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#yachtracecourse – Olympic Race Officer Jack Roy is giving a course this Wednesday in the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire for all those who want to run races or help on committee boats in any capacity.
The course is also suitable for sailors seeking a better understanding of the racing rules surrounding race organisation and course laying.
With a number of high profile events coming up in 2015, including the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and the Dublin Bay Sailing Club schedule, Dun Laoghaire will be looking for more volunteers this summer! The cost is €10 (to cover soup and sandwiches). For more click here.
#cruiserracing – The Irish Cruiser-Racing Association had a weekend to celebrate after its three day Teng Tools Nationals at the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire from Friday June 13th to Sunday June 15th writes W M Nixon.
The mood afterwards was buoyant to the point of exuberance despite losing an entire day's sailing with complete calm throughout what should have been the peak-hitting Saturday. Yet thanks the crisp race management, and the extraordinary machine which is Dublin Bay race administration on top of its form, they zapped through the complete programme in a light to moderate southeast breeze on the Friday, and then took full advantage of gentle but viable onshore breezes on the Sunday to provide a full championship with a very valid set of results.
Lesser souls might well have despaired at the virtually flat wind gradient, but this was a fleet determined to have sport. With 115 boats in six classes, it hugely outshone the British ICRA Nationals taking place in the Solent at the same time, where they mustered just 45 boats in four classes. And even there, it all added to ICRA's lustre, as the winner was Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix, flagship for ICRA's Commodore's Cup challenge for Ireland next month.
As for the setting for the Irish championship, the hosting Royal Irish Yacht Club was the essence of hospitality, with Commodore James Horan leading his members in making the visitors more than welcome, while the summertime atmosphere each night in the classic clubhouse was an experience to be savoured. And the club itself fielded a remarkably good turnout of members' boats, including the overall winner, Jonathan Skerritt's Quarter Tonner Quest.
Vintage boat aficionados will pay prick up their ears at this news of the supreme champion. Quest is no Spring chicken. She was designed mostly by Marcus Hutchinson in the Rob Humphreys office in Lymington in 1987 for Justin Burke of the National YC, and with Gordon Maguire at the helm, she placed second in the 1987 Quarter Ton Worlds in Cork.
The 27-year-old Quarter Tonner Quest (Jonathan Skerritt) from the host club provided a popular overall winner. Photo: David O’Brien
With Barry Cunningham helming for Jonathan Skerritt during the ICRA Nats, and the crew including Alan Crosbie of Teng Tools, the sweet little Quest saw off the formidable challenge in Class 3 of the Kenefick clan in Tiger, racing in Dublin Bay as Nathan Kirwan Trust.
The overall win for Quest made it a remarkable regatta for classic Rob Humphreys boats. The all-conquering Humphreys Half Tonner Checkmate V of Nigel Biggs (RStGYC) notched yet another win in Class 2, her closest challenger being the Evans brothers from Howth with their near sister-ship The Big Picture, which has been up-graded in Alan Power's workshop in Malahide with a ton of helpful information from the Checkmate squad.
Nigel Biggs’ vintage Humphreys Half Tonner Checkmate XV has had lots of TLC lavished on her, and it shows in her appearance and performance. Photo: David O’Brien
Although the Keneficks may have had their campaign from Crosshaven pipped by Quest, in the big boat classes it was Royal Cork all the way. The J/109s set the pace in Class 1, and after the first day it looked to be going the way of Mark Mansfield helming John Maybury's Joker II. But the joke was on Joker on the Sunday, when Ian Nagle's Jelly Baby made a mighty leap to the top with the owner on the helm and Killian Collins calling the shots.
The Division 0 winning Ker 37 Jump Juice (Denise Phelan, RCYC) still looks bang up to date after several years of racing. Photo: David O’Brien
Class 0 was Jump Juice rampant. This superb Ker 37 still looks state-of-the-art, and with Conor Phelan doing the driving and David Rose calling the shots, the Juice showed an almost uncanny ability to claw her way out of setbacks on the rare occasions when things hadn't gone right, but most of the time she was so out on her own that she emerged at the end of the series ten points clear of runner-up WOW, the Farr 42 of George Sisk, RIYC.
At the other end of the fleet in size, Div 4 was won by the Sonata Asterix (Boushel, Coonihan & Meredith), while the two non-spinnaker Corinthian classes were in their own happy little world, a sort of waterborne croquet, with Paul Tully's Elan 33 White Lotus taking Div 5 while the Club Shamrock Demelza (Windsor Laudan & Steffi Ennis, Howth) swept the board in Div 6 with five wins and four bullets.
ICRA's Barry Rose of Cork, who will be team manager for the Commodore's Cup next month, was more than happy with the regatta: "For sure, most of the boats in the fleet weren't in the first flush of youth. But people are moving on from the worst of the recession, and making the best of what they've got. They're going sailing, they're sailing well, and that's what matters".
Before the Commodore's Cup, he'll be racing Cork Week with his daughter Judy McGrath on her family cruiser-racer Bonanza, a much-loved Impala 28. "We'll be racing with a roller-furling genoa", says Rose, "but you can be absolutely certain we'll give it our very best shot. The sport is going to be better than ever".
Exemple needed more wind to defend her 2013 title, and had to be content with 5th in Division 1. Photo: David O’Brien
Rob O’Connell’s A35 Fools Gold from Dunmore East in a close tussle in Division 1 with John Maybury’s J/109 Joker II (RIYC) helmed by Mark Mansfield (RCYC). Joker II placed 3rd overall, while Fools Gold was 4th in a class of 26. Photo: David O’Brien
Peter Dunlop of Pwllheli SC was racing his J/109 Mojito (9047) in Division 1 against the XP 33 Bon Exemple (X Yachts UK/Colin Byrne RIYC), which was overall winner of the ICRA Nats 2013 in Tralee Bay. In Dublin Bay, they placed 15th and 5th respectively. Photo: David O’Brien
Slack Alice (Shane Statham & Trudi O’Leary) is a veteran GK 34 from Dunmore East, placing 7th out of 23 boats in Division 2. Photo: David O’Brien
Now there’s a neat start. Division 1 gets cleanly away on Sunday, with Bon Exemple (nearest camera) successfully seeking clear air at the pin end. Photo: David O’Brien
Summer night at the Royal Irish YC. The world’s oldest complete purpose-designed yacht club building provided an ideal setting for the après sailing at the ICRA Nats 2014. Photo: W M Nixon
ICRA NATS 2014 RESULTS (IRC)
Division 0: 1st Jump Juice (Ker 37, Denise Phelan, Royal Cork YC) 8pts; 2nd WOW (Farr 42, George Sisk, Royal Irish YC) 18; 3rd Roxstar (XP 38i, Finlay & Anderson, Clyde Cr C) 19; 4th First Forty Licks (First 40, Jay Colville, East Down YC) 32 (11 raced).
Division 1: 1st Jelly Baby (J/109, Ian Nagle, RCYC) 15; 2nd Rockabill V (Corby 33, Paul O'Higgins, RIYC) 24; 3rd Joker II (J/109, John Maybury, RIYC) 25, 4th Fools Gold (Robert McConnell, Waterford Harbour SC) 35.5, 5th Bon Exemple (XP 33, X-Yachts UK/Colin Byrne, RIYC) 36. (26 raced)
Division 2: 1st Checkmate XV (Humphreys Half Tonner, Nigel Biggs, Royal St George YC) 9; 2nd The Big Picture (Mg30, Richard & Michael Evans, Howth YC) 20; 3rd Fusion (Corby 25, R Colwell & B Cobbe, HYC) 22; 4th Movistar Bleu (Elan 333, Raymond Killops, Killyleagh YC) 28, 5th Dux (X 302, Anthony Gore-Grimes, HYC) 30 (23 raced).
Division 3: 1st (and Overall Winner) Quest (Humphreys Quarter Tonner, Cunningham & Skerritt, RIYC) 7; 2nd Nathan Kirwan Trust (Quarter Tonner, George Kenfick, RCYC) 19; 3rd Hard on Port (J/24, Flor O'Driscoll, RStGYC) 20, 4th Hamilton Bear (J/24, Stefan Hyde, RCYC) 25, 5th White Mischief (Sigma 33, Tim Goodbody, RIYC) 30 (19 raced).
Division 4: 1st Asterix (Hunter Sonata, Boushel, Coonihan & Meredith, DL Marina) 6, 2nd Chousikou (First 28, Declan Ward, DL Marina) 9.
Division 5: (Non-spinnaker) 1st White Lotus (Elan 33, Paul Tully, DL Marina) Div 6 (Non-spinnaker) 1st Demelza (Windsor Laudan & Steffi Ennis, HYC) (19 raced).
#icra – Royal Cork prowess in big boat racing shone through yesterday in Dun Laoghaire when National Cruiser handicap titles were decided on Dublin Bay in a packed final day for the ICRA championships that brought the best winds of the three day regatta for 115–cruiser–racers. It meant classes zero and one were able to sail four races for a discard after racing was lost in a dead calm on Saturday.
Winning the Class three title with the lowest score of any of the five classes, Jonathan Skerritt's Quest from the host Royal Irish Yacht Club counted three race wins and two second places in a highly consistent performance over the three days at the Teng Tools ICRA championship on Dublin Bay yesterday.
Nigel Biggs on Checkmate V had a similarly low-score with four race wins and though a fifth in yesterday's third race spoiled the straight run, the Class 2 national title went to Biggs of the Royal St. George YC.
A fourth race was added to yesterday's programme that then ran late into the afternoon for the two big-boat classes with the Royal Cork YC taking both national titles.
Denise Phelan's Jump Juice won Class Zero with a comfortable ten-point lead thanks to four race wins and two second places. Ian Nagle's Jelly Baby won the Class One title for the second time since 2012 though with 26 boats in this fleet, the win was less straight-forward despite three race wins.
Denise and Conor Phelan's Jump Juice (Ker 37) from Royal Cork was class zero winner with a ten point margin
Meanwhile there were cheers in Dun Laoghaire last night for and Irish win in Cowes, the British IRC National Championships was won outright by Anthony O'Leary on Antix in a large Class One turn-out of 20 boats. The Royal Cork YC skipper is captain of the ICRA team in this year's Commodores' Cup at the same venue next month.
(Above and below) Maintaining consistent speed in the five to eight knot winds was essential. At times even the keeping the spinnaker flying proved difficult
After a poor weather mark rounding the J109 Powder Monkey goes for the high lane
Competitive starts and finishes. Class one (above) gets away in race four on Sunday lunchtime and (below) a bow to stern class two finish between Tribal (IRL2525) of Galway Bay and the GK Westerly Slack Alice 34 from Dunmore East
That's how it's done. Slick gybing at the Dublin Bay Merrion buoy by class two winner Checkmate V, Nigel Biggs' Humphrey's Half Tonner and (below) heading for another win off Dun Laoghaire harbour
Touch of class. The spirit of James Bond came to town when the secret agent's yacht Soufriere entered in class zero
Entries came from far and near including the west coast. This Shannon estuary based Dehler 34 (above) voyaged from Foynes for the three day event. Derek Dillon's 'Big Deal', sponsored by Union Chandlery, has also enjoyed offshore success on the ISORA circuit during her trip to the east coast. Below Fox in Sox
White sails racing against the Dublin coast off Dalkey
The Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted the 113–boat event with some style
A full ICRA Nationals photo report will appear in Summer Afloat magazine out next week.
Read also: WM Nixon's blog on his Friday sail with the ICRA fleet
#cruiserracing – With racing abandoned for the bulk of classes there was frustration for the 113–boat ICRA championship on Dublin Bay today and an earlier start than scheduled for tomorrow's final day of competition.
Classes Zero and One completed their minimum amount of races for a championship after a short round the cans course in less than five knots of breeze but other classes are still looking for more racing tomorrow to complete the series.
In a frustrating day three race management teams afloat, what should have been a full programme was dominated by drifting in dead calm conditions for five hours at the Teng Tools ICRA National Championships today.
Classes Two, Three and Four were expecting three windward-leeward races and though Principal Race Officer Jack Roy managed to get the first group away in a gentle north-east airflow, a windshift to the east followed by a drop to a knot of "Force Nothing" wind saw the race abandoned. The other classes had also only just restarted after a recall in their sequence.
No further racing was possible as the fleet remained at sea until 3pm in the hope of an improvement in conditions. Racing was also abandoned on the Corinthian courses for White Sails entries.
On the 'Round the cans' course, Classes Zero and One managed to complete three legs of their first race before it was shortened by PRO Henry Leonard. The result enabled both classes to complete their minimum quota of three races to qualify for a championship series.
Class Zero was again dominated by Denise Phelan's Jump Juice from the Royal Cork Yacht Club. George Sisk's WOW! from the hosting Royal Irish YC has emerged as the principal challenger while Scottish entry Roxstar holds third overall.
Meanwhile, Class One has had a shake-up after the strong opening day by John Maybury's Joker 2 from the Royal Irish YC on Friday. However, a tenth today along with a race win for Paul O'Higgins Rockabill V leaves the two boats tied on points.
With a marginally better forecast for tomorrow with a possiblilty of clearer skies that may allow a sea breeze to develop, organisers announced that racing will begin one hour earlier than planned. Warning signals for all three courses will be at 0955 IST.
Full results are available here
#cruiserracing – The three day ICRA Nationals begin next Friday (June 13th) at the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire. The entry of one hundred and eleven boats from all parts of Ireland will inevitably see the numbers emphasis on the large home fleet, but W M Nixon reckons this will make the visiting rock stars try even harder.
The Spirit 54 Soufriere would attract admiring attention in any fleet. And under Stephen O'Flaherty's enthusiastic ownership, she has frequently made the scene - often with racing success – in classic yacht events. Nevertheless, to take this long and shapely beauty into the cut and thrust of Ireland's top national cruiser-racer championship is a truly sporting gesture. But as a star in a James Bond movie, Soufriere is accustomed to mixing the rough with the smooth.
It was in Casino Royale (2006) that Soufriere made her debut on the Tinseltown stage, sailing serenely into Venice with Daniel Craig as 007 taking the helm from co-star Eva Green. But it's far from the sheltered waters of the Serenissima that Soufriere will be competing in six day's time, yet her crew and the hundreds of other sailors who are shaping up for the ICRA Nationals 2014 on Dublin Bay will be hoping for a happy mix of good weather and decent sailing breezes to put away some high quality sport.
With six days to go, forecasters are reluctant to firm up their opinions on the expected state of the fickle Irish weather, particularly as it operates in the peculiar climatic laboratory which is Dublin Bay. But the folk who put their faith in anticipated Polar Jetstream movements are encouraged by fairly clearcut suggestions that this indicator and activator of our meteorology may finally be moving northwards towards its proper summer position by next weekend. But whether or not it does so in time to significantly benefit the ICRA Nationals is currently a moot point.
Whatever, the most recent charts we've seen have been showing a marked tendency towards southwest to northwest winds six days hence. You might well think that would provide a steady breeze coming down the Liffey Valley and out across the bay for splendid sailing on relatively smooth water. But as dear old Dublin town heats up with the summer temperatures building towards Bloomsday on June 16th, all sorts of quirks can be introduced into the weather, with afternoon sea breezes with varying touches of east in them playing havoc across the underlying gradient.
As for the Jetstream, the least we can hope for is that it won't be lying across Ireland. Ideally, its underlying path will be swirling away northwards. But if it has settled down unseasonably far south to make life disagreeable in northwest Spain or even across France, then we might just get lucky, as Scotland was in 2012, when they'd superb weather while Ireland had an unpleasant summer with the Jetstream like a nasty girdle across Munster.
Either way, we can do nothing about it. But as last summer's late-forecast arrival of good weather in time for the four day Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta showed, "Here Comes Summer!" is sailing's greatest recruiting slogan. Fleet numbers soared in a last minute rush, and boats which had spent the early part of the season with a shortage of hands found themselves almost embarassed by the arrival on board of willing crewpersons seeking any escape from the heat of the city.
ICRA boats being an altogether more serious proposition than casual local classes, it's likely that the total is pretty well fixed at this stage. But for those who batter around the high seas in weather good and bad from season's start in April, they surely deserve a reward in good sailing after a mix of 2014 weather which, so far, could most kindly be described as "interesting".
The ICRA Nationals 2014 are being hosted by the Royal Irish YC from their wellnigh perfect location within Dun Laoghaire marina, where their fine neo-classical building of 1851 vintage (it's the world's oldest complete purpose-designed yacht club premises) is conveniently positioned beside totally sheltered modern waterfront facilities, yet within easy reach of the open sailing waters of Dublin Bay.
The Royal Irish YC's prime location and historic clubhouse within Dun Laoghaire Marina's sheltered water provides a perfect location for hosting major keelboat events. Photo: W M Nixon
The club in turn have brought in sponsorship for the ICRA Nats from Teng Tools, a company whose management have been long involved in offshore racing success, with Alan Crosbie of TT sailing in this event aboard the vintage Mills-designed Quarter Tonner Quest, a boat of contemporary relevance whose history includes association with such luminaries of Irish sailing as Marcus Hutchinson and Gordon Maguire.
Thanks to Dublin Bay's time-honoured tradition of enthusiastically racing boats which in most other sailing areas would be seen only as cruisers, the entry list includes the usual mix of modern performance craft from builders such as X Yachts of Denmark, J Boats of America, Elan of Slovenia, Beneteau and Jeanneau of France, and Hanse and Bavaria of Germany, and they'll be lining up with venerable cruisers such as the vintage Nich 31 Saki and others such as Soufriere for whom success is a bonus to be treasured in the simple pleasure of sailing a comfortable much-loved boat.
The Nich 31 Saki is regularly raced in Dublin Bay, and for the ICRA Nationals she'll be competing in Class 4 against the likes of First 211s and a Hunter Sonata. Photo: David O'Brien
For those who are looking for razor-sharp virtually boat-for-boat racing, Class 1 is surely the place to be, where the active fleet of Dublin Bay J/109s, rating around the 1.015 to 1.017 mark, find themselves head to head with last year's ICRA Nats star performer, Philip Byrne's XP 33 Bon Exemple from the host club, whose helming lineup includes current Irish Champion Ben Duncan.
However, inter-area rivalry is a great spur to success, and the pride of Fingal, Pat Kelly's J/109 Storm from Rush SC, has several years of ICRA success under her belt, including the Boat of the Year title. Another 'out of Bay' challenger in the J/109s is Ian Nagle's Jelly Baby from the Royal Cork, so it will be wall-to-wall J/109s in Division 1, a formidable prospect for one of the smallest boat in the class, Denis Hewitt and partners' Mills 30CR Raptor, whose personnel includes top ICRA mover and shaker Fintan Cairns.
The J/109 has proven an ideal size for Dublin Bay and Irish Sea racing. Photo: David O'Brien
Father and son team of Neil and George Kenefick from Crosshaven will be campaigning their Quarter Tonner Tiger as Nathan Kirwan Trust during the ICRA Nats. Photo: Bob Bateman
The Dun Laoghaire emphasis in the fleet is an added peformance incentive for any visitors, and great things are expected in Division 3 from the Kenefick family's hot Quarter Tonner Tiger from Cork, which races this series as Nathan Kirwan Trust with former champion helm George Kenefick on the helm. Another visitor which has been making waves in the Irish Sea this year is the Shannon Estuary-based Dehler 34 Big Deal (Derek Dillon, Foynes YC), which has been scoring success in ISORA racing as part of the buildup to participation in the Round Ireland Race in three weeks time. The Dehler 34 has been around since 1980 or so, but this well-engineered cruiser-racer has deservedly proven an enduring success in Irish waters.
Further down the size scale, there's an impressive turnout of Corby 25s racing against Big Deal in Division 2 where winning will be an impressive notch in the bedpost as the lineup includes Anthony Gore-Grimes' regularly successful X 302 Dux from Howth, while Division 3 sees the continuing friendly (well, fairly friendly) war between vintage Quarter Tonners and J/24s such as Flor O'Driscoll's Hard on Port.
Anthony Gore-Grimes' X 302 Dux has been a regular and successful participant in ICRA events for many years. Photo: Bob Bateman
As for the Corinthians sailing non-spinnaker in Divisions 5 & 6, Eastsiders are pinning their hopes on the two extra-keen Howth boats. David Sargent's Elan 33 Indulgence, and the veteran Club Shamrock Demelza aboard which Windsor Laudan and Steffi Ennis have turned white-sail racing into an art, and a very successful one at that.
Transparency is all. George Sisk and his seasoned crew aboard the Farr 42 WOW will be racing with the second-highest rating in the fleet. Photo: W M Nixon
Up among the biggies in Division 0, Soufriere at 54ft is longest of all, and the highest rated at 1.135, but close astern is George Sisk's Farr 42 WOW, which rates 1.124. This provides a challenge for her senior crew, though we're assured that WOW doesn't stand for "We Ould Wans". Quite. There's a good outside challenge here with Denise Phelan's potent Mills 36 Jump Juice from Cork, the XP38i Roxstar (Findlay & Anderson) from the Clyde, the Corby 40 Converting Machine (Dave Cummaford) from Pwllheli, the pride of Arklow which is the Tyrell family's J/122 Aquelina, ICRA Commodore Nobby Reilly's Mills 36 Crazy Horse from Howth, and Lynx, Martin Breen's Reflex 38 which sails thousands of sea miles, many of them with racing success, for the honour of Galway Bay SC.
The Tyrrell family's J/122 Aquelina from Artklow is an active contender throughout the season. Photo: W M Nixon
The main man. Nobby Reilly of Howth, Commodore of ICRA, at the helm of his Mills 36 Crazy Horse. Photo: Bob Bateman
Martin Breen's Reflex 38 Lynx from Galway, seen here racing round Ireland, will be hoping to add ICRA success to her established offshore achievements.
Thus the lineup is what you'd expect of a sailing community emerging from several years of economic recession. There are few if any brand new boats, only a small group are travelling any significant distance to take part, and within the local fleet, as with the visitors, there's a marked emphasis on well-loved boats which have been with their owners for quite some time, but are continuing to give excellent value and great sport for the day that's in it.
And finally, if you don't believe a word about Soufriere being in a James Bond movie, here's the clip from Casino Royale. Soufriere was already being built when the request for her use in the film came through. But who could decline such a thing? It's even better than having a genuine Beken photograph of your boat.
Once upon a time, back in 1990, I sailed into Venice and motored right up the crowded Grand Canal as far as the Rialto Bridge with the late great Brian Hegarty on the Hallberg Rassy 42 ketch Safari of Howth. We'd a better time of it than poor old James Bond. We didn't have to waste time with the distraction of writing resignation letters on the laptop. For we were on our holliers, and believe me, arriving in Venice in the morning sunshine on a fine cruising yacht merits your full attention. It is one of life's great and magical experiences.
Meanwhile, back in Dublin Bay, first gun in ICRA Nats 2014 is at 1055hrs Friday June 13th, racing continues through Sunday May 15th, right hand side of the boat continues to be starboard, and the wind being on it usually confers right of way.
ICRA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2014, 13th to 15th June 2014 ENTRIES (AS AT 6/6/14)
|Division||Sail No||Boat||Type of Boat||Club||IRC|
|0||IRL9852||Crazy Horse||Mills 36||HYC||1.084|
|0||IRL5718||Loose Change||IMX 40||RIYC||1.073|
|0||IRL1644||Lively Lady||First 44.7||RIYC||1.107|
|0||IRL2007||Jump Juice||Ker 37||RCYC||1.103|
|0||GBR6940R||Converting Machine||Corby 40||Pwllheli SC||1.095|
|0||GBR4041R||First Forty licks||First 40||East Down YC||1.080|
|0||GBR8038R||Roxstar||XP 38i||Clyde CC||1.077|
|1||EI1906||ZURI||Hanse 37||Carlingford SC||#N/A|
|1||IRL638||State O’ Chassis||Sigma 38||RIYC||#N/A|
|1||IRL3307||Rockabill V||Corby 33||RIYC||1.041|
|1||GBR8933R||Bon Exemple||XP 33||RIYC||1.016|
|1||IRL1129||Jump The Gun||J109||RIYC||1.014|
|1||GBR2620L||Fox in Sox||X 34||RIYC||1.003|
|1||IRL3471||Black Velvet||First 34.7||RIYC||1.001|
|2||IRL1310||After You Too||Beneteau 31.7||RStGYC||#N/A|
|2||GBR8747T||Movistar Bleu||Elan 333||Killyleagh YC||0.967|
|2||IRL7284||Red Rhum||Dehler DB1||RStGYC||0.967|
|2||IRL1188||Utopia||X 3/4 Ton||DL Marina||0.956|
|2||IRL8094||King One||Half Tonner||HYC||0.953|
|2||IRL6909||Extreme Reality||Beneteau 31.7||RIYC||0.952|
|2||IRL993||Prima Nocte||Beneteau 31.7||RIYC||0.950|
|2||IRL4170||SLACK ALICE||GK Westerly 34||WHSC||0.949|
|2||GBR66R||Checkmate XV||Humphreys Half Tonner||RStGYC||0.943|
|2||IRL5522||The Big Picture||Mg30||HYC||0.942|
|2||IRL3492||Big Deal||Dehler 34||Foynes YC||0.929|
|2||IRL521||Bendemeer||Beneteau First 325||RStGYC||0.925|
|3||GBR8148||Squawk||Sigma 33 ood||BYC/RUYC||#N/A|
|3||IRL4384||Django||J24||Lough Ree YC||#N/A|
|3||IRL5795||Black Sheep||Mustang 30||NYC||0.919|
|3||IRL4464||Springer||Sigma 33 ood||RStGYC||0.912|
|3||IRL4536||Elandra||Sigma 33||DL Marina||0.912|
|3||IRL4633||White Mischief||Sigma 33 ood||RIYC||0.911|
|3||IRL34218||Lady Rowena||Sadler 34||RStGYC||0.911|
|3||IRL999999||Nathan Kirwan Trust||1/4 ton||RCYC||0.907|
|3||IRL8188||Alliance II||Laser 28||HYC||0.896|
|3||IRL4533||Crazy Horse||J24||Sligo SC||0.887|
|3||IRL680||Euro Car Parks Kilcullen||J24||HYC||0.887|
|3||IRL4794||Hard on Port||J24||RStGYC||0.887|
|3||IRL9508||Huggy Bear||Impala 28ood||NYC||0.884|
|4||IRL1208||Capilano||Beneteau First 211||RIYC||#N/A|
|4||IRL2121||Chinook||Beneteau First 211||RIYC||#N/A|
|4||IRL2111||Syzrgy||Beneteau First 211||RStGYC||#N/A|
|4||IRL1689||Chouskikou||First 28||DL Marina||0.870|
|4||8245N||Asterix||Hunter Sonata||DL Marina||0.823|
|Non-spinnaker Corinthian Cup|
|5||IRL607||Effex II||First 35||RIYC||#N/A|
|5||IRL532||Orna||Grand Soleil 40||NYC||1.021|
|5||IRL3506||Just Jasmin||Bavaria Match 35||RIYC/DMYC||0.995|
|5||IRL1357||Humdinger||Sunfast 37||Carlingford SC||0.972|
|5||IRL1333||White Lotus||Elan 333||DL Marina||0.957|
|5||IRL3400||Brazen Hussy||Dufour 34||HYC||0.950|
|5||IRL5687||To Infinity and Beyond||Dehler 37 CR||RStGYC||0.949|
|6||IRL1217||The Great Escape||Bavaria 33||RIYC||#N/A|
|6||IRL1309||Syledis in blue||Beneteau oceanis clipper 323 LK||Bray SC||#N/A|
|6||IRL5013||Sweet Martini||She 31||RStGYC||#N/A|
|6||IRL966||More Mischief||Beneteau First 310||DL Marina||#N/A|
|6||IRL2860||Pure Magic||Feeling 286 Special||Bray SC||#N/A|
|6||IRL1166||Edenpark||Jeanneau Sun Odyssey||RIYC||0.977|
|6||IRL5643||Calypso||Beneteau Oceanis 361||RStGYC||0.928|
A PDF version of this entry list (with owners names) is available to download below
#sb20 – A solid breeze of 12 to 15 knots made up for the overcast and somewhat unseasonal chill in the air. Seven SB20s made the start line for the Royal Irish Regatta and were treated to two races on a windward leeward course, each consisting of 3 rounds.
A slight pin end bias became exaggerated during the starting sequence for race 1 with the majority of the fleet towards the pin for the off. Manamana (Graeme Grant, Ronan Downing, Joseph Murphy) lead off the line closely followed by Timber (helmed by Alan McNabb with Marty Cuppage in the middle) and Venuesworld (helmed by Ger Dempsey with his nephew Rory onboard) carrying on on starboard tack. Sacrebleu and Probably lead the rest of the fleet out right on the lifted tack. Manamana tacked off into the middle of the course to cover the split but found less breeze. Timber had a healthy lead by the weather mark with Manamana, Probably and Venuesworld scrapping it out for second and rounding together. With the wind out of the North East and the waves out of the east, the starboard gybe was on a plane. Less wind at the leeward mark made finding an accurate gybe angle next to impossible. Timber lead to the leeward mark followed by Manamana with Venuesworld in hot pursuit. Timber carried on on port tack on what appeared to be a small left shift with Manamana learning their lesson from the first beat and heading out left for more breeze. Manamana and Venuesworld fought it out for the lead at the next weather mark with Manamana stealing the lead by barely eeking around the weather mark and forcing Venuesworld to dip their stern. Positions remained unchanged for the first two with Bad Kilcullen (Gerry Dowling, Dave Barry, Jimmy Dowling) storming through the pack to take third.
After some quick repairs on Sacrebleu (it is never ideal to have to take your main sail down) the fleet got away off another pin end biased line. After a pile up at the pin, Manamana lead Bad Kilcullen out to the left side of the course with much cross tacking and dipping in their wake. With a solid 15 plus knots of breeze for the second race the entire fleet enjoyed the downwind legs planing and playing dodgems with the other classes on our course. In a less eventful race at the front of the fleet, Manamana lead Bad Kilcullen to the finish with Venuesworld taking third which is the order the top 3 finished for the regatta.
Despite the inclement weather, a large turnout remained at the club for refreshments and to cheer on the winners. The SB20 fleet winners where honoured to accept the Baker Cup.
Full RIYC regatta results
#riyc – It may have been grey and overcast but there was plenty of breeze for the Top Secuity sponsored Royal Irish Yacht Club regatta today, the first of Dublin Bay's waterfront regattas of the season.
Keelboat classes trialled new race courses that have been designed for next month's ICRA Championships at the same venue.
The RIYC regatta also started the ten race Royal Alfred Superleague.
The results for all 20 competing keelboat and dinghy classes are below, downloadable as jpeg files.
#riyc – This Saturday, the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) hosts the first of the 2014 season waterfront club regattas with a two race schedule for keelboats, one designs and dinghies.
Keelboats classes will have an opportunity to practice on the newly designed ICRA Championship courses for next month's 100 plus cruiser national championships.
With an 11:25 warning signal for the first race and a second race to be completed back to back it'll be a packed day for sailors!
There is a comprehensive social programme for sailors, non-sailors and especially juniors including a creche for 1 year olds and up, an Irish National Sailing School Pirates Adventure Day for older kids and RS Fevas are very welcome in the PY fleet.
Juniors are also very welcome in the Laser fleets!
#cruiserracing – The current entry of 98 boats for the ICRA National Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) (sorted by club below) reveals a wide distribution of entries from all over the Irish coastline and beyond. Although some areas are weaker than others (none from Kinsale for example), there are very few ports with no representation.
As forecast, the championships, a highlight of the sailing season, looks set to break the record of 125 entries previously set in Howth. Encouragingly, the entry a month ago stood at 42 but by April 30th it had increased to 72 IRC cruiser and 17 white sails. Today it has risen by another nine boats for the June 13 event.
In a show of strength from Royal Irish hosts 35 club boats are entered, a third of the total entry so far.
There are some long distance travellers from Sligo and Foynes on the west coast and also visitors from Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club in Wales and the Clyde in Scotland.
In a further update to the list issued by ICRA this morning, another Welsh entry Converting Machine from Pwllheli has just entered leaving the event one boat away from the magic 100 mark
Yesterday, the cruiser racer body dropped plans to create a new handicap division at the bottom end of class 1 and the top of class 2 for its IRC national championships. It has also introduced a new means of policing its pro rule.
See full entry list to date below:
|Sail No||Boat||Type of Boat||Division||Owner||Club|
|IRL1281||Aquelina||J-122||0||Sheila Tyrrell/James Tyrrell||Arklow SC|
|IRL1309||Syledis in blue||Beneteau oceanis clipper 323 LK||6||John & Brenda Hayes||Bray SC|
|IRL2860||Pure Magic||Feeling 286 Special||6||Steve Hayes||Bray SC|
|GBR8148||Squawk||Sigma 33||3||Paul Prentice||BYC/RUYC|
|EI1906||ZURI||Hanse 37||1||Declan Murphy||Carlingford SC|
|IRL1357||Humdinger||Sunfast 37||5||Michael Mc Cabe||Carlingford SC|
|GBR8038R||Roxstar||XP 38i||0||Findlay and Anderson||Clyde CC|
|IRL3214||Sublime||Elan 320||2||Aine Stafford||Courtown SC|
|IRL1188||Utopia||X 3/4 Ton||2||John B Healy||DL Marina|
|IRL4536||Elandra||Sigma 33||3||Mick Flynn||DL Marina|
|8245N||Asterix||Hunter Sonata||4||Boushel,Coonihan,Meredith||DL Marina|
|IRL1333||White Lotus||Elan 333||5||Paul Tully||DL Marina|
|IRL966||More Mischief||Beneteau First 310||6||Eamonn Doyle & Peter O'Toole||DL Marina|
|GBR4041R||First Forty licks||First 40||0||Jay Colville||East Down YC|
|IRL3492||Big Deal||Dehler 34||2||Derek Dillon||Foynes YC|
|IRL7386||Lynx||Reflex 38||0||Martin Breen||GBSC|
|IRL2525||Tribal||Corby 25||2||liam Burke||GBSC|
|IRL25007||Smile||Corby 25||2||Rob Allen||GBSC|
|IRL9852||Crazy Horse||Mills 36||0||Norbert Reilly||HYC|
|IRL5522||The Big Picture||Mg30||2||Richard and Michael Evans||HYC|
|IRL8094||King One||Half Tonner||2||David Cullen||HYC|
|IRL2552||Fusion||Corby 25||2||Colwell & Cobbe||HYC|
|IRL1103||Solgari Viking||X-302||2||K.Darmody/ M.Patterson||HYC|
|IRL8188||Alliance II||Laser 28||3||Vincent Gaffney||HYC|
|ITA10767||Don Giovanni||Ceccarelli||3||Cillian Macken||HYC|
|IRL680||Euro Car Parks Kilcullen||J24||3||HYC U25 Team||HYC|
|IRL6556||Challenger||Challenger Europe||4||Paul Rossiter||HYC|
|IRL3339||Indulgence||Elan 333||5||David Sargent||HYC|
|IRL3400||Brazen Hussy||Dufour 34||5||J Barry/M Stirling||HYC|
|IRL100||Demelza||Club Shamrock||6||Windsor Laudan / Steffi Ennis||HYC|
|IRL1141||Storm||J109||1||Pat Kelly||HYC/Rush SC|
|IRL8478||Warrior||Beneteau 34.7||5||Dave Shanahan||ISA-DBSC|
|GBR8747T||Movistar Bleu||Elan 333||2||Raymond Killops||Killyleagh YC|
|IRL4384||Django||J24||3||MacNamara/Carey/Whelan||Lough Ree YC|
|IRL4007||Tsunami||First 40.7||0||Vincent Farrell||NYC|
|IRL7778||Gringo||A 35||1||Tony Fox||NYC|
|IRL29213||Something Else||J109||1||John Hall||NYC|
|IRL8750||Jester||J 80||2||Declan Curtin||NYC|
|IRL5795||Black Sheep||Mustang 30||3||Eoin Healy||NYC|
|IRL9609||Jelly Baby||J109||1||Ian Nagle||RCYC|
|IRL2506||Alpaca3||Corby 25||2||Paul & Deirdre Tingle||RCYC|
|IRL999999||Nathan Kirwan Trust||1/4 ton||3||George Kenefick||RCYC|
|IRL4208||WOW||Farr 42||0||George Sisk||RIYC|
|IRL1644||Lively Lady||First 44.7||0||Derek Martin||RIYC|
|IRL5718||Loose Change||IMX 40||0||Maurice Mitton / Peter Redden||RIYC|
|IRL3307||Rockabill V||Corby 33||1||Paul O'Higgins||RIYC|
|IRL3709||Axiom||X 37||1||Michael O'Neill||RIYC|
|IRL811||Raptor||Mills 30CR||1||Denis Hewitt & Others||RIYC|
|IRL1206||Joker II||J109||1||John Maybury||RIYC|
|GBR8933R||Bon Exemple||XP 33||1||Philip Byrne||RIYC|
|IRL1129||Jump The Gun||J109||1||Michael Monaghan & John M Kelly||RIYC|
|GBR2620L||Fox in Sox||X 34||1||Andrew Jones||RIYC|
|IRL3471||Black Velvet||First 34.7||1||Parnell Family||RIYC|
|IRL3438||Albireo||Swan 371||2||David A Simpson||RIYC|
|IRL6909||Extreme Reality||Beneteau 31.7||2||P McSwiney E O Rafferty||RIYC|
|FRA079||Graduate||J 80||2||Dominic O Keeffe||RIYC|
|IRL993||Prima Nocte||Beneteau 31.7||2||Patrick Burke/Deirdre Kennedy||RIYC|
|GBR5507T||Peridot||Mustang 30||3||Jim McCann||RIYC|
|IRL508||Quest||1/4 ton||3||Cunningham & Skerritt||RIYC|
|IRL4633||White Mischief||Sigma 33||3||Timothy Goodbody||RIYC|
|I8709||Cri-Cri||Quarter Tonner||3||Paul Colton||RIYC|
|FRA9186||Cartoon||Quarter Tonner||3||Ken Lawless, Joe Brady, Sybil McCormack||RIYC|
|IRL851||Taiscealai||Club Shamrock||3||Brian Richardson||RIYC|
|IRL7500||Supernova||Quarter Tonner||3||Joe Timbs, Jacqueline McStay, Jim Monaghan, Joe Costello||RIYC|
|IRL1208||Capilano||Beneteau First 211||4||Seamus Storan||RIYC|
|307||Wynward||Beneteau First||4||Wyn McCormack||RIYC|
|IRL246||Saki||Nicholson 31||4||Paget McCormack, Ben and Michael Ryan||RIYC|
|IRL607||Effex II||First 35||5||Mr Frank Friel||RIYC|
|IRL1166||Edenpark||jeanneau sun odyssey||6||Liam farmer||RIYC|
|IRL1217||The Great Escape||Bavaria 33||6||Pat Rigney||RIYC|
|IRL1502||Vespucci||Dehler 31||6||Sean & Kristina O'Regan||RIYC|
|IRL3506||Just Jasmin||Bavaria Match 35||5||Philip Smith||RIYC/DMYC|
|IRL1367||Boomerang||First 36.7||1||Paul Kirwan||RStGYC|
|IRL1310||After You Too||Beneteau 31.7||2||Michael Blaney||RStGYC|
|IRL8223||Kamikaze||Sunfast 32||2||Peter Nash||RStGYC|
|IRL7284||Red Rhum||Dehler DB1||2||Jonathan and Chris Nicholson||RStGYC|
|GBR66R||Checkmate XV||Humphreys Half Tonner||2||Nigel Biggs||RStGYC|
|IRL521||Bendemeer||Beneteau First 325||2||Lindsay Casey and Denis Power||RStGYC|
|IRL34218||Lady Rowena||Sadler 34||3||David Bolger||RStGYC|
|IRL4794||Hard on Port||J24||3||Flor O'Driscoll||RStGYC|
|IRL5687||To Infinity and Beyond||Dehler 37 CR||5||Kieran Crowley||RStGYC|
|IRL5643||Calypso||Beneteau Oceanis 361||6||Howard Knott||RStGYC|
|IRL3805||Tully Too||Bavaria 38||5||Declan Higgins||Skerries SC|
|IRL4533||Crazy Horse||J24||3||Martin O'Reilly||Sligo SC|
|IRL4170||SLACK ALICE||GK Westerly 34||2||Shane Statham & Trudi O'Leary||WHSC|
#riyc – It's that time of year again when the Dun Laoghaire waterfront club regattas begin and In a change to the usual running order, the Top Security Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) Regatta is scheduled for Saturday 24th May next. See regatta poster and entry form available to download below. That's Saturday fortnight so it's time to get yourself organised! This year, the regatta provides real value for money with two races using the ICRA Championship courses. There are courses for DBSC blue fleet keelboats, DBSC Red Fleet one design boats, SB20s, 1720 Ensign Class and for the DBSC Dinghy classes. In an addition this year, we are also having a start for the RS Class and Moths! If you would like to enter the Regatta please do so online now. Anybody interested in racing on the day will be happily accommodated on other Members' boats.
The theme is a Regatta for Everyone. Pop in with your friends for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Barbecue or join in the fun at our 20 Something's evening event in the Wet Bar. Your friends and family are more than welcome to join in the fun. There will also be a delicious dinner served in the Dining Room. If you would like to book in for any of the social events please contact gar[email protected] You can see menus and our social programme here.
We also have a crèche kindly operated by Cocoon Killiney in the RIYC library for children of 1 and up. There is a Sailing Adventure day run by the Irish National Sailing School for 4 year olds and up, at a cost of €30.00.
Highlights of the Regatta include:
Two races for all fleets with an early start.
New ICRA championship courses for the Cruiser fleet.
Adventure Day and a Crèche for the kids.
Pre ordered packed lunches
20 Something's Night