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First up under the direction of Dublin Bay Race Officer Brian Mathews was the Pier Head Trophy on Friday evening then there were three races on Saturday for the SF Engineering Cup before Sunday's White Sails Trophy conclusion.
Following their success in the Ladies Cup held at Sligo Yacht Club earlier this month, the J24 Jana sailed to victory once more in Mullaghmore.
The Sligo Yacht Club J24 boat, helmed by Colm O'Flaherty, with crew Lucia and Sarah Nicholson, Nancy Pyl and Luke Henderson, won the event with a points total of five.
Jana had five race wins and one second. The next closest challenger was an RS Elite Boat helmed by Ed Cody from the Royal North Yacht Club who had a points total of 9.
Third overall in the event was Sligo Yacht Club's Ken Draper and crew aboard Jevan, another J24, who finished on 15 points.
The Mullaghmore Regatta was raced for over six races which started on Friday last and continued through to Sunday.
Conditions were mixed with blustery and sunny conditions on Friday evening for the first race followed by sunny conditions and lighter winds on Saturday and Sunday was light and overcast.
Boats travelled from Sligo Yacht Club and Killybegs for the event.
The next event in the sailing calendar for many of those who took part will be the J24 National Championships which are due to take place in Lough Erne Yacht Club.
Mullaghmore Sailing Club began in 1963 and ran mainly as a dinghy and cruiser club under the guidance of a founder member, the late Joan Malone's husband Paddy Malone. In terms of the Yacht and Sailing Club, we are a relatively new club. Initially MSC was composed largely of members from outside the area.
However, in the seventies and eighties, there had been a subtle change in the sport of sailing which encouraged the sport to embrace all.
This was reflected in a change of the clubs’ name from the old Mullaghmore Yacht Club to Mullaghmore Sailing Club. Simultaneously membership increased, a new Clubhouse was built (1999) and an emphasis was placed on Junior Sailing and Special Needs Sailing with a view to building up a broad youth base to enable the future development of MSC.
The last fifteen years has seen the club grow from its hedge school in the old pioneering days operating in the open at the north slip in the harbour to our clubhouse with its excellent facilities. Membership is healthy. Many of our youth and junior sailors have enjoyed and still are participating in and enjoying the varied challenges of the sport. Adults who have not sailed before are taking to the water on our evening courses for adults.
The biggest event MSC hosts is the Mullaghmore Triathlon which now firmly established on the Triathlon circuit. Started in 2001 it is now a big event which draws hundreds of competitors and spectators in June each year.
All income for the club's activities is re-invested in training and water sport events, a commitment that is specified in the articles of association of the club. Each year, in conjunction with the Sligo VEC, MSC runs up to six weeks of junior sail training courses for 30 to 40 young people each day over this period.
MSC also runs sailing and navigation training for adults, major provincial and national sailing events and power boat courses. As a Recognised Training Establishment (RTE) all its courses and activities are certified under the Irish Sailing Organisation (ISA). The club is also committed to including people with special needs on sailing courses and have through the Peace and Reconciliation fund have invested in specially adapted access boats.
New club facilities opened April 2000. Active dinghy sailing and racing in sheltered waters from April to October. Visitor moorings available for cruisers. Annual Cruiser Regatta held at the end of July.
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