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Dun Laoghaire based photographer Gareth Craig has added to last Saturday's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race coverage with a selection of start images on the Afloat Gallery here. Our race start coverage from the National Yacht Club is here.
Published in Dun Laoghaire Dingle
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Starting at 1000 this morning, the ebb tide will make up for the light winds forecast for the early part of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race writes our Offshore Correspondent. However, it looks likely that anchoring will play a role once the flood sets in and there may be some close work inshore to escape the worst of the tide. It looks unlikely that any of the fleet will make the Tuskar before the next ebb which may well carry the whole fleet around the first waypoint and into the building headwinds.

This should advantage the smaller boats of the fleet initially, but could help the larger boats to get further along the south coast before the westerly sets in around midnight Sunday.

Alan McGettigan's Pride of Dalkey- Fuji should show a clean pair of heels to the fleet, but she will always be fighting the handicap and a slow start will not suit.

Expect to see quite a battle between 2009 winner Cathal Drohan's X41, Legally Brunette, the Tyrell J122 Aquelina and the relatively unknown Steve Kershaw's Fortuna Redux, the South African built Fast 42.  ISORA class leading form has already been shown by Richard Tudor's Sgrech and Vincent Farrell's Tsunami, while Matt Davis' Sigma 400 Raging Bull is a recent winner.

While the handicap suggests that Pride of Dalkey-Fuji  should take line honours, the current forecast suggest the overall winner will come from the lower rated boats.

Its going to be an interesting few days.


Published in Dun Laoghaire Dingle

Dublin Bay local Adam Hyland has won the Optimist Leinster Championships on home waters this afternoon in blustery conditions that saw the series completed in the comparative shelter of Scotsman's bay in the lee of Dun Laoghaire's East pier as winds across Dublin Bay hit 25 knots from the West. Howth Yacht Club sailors Sean Waddilove and Robert Dickson were second and third respectively.

The Championships hosted by the National Yacht Club also featured racing in the Junior and Regatta fleets. The juniors was won by Ronan Cournahane and regatta racing by Eva Millar.

Results below.

Series PlaceSail NoFleetHelmPrize AgeClubSeries PointsRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4
11413GoldAdam HYLAND14RStGYC713523
21437GoldSean WADDILOVE14SSC/HYC851252
31355GoldRobert Dickson13HYC1121581
41443GoldSean Gambier-Ross14KYC1347522
51407GoldConor O'Beirne13RStGYC1812666
61441GoldEoin Lyden14RCYC / BSC20115184
71433GoldJil McGinley14RCYC24910552
81305GoldSandy APLIN13RStGYC26321439
91440GoldHarry Whitaker14RCYC/BSC26351178
101307GoldAnna Kelly13RCYC/BBSC291081211
111438GoldSean Donnelly14NYC36239452
121315GoldFergus Flood13HYC371941452
131316SilverRoss Quirke14NYC39728257
141444GoldSophie Browne TBSC/RCYC401516952
151420GoldMegan Parker13SSC411818235
161425GoldDouglas Elmes13RCYC/WHSC4116191015
171335GoldScott Levie14LDYC428402212
181415SilverCaitlin Waters15RStGYC5025321510
191410GoldDaire Cournane13RCYC/KYC56352152
201314GoldAlexandra Walsh14RStGYC5617235216
211369GoldAdam D'ARCY13RCYC5730221322
221340GoldAlacoque Daly13TBSC5827242014
231436GoldDaniel Raymond NYC6313311952
241446SilverStephen Judge13RIYC6421372419
251298GoldBill Staunton14SSC6524202152
261352SilverCara MC DOWELL13MYC6626272713
271439GoldPeter McCann14RCYC681425252
281234GoldMark Bolger14RStGYC6928132852
291442GoldCliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain13KYC7041121752
301422GoldChloe Eggers14RStGYC756175252
311361GoldAoife Hopkins13HYC7620401652
321332SilverJames O'Connor13RStGYC7622383321
33961SilverClaire O'Sullivan RCYC8134353017
341427SilverJacob MARTENSSON14RIYC8131362624
351360SilverNicole Hemeryck13RIYC/WHSC8233295220
361349GoldConor KNEAFSEY14NYC8442253425
371243SilverCharley Breen13RCYC8840332926
381358SilverErica Markey13HYC9445393223
391225GoldPeter Healy14KYC10239521152
401375GoldRichard Hogan13HYC10229215252
41122SilverFionn O'REGAN14DSC10338343152
421392SilverCian BUCKLEY14MYC10443263552
431154GoldCiaran Finnegan13WHSC10737525218
441389SilverLaura COLEMAN13RIYC12444433752
451303SilverD.J. MCGOVERN14MYC12936415252
461278SilverEoghan O REGAN13RCYC14052523652
471313SilverAlex Kavanagh13HYC14652425252
48768SilverJulia GEOGHEGAN13RIYC15652525252
481218SilverEmer Rafferty 15652525252
481359SilverIsabel CAHILL13HYC15652525252
481402SilverLucy McCutcheon14RStGYC15652525252
Junior Division
Series PlaceSail NoFleetHelmPrize AgeClubSeries PointsRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4
11411GoldRonan Cournane12RCYC/KYC715113
21408GoldKate Lyttle12RStGYC831132
31346SilverPhilip McDowell12MYC1112821
41012GoldNiamh Henry12RStGYC124445
51343SilverColin O'SULLIVAN12MYC158259
61282SilverOskar Cahill12 155377
71372GoldIsabelle Delamer12HYC1969144
81347SilverBen Walsh12SSC21214136
91266GoldScott O'Sullivan12KYC22.577.5818
101341GoldEwan MCMAHON12HYC24911514
111290SilverHarry Durcan12RCYC25136118
121421GoldEvie Byrne12NYC281012616
131302GoldHarry Craig12RStGYC31217223
141217GoldRebecca O SHAUGHNESSY12RCYC3211101611
151445SilverHugh Perrette12NYC/SDC4314191021
161342SilverDarragh KELLY12SDC445713922
171148GoldEoghan O'Buachalla12TBSC4423161216
181119SilverConor LEE11GBSC4715181715
191246SilverJohnny Durcan12RCYC5520171857
201143SilverRichard McGinley11RCYC5616272020
211399SilverDaniel Hopkins11HYC5817315710
221324SilverHeather SPAIN12NYC6530242417
231291SilverAmy CARROLL11 6525221924
241382SilverConor Byrne12NYC6722202557
251403SilverJamie O'GRADY11HYC7119262627
261357SilverJames McCann11RCYC7518573126
271297SilverLuke MCGRATH11RCYC7628255723
281404SilverAlex O'GRADY11HYC7731232331
298SilverEmma Parker10SSC7857292128
301275SilverNell STAUNTON11SSC8024572729
311294SilverTom KEAL10RCYC8629282957
321192SilverRachel Eggers11RStGYC8927305732
331244SilverAlix Buckley11SSC9057215712
341153SilverRonan WALSH11RCYC11732572857
351435SilverPatrick RIORDAN12RIYC13957575725
361089SilverHarry BELL10RNIYC14026575757
371397SilverLucy DONWORTH12RCYC/BSC14457575730
381293SilverKillian MCHUGH12GBSC14457573057
39698SilverShane O'Brien SDC17157575757
39885SilverImogen MCNAMARA11RIYC17157575757
39934SilverJane Bolger10RStGYC17157575757
39989SilverLucy WATERS11RStGYC17157575757
39996SilverGavin Roche Griffin11RStYC17157575757
391195SilverGrace O'Beirne11RStGYC17157575757
391196SilverOisin LYONS11GBSC17157575757
391233SilverSarah CUDMORE11rcyc17157575757
391253SilverSarah LEVIE11LDYC17157575757
391255SilverRos Morgan12SSC17157575757
391280SilverGemma MC DOWELL11MYC17157575757
391296SilverPhoebe NORWOOD12RIYC17157575757
391309SilverHelen O'Beirne11RStGYC17157575757
391354SilverDavid O'REILLY11GBSC17157575757
391364SilverDara Donnelly12NYC17157575757
391379SilverMax Kavanagh10HYC17157575757
391384SilverSally BELL12RNIYC17157575757
391423SilverTom SHANAHAN12NYC17157575757
Regatta Division
Sail NoHelmPrize AgeClub
720Mairead MCHUGH10GBSC
786Caoimhe Totterdell10NYC
795Cormac BUCKLEY10MYC
844Robert KEAL0RCYC
1009Kate D'ARCY10RCYC
1081Peter FAGAN11NYC
1133Cliona COYLE11NYC
1150Patrick COYLE13NYC
1173Megan CAHILL11HYC
1182Clare GORMAN10NYC
1196Michael CARROLL10
1204Brian FOX13TBSC
1208William SPAIN11NYC
1242Alison MAGUIRE11RIYC
1254Emily Whitaker10RCYC/BSC
1269Guy Withinshaw WITHINSHAW10NYC
1321Katie-Jane Marshall10NYC
1348Ella DUFFY11NYC
1394Neasa O'CONNELL9RstGYC
1396Morgan Lyttle9RStGYC
Published in Optimist

A combination of an impossibly tight deadline, the high cost of entry and an appalling vista for sailing sponsorship in Ireland this season has halted any chance of an Irish entry into the La Solitaire du Figaro race when it sails in to Dun Laoghaire harbour on August 10th.

Competitive race entry costs ranged from anywhere between €60-250,000.

As late as February National Yacht Club organisers were touting the possibilities of two Dublin entries in to the race. It was a scenario that would have added extra spice for an Irish audience during the Figaro's only foreign stopover at the Irish east coast port.

A 71 boat fleet is expected to stay in Dun Laoghaire for four days and the National Yacht Club is staging a special festival around it.

Latest La Solitaire du Figaro news here


Published in Figaro

Offshore racers Jedi, Aquelina and at least five J yacht designs – including George Sisk's new J111, Wow – are entered for next month's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle offshore sailing race (D2D) from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on June 11.

The last D2D race in June 2009 attracted 39 entries and a course record was set by Michael Cotter's Whisper. This year, organisers Martin Crotty and Brian Barry along with Dingle Harbour master Brian Farrell remain confident that they will break the 40 boat barrier. They may well be right as the event has been specifically timed to bring Dublin boats to the south coast for ten days of racing at the ICRA Nationals in Cork Harbour and the Sovereigns Cup the following week in Kinsale.

The event is also benefitting from inclusion in this year's ISORA calendar.

With just under a month to the start of the race 19 boats are officially entered (see table below) for the 320-miler but the National's Olivier Proveur says the club also expects the following: Tsunami (Beneteau 40.7 – Vincent Farrell), Quite Correct (Beneteau 54DS – John Roberts), Class 40 (Alan McGettigan), English Mick, Sailing West Intuition, Raging Bull (Sigma 400), Legally Brunette, Saxon Senator and Dublin Bay yacht Tiamat may also enter.

Full entry list below at May 19th:

Spindrift HR34 David Kelly
Dinah JOD35 Barry Hurley
Powder Monkey J109 Chris Moore
Lula Belle Beneteau 36.7 Liam Coyne
Orna Grand Soleil Philip Dilworth
Aquelina J122 Sheila/James Tyrrell
Ocean Blue Pacific Seacraft 42 Francis Cassidy
Wow J 111 George Sisk
Emir Herr Beneteau 47.3 Liam Shanahan
Something Else J109 John Hall
Premier Cru Beneteau 50 Alan Jackson
Lisador Dehler 36 Henry Hogg
Jedi J109 Andrew Sarratt
Galway Harbour Reflex 38 Martin Breen
Betty Boop Puppeteer 330S John Alvey
Tom Crean SJ320 Yannick Lemonnier
Mojito Bavaria 39 Peter Dunlop
Fortuna Redux Fast 42 Steve Kershaw
Yahtzee Beneteau 411 Richard Mossop


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In the UK, National Fishing Month 2010 was a resounding success with 330 events taking place across the country attracting over 13,500 participants of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and social profiles. Research complied by Substance from a sample of 11% of these events showed that 24% of the participants were female, 75% were male, 51% fell into the 7-14 age range and 24% of participants came from the top 30% most deprived areas as listed by the 2007 Index of Multiple Deprivation.

National Fishing Month is believed to have encouraged over 200,000 new anglers into the sport through the events held over the last 19 years.

This year's event, 16th July to 14th August 2011, has already got off to a wonderful start with Dean Macey adding his endorsement to the initiative.

Dean commented: "I have been fishing for as long as I can remember and where ever I go in the world, I will always bump into someone that also loves fishing. It's such a great hobby - you get to spend time outdoors, appreciate Mother Nature, meet some great people and if you're really lucky, witness some marvelous creatures.
Dean continued: "When I was a kid, I found it hard to get my head around school work or any kind of discipline. If it wasn't for fishing and athletics I dread to think where I would be right now. Between them, they gave me something to focus on and keep me off the streets.
"Throughout my athletics career, fishing helped me mentally unwind and I'm sure without it, I would have burnt myself out. Whether it's a day on the rivers, sleeping under the stars on a still water for a few days or jumping on a plane to fuel my passion abroad, I don't mind. I love it all, and for the most part, I think almost everyone would if given the chance. That's why I support National Fishing Month and urge everyone to get involved and take part. Everyone I have ever taken fishing has loved it and you can't keep them off the bank now. Give it a go, you owe it to yourself!"
As in previous years, the focus is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing from whatever cultural or social background they may be from. The initiative's timing continues to be deliberately planned to incorporate the end of the school terms and more of the school holidays to enable activities to be linked with both schools and families. Again, by extending the timetable, fishery owners, angling coaches and retailers will have a greater span of time to be able to take part and support events in their areas.

National Fishing Month aims to highlight and celebrate angling, bringing the sport to the attention of the general public, generate positive PR in all forms of media and to encourage would-be anglers of all ages and from all backgrounds to try angling and to take it up as an environmentally based recreation. There will be hundreds of events all over the country organised by coaches from the PAA and the ADB, on behalf of the Angling Trust, independent fishery owners, the Environment Agency, fishing tackle retailers and manufacturers who give their time, their fishery pegs and loads of products for free.

Richard Wightman from the Environment Agency added: "We are really pleased to be able to continue our support for NFM in 2011 and beyond. This year offers a fantastic opportunity in the shape of a prolonged and well-timed Easter, May Bank Holiday, plus the additional Royal Wedding break at the end of April. What better time to help more people get into and stay in fishing. Let's all do what we can to make the most out of it."

If you would like to take part and have a go at fishing, take a look at the events that are already listed on the National Fishing Month website <> and enter your postcode. The events closest to you will then be listed and you can find out more details from there.

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An ocean cruise by a husband and wife from the shores of Galway Bay to Tahiti in the midst of the Pacific in an owner-built boat has been awarded Ireland's senior cruising trophy, the Faulkner Cup of the Irish Cruising Club, which has been in annual contention since 1931.

Fergus and Kay Quinlan live in the Burren in County Clare, and in 1997 they launched the steel van de Stadt 12-metre cruiser Pylades, which they'd built themselves. They've made several voyages and have been in the Irish Cruising Club's award list before. But at the ICC's AGM in the National YC on February 18th they deservedly got the big one, the Faulkner Cup, for the first stage of a global circumnavigation which began from their home port of Kinvara in the summer of 2009, and a year later they'd reached Tahiti.

Their cruise continues, so the award was made in absentia. Adjudicator Brian Cudmore of Cork made the point that their informative log included much general and often entertaining information, and it becomes even more interesting the further you got into it, so he's keenly anticipating the next inmstalment.

The Strangford Cup for an alternative best cruise could not have been more different, both in location or boat type. The 44ft Young Larry may have been built of steel in 1995, but she was based fairly precisely on the design of a gaff cutter built in 1907. And though the rig has been made more manageable through being a yawl, even the mizzen is gaff-headed, while the main sets a topsail. Not the most-easily handled rig for challenging seas, you might well think, but Maire Breathnach (originally from Dungarvan) and her partner Andrew Wilkes, crewed by Maire's niece Sibeal Turraoin, took Larry Og – which looks for all the world like a smaller Asgard I – right through the Northwest Passage to Alaska, an extraordinary one-season achievement.

The ICC members logged some other notable Atlantic voyages, with Michael Coleman of Cobh, a Port of Cork Pilot before he got the free bus pass, making a fine Atlantic triangle to the Azores, then Newfoundland, and so home to Cork, visiting many islands with his well-found 1988 Oyster 53 Oyster Cove. It was all done with a crew of average age 66, senior member Tom Noonan aged 76, and worthy winners of the Atlantic Trophy.

Over the years since its foundation in 1929, the Irish Cruising Club has become the trustee and adjudicator of many trophies, twenty in all, and two of them were special presentations in 2010. The Donegan Memorial Trophy went to Ruth Heard, an ICC member since 1967. She has cruised both to the Azores and Iceland, but is honoured this year in celebration of her remarkable contribution to the rebirth of the inland waterways, and to mark the re-opening of the Royal Canal. Ruth Heard was on the crew of Harklow, the last boat to transit the Royal in 1954 before its half century of official closure which was gloriously reversed in 2010.

And once upon a time, the ICC was the organiser of Ireland's Admiral's Cup campaigns. Though many members still race offshore as individuals, the club has long since focused totally on cruising. But it has a general trophy, the John B Kearney Cup for Services to Irish Sailing, and for 2010 it was awarded with acclamation to the successful Irish Commodore's Cup Team.

Published in Cruising
National Yacht Club Manager, Padraic Conneely is retiring and the Dun Laoghaire club is advertising the position this morning in the Irish Times. 

In a message to members this week Commodore Peter Ryan said Conneely 'has been a huge part of the Club for 21 years and it will be a difficult task to find a replacement of his quality and commitment'.

The newspaper advertisement says the successful candidate 'will have a strong hands on approach to managing a tight knit, highly motivated team of professionals'.

Applicants are requested to email [email protected] before March 1st.

Published in National YC
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