Graham Smith wrote in the March 2009 Afloat: "Clontarf and Skerries are the two promoters of the E-Boat and between them have 27 boats which race competitively at both club and open level. That number includes two boats which returned to the fold after restoration following bad damage during a storm two years ago.
Eighteen boats – effectively 70% of the national fleet – contested the National Championships in Clontarf and after six tight races, Pat O’Neill in OctopussE of the host club emerged victorious.
The other open events went to other skippers, with Pat Gilmour winning the Howth Lambay Race and John Denham winning the third Annual Liffey Challenge, an entertaining addition to the class’s racing calendar where the course boundaries are determined by solid quay walls.
The same events will feature in the E-Boat schedule for 2009 with the addition of a separate start at the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.
National Champion: Pat O’Neill, Clontarf Y&BC"
Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club – MaryRose Curran, tel 086 384 1936
The E-Boat, designed by Julian Everitt, went into production in 1976 and to date there are in the region of 250 E-Boats around the world. She was designed to comply with IOR rules and is basically a 22 feet, four berth trailer/sailer. For the full story look at The E-Boat Story.
Length Over All (LOA) 6.7 m Sail Areas
Length at Water Line (LWL) 5.5 m Mainsail 8.5 m²
Beam 2.8 m No.1 Genoa 15.6 m²
Draught (Keel locked down) 1.4 m No.2 Genoa 12 m²
Draught (Keel fully retracted) 0.25 m No.3 Jib 7.4 m²
Displacement 975 kgs No.4 Storm Jib 2.5 m²
Ballast 318 kgs Spinnaker 32 m²
The E Boat Class Association currently has a membership of around 100 worldwide, but with the majority of members living in and sailing around Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands and Denmark.
(Above information courtesy of the International E-Boat Class Association)
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