Cork sailor Noel Coleman always had a dream to do the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and when the family acquired the heavy displacement Oyster 37 – a yacht which has already done a Round Ireland race – this seemed the ideal time to give it a try writes Bob Bateman.
As a build up for next month' 300-miler, Blue Oyster is on her way to sail in Kinsale Yacht Club’s Fastnet Race this weekend and will then sail in the SCORA race the following weekend from Cork Habour to Dunmore East.
Commodore of SCORA, Johanna Murphy says that the Waterford race has attracted a lot of interest and up to 25 yachts could be on the line. It’s A Great Island Sailing Club organised event and the early morning first gun is 6.55 on June 1st.
Following that race, Blue Oyster will continue northwards to Dublin be on the start line for the D2D at the National Yacht Club on June 12th.
Noel’s daughter Karen is cutting short her round the World trip to join her father for the biennial offshore that is expected to attract 40 boats. Afloat's WM Nixon previewed the 2019 edition here.
Other members of the Blue Oyster crew will be daughter Louise and nephew Alan Coleman, John Molloy and Mark Murphy.