#whitesails – "No spinnaker" does not mean "No competition". In the cases of the White Sail Classes in Dublin Bay and elsewhere there is certainly no lack of competition with large fleets out on the racetrack throughout the summer months. Significant numbers of White Sails boats are found competing at the business end of the all-comers winter fleets giving the lie to the "No Spinnaker, Tea and Muffins" image bestowed on these mainly cruising boats, that race without flying spinnakers.
In 2014, Dun Laoghaire's Royal St. George Yacht Club inaugurated its White Sails & Non-Spinnaker Inter-club Team Challenge event, which ran over the Club's Regatta weekend in early July. The event was a huge success with all of the participants having great racing afloat and good craic ashore. The Host Club carried off the newly commissioned trophy, thought the Royal Irish challenged right to the wire.
The RSGYC challenge will be renewed for 2015 over the weekend of 12th to 14th June linking in with the Royal Alfred Yacht Club's Bloomsday Regatta which is hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club. The Challenge event will be run on Friday and Sunday by Race Officer, Martin Byrne, starting with a Round the Cans Welcome race at 16.00 on Friday, and then the Bloomsday Regatta races on Saturday under the guidance of Hal Beakley and finishing with an "offshore" race on Sunday. The shore-side activity includes a Friday evening Sailing Supper and a Sunday morning pre-sailing breakfast as well as the RAYC's Saturday events.
The event is open to all boats not flying a spinnaker, other than boats where the RAYC offer one-design racing. White Sails, Black Sails, Brown Sails, even Red Sails, furler and non-furler jibs – all are invited to join the fun.
KPMG are generous sponsors of this year's Royal St. George Yacht Club, White Sails and Non-Spinnaker Team Event. Notice of Race and Entry Forms are available on the club website at the unbelievable price of €75 for the three days including the Bloomsday Regatta. Racing for an IRC result will add €10.
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