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Royal Irish Yacht Club Host Spring Coaching Regatta for Cruisers

14th March 2013
Royal Irish Yacht Club Host Spring Coaching Regatta for Cruisers

#riyc – The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) is encouraging as many cruiser–racer crews as possible to to attend its Spring Coaching Regatta intiative on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of April in Dun Laoghaire.

The event is bringing together sailmakers Prof O'Connell, Des McWilliam, Philip Watson and Kenny Rumball for on the water coaching and video analysis, Olympic sailor Timothy Goodbody is on hand for tactician briefings and there will be a racing rules pub quiz to highlight the 2013-2016 rule changes.

The off the water sessions will deal with techniques, tactics and racing rule changes for 2013.

Saturday will consist of practice starts, upwind trim and windward mark roundings and will integrate three races. Sunday will focus on downwind trim, gybing and leeward mark roundings and a final race to pull it all together.

Skippers that will be bringing on new crew for 2013 or competitive teams looking to grease the team cogs before the ICRAs will benefit from this world class training weekend say organisers. Non-DBSC boats are more than welcome too and any trailered boats from outside Dublin can be launched from the RIYC.

The cost for this event is €50 per boat which the RIYC say is a continuation of its policy to provide really good and value for money events for skippers.

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The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

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