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The GP14 Youth Championship 2010 was held at Sligo Yacht Club on Saturday 24th & 25th July in fresh Force 3 to 4 westerly winds with young sailors from six different clubs vying for honours. Senior sailors within the fleet loaned their boats to promising junior sailors from their home clubs in a bid to demonstrate the appeal of the class.

Don McCormack from Sligo Yacht Club led the fleet around the first weather mark followed closely by Cian Gallagher & Cathal Leigh Doyle also of Sligo Yacht Club in second and third respectively. With spinnakers flying in the strong breeze, the joy of sailing these boats on the reach quickly became apparent. However it was young Dan Gill from Sutton Dinghy Club who revelled in the conditions and quickly moved to the front of the fleet by the gybe mark. The race progressed and approaching the penultimate leeward mark it was Gill with a comfortable lead followed by McCormack and Leigh Doyle fighting it out for second place. Difficulties with the spinnaker in McCormack's boat ensured that Leigh Doyle had an easy second followed home in 3rd place by Conor Byrne & Pamela Lee of Royal St George Yacht Club.

Race 2 saw determined sailors Adam Scott and Eamonn Bourke of Skerries Sailing Club & Sutton Dinghy Club stake their claim on proceedings by sailing a great first beat to arrive at the windward mark in first place. Dave Reddy from Royal St George YC and crewed by stalwart of the class in Ireland Norman Lee arrived next followed closely by Dan Gill with his dad Hugh in the unfamiliar position of pulling the strings in the front for a change. Gill again showed his downwind prowess by moving into second but there was to be no getting past Scott & Bourke who went on to take the gun with the Gills holding onto second and Reddy & Lee taking third.

Race 3 on Sunday again saw the juniors having to hike hard to sail flat with Race Officer Gus Henry changing to a windward leeward course to give some variety. Racing was very close with the fleet bunched at the weather mark. But with a bow in front it was Byrne & Lee around first, then Reddy & Lee followed by the pack. The downwind leg presented lots of options and many were taken. Rounding onto the windward leg it was Byrne, then Reddy and again, young 14 year old Dan Gill not letting go, coming round in third. A tough windward battle ensued with Dan Gill showing perseverance and determination by rounding in first followed by Reddy and then Byrne. Gill led the fleet home with Reddy in second and getting more comfortable with the conditions were Eoin Duggan & Brendan Brogan of Sligo Yacht Club who sailed into third. This result saw Dan Gill become the youngest ever winner of the GP14 Youth Championship of Ireland with a race to spare.


Dan and Hugh Gill, Sutton Dinghy Club with the winning trophies. Photo: Donal McGuinness

Race 4 was again very keen with the fleet tightly bunched all the way round. Duggan & Brogan, getting better all the time, bagged a win followed by Reddy & Lee showing good consistency by again taking second with Cathal Leigh Doyle & James Conlon getting back into the frame with a third. All racers finished within twenty seconds showing remarkable competitiveness.

Final Placings
1. Dan & Hugh Gill, Sutton Dinghy Club
2. Dave Reddy & Norman Lee, Royal St George YC/ Greystones S
3. Eoin Duggan & Brendan Brogan, Sligo Yacht Club

Published in GP14

Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore.

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

Dublin Bay FAQs

There are approximately ten beaches and bathing spots around Dublin Bay: Dollymount Strand; Forty Foot Bathing Place; Half Moon bathing spot; Merrion Strand; Bull Wall; Sandycove Beach; Sandymount Strand; Seapoint; Shelley Banks; Sutton, Burrow Beach

There are slipways on the north side of Dublin Bay at Clontarf, Sutton and on the southside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and in Dalkey at Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours.

Dublin Bay is administered by a number of Government Departments, three local authorities and several statutory agencies. Dublin Port Company is in charge of navigation on the Bay.

Dublin Bay is approximately 70 sq kilometres or 7,000 hectares. The Bay is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and seven km in length east-west to its peak at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southside of the Bay has an East and West Pier, each one kilometre long; this is one of the largest human-made harbours in the world. There also piers or walls at the entrance to the River Liffey at Dublin city known as the Great North and South Walls. Other harbours on the Bay include Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbours both at Dalkey.

There are two marinas on Dublin Bay. Ireland's largest marina with over 800 berths is on the southern shore at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The other is at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey close to Dublin City.

Car and passenger Ferries operate from Dublin Port to the UK, Isle of Man and France. A passenger ferry operates from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth as well as providing tourist voyages around the bay.

Dublin Bay has two Islands. Bull Island at Clontarf and Dalkey Island on the southern shore of the Bay.

The River Liffey flows through Dublin city and into the Bay. Its tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.

Dollymount, Burrow and Seapoint beaches

Approximately 1,500 boats from small dinghies to motorboats to ocean-going yachts. The vast majority, over 1,000, are moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is Ireland's boating capital.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. To support sustainable development, UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere has evolved to include not just areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work within these areas. There have since been additional international and national designations, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity. To fulfil these broader management aims for the ecosystem, the Biosphere was expanded in 2015. The Biosphere now covers Dublin Bay, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300km² to include the bay, the shore and nearby residential areas.

On the Southside at Dun Laoghaire, there is the National Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as Dublin Bay Sailing Club. In the city centre, there is Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club. On the Northside of Dublin, there is Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club. While not on Dublin Bay, Howth Yacht Club is the major north Dublin Sailing centre.

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