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Next Sunday the ‘Altair’ trophy will be presented to the highest placed crew in the Irish 12-foot dinghy championships to be held in the Royal St George Yacht Club writes Vincent Delany.

This trophy was originally won at the Dublin Coast Championship for International 12 Foot Dinghies, an event held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on 21 September 1931 (although the engraving on the trophy describes it as Kingstown). This was probably the first ‘open meeting’ for a one-design class ever to be held in the Republic of Ireland. Despite none of the owners having road trailers, and the dinghies sailing from their home ports, there were fifteen entries from Howth Sailing Club, Sutton branch of Howth Sailing Club, Seapoint Boat Club and Malahide (where a sailing club was yet to be established). The event took place despite there not being an overall Class organisation to encourage entries. Perhaps things were done by word of mouth in those days. After four rounds of the Water Wag course, in a single race, the event was won by A.W. (Billy) Mooney in ‘Altair’ from Howth Sailing Club, followed by Mr. G. Bayly Spencer’s ‘Kittiwake’ from the Seapoint Boat Club, and Mr. Mc Cracken's ‘Snipe’ from Howth in third place. Mooney went on to win many races in other classes such as the Howth 17 foot class and in International Dragons.

The ‘Altair’ trophy was held by the Mooney family until 1970 when it was represented to the D.B.S.C. 12 Foot Dinghy fleet as a prize, for crews steering 12-foot dinghies. The trophy was competed for every year until 1977. It was represented to the International 12 Foot Dinghy Association of Ireland this week by the McGloughlin family.

Under event rules, 12-foot dinghies may sail either single-handed or two-handed.

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In one of the most international regattas for the International 12 Foot Dinghy of recent years, entries came from Uganda, Holland, Canada, England and Ireland. This historic dinghy class permits either a crew of one of two. There is no doubt that in heavy weather the second person can be of great advantage is keeping the wooden dinghy moving through choppy water. The event was held at Rutland Sailing Club due to its location equidistant from Holland and Ireland, and due to the calmer water to be found on a reservoir.

On Friday two races were held. Initially, the wind was less than two knots with dragonflies were moving faster than the dinghies. Large fish were jumping in an attempt to catch the dragonflies which provided entertainment for the eleven competitors. After a postponement, a 6-knot breeze arose from the west. In this race, Dutch Champion Pieter Bleeker (NED) won from Colin Blewell (GBR), with the strong Canadian team of Nicolette Aronidus third. It might have been expected that the Dutch expertise would dominate, but in this race, they did not. This was followed by race two in similar conditions in which the superior Dutch boat handling was a lesson to the Irish and English.

On Saturday the breeze had increased to 10 knots which presented problems to the lighter teams. Bleeker dominated with Bos and de Vrybuiter on the podium. It was now becoming clear that keeping close to the north shore of the reservoir provided beneficial wind bends. The wind was progressively building in strength with strong gusts which were testing the crews on the downwind legs of the windward-leeward course. Vincent Delany who was unable to control his boat in the stronger winds was joined by Andrew Miller who skilfully crewed for the rest of the event.

Dinghies were beached or moored on Saturday evening. With heavy rain overnight, the moored boats of Mark Delany and George Miller took a lot of water and, unfortunately, they were unable to clear the water before the first gun in 14 knots of wind. In these conditions, Margaret Delany and Gerry Murray (in 1928 built ‘Cora’ from the defunct Seapoint Boat Club) had their best race. In the final race, Vincent Delany and Andrew Miller in the historic 112 (which was narrowly beaten by 29 seconds by Captain Payne in the World Dinghy Championships of 1925) were growing in confidence and took a valuable third place.

This friendly event was a good test for all the competitors who are expected to attend Clinkerfest, the celebration of 250 years of sailing at Lough Ree Yacht Club in May/June 2020.

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