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#waterwags – In celebration of the 1000 years since Brian Boru the High King of Ireland fought against an alliance of Irish and Viking troops, Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club decided to organise a special event to celebrate such an important year with a two day classic boat event. Two Water Wags, Pansy and Good Hope left from Dun Laoghaire at 12.30 hrs. with a fair wind and fair tide and arrived in Clontarf about one hour later. A triangular course had been laid for a variety of different clases who were to sail together. They consisted of E boats, Lasers, Optimist, plastic IDRA 14s and a number of bilge keeled cruisers none of which would be classed as Classic. The real Classics were Dorade an international 12 footer, the two Water Wags and a wooden IDRA 14. Ian Malcolm was there in his Howth 17 footer but he didn't race. It was interesting to compare the speeds of the various boats, with the Water Wags being almost the same speed as the E Boats and slower than Lasers or IDRA 14s.
After the racing was over, we were escorted to a mooring. (When was the last time you picked up a mooring in a Water Wag? ) The club launch took us ashore, and advised us that barmbrack was available if we moved quickly. Fortunately there was some alcoholic beverage, strawberries and ice cream as well as the barmbrack. After lunch Ceolthas Cluain Tarbh provided us with some traditional music, but none of the Wags took the opportunity to dance. We were delighted to meet Jonathan and Carol O'Rourke again.
By 16.00hrs it was time to return home, so the Commodore kindly presented Hal and Vincernt with a banner in memory of the occasion. Vincent reminded the audience of the occasion (probably in the 1950's) when Pansy sailed all the way from Dun Laoghaire to Contarf, only to be told that dinghy racing had been cancelled, because it was too windy.
After admiring Dorade and compimenting its owner, Aidan Henry on his fine boat in the dinghy park, we headed back out to the moorings.
Rigging the Pansy and hoisting the yard wasn't easy as the strong ebb tide was holding the boats stern-to-the-wind on the mooring. Hal was more smart, as he had kept the yard hoisted and wrapped his mainsail tightly and didn't have the same problem. The return trip was a beat all the way so it took about 90 minutes in the force 2 breeze from the east.
The trip was a reminder what a fine boat the Water Wag is for cruising.

Published in Racing
12 marina managers from Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the UK attended an 'Advanced Marina Managers' course held in Dun Laoghaire last week. The course was organised by the British Marine Federation (BMF) for the Certified Marina Managers organisation. During the course delegates visited marinas in Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Malahide.

As part of the course the group developed a marina scheme for Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club.

By basing the course in Ireland delegates were able to experience at first hand Irish facilities, some for the first time. Sarah Dhandar, Director of Training at the BMF expressed her delight at the venue, "superb facilities, conveniently close by".

Published in Irish Marinas

About boot Düsseldorf: With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. From 18 to 26 January 2020, around 2,000 exhibitors will be presenting their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

At A Glance – Boot Dusseldorf 

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 4560-01
Fax: +49 211 4560-668

The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.

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