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For Irish Olympic Laser fans there was a taste of what's to come next season in the mens Laser Class last weekend in Portland Harbour. Irish Tokyo trialists Finn Lynch (23) and Ewan McMahon (20) finished only a point apart at a UK World and European Qualifying event.

The pair, along with 2018 Irish champion Liam Glynn, are still seeking the nation berth after the disappointment of the Worlds in Japan in July. There's once chance left and if successful in Genoa's World Cup next March then there will be a three-way trial between them for the single Olympic spot.

And if the weekend results from Dorset are anything to go by, Lynch of the National Yacht Club and McMahon of Howth Yacht Club appear to be already locked in a battle royal.

It is McMahon's first senior season in the Laser and already the 2016 Radial world silver medalist is challenging the 2016 Rio Rep, Lynch. 

130 Laser sailors raced under blue skies in Portland Harbour with some great breezes, even if shifty conditions led to some up and down results for some.

Glynn looked completely off the pace in 16th place after counting a DNS and a DNC in the Standard fleet but Lynch and McMahon finished fifth and sixth respectively and were only a point apart overall after six races. Results are here

Also competing in Portland was 2018 Masters World Champion Mark Lyttle who finished 20th.

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The CH Marine Laser sponsored, Final Fling regatta took place in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday with a whopping 45 entries across two race courses writes Gavan Murphy,
Dun Laoghaire Laser Class Captain

Competitors were greeted by a punchy 20 knot South Westerly on Saturday morning as they came down to rig, so Regatta Fleet Race Officer, Sean Craig, wisely postponed launching his fleet by an hour to ensure they raced in optimum conditions to match their experience. This gave Sean an opportunity to do a rig set up session with some of the more apprehensive sailors in this fleet so they were confidently ready to hit the water as soon as the breeze came down.

Meanwhile, in the 34-boat, DBSC hosted Main Fleet, the weather God's attempted to make life difficult for not only the competitors but race officer, Suzanne McGarry and her mark layers, who were frequently charged with moving the weather mark and pin end to facilitate the constantly shifting and dying breeze. That said, the fleet managed to get four close races in on a windward-leeward course. In the Laser 4.7's, Archie Daly and Oisin Hughes of RSGYC were 1st and 2nd, while Christian Ennis of NYC was 3rd. In the Laser Radial's, Barry McCartin of CBSC/RSGYC showed his class with four wins from four, Conor Clancy and Kate Fahy of RSGYC were 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the Laser Standard's, Damian Maloney of the RSGYC showed a clean set of heels with three 1st places and one 2nd. Ian Simington and Robbie Walker also of the RSGYC were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

"There was a whopping 45 entries across two race courses"

On the Regatta Fleet race course, Race Officer Sean Craig managed to get 5 quick-fire races in on a short triangular course for his charge of 11 boats. In the Laser Standard class, Maurice Mason of the RSGYC took the honours with Mick Shelley, also of the RSGYC close on his heels throughout. Indeed, there was a funny incident in the last downwind leg of the last race, where both competitors main sheet's managed to run clear of the blocks at the same time....a mad scramble ensued only for Maurice to get his main sheet re-tied and got to the line just ahead of Mick. A course in stopper knot skills is duly noted for these two! In the Radial Class, Oisin Hannon, Heather Craig and Rachel Crowley of the RSGYC took the honours, while in the Laser 4.7 class, Lorraine O'Connor and Alec Munro took 1st and 2nd respectively. For the majority of the sailors in this fleet, this was their first regatta which they did remarkably well to compete in and manage so effectively. Indeed, coach Richard O'Rahilly commented he was really encouraged by the closeness of racing and boat handling ability he witnessed. We hope to see some of these sailors make the transition to frostbiting this winter and indeed on to the regatta and Laser circuit next season.

A casual prize giving took place for the Lasers on the balcony of the George after racing, thanks to CH Marine. This was followed by a Grant Thornton sponsored champagne reception, compliments of Mick Shelley and the now infamous Dun Laoghaire Laser class end of season dinner in the George that evening which was superbly attended by 30 people.

Huge thanks again to Laser prize sponsors, CH Marine; DBSC; George Sailing Manager, Ronan Adams; Race Officers, Suzanne McGarry and Sean Craig and their respective rescue and committee boat teams; namely, Shirley Gilmore, Caroline Liddy, Barbara Conway, Liz Aylmer, Hilary Bloxham and Brian Mulqueen.

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At the recent Dinghy Fest Regatta at Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) earlier this month, leading Irish Chandlery CH Marine announced its continued support for the Irish Laser Association (ILA).

The ILA currently has over two hundred active members ranging in age from early teens to masters sailors in their eighties.

CH Marine are the official Laser supplier in Ireland and stock everything for lasers and all marine equipment in shops throughout Ireland. Nick Bendon of CH Marine said he was delighted to continue sponsoring the Irish laser association. 

At the Cork Harbour announcement, Chairman of the ILA, Aidan Staunton thanked CH Marine for the assistance as the funding helps support regional championships (six in total) and coaching at a grassroots level.

Champion sailor and Class treasurer Nick Walsh also welcomed the continued association between the laser class and CH Marine and thanked Nick Bendon for supporting the class at local national and international level.

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The CH Marine sponsored 'Final Fling' Dinghy Regatta takes place for the 3rd consecutive year, this Sept 28th in Dun Laoghaire writes Gavan Murphy, Dublin Bay Laser Class Captain

This year, the regatta will offer a very innovative format in that there will be two fleets, a Regatta Fleet and a Main Fleet.

The Regatta Fleet, facilitated by the Royal St George Yacht Club, is designed to accommodate less confident Laser (only) sailors. This fleet with race 5 short races inside the Harbour, with plenty of RIB support and on the water coaching. It will comprise of sailors that have perhaps done some of the Laser 'Kindergarten' workshops that have been running throughout the season in locations including Dun Laoghaire, Malahide & Wexford. Other participants in this group may include parents whose child has a Laser but their own sailing has lapsed and they're a little rusty. Regatta Fleet sailors are expected to be able to sail around a simple triangular course. There will be a briefing and debriefing session in the Royal St George to help the learning experience and a 15-minute workshop looking at rigging and sail control lines, all given by Sean Craig, local Laser sailor and Regatta Fleet Race Officer for the day.

The Main Fleet will be facilitated by the DBSC and will comprise of PY's (IDRA, Fireball, Vago etc.), Laser Standards, Laser Radials and Laser 4.7's who will complete 4 quick-fire races for the coveted 'Final Fling' prizes!

Prizegiving for both fleets will take place in the Royal St George from 6 pm. This will be followed by the 'now infamous' end of season Laser fleet dinner and social in the George that evening.

Follow this link to enter both the Regatta & Main Fleet here

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Three sailors from Ireland Alanna Coakley (Royal St. George Yacht Club), Hugh O’Connor (National Yacht Club) and Evan Dargan Hayes (Greystones Sailing Club) competed in the Laser 4.7 World Youth Championships in Kingston Canada from 18th - 24th August. The 4.7 Worlds stated with a promise of breeze of 6 to 7 knots with the fleet being divided into three groups, a yellow, blue and girls group. Each group started well, but it was not long after the girls start that the wind dropped below 5 knots and races had to be abandoned. However, the race officer wasted no time in regrouping and going for a second start. No sooner had the three groups started when the wind died again. This pattern continued for the day and all was abandoned. Day 2 showed more promise and the wind maintained a steady 25 knots with gusts nearing 30 knots, a great challenge for all. There was pressure to secure the 4 qualifying races and three races were completed in both the boys fleets.

It was the Europeans who were leading the way at the end of the day in both the boys and girls fleets. Day 3 and the wind maintained a constant 10-12 knots but with considerable wind shifts making it tricky for sailors. All three fleets completed three races and the boys finished their qualifying series.

The Italian Nicole Nordera was leading the boys fleet and Sara Savelli of Italy leading the girls with Alanna Coakley in 5th position. The boys group were then divided into gold and silver fleets. Hugh O’Connor and Evan Dargan Hayes made the Silver fleet with Hugh O’Connor sitting on 5th position within this fleet going into day 4. On Day 4 and Day 5 the wind picked up again and maintained a steady 23 knots gusting 28 knots but it settled into a SW position allowing 5 races to be completed by all groups. At the end of Day 4 Alanna Coakley was in 7th position but on Day 5 she was black flagged and ended the day in 13th position. Hugh O’Connor was in 7th position by the end of Day 4 but by Day 5 he dropped back to 11th position, while Evan Dargan Hayes was in 42nd position and by day five he had moved to 38th position. The final positions would be decided on Day 6 with one race to go. However the wind dropped again and the race officers had difficulty setting a course. After 2 hours on the water all was abandoned and the final positions were as of the day 5 with Alanna Coakley the best of the Irish in 13th position.

The overall winners were Niccolo Nordera of Italy in 1st position, Roko Stipanovic of Croatia in 2nd position and Gasper Strahonik of Slovenia in 3rd position. In the Silver Fleet it was Nicolas Host Verbraak of Norway in first position, Yusuf Teshima of Japan in Second position and Spencer Dominique’s of the USA in third. In the girls it was Anja Von Allmen from Switzerland in first position Lara Minnes from Spain in second position and Sara Savelli from Italy in third position.

CORK International Regatta/Canadian National Laser Championship 12th - 16th August 2019

The Canadian National Laser Championships 2019 were held in Kingston Canada prior to the 4.7 Youth World Championships at the Canadian Olympic Venue.

Three Irish sailors Alanna Coakley, Hugh O’Connor and Evan Dargan Hayes competed in this event over 4 days. The winds were a consistent 12 - 15 knots, however, were coming from the NW, shifting and difficult to read making it hard to set a course. Four qualifying races and 5 championship races were held over the four days with one discard.

At the end of day one Hugh O’Connor was lying in 7th position and Evan Dargan Hayes in the mid-twenties and Alanna Coakley in the mid-teens. The Irish held their own but shifting winds made this a tricky event demanding skills in reading and anticipating the increasing wind shifts.

Throughout the four days Hugh O’Connor managed to maintain his position in the top ten and finished 9th overall, Alanna Coakley finished 19th overall and 5th girl and Evan Dargan Hayes finished 23rd overall.

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Over 100 sailors competed across 4 days for the Irish Laser Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club from 22nd to 25th August 2019. 

Nine races were completed in the first 3 days of the championship in moderate to fresh southerly breezes which swung back and forwards each day to keep competitors on their toes. The Race Management team led by PRO Sheila Lewis from County Antrim kept races moving each day as swiftly as possible aided by separate finishing boat which allowed the Standard and 4.7 fleets to get away as soon as they were finished and not have to wait on the Radials who as always were prone to a few general recalls despite the Uniform flag in operation for most of the four days. The final day saw lots of sunshine and eventually a sea breeze filled in but too late to get all fleets away before the time limit.

Sailors came from far and wide across Ireland with a few visitors from England and Wales in preparation for the Laser Radial Youth European Championship which Ballyholme Yacht Club will host in July 2020. Most of the events this summer have been in relatively light winds so Day 1 especially was spent by many brushing up on their hiking and surfing techniques and discovering muscles they’d forgotten about for a while. Noticeably the first day also saw a number of broken masts following downwind capsizes in the shifting breeze. One visiting Radial sailor Arthur Farley from the Isle of Wight blew a number of race leads with death rolls on the runs although still had a smile on his face at the end of the event: “This year is about learning to sail in shifting breezes and learning the venue before next years Europeans - I am more used to chasing tides around the Isle of Wight, and the performance here was more important than the eventual result.” The strongest wind was actually to be found on Race 7 at the start of Day 3 but by then most of the fleets were breeze veterans, even if their legs were aching.

Wallace wins Standard Division

Ronan Wallace of Wexford Boat Club showed the way home to the rest of the Laser Standard fleet in 8 of the 9 races. Darragh O’Sullivan managed to get in front on Race 9 and spoil the perfect score. Fionn Conway was always close as well with Master Nick Walsh and Conor Simms both trying to get in on the action but getting passed by the finish line. Ballyholme Yacht Club’s Grand Master Charlie Taylor was 5th with Mark Mackey 3rd Master.

Ronan WallaceRonan Wallace

Darragh OSullivanDarragh OSullivan

Fionn ConwayFionn Conway

RCYC's Crosbie Wins 4.7 Battle

The 4.7 fleet saw tight racing between Royal Corks’s Michael Crosbie, England’s Luke Anstey and the Nationals Conor Gorman. Michael won Day 1 while Conor had Day 2 and Luke chased hard on Day 3 to have equal points with Michael but only one point in front of Conor. Michael’s three race wins across the championship put him in lead position going into the final day where he remained when the racing was cancelled. First girl was Ellen Barbour from County Antrim YC followed by Eva Briggs of RNIYC and Sophie Kilmartin from Malahide YC. Silver fleet was won by Kei Walker with Ollie Haig 2nd and Oisín Hughes 3rd.

1st 4.7 Michael Crosbie1st 4.7 - Michael Crosbie

 2nd 4.7 Luke Anstey 2nd 4.7 - Luke Anstey

 3rd 4.7 Conor Gorman 3rd 4.7 - Conor Gorman

1st 4.7 Girl Ellen Barbour1st 4.7 Girl - Ellen Barbour

O’Suilleabhain Takes Radial Title

With the 2020 Europeans in view, the Radial fleet was always going to be about bragging rights before next years youth championship. A number of UK Radial squad travelled over following their own championships in Largs 2 weeks ago where Dan McGaughey came 1st Youth and 2nd overall. Unfortunately, things didn’t go all his way back at home despite being best boat on Days 1 and 3. Instead, Kinsale’s Michael O’Suilleabhain and the visiting Kai Wolgram from Llyn Brenig fought out the two top positions with a win in Race 9 squeezing Michael back into the lead by just 1 point. Tom Higgins came 3rd with 2 race wins under his belt with notable performances from Tralee Bay’s Paddy Cunnane and Gurnard SC’s Arthur Farley who won or lead races at times. Unfortunately, Michael and Kai didn’t get to fight it out on the final day giving Ireland the win in both the UK and Irish Laser Radial Nationals. Clare Gorman was first lady followed by Paddy’s sister Ellie Cunnane and Suzanne Flannigan.

Micheal OSullieabhainRadial winner - Micheal O'Sullieabhain

2nd Radial Kai Wolgram2nd Radial - Kai Wolgram

3rd Radial Tom Higgins3rd Radial - Tom Higgins

Royal Cork YC won the team prize (pictured below) with Nick Walsh, Michael Crosbie and Rob Keal in notable positions 

Laser Team RCYC

The Mayor of North Down and Borough Council Alderman Bill Keery thanked the many visitors for travelling to Bangor and encouraging to spend more time here highlighting the many attractions and events on especially with the August Open House Festival (this writer is heading to see The Specials at Bangor seafront after the close of play tonight). With the Laser Ulster’s and Radial Youth Europeans planned for Ballyholme next summer, many will be spending a fortnight training and racing and hopefully relaxing in North Down in July 2020.

Overall results from the 2019 Irish Laser Nationals can be viewed here

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Sailors have completed 6 of the scheduled 11 races at the end of Day two at the Irish Laser Nationals at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough

Conditions have been tricky for sailors and Race Officer Sheila Lewis and her team with southerly breezes of 10 to 15 knots aided by gusts of over 20 at times. Day 1 saw a large number of casualties both in capsizes and broken masts. Sailors at the front of many of the fleets succumbed regularly to the swinging gusts finding themselves upside down having been chasing a podium position. Day 2 saw slightly lighter breezes but still tricky with the breeze moving back and forwards through 40 degrees at times. The race team must be commended for getting in 6 races so quickly over the first 2 days for 3 notoriously difficult fleets in such conditions - the addition of a separate finishing boat has allowed the Standards and 4.7’s to get away and not having to wait for the squabbling Radial fleet each time.

Laser RacingA race start at the Laser National Championships

In the Laser Standards, Ronan Wallace of Wexford Boat Club is the standout performer with 6 bullets ahead of relative youngsters Darragh O’Sullivan and Fionn Conway. First Master is Cork’s Nick Walsh followed by a handful of Ballyholme sailors led by veteran Charlie Taylor.

The 4.7 fleet is tighter with the National’s Conor Gorman and Royal Corks’s Michael Crosbie on equal points followed by UK visitor Luke Anstey from Frendsham Pond. First girl is Ellen Barbour from County Antrim YC on the other side of Belfast Lough.

The Laser Radial fleet has seen the most dramatic changes possibly due to sailing on the inner loop where the beats may have been less easy to read. Day 1 saw recent UK Youth National Radial Champion and Ballyholme YC sailor Dan McGaughey leading with 2,2,2 but Races 4 and 5 will be ones he will want to try and forget going into the second half. Kinsale’s Micheal OSuilleabhain and UK sailor Kai Wolgram from Llyn Brenig are tight together at the top with the most consistent results over the first 2 days followed by Tom Higgins of Royal St George. First female and youth girl is the National’s Claire Gorman with a good lead over Ballyholme’s Suzanne Flannigan for first Lady.

 

 

Three more races are scheduled today with sunshine and similar breezes to the first 2 days - 12 gusting up to 21 - perfect for the photographers if testing for the sailors.

Results can be viewed here

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Last week Ballyholme’s Dan McGaughey won the youth title and second overall in the Laser Radial UK Nationals at Largs, Scotland. This followed Howth Yacht Club’s Eve McMahon who won the Under 17 Laser Radial Youth Worlds title the week previous in Kingston, Canada. And of course, Eve’s brother Jamie won the Under-21 Laser Radial European title back in May in Porto. It all points to some home talent building for the Laser Radial European Youth Championships which Ballyholme will host next summer in July 2020.

Before that - Ballyholme Yacht Club will host the 2019 Irish Laser National Championships from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th August 2019 with support from Ards and North Down Borough Council, CH Marine, Quay Marinas, the Salty Dog hotel and the Guillemot Deli & Kitchen Cafe.

As Afloat reported previously, this is the first major Laser event at Ballyholme since 2014 when Ballyholme’s James Espey was attempting to keep eventual Rio rep Finn Lynch at bay, and Annalise Murphy was on her way to Olympic Silver at Rio 2016.

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The 2019 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Kingston, Canada concluded with a win for Howth Yacht Club’s Eve McMahon in the U17 division of the Girls fleet.

As Afloat previously reported, McMahon entered the final day in second place in the U19 category, but two race wins by the Australian sailor dropped McMahon to third overall. Clare Gorman (NYC) retained her overall fifth place.

In the Boys fleet, Tom Higgins finished strongly to gain three places on the final day to finish fifth overall, while Michéal O’Sulleabhain ended the regatta in 13th place and Jamie McMahon jumped from 34th to 19th overall.

Girls Gold Fleet:

3. Eve McMahon

5. Clare Gorman (NYC)

Boys Gold Fleet:

5. Tom Higgins

12. Michéal O’Suilleabhain

19. Jamie McMahon (HYC)

Silver Fleet:

53. James Delaney (NYC)

Bronze Fleet:

49. Sam Rutherford

Full results here

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Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon lies second overall – and first in the under 17 category – going into the final days racing of the ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships currently underway in Kingston, Canada.

The 2019 edition of the championships sees 208 competitors from 32 countries competing for World titles in both boys and girls divisions.

Six Irish sailors, four boys and two girls, have made the journey to the 1976 Olympic sailing venue.

McMahon went straight from this month's Youth World Sailing Championships in Poland for the Canadian event.

After 10 races with the final two on Wednesday, some of the Irish sailors are featuring strongly.

A great start for Irish sailors saw both Tom Higgins and Eve McMahon (HYC) top their respective leaderboards after day one.

Subsequent results have seen Higgins drop back to 8th, while McMahon has continued good form and now lies 2nd overall and 1st in the under 17 category.

Clare Gorman (NYC) is in 5th place in the Girls division, while Michéal O’Suilleabhain lies 12th and Eve’s brother Jamie McMahon is in 34th place in the Boys gold fleet.

Full Irish results (after 10 Races)(12 races to complete the regatta)

Girls Gold Fleet:

2. Eve McMahon

5. Clare Gorman (NYC)

Boys Gold Fleet:

8. Tom Higgins

12. Michéal O’Suilleabhain

34. Jamie McMahon (HYC)

Silver Fleet:

51. James Delaney (NYC)

Bronze Fleet:

49. Sam Rutherford

Full results here

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Dun Laoghaire Regatta –  From the Baily lighthouse to Dalkey island, the bay accommodates eight separate courses for 25 different classes racing every two years for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

In assembling its record-breaking armada, Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta (VDLR) became, at its second staging, not only the country's biggest sailing event, with 3,500 sailors competing, but also one of its largest participant sporting events.

One of the reasons for this, ironically, is that competitors across Europe have become jaded by well-worn venue claims attempting to replicate Cowes and Cork Week.

'Never mind the quality, feel the width' has been a criticism of modern-day regattas where organisers mistakenly focus on being the biggest to be the best.

Dun Laoghaire, with its local fleet of 300 boats, never set out to be the biggest. Its priority focussed instead on quality racing even after it got off to a spectacularly wrong start when the event was becalmed for four days at its first attempt.

The idea to rekindle a combined Dublin bay event resurfaced after an absence of almost 40 years, mostly because of the persistence of a passionate race officer Brian Craig who believed that Dun Laoghaire could become the Cowes of the Irish Sea if the town and the local clubs worked together.

Although fickle winds conspired against him in 2005, the support of all four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs since then (made up of Dun Laoghaire Motor YC, National YC, Royal Irish YC and Royal St GYC), in association with the two racing clubs of Dublin Bay SC and Royal Alfred YC, gave him the momentum to carry on.

There is no doubt that sailors have also responded with their support from all four coasts. Entries closed last Friday with 520 boats in 25 classes, roughly doubling the size of any previous regatta held on the Bay.

Running for four days, the regatta is (after the large mini-marathons) the single most significant participant sports event in the country, requiring the services of 280 volunteers on and off the water, as well as top international race officers and an international jury, to resolve racing disputes representing five countries.

Craig went to some lengths to achieve his aims including the appointment of a Cork man, Alan Crosbie, to run the racing team; a decision that has raised more than an eyebrow along the waterfront.

A flotilla of 25 boats has raced from the Royal Dee near Liverpool to Dublin for the Lyver Trophy to coincide with the event. The race also doubles as a RORC qualifying race for the Fastnet.

Sailors from the Ribble, Mersey, the Menai Straits, Anglesey, Cardigan Bay and the Isle of Man have to travel three times the distance to the Solent as they do to Dublin Bay. This, claims Craig, is one of the major selling points of the Irish event and explains the range of entries from marinas as far away as Yorkshire's Whitby YC and the Isle of Wight.

Until now, no other regatta in the Irish Sea area could claim to have such a reach. Dublin Bay weeks such as this petered out in the 1960s, and it has taken almost four decades for the waterfront clubs to come together to produce a spectacle on and off the water to rival Cowes.

"The fact that we are getting such numbers means it is inevitable that it is compared with Cowes," said Craig. However, there the comparison ends.

"We're doing our own thing here. Dun Laoghaire is unique, and we are making an extraordinary effort to welcome visitors from abroad," he added.

The busiest shipping lane in the country – across the bay to Dublin port – is to close temporarily to facilitate the regatta and the placing of eight separate courses each day.

A fleet total of this size represents something of an unknown quantity on the bay as it is more than double the size of any other regatta ever held there.

The decision to alter the path of ships into the port was taken in 2005 when a Dublin Port control radar image showed an estimated fleet of over 400 yachts sailing across the closed southern shipping channel.

Ships coming into the bay, including the high-speed service to the port, will use the northern lane instead.

With 3,500 people afloat at any one time, a mandatory safety tally system for all skippers to sign in and out will also operate.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the appearance of four Super Zero class yachts, with Dun Laoghaire's Colm Barrington's TP52 'Flash Glove' expected to head the 'big boat' fleet. At the other end of the technology scale, the traditional clinker-built Water Wags will compete just as they did at a similar regatta over 100 years ago.

The arrival of three TP 52s and a Rogers 46 to Dun Laoghaire regatta is a feather in the cap of organisers because it brings Grand Prix racing to Dublin bay and the prospect of future prominent boat fixtures on the East Coast.

With 38 entries, the new Laser SB3s are set to make a significant impact although the White Sail Class five almost rivals them numerically. The Fireball is the biggest dinghy class, with 27 entries, while there are 25 entries for the Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup which began on Monday.

Class 0 is expected to be the most hotly contested, if the recent Saab IRC Nationals, Scottish Series and Sovereign's Cup are any indication. Three Cork boats ­- Jump Juice (Conor and Denise Phelan), Antix Dubh (Anthony O'Leary) and Blondie (Eamonn Rohan) - are expected to lead the fleet.

(First published in 2009)

Who: All four Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Yacht clubs

What: Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Why: A combined regatta to make Dun Laoghaire the Cowes of the Irish Sea.

Where: Ashore at Dun Laoghaire and afloat at eight separate race courses on Dublin Bay. Excellent views from both Dun Laoghaire piers, Sandycove and Seapoint.

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The 2021 Regatta runs from 8-11 July

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