Andrew Algeo’s Juggerknot from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads a clutch of J109’s into division one of June's Wave Regatta at Howth Yacht Club as the newly crowned East Coast J109 champion but faces plenty of competition under IRC, not least from clubmate Paul O’Higgins JPK1080 that is also preparing for June's Round Ireland Race.
“We're very pleased with the response to our Wave Regatta initiative and we’re set to be the biggest keelboat event on the East Coast in 2018,” Brian Turvey, Event Chairman told Afloat.ie
“Around 50 boats are visiting from outside Howth and they can be assured of a memorable experience, on and off the water.”
"The class band split means that at least 20 boats are expected each for classes one, two and three"
The class band split means that at least 20 boats are expected each for classes one, two and three where some of the most competitive club boats will be racing.
In Division 2, Nigel Biggs Checkmate XVIII racing under the HYC burgee will face plenty of local talent, especially from Ross McDonald’s Equinox and Michael and Richard Evans on The Big Picture.
Three big boats entered in Division Zero create an interesting regional duel as Jamie McWilliam’s Signal 8 from the Royal Hong Kong YC faces Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice from the Royal Cork YC and George Sisk’s WOW! from the Royal Irish YC.
IRC – ECHO Class Rating Splits for Wave Regatta
Class Zero IRC > 1.065 (Echo Standard > 1.065) Class One IRC 1.0000 – 1.064 (Echo Standard 1.000 – 1.064)
Class Two IRC 0.940 – 0.999 (Echo Standard 0.940 – 0.999)
Class Three IRC < 0.939 (Echo Standard < 0.939)
Class Four Echo Standard > 0.955
Class Five Echo Standard < 0.954
In Classes 0 to 3, a yacht’s IRC handicap will take priority
Musical Taste & Culinary Palette
Ashore, something for almost every musical taste and culinary palette will be on offer over the three days as Howth Yacht Club is transformed into an event site featuring a performance stage, casual food stalls, tapas bar options and semi-formal clubhouse dining.
Howth Yacht Club has released key event information with just ten days remaining before racing gets underway.
Crews have the option of competing over three-days or just the classic Lambay Race on Saturday 2nd June.
The overall entry currently stands at 125 boats with late entries expected to take the number higher. The entry deadline expires today (Wednesday 23rd May) but the organising committee has opted to waive the €50 late entry fee for inaugural event for entries received no later than Wednesday 30th May.
Official documents including the handicap class bands, Sailing Instructions as well as the extensive social programme staged by event sponsor Michael JF Wright Hospitality are all available for download on the event website WaveRegatta.com
Further information available from the event website here