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Only a handful of spots remain for youth sailors in spring training programmes for Optimist, Topper and RS Feva sailors organised by the National Yacht Club for the 2020 season.

Spring training for Oppys runs for five Sunday afternoons beginning on 1 March. Only two places remain as of time of writing — to register (and optionally charter a club boat) see the NYC website HERE.

The Topper spring coaching programme is already under way, but a handful of places remain in the Advanced Racer and Improvers groups. More details and online registration can be found HERE.

And coaching for RS Feva juniors begins later this month on 23 February, with only two spots to spare. Details and registration HERE.

This month will also see a team racing clinic at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February during the upcoming midterm break.

The Irish Sailing-supported initiative for team racing is offered at the special price of only €25 for the two days of training, and is open to anyone (including non-club members) who has a competent level of sailing experience but is most suited to at least Level 3 or equivalent.

Sign-ups are still open for the Dun Laoghaire Youth Laser spring training programme, which continues this month with a focus on preparing 4.7 sailors for Easter trials and Radials for the Europeans at Ballyholme in July.

And dates have been finalised for NYC’s junior summer courses, each of two weeks’ duration:

  • Course 1: Tuesday 2 to Friday 12 June
  • Course 2: Monday 15 to Friday 26 June
  • Course 3: Monday 29 June to Friday 10 July
  • Course 4: Monday 13 July to Friday 24 July
  • Course 5: Monday 27 July to Friday 7 August

These will involve the full suite of Irish Sailing levels (Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Improving Skills, Racing, Advanced Boat Handling, Adventure) over each course.

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Leonie Judge and Madison O'Conaill from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay are Ireland's sole representatives at the RS Feva World Championships 2019 in Follonica, Italy this week. 

The second day of racing at the 195-boat Championships 2019 greeted the sailors with glassy conditions. As the sun warmed up to over 35 degrees a light breeze filled in.

Before heading on the water, the Chinese team talked about how, at the very last minute their visas were approved, and they arrived in Italy with only one day before racing started.

“We are so excited to finally be here and be able to race. We came 2 nd at Hong Kong race week so jumped at the chance to come to the RS Feva World Championships “explained the
Chinese team from Guangzhou Sailing Club.

The fleet launched into another glamourous day of racing in Follonica Bay. Raulf Berry and his crew Ollie Peters continued their momentum, posting two bullets and a 10 th . “In three
words the RS Feva Worlds are competitive, sociable and hot!” Ollie described as he came off the water wearing a very fetching pink bucket hat.

Simon Cooke, multiple 470 champion, and Oscar Masfen had another solid day but as they arrive on shore they described the tense racing out on the course. “The British girls were so quick upwind!” explained Simon, “we are racing well and really enjoying ourselves!” With a grin on his face, Oscar added “It is so great to race against other countries and people
speaking other languages. The RS Feva Worlds have been so amazing, fun and entertaining!”

Millie Irish/ Tasmyn Green and Gabriella Clifton/ Daisy Weston are currently battling it out in 5 th and 6 th place respectively for the first female title heading into the final series. William
Pank and Sebastian Gotto from Norwich School, GBR, had a strong day posting a 1. 4, 3 after a rocky start.

It's a wrap on the qualification series as the fleet are split in gold, silver and bronze where the real racing begins! 

Results here

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#RS - Killaloe Sailing Club is hosting the RS Inland and RS Feva Western Championships this weekend, starting today Saturday 11 August.

The RS sailing community will be out in force on Lough Derg for the weekend, with full camping facilities available at the club and a barbecue set for this evening at 6.30pm.

For more details on the event see the RS Ireland website HERE.

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Counting four first places Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary of the host club won the six race 2018 RS Feva East Coast Championships by a clear margin of eight nett points at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Race over two days the 13-boat fleet drew entries from five different clubs but no one could match the speed of Norwood and Cleary.

Tim norwood Feva 1215Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary had four firsts from six races Photo: Afloat.ie

Second overall went to Howth Yacht Club's Tom O'Neill and Adam Walsh. Blessington Sailing Club visitors Lily Thorup and Sibeal Nic Giolla were third overall.

In one of his first roles as RIYC Commodore, Joe Costello presented the overall prizes. 

RS Feva sailorsRS Feva sailors gathered on the steps of the RIYC

Top five overall: 

1 Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary
2 Tom O'Neill and Adam Walsh 
3 Lily Thorup and Sibeal Nic Giolla
4 Elysia O'Leary Lily Dwyer RSGYC
5 Christopher Evans Garrett Harry Shackleton

RS Feva dinghy RIYC 1199The RS Feva dinghy fleet launch from the RIYC slipway Photo: Afloat.ie

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Over RS Sailing 40 crews arrived at Blessington Sailing Club to the clubs usual very friendly hospitality to join the newly established local fleet of RS200’s writes Kevin Brazel. Download full results below.

With a 1300 first gun on Saturday morning and a forecast for dying breeze, race officer Robin Gray from Ballyholme was eager to get things off in his ever efficient way.

The standard windward leeward course with a gate was set in a typical shifty lake breeze. The RS400 fleet was sent off first but a major shift before the first top mark caused the race to be abandoned. At the second time of asking, Trevor D’Arcy and crew Alan McLemon came out on top in Race one.

A testament to the tight racing enjoyed by the RS400 fleet was the fact that there was a different winner in each race. Rob Hastings and crew Lawrence from the Royal North took race two. Monkstown’s Robbie O’Sullivan and Phil McFountain won race three. With the most consistent top results and a win in race 4 Paul McMahon & Simon Martin from Howth took the title of RS400 2017 inland champions 

In the RS200 fleet Marty O’Leary and Rachel Williamson showed more of the speed they’ve had all season. The only blot on a their score card was an OCS in race 4 when Marty was a little premature, much to the annoyance of Rachel. Emmet Ryan and Kevin Brazel, who were making the change in “weight division” to the 200 for the weekend took second place with Greystone’s Frank O’Rourke with Diana Kissane in third.

The youth class, the RS Feva turned out to be a very competitive fleet, with the winner, Royal St. George’s Marcus O’Leary showing consistency is key. Not winning a race but being always in the front 3 to take the overall win. Second was Max and Georgia Goodbody from the Royal Irish, and third was Alan Leddy crewed by Greg Houlihan from Greystones.

Once on shore the Blessington members put on a great show, with a michelin-star barbeque on the beach, cheap beer and music until late to keep the many sailors staying around the club entertained, the best apres-sail anyone in the fleet can remember of the last few years!

Thanks to Blessington for running an absolutely brilliant event, with incredible food and real hospitality. Big thanks to Robin for doing a perfect job on the committee boat, managing to get four races off in very difficult conditions.

Next up are the RS400 Nationals and RS200 Southerns in Greystones on the 8th ,9th and 10th of September.

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Hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, the Crane Hire Ltd RS Feva 2017 Nationals took place this weekend with 56 sailors lined up for the first race on Friday afternoon. There was a full range of weather conditions over the weekend with winds in excess of 20–knots on Saturday afternoon in Dublin Bay. Racing was close and very competitive right the way throughout the fleet and the varying winds allowed all crew combinations to shine at some stage of the event.

On Sunday the event finished in glorious sunshine. Eddie and Kevin Farrell from Llandudno Sailing Club were worthy winners of the Open Trophy and gave a great demonstration of Feva planing in all conditions.

Henry Start and Morgan Devine (RStGYC) retained their National Championship title after 3 tense races on Sunday where they managed to overhaul the one-point lead that Conor and Jack Galligan from Greystones held after day two. Conor and Jack were first Under 14. In third place was Liam Donnelly and Ben Patterson (HYC & MYC) who did enough to keep Max Goodbody and Oscar Mulvin (RIYC) in fourth place. In fifth place was Christopher Garrett Evans and Harry Shackleton (HYC/MYC). Finian Duff Lennon and Meghan Hudson Malone were first U12. Emma Williams and Madison O’Conaill were first girls and Alice Tyrrell and Kate O’Connor (RIYC) won the Silver fleet.

RS Feva planingIrish Open RS Feva Champions, Eddie and Kevin Farrell from Llandudno Sailing Club. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hogan

An excellent prize giving was held on Sunday afternoon. Hosted by event organiser Elaine Malcolm, there were lots of prizes for the Gold and Silver fleet, individual race winners and some special prizes too. Thanks to McCready Sailboats and A Stitch in Time for their support.

'RS Feva events are very special', says Garrett Donnelly from the RS Feva Association. 'There is extremely competitive racing taking place in the fleet, and with a range of ages from 10 and up, this is a fleet that truly accommodates and welcomes all sailors'. What you end up with is an eclectic bunch who share a love for sailing, for racing and of course for the Feva itself. 'What a great little boat it is. An excellent first two hander for any sailor that is adaptable from summer sailing courses to top level competition', he added.

“This was a classic Feva event, with sailors from 10 different clubs it had everything you could want in a youth sailing championship. It’s great to see young sailors enjoying themselves so much in two handed boats. Many thanks to our main sponsors Crane Hire Ltd and to the Royal St. George Yacht Club for hosting so magnificently” said Donnelly.

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It's lining up to be an exciting week for youth sailing in Dun Laoghaire. The 2017 RS Feva Nationals take place over 3 days from 14 to 16 July at the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

As a warm up to the event there is a training session being held at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Tuesday evening (July 11th) from 5:30 to 9:30. 

In addition, the RIYC regatta is taking place on Wednesday (July 12th), providing another day of fun junior racing for the Fevas and other fleets.

With an asymmetric kite, the Feva is the most exciting dinghy available to children aged 11+ and provides a welcome alternative to the mainly single handed world of junior sailing. Fast, sociable, fun and requiring technical know-how, the Feva definitely ticks a lot of boxes. The World Championships are being held in Holland later this month with four Irish boats taking part in a 175+ boat fleet.

Starting next Friday (July 14th) there will be over 60 enthusiastic Feva sailors from more than 10 different clubs, enjoying close racing with 10 races spread over the 3 days.

There will be a Feva coach on hand for advise throughout the regatta, to help with last minute rigging issues and to make sure the sailors are having a good time with various on and off the water games planned. With Gold and Silver fleets and lots of prizes, all levels of ability are encouraged to come and take part.

Details including the Notice of Race and Online Entry are available here

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No sooner has Howth Yacht Club completed its Spring Warmer Series for keelboats than it is preparing for its first dinghy event of the 2017 Summer season.  HYC will host the RS Eastern Championship over the 22nd April and 23rd April.

The RS classes will be joined by Cork Harbour's travelling National 18s and the SB20 sportsboat class. 

In the run up to the championships, the RS Feva class are staging a two day training session in Howth. Training is open to all sailors around the country regardless of ability. 20 boats are expected for the Easterns and there is a lot of renewed interest in the class now from Optimist sailors looking to try a two hander. 

An early bird entry discount has been extended until tomorrow (April 12), according to HYC's Ross MacDonald. Enter here.

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Many Irish RS Feva youth sailors have travelled to World Championships over the years and it has been a great experience for many, giving teenagers their first taste of dinghy world championship competition. International fleet sizes tend to be around the 150 boats, split into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets, so 'good friendly racing for all', is how it is promoted. 

This year, the championships are in Holland and Team Ireland is well on its way to getting upwards of 10 boats to travel to Medemblik in July.

Planning for the trip is at an early stage and rather than everyone driving, the plan is to ship all the boats in a 40–foot container after the National Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. That way, sailors and parents can fly and save a few days travelling. The class has also booked a rib for a coach for the week.

Clearly cost is an important factor in all of this. Preliminary figures for the World Championships trip are as follows, according to the latest RS Feva class Irish newsletter:

  • Entrance Fee €360 per boat
  • Shipping Boat €600 per boat (based on 10 boats in container, shipped, effectively, door to door)
  • Coach Boat and Coach €250 per boat (based on 10 boats)
  • Costs for flights, accommodation and food not included in the above
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The Irish RS Feva class were left waiting for wind on the second day of the National Championships at Greystones Sailing Club in County Wicklow today. Racing was cancelled at lunch time with little prospect of breeze for the remainder of the day. Three races were sailed yesterday. The final races of the annual championships are scheduled for tomorrow. 

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Information

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is the second port for Dublin and is located on the south shore of Dublin Bay. Marine uses for this 200-year-old man-made harbour have changed over its lifetime. Originally built as a port of refuge for sailing ships entering the narrow channel at Dublin Port, the harbour has had a continuous ferry link with Wales and this was the principal activity of the harbour until the service stopped in 2015. In all this time, however, one thing has remained constant and that is the popularity for sailing and boating from the port, making it Ireland's marine leisure capital with a harbour fleet of over 1,200-1.600 pleasure craft.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bye-Laws

Download the bye-laws on this link here

FAQs

A live stream Dublin Bay webcam showing Dun Laoghaire Harbour entrance and East Pier is here

Dun Laoghaire is a Dublin suburb situated on the south side of Dublin Bay, approximately, 15km from Dublin city centre.

The east and west piers of the harbour are each of 1 kilometre (0.62 miles) long.

The harbour entrance is 232 metres (761 ft) across from East to West Pier.

  • Public Boatyard
  • Public slipway
  • Public Marina

23 clubs, 14 activity providers and eight state-related organisations operate from Dun Laoghaire Harbour that facilitates a full range of sports - Sailing, Rowing, Diving, Windsurfing, Angling, Canoeing, Swimming, Triathlon, Powerboating, Kayaking and Paddleboarding. Participants include members of the public, club members, tourists, disabled, disadvantaged, event competitors, schools, youth groups and college students.

  • Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • Dun Laoghaire Marina
  • MGM Boats & Boatyard
  • Coastguard
  • Naval Service Reserve
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Marine Activity Centre
  • Rowing clubs
  • Yachting and Sailing Clubs
  • Sailing Schools
  • Irish Olympic Sailing Team
  • Chandlery & Boat Supply Stores

The east and west granite-built piers of Dun Laoghaire harbour are each of one kilometre (0.62 mi) long and enclose an area of 250 acres (1.0 km2) with the harbour entrance being 232 metres (761 ft) in width.

In 2018, the ownership of the great granite was transferred in its entirety to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council who now operate and manage the harbour. Prior to that, the harbour was operated by The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, a state company, dissolved in 2018 under the Ports Act.

  • 1817 - Construction of the East Pier to a design by John Rennie began in 1817 with Earl Whitworth Lord Lieutenant of Ireland laying the first stone.
  • 1820 - Rennie had concerns a single pier would be subject to silting, and by 1820 gained support for the construction of the West pier to begin shortly afterwards. When King George IV left Ireland from the harbour in 1820, Dunleary was renamed Kingstown, a name that was to remain in use for nearly 100 years. The harbour was named the Royal Harbour of George the Fourth which seems not to have remained for so long.
  • 1824 - saw over 3,000 boats shelter in the partially completed harbour, but it also saw the beginning of operations off the North Wall which alleviated many of the issues ships were having accessing Dublin Port.
  • 1826 - Kingstown harbour gained the important mail packet service which at the time was under the stewardship of the Admiralty with a wharf completed on the East Pier in the following year. The service was transferred from Howth whose harbour had suffered from silting and the need for frequent dredging.
  • 1831 - Royal Irish Yacht Club founded
  • 1837 - saw the creation of Victoria Wharf, since renamed St. Michael's Wharf with the D&KR extended and a new terminus created convenient to the wharf.[8] The extended line had cut a chord across the old harbour with the landward pool so created later filled in.
  • 1838 - Royal St George Yacht Club founded
  • 1842 - By this time the largest man-made harbour in Western Europe had been completed with the construction of the East Pier lighthouse.
  • 1855 - The harbour was further enhanced by the completion of Traders Wharf in 1855 and Carlisle Pier in 1856. The mid-1850s also saw the completion of the West Pier lighthouse. The railway was connected to Bray in 1856
  • 1871 - National Yacht Club founded
  • 1884 - Dublin Bay Sailing Club founded
  • 1918 - The Mailboat, “The RMS Leinster” sailed out of Dún Laoghaire with 685 people on board. 22 were post office workers sorting the mail; 70 were crew and the vast majority of the passengers were soldiers returning to the battlefields of World War I. The ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat near the Kish lighthouse killing many of those onboard.
  • 1920 - Kingstown reverted to the name Dún Laoghaire in 1920 and in 1924 the harbour was officially renamed "Dun Laoghaire Harbour"
  • 1944 - a diaphone fog signal was installed at the East Pier
  • 1965 - Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club founded
  • 1968 - The East Pier lighthouse station switched from vapourised paraffin to electricity, and became unmanned. The new candle-power was 226,000
  • 1977- A flying boat landed in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, one of the most unusual visitors
  • 1978 - Irish National Sailing School founded
  • 1934 - saw the Dublin and Kingstown Railway begin operations from their terminus at Westland Row to a terminus at the West Pier which began at the old harbour
  • 2001 - Dun Laoghaire Marina opens with 500 berths
  • 2015 - Ferry services cease bringing to an end a 200-year continuous link with Wales.
  • 2017- Bicentenary celebrations and time capsule laid.
  • 2018 - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company dissolved, the harbour is transferred into the hands of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

From East pier to West Pier the waterfront clubs are:

  • National Yacht Club. Read latest NYC news here
  • Royal St. George Yacht Club. Read latest RSTGYC news here
  • Royal Irish Yacht Club. Read latest RIYC news here
  • Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club. Read latest DMYC news here

 

The umbrella organisation that organises weekly racing in summer and winter on Dublin Bay for all the yacht clubs is Dublin Bay Sailing Club. It has no clubhouse of its own but operates through the clubs with two x Committee vessels and a starters hut on the West Pier. Read the latest DBSC news here.

The sailing community is a key stakeholder in Dún Laoghaire. The clubs attract many visitors from home and abroad and attract major international sailing events to the harbour.

 

Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Dun Laoghaire's biennial town regatta was started in 2005 as a joint cooperation by the town's major yacht clubs. It was an immediate success and is now in its eighth edition and has become Ireland's biggest sailing event. The combined club's regatta is held in the first week of July.

  • Attracts 500 boats and more from overseas and around the country
  • Four-day championship involving 2,500 sailors with supporting family and friends
  • Economic study carried out by the Irish Marine Federation estimated the economic value of the 2009 Regatta at €2.5 million

The dates for the 2021 edition of Ireland's biggest sailing event on Dublin Bay is: 8-11 July 2021. More details here

Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Offshore Race

The biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race is a 320-miles race down the East coast of Ireland, across the south coast and into Dingle harbour in County Kerry. The latest news on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race can be found by clicking on the link here. The race is organised by the National Yacht Club.

The 2021 Race will start from the National Yacht Club on Wednesday 9th, June 2021.

Round Ireland Yacht Race

This is a Wicklow Sailing Club race but in 2013 the Garden County Club made an arrangement that sees see entries berthed at the RIYC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for scrutineering prior to the biennial 704–mile race start off Wicklow harbour. Larger boats have been unable to berth in the confines of Wicklow harbour, a factor WSC believes has restricted the growth of the Round Ireland fleet. 'It means we can now encourage larger boats that have shown an interest in competing but we have been unable to cater for in Wicklow' harbour, WSC Commodore Peter Shearer told Afloat.ie here. The race also holds a pre-ace launch party at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Laser Masters World Championship 2018

  • 301 boats from 25 nations

Laser Radial World Championship 2016

  • 436 competitors from 48 nations

ISAF Youth Worlds 2012

  • The Youth Olympics of Sailing run on behalf of World Sailing in 2012.
  • Two-week event attracting 61 nations, 255 boats, 450 volunteers.
  • Generated 9,000 bed nights and valued at €9 million to the local economy.

The Harbour Police are authorised by the company to police the harbour and to enforce and implement bye-laws within the harbour, and all regulations made by the company in relation to the harbour.

There are four ship/ferry berths in Dun Laoghaire:

  • No 1 berth (East Pier)
  • No 2 berth (east side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 3 berth (west side of Carlisle Pier)
  • No 4 berth  (St, Michaels Wharf)

Berthing facilities for smaller craft exist in the town's 800-berth marina and on swinging moorings.

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