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Leslie Parnell's Beneteau First 34.7 'Black Velvet' is the 2019 winner of a shortened DMYC Kish Race on Dublin Bay today, the “last major” in the Bay summer season.

Second was the National Yacht Club J109 Jalapeno (William Despard) with Greystones Champion Eleuthera, a Grand Soleil 44, skippered by Frank Whelan in third.

As Afloat reported earlier, Handicapping was based on ECHO Standard, giving those with revised ECHOs a good chance at the prizes.

Fifty-two boats entered the race this year, and 47 showed up on the start line. Neil Colin, the Race Officer, delayed the start until 1110, to give a few stragglers a chance to get out of the harbour and up to the line.

Jalapeno J109William Despard's J109 Jalapeno was second Photo: Afloat

Eleuthera 2Wicklow visitor Eleuthera was third overall Photo: Afloat

The pin end was favoured by most of the bigger boats, with Aster1x joining in. A flooding tide ensured the start was all clear (by several boat lengths in many cases), and the fleet was away. Well, most of it was away; the last boat cleared the line at 1140 – the flooding tide and a falling wind close to the land was the undoing of several competitors. Those who favoured the pin end, despite a stronger tide, benefited from more of the wind that was sweeping over the Muglins and Dalkey.

After a bit of rain, the wind filled in again, and reigning champion Eleuthera was first around South Burford (the course was shortened due to a forecasted lack of wind) and back just after 1245. The rest of the fleet came home over the next two hours, with the final boat crossing the line at 1520.

Results for the race are here.

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While last year it was the threat of a gale warning decreased numbers, this year, it is an unfortunate clash with the opening Irish match at the Rugby World Cup. Accordingly, the DMYC has postponed the first gun to 10.55 this Sunday to allow sailors to see the bulk of the game and still have time to enjoy competing in the Annual DMYC Kish Race.

In the event the breeze is not as strong as last year, the organisers may use a shorter course length, to ensure a good duration of a sail, for the last major race of the year, despite the later start time.

The event is designed to attract recreation and cruiser sailors as well as the regular racing community.

The DMYC looks forward to welcoming all sailors to the prize giving and Après Sail after their voyage.

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Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) has published the Notice of Race for the 2019 Edition of its annual Kish Race.

The round Kish and back race will take place on Sunday 22nd with the first gun at10.25 a.m.

Starting at the town's West Pier and racing to the Kish and back, it is a distance of approximately 28 km.

As Afloat reported in 2018, the last race saw Hot Cookie (Sunfast 3600 - John O’Gorman) leading to the Kish Lighthouse some 13.9 km out from Dun Laoghaire. An inside overtake at the mark by the bigger Eleuthera (Frank Whelan) saw them lead all the way to the finish. The reward for Hot Cookie (second on the water) was an overall win, on corrected time.

Race organiser Neil Colin says that 'as this is the “last major” in the Dublin Bay summer season before the lift out or winter racing, the club is looking forward to an enthusiastic entry'.

Handicapping will be based on ECHO Standard, giving those with revised ECHOs a good chance at the prizes.

The Notice of Race and entry can be found here 

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Despite the stormy past week and uncertain forecasts, another special day's sailing on Dublin Bay was completed today with the DMYC Kish Race merged into the start of the Leinster 100 Commemoration  writes Neil Colin.

The day saw Hot Cookie (Sunfast 3600 - John O’Gorman) leading to the Kish Lighthouse some 13.9 km out from Dun Laoghaire. An inside overtake at the mark by the bigger Eleuthera (Frank Whelan) saw them lead all the way to the finish. The reward for Hot Cookie (second on the water) was an overall win, on corrected time.

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Kish race Yoyo 2327YOYO (Sunfast 3600) Brendan Coughlan (foreground) with sistership and race winner Hot Cookie (lemon spinnaker) passing an appropriately named moored ship on the run out to the Kish Bank Photo:

The 2018 race was another “blaster” this year after the calm conditions of last year, providing a running start, clear blue skies, a steady 15 knots of north-west breeze, gusting to 25 knots and more at times, the leaders reached the single course mark being the Kish Lighthouse in about 50 minutes, and returned to cross the finish line in 1 hour 50 minutes, even faster than the 2016 race elapsed times, and setting new records.

The 2018 race was another “blaster”

Kish race 2233Eleuthera (orange spinnaker) leads the race out to the Kish Photo:

The race started with the running start, stolen by Ruffles (Michael Cutliffe) on the pier end, who tracked lower than most, to be later upset by a Northerly shift favouring those on a higher line, who held kites all the way to the turn, while Ruffles had to round close hauled.

Kish race West pier hut 2149The DMYC burgee flying over the DBSC Hut for the annual Kish Race from the West Pier Photo:

The outward leg saw spectacular boat speeds, and indeed several shredded sails were observed by the race organisers in the DBSC West Pier hut.

Kish race start 2176Gun! Hot Cookie (lemon spinnaker) makes her move at the leeward end of the line Photo:

At the turn, the competitors (after the manoeuvring and sail changes) each placed a white carnation flower in the water as an act of remembrance to those who perished on the Leinster, almost 100 years ago. A symbolic gesture everyone involved was pleased to support.

Kish race 2247Great conditions for the reach out to the Kish Lighthouse (just visible close to the stern of the right-hand ship) Photo:

Kish race Dubious 2427Peter Richardson's Dubious Photo:

Kish race 2293Frank Whelan's Eleuthera Photo:

The return leg was a tougher affair, with several competitors suffering gear failure and more sail damage on the long starboard tack back to the finish line, increasing in difficulty as the ebb tide kicked in against the smaller and slower competitors, sealing their fate on handicap.

Kish race start 2216IRL 525 Ruffian Alias (David Meeke & Martin McCarthy) had a standout performance Photo:

First home was Eleuthera, followed by the winner Hot Cookie, but probably performance of the day was Ruffian Alias (David Meeke & Martin McCarthy) who held the more northerly track to the mark, and the kite all the way there, and then, managed to hold off larger higher handicap yachts on the return leg.

Kish race Dear Black Velvet 2341The Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet sailed by Kevin Brasil Photo:

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Kish race Chilawee 2239Chilawee Photo:

Also of note, Jalapeno (J109) William Despard, winner in 2016 was third Overall, following a tight battle on the water with YOYO (Sunfast 3600) Brendan Coughlan finishing 4th, and the Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet sailed by Kevin Brasil and friends were fifth.

Kish race start 2204Denis Nolan’s Club Shamrock Emmanuelle (IR 3) among the starters at Dun Laoghaire Photo:

The Kish race continues to attract some more cruiser orientated sailors including Joe Csibi’s Wild Goose and Denis Nolan’s Club Shamrock Emmanuelle who acquitted themselves well, in the face of more competitive modern designs.

Kish race Dear Maranda 2272Maranda Photo:

Kish race Dear Prudence 2364J109 Dear Prudence Photo:

In addition to the prizes, the Leinster Commemoration organisers presented a book to the prize winners describing the sinking of the Leinster in 1918 and the associated stories, cementing the partnering of the race with the upcoming commemoration.

Download results as a PDF file below

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Holding their nerve in the face of forecast stormy conditions for the weekend, the DMYC in Dun Laoghaire now report the weather conditions now look very favourable (if a bit wet) for the last major event on Dublin Bay this summer, this Sunday’s DMYC Kish Race, starting at approximately 10.30 from Dun Laoghaire's West Pier.

Earlier this week it was feared the event would be cancelled due to gales, a decision made all the more difficult as this year's edition also serves to commemorate the loss of the RMS Leinster near the Kish Bank 100 years ago.

Race organiser Neil Colin told 'We have added a further detail to the event, in that all entries will be given a White Flower (biodegradable) before going afloat, and asked to take a moment as they round the Kish, and drop the flower in the water, as a memorial to the event almost 100 years ago".

It's a touching thought and a symbolic gesture to those who perished.

The entry system is open on

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The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club has announced the 2018 edition of its Kish Lighthouse Race will be known as “100 Boats for 100 Years”, reflecting the forthcoming commemoration of the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster with the loss of 501 lives on Dublin Bay in 1918. More details on that sinking here.

Together with the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association, the sailing event is planned to combine a regular format yacht race to and from the Kish, alongside a rally-style event for the traditional vessels and old gaffers, contributing to an exciting day of boating on the bay for everybody and a fitting commemoration of the tragic loss of so many lives.

DMYC's Neil Colin tells Afloat 'We hope to see the competitive racers, recreational sailors and traditional boaters all involved'. 

For more details and entry for the event click here

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As of mid-day today (Friday) there has been a late surge in entries for the Kish Race this Sunday which now stands at 34 yachts, ranging from Benetau 21.7’s, J 70’s to 40 Footers, with a Falmouth Working Boat mixed in for variety. There are also 7 Shipmans and several Ruffians all vying for “Bragging Rights” in their respective classes.

As previously reported, entries are still open at

The DMYC have been examining the weather forecasts closely. Rear Commodore Neil Colin told  'they have varied greatly over the recent days, but hopefully the God of Wind (Eric) will oblige'.

This year’s overall prizes are unique Lazer cut ply images of the Kish - something very different for the trophy cabinet.

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#KishRace - The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club has announced details of its annual Kish Race for 2017.

This year’s race in Dublin Bay to and from the Kish Bank Lighthouse offshore will be held on Sunday 24 September.

As previously reported on, the DMYC has been hosting this yearly event since the early 1980s, beginning as a single-handed affair but more recently becoming a two-handed race for cruiser class boats under the ECHO standard.

The Notice of Race and entry form are both available now on the DMYC website.

Click HERE for a photo gallery from last year’s race.

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The annual DMYC 2-handed Kish race takes place this Sunday, building on the double-hander class that has fond favour with ISORA racers this year. Doubleandsolo group president Olivier Prouveur today sent out a missive to interested parties, saying: "Already two ISORA races and a lot of fun for the 2-handed entries to date: Dinah (Barry Hurley + crew), Katanca (Barry O’Connor & Paul O’Riain), Big Hilly Style (Ross O’Leary & Bro.). Hope to see more of you taking part when your boats are ready!!

The NOR is online here with an entry form downloadable here.


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