Burke Local
Laser SB3 National YC Odin One DesignJames Gorman Local
Laser SB3 National YC Rubadubdub One DesignNick Doherty,Rob Gavin Local
Laser SB3 National YC Mandarin  Rory Byrne Local
Laser SB3 Royal Irish YC SacreBleu One DesignDoug Smith Local
Laser SB3 Royal Irish YC SuperBug One DesignNiamh O'Rourke and Garrett O'Carroll Local
Laser SB3 Royal Irish YC Bád-Kilcullen One DesignJerry Dowling Local
Laser SB3 Royal North of Ireland YC SplashGordon One DesignGordon Patterson N.Ireland
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC Sin BinOne DesignBarry O'NeillLocal
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC Yeti One DesignSean Craig Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC Kick'er Off One DesignEd Cook / Selina Dicker Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC Sandy Bottom One DesignGordon Judge Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC TBC One DesignAidan O'Connell Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC Seriously Bonkers 3 One DesignMartin Cuppage, Peter Lee Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC Sunday Brunch One DesignRichard Tate, David Dwyer Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC BomChickaWahWah One DesignJohn O'Driscoll Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC Lupi D'Irlanda One DesignMARCO SORGASSI Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC TBC One DesignChris Arrowsmith Local
Laser SB3 Royal St George YC White Noise  Cormac Walsh Local
Laser SB3 Sligo YC Boomsticks One DesignBrian Reilly IRL National
Laser SB3 West Riding SC Hutton's One DesignBen Williamson UK
Laser SB3  Smoke on the water One DesignBob Hobby Local
Squib Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Periquin One DesignNoel Colclough,John Redahan Local
Squib Howth YCKlipbok One DesignEmmet Dalton IRL National
Squib Howth YC Kerfuffle One DesignJonathan Craig IRL National
Squib National YC Pintail One DesignM.Muldoonand Mrs. B Stevens Local
Squib Royal North of Ireland YC TOY for the boys One DesignPeter Wallace N.Ireland
Squib Royal St George YC PerfectionOne DesignJILL FLEMING Local
Squib Royal St George YC Kookaburra One DesignPeter and Marie Dee Local
Squib Royal St George YC Lola One DesignFrank Whelan Local
Squib Royal St George YC BuzzLite One DesignGerry O 'Connor Local
Squib Royal St George YC Anemos One DesignPeter and Anne evans Local
Squib Royal St George YC Femme Fatale One DesignJoe O'Byrne + Vincent Delany Local
Squib Royal St George YC Chillax One DesignMrs Mary McLoughlin Local
Squib Royal St George YC Coorse and Fine One DesignWendy Goodbody Local
Squib Royal St George YC Nimble One DesignBrian O'Hare and Tonia McAllister Local
Squib Royal St George YC Fox One DesignMichael Moran,Ronan Browne Local
Squib Royal St George YC Little Demon One DesignSheila Power Local
Squib Royal St George YC Sidewinder One DesignRupert Bowen / Rupert Westrup / David Croke Local
Mermaid Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club Ferga  Martin Reilly IRL National
Mermaid National YC Aideen One DesignDan Brennan and Brendan Martin Local
Mermaid National YC Tiller Girl One DesignJonathan O'Rourke Local
Mermaid National YC Endeavour One DesignRoger Bannon Local
Mermaid National YC Lively Lady One DesignGeraldine O'Neill and Michael Hanney Local
Mermaid Royal Irish YC Jill One DesignPaul Smith, Pat Mangan Local
Mermaid Royal St George YC Oonagh One DesignMarilyn and John Griffith Local
Mermaid Rush SC Clare One DesignPaddy Archer IRL National
Mermaid Rush SC Thumbalina One DesignPatrick Boardman IRL National
Mermaid Rush SC MiDi One DesignEnda Weldon IRL National
Mermaid Skerries SC Helen One DesignTherese McHugh IRL National
Mermaid Skerries SC The Message One DesignRoss Galbraith IRL National
Mermaid Skerries SC Bean Adhmaid One DesignMartin O'Toole IRL National
Mermaid Skerries SC Dolphin One DesignJames O'Toole IRL National
Mermaid Skerries SC Fugitive One DesignBrian Mc Nally IRL National
Mermaid Skerries SC Azeezy One Designsam shiels IRL National
Dragon Royal Irish YC Susele One DesignMichael Halpenny Local
Dragon Royal Irish YC Diva One DesignRick Johnson / Richard Goodbody / Rob Johnson Local
Dragon Royal Irish YC Zin Zan One DesignDan O' Connor,P.Moriarty,T.Carpenter Local
Dragon Royal St George YC Jaguar One DesignMartin Byrne Local
Dragon Royal St George YC Chiang One DesignIain Finnegan, Local
Dragon Royal St George YC Whisper One DesignMichael Cotter Local
Dragon Royal St George YC Aphrodite One DesignDoorly,Bolger,O'Kelly Local
Dragon Royal St George YC ZU One DesignMatt Minch, Tim Pearson, Conor Grimley Local
Dragon Royal St George YC Phantom One DesignPeter Bowring,David Williams Local
Dragon Yacht Club de CannesEveOne DesignEAN PUGH Local
Etchell Howth YC Kootamundra Wattle One DesignDan O'Grady IRL National
Etchell Howth YC Fetching One DesignStephen O'Flaherty IRL National
Fireball Coal Harbour DL license to Thrill One DesignLOUIS SMYTH Local
Fireball Coal Harbour DL Samphire One DesignCearbhall Daly Local
Fireball Dun Laoghaire Motor YC Elevation One DesignNeil Colin , Margaret Casey Local
Fireball Dun Laoghaire Motor YC No Name One DesignB McGuire, M.Chambers Local
Fireball National YC El Rey del Fuego One DesignFrancis Rowan Local
Fireball National YC NN One DesignStephen Oram Local
Fireball National YC Position is Possession One DesignGavin Doyle Local
Fireball National YC Incubus One DesignMarie Barry Local
Fireball Royal St George YC Goodness Gracious One DesignLouise McKenna Local
Flying Fifteen East Antrim BCFinal FlingOne DesignNorman Hamilton & William RutherfordN.Ireland
Flying Fifteen National YC Fflogger II One DesignAlan Dooley Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Kooigjug One DesignKen Dumpleton Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Flyer One DesignNiall Coleman Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Out of the Blue One DesignFraser Mitchell Local
Flying Fifteen National YC HY5ive One DesignDavid Gorman Local
Flying Fifteen National YC A Mere Triffle One DesignPeter Sherry Local
Flying Fifteen National YC The Gruffalo One DesignKeith Poole Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Ash One DesignJoe Coughlan Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Hi Fibre One DesignMichael McCambridge Local
Flying Fifteen National YC As Good As It Gets One DesignAlan Balfe Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Gekko One DesignSean & Paul Nolan Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Melliffluence One DesignTom Leonard Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Rollercoaster One DesignTom Murphy Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Snow White One DesignFrancis J Burgess Local
Flying Fifteen National YC The Big Bow Wow One DesignNiall Meagher and Nicki Matthews Local
Flying Fifteen National YC Val DoolicanOne DesignBen MulliganLocal
Flying Fifteen National YC Fastidiots  Peter & Conor Cronin Local
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Published in Volvo Regatta
The Red Bull Flugtag celebrates its 100th event in Dun Laoghaire next Sunday, and organisers have posted details for spectators planning to spend the day cheering on those magnificent flying machines!
The site for the free event will open at 12 noon, with the show taking place from 1pm till 4.30pm. All public access to the event site is via Dun Laoghaire Harbour/East Pier beside the National Yacht Club (the viewing area for those with disabilities is on Carlisle Pier beside the Royal St George).
There are a number of road diversions and parking restrictions to be aware of, full details of which are listed HERE. Temporary signage will advise motorists of impending diversions, and there is ample parking available at the Pavilion, Bloomfields and the IMC cinemas.
Visitors can also arrive by public transport, with bus routes 7, 7a, 46a, 75 and 111 all running to Dun Laoghaire. DART services will also run every 30 minutes and extra capacity will be provided.
The organisers wish to remind all spectators that the Red Bull Flugtag is a family event, and the consumption of alcohol in public will not be permitted.
Watch the world flugtag record being set in Minnesota last year. Maybe a new one will be set in Dun Laoghaire next weekend?

The Red Bull Flugtag celebrates its 100th event in Dun Laoghaire next Sunday, and organisers have posted details for spectators planning to spend the day cheering on those magnificent flying machines!

The site for the free event will open at 12 noon, with the show taking place from 1pm till 4.30pm. All public access to the event site is via Dun Laoghaire Harbour/East Pier beside the National Yacht Club (the viewing area for those with disabilities is on Carlisle Pier beside the Royal St George).

There are a number of road diversions and parking restrictions to be aware of, full details of which are listed HERE. Temporary signage will advise motorists of impending diversions, and there is ample parking available at the Pavilion, Bloomfields and the IMC cinemas.

Visitors can also arrive by public transport, with bus routes 7, 7a, 46a, 75 and 111 all running to Dun Laoghaire. DART services will also run every 30 minutes and extra capacity will be provided.

The organisers wish to remind all spectators that the Red Bull Flugtag is a family event, and the consumption of alcohol in public will not be permitted.

Watch the world flugtag record being set in Minnesota last year. Maybe a new one will be set in Dun Laoghaire next weekend?

Published in Dublin Bay

Elaine 'Shooter' Alexander's epic challenge to become the first woman from Northern Ireland to circumnavigate Ireland by kayak is approaching Dublin's coastline.

The challenge will involve a solo voyage of 1000 miles battling tides, headlands, cliffs, not to mention unpredictable weather.

Elaine is just one week into her challenge having taken on a constant barrage of strong head winds en route to Dublin. She is currently just north of Drogheda and weather pending hopes to be in North Dublin (Skerries, Howth) tomorrow, passing Dublin Bay Friday, and South Dublin (Bray and Greystones) Saturday.

She is camping on route and would really appreciate somewhere to shower, store her boat etc close to the sea. You can see exactly where she is by scrolling down this post.

 

Published in Canoeing

East Coast inshore campaigner Lively Lady (Derek Martin) left Dublin Bay racing behind yesterday for ISORA's offshore race to Rockaill and won. The Royal Irish boat, a Beneteau First 44.7, topped a 13-boat fleet over the 50 mile course to Rockabill. It was the second ISORA race of the 2011 calendar.

Second overall was another Beneteau, Walter Mitty, Stephen Mullaney's First 375 from Howth Yacht Club. Third was Jedi, Andrew Sarratt's J109 from Dun Laoghaire.

Yesterday's race was a much more pleasant start to the season compared to the previous weekend's pasting taken during the slog across the Irish Sea to Holyhead. Perhaps that was the reason for the drop off in entries from 21 to 13?  Next Saturday's ISORA fixture features another cross Irish Sea venture, this time to Pwhelli.

Race two results are available for download below. Latest ISORA news here.

ISORA Commodore Peter Ryan adds: 

It had been hoped that there would be a bumper fleet out for this popular day race run in conjunction with the Royal Alfred Yacht Club and the Lee Overlay Offshore Series but despite 25 entries, only 15 came to the start line. The heavy offshore race to Holyhead and delivery back the previous weekend and the strong winds all the week since then, had taken its toll with damage to boats and crew and boats not being to get to Dun Laoghaire.

The weather forecast for the day was for wind force 3-5 south east going east. The original course was to go south to North Arklow buoy. However, with the strong spring tides going north at the start and the light winds forecast, the Sailing Committee decided that going north to Rockabill would ensure a finish would be achieved to all boats. The course was: Start – North Burford(P) – Lambay (P) – Rockabill (S) – Lambay (S) – Kish Light (S) – Finish at Dun Laoghaire Harbour (45 miles).

Paul McCarthy of the RAYC provided the start at 10.00 and the fleet set off on a white sail reach towards North Burford. The wind was as forecast, south east force 3-4. Rounding that mark, spinnakers were raised and the fleet sped north with the tide. Shorthy after 12.00 “Lively Lady” rounded Rockabill followed by “English Mick”, “Orna” and directly behind her “Tsunami”.

The leg back to Kish was a beat keeping Lambay to starboard. The wind fluctuated with the stronger wind being out to sea. Most boats tacked behind Lambay to get the benefit of some lack tides in the lee of the island.

The wind was holding as the fleet neared Kish. First round was “Lively Lady” followed by “English Mick”, “Tsunami”, “Orna” and “Jedi”. As forecast the wind backed to east and dropped. What was looking like a charge to the finish turned out to be a crawl. Many of the boats at the back of the fleet gained by a temporary filling of the wind from behind as they caught up with the leading pack. However, “Lively Lady” and “English Mick” held their positions and crossed the line first and second. “Jedi” and “Orna” crept past “Tsunami” to cross the finish.

“Lively Lady” took line honours, 1st in Class and 1st Overall. “Jedi” took 1st in Class 2 while “Walter Mitty” won Class 3.

Sandra Moore of the NYC provided the finish. The usual après sail took place in the NYC after the race.

The next race is the Day Race in Pwllheli on the 14th May. It is hoped that the day race there will attract some new entrants from the Welsh side.

 

RankFleetBoatSailNoTypeRatingStartFinishElapsedCorrectedPoints
1Class 1Lively LadyIRL 1644First 44.71.10910.00.0016:21:006.21.007.02.3298.6
2Class 3Walter MittyIRL 7963First 3750.94710.00.0017:36:387.36.387.12.2692.8
3Class 2JediIRL 8088J1091.02910.00.0017:05:157.05.157.17.3587.0
4Class 1OrnaIRL 532 1.04710.00.0017:13:187.13.187.33.4081.2
5Class 2Lula BelleIRL 3607First 36.71.01910.00.0017:28:557.28.557.37.2775.4
6Class 3WindshiftIRL 37737SF370.99210.00.0017:41:597.41.597.38.1769.6
7Class 2First of SeptemberIRL 8581First 43.51.01710.00.0017:32:417.32.417.40.2363.9
8Class 1TsunamiIRL 4007First 40.71.06110.00.0017:15:007.15.007.41.3258.1
9Class 1English MickGBR4771RBeneteau 47.71.13010.00.0016:50:076.50.077.43.2652.3
10Class 2Miss ScarlettIRL 4763Sunfast 40.31.02510.00.0017:33:067.33.067.44.2646.5
11Class 3YahtzeeIRL 1068Oceanis 4110.98310.00.0017:57:517.57.517.49.4440.7
12Class 1Sailing West IntuitionGBR 9383Reflex 381.06010.00.0017:28:337.28.337.55.2834.9
13Class 1RebellionIRL 6001Nicholson 581.05410.00.0017:39:227.39.228.04.1029.1
14Class 1African ChallengeIRL 2649Fast 421.07710.00.0017:33:117.33.118.08.0523.4
15Class 3ObsessionIRL4513Sigma 330.905 DNF 10.0
Published in ISORA

Royal Cork Yacht Club sailors have lifted two national titles at the 2011 Mitsubishi National Youth Sailing Championships this afternoon in a series cut short today by gale force winds on Dublin Bay. SCROLL DOWN FOR THIS AFTERNOON'S PRIZEGIVING PHOTOS.

Local knowledge offered no advantage as Dun Laoghaire co-hosts the Royal St. George YC, the National Yacht Club and the Royal Irish YC won none of the five national titles inspite of strong turnouts fielded by each of the waterfront clubs.

With winds gusting up to 25-30 knots and easterly winds causing a big swell, sailing for the final day of the ISA Mitsubishi National Championships was cancelled leaving the 300 sailors ashore. However all classes had completed sufficient races to complete the series.

The event was an important test event for Dun Laoghaire organisers of the Youth Worlds which will be held in the same venue from 12 -21 July 2012.

In a show of strength from the regions the three other titles went to other east coast clubs at Howth, Ballyholme and Courtown.

Immediately after the prizegiving, (photos below) Olympic Team Manager James O'Callaghan named the Irish team for the 2011 ISAF Youth World Championships in Croatia in July based on the weekend results. Listen to the podcast with the team manager, talking about the stand out performances of the weekend,  the current strength of youth sailing in Ireland and the prospect of a top finish in Croatia.

Royal Cork YC achieved two national titles with Laser 4.7 event favourite Seafra Guilfoyle winning the title having previously dominated the Optimist fleet in previous years.

Brother and sister team Patrick & Chloe Crosbie also from Royal Cork won the 420 National title and Patrick was awarded the Training Grant for the most promising sailor at the event.

This event was the national trials for the Optimist class which was won by Tralee Bay sailor Sophie Browne who will travel to New Zealand in December to compete in the Optimist World Championships.

Irish optimist sailors are performing well internationally at the moment finishing fourth and fifth at the Braassemermeer Easter regatta. Other events during 2011 where there will be Irish representation include the European Championships in Portugal and the National Championships in Germany and the UK.

Top three results below. Click the links for full results class by class.

Laser Radial - full results here
National Champion: Philip Doran (Courtown Sailing Club)
2nd  Robbie Gilmore (Strangford Lough YC)
3rd Eoin Keller (Lough Derg YC)
1st Girl Sophie Murphy Quoile Yacht Club

Laser 4.7 - full results here
National Champion: Seafra Guilfoyle (Royal Cork YC)
2nd Darragh O'Sullivan (Kinsale YC)
3rd Finn Lynch (NYC/Blessington SC)
1st Girl: Sian Kneafsey (National YC)

420 - full results here
National Champions:  Patrick Crosbie & Chloe Crosbie (Royal Cork YC)
2nd Aodh Kennedy & Daniel Browne (Kinsale YC & Tralee Bay SC)
3rd Emma Geary & Niamh Connolly (Royal Cork YC & Baltimore SC)

Feva - full results here

National Champions: D Johnston & L Flynn Byrne (Howth YC)

2nd C Totterdell & S Craig (National YC/Royal St. George YC)

3rd  C Mollard & J Harris (Howth YC)

Topper - full results here
National Champion:  T Brow (Ballyholme YC)
2nd Laura Gilmore (Strangford Lough YC)
3rd  Andrew Penney (East Antrim BC)

Optimist (Championship fleet)
1st Ben Walsh (Skerries SC)
2nd Ross Quirke (National YC)
3rd Colin O'Sullivan (Malahide YC)

Optimist National Trials
Sophie Browne (Tralee Bay SC) won the trials and took the option of travelling to New Zealand in December 2011 to represent Ireland at the Optimist World Championships.

The following sailors were selected by the trial process to represent Ireland at the European Championship which will be held in Portugal in July 2011: Sean Donnelly, HYC, Peter McCann RCYC, Harry Whitaker RCYC, Eoin Lyden RCYC, Jil McGinley RCYC  Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain KYC and Megan Parker SSC

The team selected to travel to the German National Championships include Robert Dickson HYC , Daire Cournane KYC, Sean Waddilove Skerries SC,  Richard Hogan HYC, Adam Hyland RSGYC, Ronan Cournane KYC, Sean Gambier Ross KYC and Fergus Flood HYC, Aoife Hopkins and Alacoque Daly Tralee Bay SC.

In addition 10 sailors were chosen for the Irish under 12 squad who will compete in the Optimist UK National Championships.

All our youth sailing news aggregated here

Prizegiving photos by Gareth Craig below. For daily on the water action: Day one photos here. Day two photos here. Day three photos here.

Published in Youth Sailing
Maybe it's the fine weather? Maybe it's Enda Kenny or the IMF? Perhaps it's the sheer good value in boat deals and people determined to get on with life? Whatever it is, the Irish Marine trade is starting to see a turn in its fortunes this Spring after a torrid three years where boat sales plunged by 80%.

Any upturn couldn't come quick enough though. The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) is counting the cost of recession that has reduced its membership by up to two thirds as marine firms closed their doors.

"For the first time in three years I'm seeing fresh enquires and importantly new blood coming into Irish boating, said Bernard Gallagher of BJ Marine in Malahide, north Dublin.

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Boat dealers are offering substantial discounts

The new confidence in Irish boat buyers is primarily being seen in the sailing boat market.

One of the most accurate barometers of marine leisure activity, some dealers are reporting a return business levels not seen for three or four years.

"We've just sold a lovely 38-footer in to Howth and we've more sales in the pipeline said" Gallagher.

Other dealers confirm the same saying there is definitely a positive mood among buyers to go the extra step in the sales process.

It's quite a turnaround because up until very recently, dealers admit there was 'no boat buying mood at all'.

Ironically though after such poor sales at home there's now a real shortage of boats for sale here because over the past few years a lot of Irish boat stock was sold abroad.

"We badly need boats for our brokerage listings", says Gallagher who also operates branches in Belfast and Malta.

Many say sales will never get back to the dizzy heights of 2006 but for now good product ranges at the right place plus a splash of Easter sunshine is helping to move things at least a step in the right direction.

Irish dealers have been resourceful in finding markets abroad and an example of this is Dun Laoghaire dealer MGM boats who has just returned from the Portuguese boat show where there was positive vibes in Villamoura despite the recent bailout there too!

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The MGM Boats Stand at the recent Villamoura Show

Published in Marine Trade
Typically the start of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is a traditional season highlight on the capital's waters but there's so much sailing slated for Dublin Bay the weekend it's hard to know where to start.

There could be anything up to 500-boats afloat for events right across the bay and out in to the Irish Sea.

Joining the 390 boat DBSC fleet for its 128th season is a gathering of over 300 dinghies in Dun Laoghaire for the Mitsubishi Youth National Championships at the Royal St. George and National Yacht Clubs. It's an important event because it is a dry run for next year's ISAF Youth Worlds on Dublin Bay.

The National Yacht Club is also host for the first race of the 2011 ISORA offshore season. Up to 17 starters from a possible ISORA entry list of 40 are confirmed for the first race to Holyhead. First gun for ISORA is at 0755. An Early one!

Across the bay in Howth there is a competitive fleet assembled for the SB3 Eastern Championships. A notable feature of the event is the inclusion of Olympic campaigner Annalise Murphy.

Ashore, Réalt na Mara Dun Laoghaire RNLI's new D-class lifeboat is to be officially named during a ceremony on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday at 12 noon. The lifeboat is to be named by Mr and Mrs Pat and Kathy Kenny. RTE presenter Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have been long-standing supporters of the Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboats.

Mid week forecasts show good sailing winds for the weekend. Met Eireann is forecasting Southeast to east force 2 to 4 breezes, light enough for a gentle start to the season but there's still a chance of stronger for Saturday afternoon. Listen to Eddie English's weather prediction from Cork Harbour.

 

Published in Dublin Bay
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