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Huge 28–Boat ISORA Entry for Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead Race

12th May 2016
The ISORA fleet has swelled to 28 for the first race to Holyhead tomorrow The ISORA fleet has swelled to 28 for the first race to Holyhead tomorrow Photo:

The biggest ISORA fleet in many years gathers at 8am on Saturday morning for a 54–mile race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Holyhead. 

The number of boats taking part in the race is a record for recent times in ISORA. Although the number of boats taking part in ISORA have been increasing from a low of 3-4 boats in 2007, such numbers have not have not been seen since the late ‘80s.

See the full entry list below.

Saturday morning is the start of first ISORA offshore race of the 2016 Avery Crest sponsored Offshore Series and follows a coastal race to Wicklow a fortnight ago.

The numbers have been boosted by boats obtaining the required offshore experience for the Round Ireland Race in Wicklow in June. The number of entries for the three qualifying races prior to the Round Ireland are similar to the first race. “Tanit”, winner of the Round Ireland Race and now owned by veteran ISORA sailor Robert Floate, will be making its ISORA debut on Saturday. The boat recently won the Round the Isle of Man Race. The race has also attracted some older boats – Darryl Hughes’s “Maybird”, a 1937 Gaffer is taking part in preparation for the Round Ireland. 

ISORA bosses says they hope that the vision of such a large fleet of boats heading off across the Irish Sea will attract those other boats on both sides of the Irish Sea who are thinking about taking part. There is a big social après sail arranged for the finishers in Holyhead Sailing Club.

The course will be posted on the ISORA website, texted and emailed to all entries and shall be available in the NYC on Friday evening.

Boat NameSail NumberClassLatest IRC TCFFull NameSailing Club
ADELIE IRL 9631 IRC 0.987 Peter Hall National Yacht Club Dún Laoghaire
Albireo 3435 IRC 0.939 David A Simpson Royal Irish Yacht Club
Another Adventure IRL3511 (Note IRL 35 FOR RACE 1 IRC 1.029 Daragh Cafferky Other Club than listed below
Applegreen Sail For Kids IRL7963 IRC 0.947 Stephen Mullaney Howth Yacht Club
Aquaplane GBR7878L IRC 1.001 Mark Thompson Pwllheli Sailing Club - Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club
Aurelia IRL35950 IRC 1.077 Chris Power Smith Royal St George Yacht Club
Axiom IRL3709 IRC 1.035 Michael O'Neill Royal Irish Yacht Club
Bam IRL1471 IRC 2-handed 1.047 Conor Fogerty Howth Yacht Club
Flashback IRL 3470 IRC 0.987 Paddy/Don Breen Howth Yacht Club
Harriet Marwood GBR3556L IRC 1.005 Bryan Mullarkey Holyhead Sailing Club
Jackknife GBR8859R IRC 1.152 Mr Hall Pwllheli Sailing Club - Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club
Justjay GBR7709R IRC 1.015 Nigel Ingram Holyhead Sailing Club
Lively Lady IRL 1644 IRC 1.106 Derek Martin Royal Irish Yacht Club
Lula Belle IRL3607 IRC 0.992 Liam Coyne Wicklow Sailing Club
LYNX IRL 7386 IRC 1.044 Kenneth Rumball Other Club than listed below
Maybird GBR 644R IRC 9.999 Darryl Hughes Other Club than listed below
Mojito GBR0947R IRC 1.010 Peter Dunlop Pwllheli Sailing Club - Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club
MoJo GBR8134T IRC 1.007 PAUL HAMPSON Liverpool Yacht Club
Obsession IRL 4513 IRC 0.931 Bryan Dobson Sailing in Dublin (SID) Club
Pink Panther IRL2504 IRC 2-handed 0.94_ Carol Bellamy National Yacht Club Dún Laoghaire
Pipedreamer VI GBR2271L IRC 1.016 Paul Sutton Holyhead Sailing Club
Polished Manx2 GBR 7003T IRC 2-handed 1.029 Kuba Szymanski Douglas Bay Yacht Club
REBELLION IRL 6001 IRC 1.056 John Hughes National Yacht Club Dún Laoghaire
Ruth IRL 1383 IRC 1.016 Shanahan Family National Yacht Club Dún Laoghaire
Sgrech GBR9319R IRC 1.015 Stephen Tudor Pwllheli Sailing Club - Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club
Tan It GBR 731T IRC 1.051 ROBERT FLOATE Isle of Man Yacht Club
Thalia IRL733 IRC 1.028 Leggett Kinsman National Yacht Club Dún Laoghaire
Windshift irl37737 IRC 0.98_ Brian Gillen Royal St Georges Yacht Club
WOW IRL4208 IRC 1.123 George Sisk Royal Irish Yacht Club
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