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ISORA Sailors Braced for First Coastal Race Cancellation at Dun Laoghaire Unless Forecast Improves by Friday Lunchtime

3rd April 2024
Simon Knowles' J109 Indian is confirmed for Saturday's first ISORA coastal race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Simon Knowles' J109 Indian is confirmed for Saturday's first ISORA coastal race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour Credit: Afloat

ISORA's first Dublin Bay Coastal race of the season is in doubt due to this Saturday's forecasted strong southerly winds.

A new JPK design is set to challenge reigning ISORA champion Rockabill VI in the Viking Marine-sponsored race to and from Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

ISORA boss Peter Ryan issued the Sailing Instructions (downloadable below) for the three- to four-hour race on Wednesday evening but warned, "If there is no significant improvement in the weather forecast by Friday lunchtime, I will be proposing that the race is postponed to a later date."

Coquine, a brand new JPK 1030 design from the JPK yard in France – a not-so-little sister – to the O'Higgins' vessel, is slated to join the ISORA fray from Belfast Lough under skipper Alan Hannon.

Also among the confirmed boats for Saturday are two J109s, Ruth from Dun Laoghaire and Indian from Howth.

Ryan explained he had been monitoring the weather forecast all week and believed it was "looking very grim" for Saturday's 11 am start.

As Afloat reported earlier, Met Eireann has issued a Small Craft Warning for all coasts of Ireland as a breezy weekend is forecast.

"It’s not the start to the season that we wanted," he told Afloat.


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