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Howth Yacht Club’s Eve McMahon took the silver medal at the EurILCA Laser Radial Youth Championships in Croatia yesterday, Saturday 3 July.

The result from Kaštela, near Split, comes hot on the heels of her U19 silver medal at the ILCA European Championships in Montenegro last month.

Final scores have fellow Irish team member and Dingle Sailing Club’s Ellie Cunnane in 27th.

Among the boys, Jonathan O’Shaughnessy and Michael Crosbie of the Royal Cork Yacht Club finished in 26th and 33rd respectively in the Gold fleet.

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Howth Yacht Club Commodore Paddy Judge has thanked members for their patience and support ahead of the return to racing and outdoor dining — as well as welcoming visiting Irish-based boats from elsewhere in Ireland — next Monday 7 June.

“It is a great relief to finally see the gradual return to a semblance of normality,” he said, adding that tables can now be reserved online.

The 20% bar discount for full members is being retained and all members have received a 10% subscription rebate on their cards for bar purchases.

Meanwhile, the marina team and volunteers have been busy getting the club ready for a wider reopening.

Committee boats are now refitted, marks are laid, the starter’s hut is on the East Pier and 25 new marina berths have been allocated this year “as evidence of a significant response to our new membership drive”.

The relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions last month allowed limited crews to sail and some have already started race training.

Howth’s Cruising Group have had their first armada to Lambay ahead of the scheduled race next Saturday 12 June, with one crew reportedly encountering so much weed “they could not maintain sufficient speed and had to abandon the cruise!”

Lambay bound

The Lambay Races mark the first major event of this year’s HYC calendar, and provision is being made for 100 socially distanced outdoor table spaces set out in three areas around the club after racing, allocated on a first come, first seated basis.

The new HYC food truck will be serving food on the main deck (adjacent to the marina walkway) during the day and those who wish to dine (or drink) at the club on the night of the races can book an outdoor table for after 7pm.

Crew registration is limited to HYC members and is online only. The club’s J80s will be available for charter by members for the Lambay Races.

Meanwhile, a number of HYC boats sailed their first ISORA and summer junior courses are fully booked in further signs that things are getting back to normal.

Club racing returns

Club keelboat racing recommences next Tuesday 8 June for one-designs and on Wednesday 9 June for the cruiser classes. Apart from the Howth 17s, who will use the East Pier hut line, racing will be from Starpoint and crews are advised to allow enough time for the extra distance to the start area north of Ireland’s Eye.

Dinghy racing will commence on Thursday 10 June in Howth Sound with See Wych being used as Committee Vessel. Entry forms, sailing instructions and course information can all be downloaded from the HYC website, and crew registration is online.

The club also has a new motor-boating group starting up, with plans for destination shore breaks to Skerries, Dun Laoghaire, Greystones and the Liffey — contact Alan Kinsella for more information — as well as three dinghy sailing groups running on Saturdays for all ages and all levels.

Marina notes

HYC members are advised that the club has encountered a fault with the large crane which the service company cannot determine. It will remain in use until the end of June with added safety measure, after which it will be taken out of service for approximately three weeks for a comprehensive overhaul.

In addition, supply chain and production issues have delayed delivery of the balcony pergola, which is now scheduled for late September. The repair to the balcony roof, which is leaking into the marina office, has it turn been delayed to September also.

Other changes afoot are in the administration of the club’s operations, and a Strategy Group is set to produce a report for the General Committee and members shortly.

And Commodore Judge commanded new club manager Aideen Doran who has “had a baptism of fire” in the role but has made progress in team building despite the prevailing restrictions and in reducing overheads, among other tasks.

“We want to increase the value of our club to members and hope all members will benefit from the current initiatives under way,” he said, adding: “I would encourage you to come to the club and enjoy some well-deserved fun.”

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Howth Yacht Club has announced that regardless of the weather, members can look forward to warm and dry outdoor dining at the clubhouse this summer.

Funding has been secured and the order placed for a pergola with glass sliding walls, which the club says will add a new dimension to the balcony area for outdoor dining and all-weather access.

There is a lead time of up to 14 weeks for the order but it is hoped the new pergola will be installed by July. In the meantime, the balcony decking will be replaced over the next two months.

Phased return to the water

In other HYC news, the club is preparing for a phased return to the water later this month as children of school-going age may resume training from 26 April, while people from two households may sail on the same boat from the same date.

Competitions however remain prohibited and changing rooms are closed. And members are reminded that leisure sailing is only available to those for whom the club is within 20km from home if not in Co Dublin.

No racing is on the summer schedule until the Lambay Races on the June Bank Holiday weekend and the Optimist Leinsters on 12-13 June, restrictions allowing.

Vice Commodore Neil Murphy said it is also proposed to reactivate summer dinghy racing this year with two races every Thursday night.

A handicap class will provide the opportunity for the owners of the various types of dinghy in the club — including RS Aeros, RS400s and RS800s, International 14s and ISOs and — to bag bragging rights, while one-design starts will be provided for Optimists and Laser/ILCAs.

A six-week series will start the season, first race to be scheduled as soon as competitive sailing is allowed to recommence.

Old Lasers

The club also has plans to bring back its adult dinghy coaching and racing series, and is on the lookout for any old Lasers that members may have spotted in their localities, in order to add to its existing fleet. Get in touch with Neil Murphy or contact the HYC office if you have any suggestions or can help.

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Howth Yacht Club member Aisling Hassell has relayed a message back home after she and her family recently reached the Virgin Islands on their passage west.

While there, Aisling also took the opportunity to hand over the HYC burgee to Dave Franzel at St Thomas Yacht Club. Dave previously owned the Boston Sailing Centre where Aisling worked for two summers.

Aisling reports that Dave is running a very successful sailing school in the US Virgin Islands, which has led to a great increase in the number of members participating.

Readers can follow Aisling and her family as they continue their epic journey on Instagram @ohanasvoyage.

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In the latest Commodore’s Update from Howth Yacht Club, Paddy Judge outlines its plans for a hopeful restart to sailing if restrictions allow from April.

Among the changes being considered are the purchase of more paddle boards and kayaks for members’ use, as well as more flexible coaching sessions and extra opportunities to get afloat on the club’s fleet of dinghies and J80s.

On the marina and clubhouse side, planning permission is being sought for a retractable awning to facilitate more outdoor dining.

And comments are being sought on the move to commission a strategy group to examine what changes will be required to best position the club over the next five to 10 years in terms of attracting new and younger members and increasing the value of membership.

For more, see the Commodore’s Update for February 2021 on the HYC website HERE.

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Howth Yacht Club resumed full dining service today, Friday 4 December, and looks forward to welcoming members and guests for lunch and dinner over the festive season.

Besides the usual coffee, scones and seasonal refreshments like mince pies at the bar, the HYC has also introduced a new bar menu and a special Christmas menu. The HYC website has more details on opening hours and availability.

Meanwhile, entries are sill open for the club’s ‘Decorate Your Boat’ competition, with lots of great prizes to be won including a meal with wine or beer to your boat for you and your favourite crew.

Boats must be decorated and on display in time for our judges to view your boats on Friday 18 December, with the winners to be announced on Christmas Eve.

You can also give the gift of choice this Christmas with HYC Gift Vouchers for membership, dining, marina services, official HYC merchandise, sailing lessons and much more besides. Click HERE for more details.

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Howth Yacht Club has welcomed Aideen Doran to the role of club manager.

Doran moves to the HYC from a senior managerial position in top retailer Brown Thomas – and after getting her sea legs as a crew member on the Sydney-to-Perth leg of the 2019-20 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Despite the challenges of coronavirus restrictions, the changing circumstances mean Doran’s fresh perspective is of the essence.

Meanwhile, currently on display in the clubhouse are a number of artworks entered in this year’s members’ art competition.

Members can vote online for their chosen artwork until next Friday 9 October, with the winning art receiving prizes courtesy of Blue Ribbon Art & Framing.

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Saturday 4 July marks the start of the 2020 Fingal Cruiser Challenge with a mini coastal race starting from Howth pier, with the gun at 10am.

Howth Yacht Club intends to start all boats off together and the fleet will be racing under HPH handicap only.

This is the third year of the revamped Fingal Series and will feature a combination of four mini-coastal races and the Lambay Race.

The series is intended to encourage keelboat owners, both racers and non-racers, to participate in some or all of the challenges that we can fit into our shortened season.

The mini coastal races are hoped to be attractive to boats with short-handed or less experienced crews, while providing close racing for those who like to be at the front.

The Notice of Race and entry form for the series are available online.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Aqua Two-Handed Challenge returns to Howth later in July, with a wider array of classes welcome.

Meanwhile, club racing starts tomorrow (Tuesday 30 June) for the one-designs at HYC, as was confirmed last week. Entries can still be submitted HERE.

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Howth Yacht Club has made clear its current provisions for members under phase two of the roadmap to recovery which began this past Monday 8 June.

Boat owners and members can now access the hard and marina to work on boats or go sailing from 8am to 9pm seven days a week.

Guests must be accompanied by a member and their email and phone contact details emailed in advance, which will avoid delays, or entered in the log at the entrance.

Some nearby harbours and marinas are accepting visitors now but members are advised to check in advance.

From 29 June, HYC will welcome visiting local boats (Irish-based boats only). Members will be able to overnight onboard as showers and hospitality facilities will be reopened and 24-hour access switched on.

However, international crews arriving by sea will not be welcome until at least later in the season as they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Find more details in Rear Commodore Neil Murphy’s Return to Sailing Plan, which includes the Aqua Double Handed Race planned for 18 July.

HYC also reminds that normal charges now apply for mooring and berth holders, dinghies on the hard and winter visitors in the marina that overstayed due to coronavirus restrictions.

It’s important that all boats on the hard, apart from those for which dry-sailing arrangements are in place, are removed or launched to free up the space needed for normal summertime sailing activities to get underway.

Junior sailing adapts

While plans for the 2020 Quest Howth Training Programme were scuppered by coronavirus restrictions, Howth’s junior section is running coaching sessions in single-handed dinghies for sailors who have successfully achieved Irish Sailing’s Basic Skills standard.

To maximise opportunity to get back on the water, training will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions. Supervised sailing is also offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for any members who would prefer less structured sailing.

With junior sailing at Howth facing a problem of success with oversubscription, the club insists that anybody who booked a course prior to the lockdown will be given priority on rescheduled courses.

The revised schedule for bookings will be available from tomorrow, Thursday 11 June from 10am through the office. Full details of what is available can be found on the Quest website HERE.

Sadly the club is not currently permitted to run summer courses for primary school children, but its hoped the restrictions will ease to allow for sailing for younger and less experienced sailors before the planned return to school in the autumn.

In the meantime, Howth YC will run an adventure course in single-handed dinghies or double-handed dinghies with two sailors from the same household. Kites and wires will also run if there is a sufficient numbers of sailors from the same households to train in the club’s three Fevas/420s.

Dining options

The countdown to the reopening of the clubhouse restaurant and bar on 29 June has started, with plans to make the most of the spacious facilities for comfortable social distancing.

To help with your on board entertaining, ice will be available to berth holders on request.

And next Sunday 14 June there will be a takeaway barbecue and beverage service to members from 12.30pm until 6pm (depending on weather and demand). Members can pre-book for this through the club office or at the marina office.

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Howth Yacht Club is seeking to recruit a new club manager, to assume overall responsibility for administration, marine and hospitality at the North Dublin club.

One of Ireland’s premier yacht clubs, Howth Yacht Club (HYC) has over 1,600 members and an annual turnover of €2.2m. It operates from its award-winning building overlooking Howth Harbour that houses office, bar, dining, and changing facilities.

Apart from the Clubhouse, HYC has a 250-berth marina, two cranes and a boat storage area. In addition, its moorings in the harbour are serviced by launch.

The club employs up to 31 staff during the summer and is the largest employer in Howth village.

HYC provides an annual programme of club racing on a year-round basis as well as hosting a full calendar of International, National and Regional competitive events.

It operates a fleet of two large committee boats, nine RIBs, five J80 Sportsboats, a J24 and a variety of sailing dinghies that are available for members and training.

The club is also growing its commercial activities afloat using its Quest sail and powerboat training operation while ashore it hosts a wide range of functions each year, including conferences, weddings, parties.

Reporting to the Commodore, the club manager will be responsible for implementing decisions as directed by the Commodore and General Committee; the overall operation of the club; ensuring compliance with all legislation; overseeing services provided; and ensuring customer service is to the standard that positively reflects on the club.

The successful candidate must be customer service-orientated; have an appropriate third-level qualification or suitable experience in finance, engineering or a marine-related activity; a proven track record in management; good interpersonal and social skills coupled with a practical and pragmatic approach to problem-solving. A genuine interest in marine activities and conservation is desirable.

If you believe that you have these attributes and would enjoy using your skills and expertise in one of the busiest sailing clubs in Ireland, please submit your application with your CV by Friday 20 March, by email to [email protected] or in writing to:

The Commodore, Howth Yacht Club, Middle Pier, Howth, Co Dublin D13E6V3, Ireland

The full job description, specification and requirements are available from the HYC website HERE.

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The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

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.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)

 

ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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