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After the pasting the ISORA fleet got last weekend in the first ISORA offshore race of the season the good news is that conditions on the Irish Sea look better with moderate south east winds promised for Saturday.
The next race in the series, from Dun Laoghaire to Arklow and back, will be run at 0955 in conjunction with the Lee Overlay/Royal Alfred Yacht Club 2011 Offshore Series race using the same start, course and finish.
The start line will be located in Scotsman's Bay in the vicinity of DBSC's 'Pier' mark.
The fleet will leave the Muglins to starboard, Arklow North to Port and on the way back to Dun Laoghaire then Muglins to port.
A 'tough opener' is how Commodore Peter Ryan has described the first ISORA offshore sailing race of the season from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire yesterday. Inspite of the difficult conditions though there was little change at the top of the leader board. Skerries domination of Irish Sea racing continues with the Sigma 400 Raging Bull maintaining his winning form. It was a very hard race with usual flukey conditions trying to leave Dublin Bay at 8am on Saturday morning (Afloat.ie followed the fleet out of the bay on twitter). Strong winds followed for the beat to the M2 buoy before another long leg and a short beat to Holyhead. The sea conditions on the 60-mile course were trying for many crew who were out for the first time this season.
ISORA has formed three classes this season, the aim is to give better competitive sailing between similar boats. First race results below.
|Boat Name||Sail No.||Type||IRC Rating||Finish Time||Time elapsed||Corrected||Place||Place|
|English Mick||GBR4771R||Beneteau 47.7||1.130||19:18:26||40706||45997||2||8|
|GFT Adventurer||GBR23161||Beneteau 45||1.101||19:54:46||42886||47217||3||9|
|Quite Correct||IRL 5405||DS54||1.095||RET||-||-||-||-|
|African Challenge||IRL 2649||Fast 42||1.077||RET||-||-||-||-|
|Tsunami||IRL 4007||First 40.7||1.061||18:48:01||38881||41252||1||4|
|Lancastrian||GBR 7682T||Starlight 14.5m||1.059||20:27:00||44820||47464||4||10|
|Rebellion||IRL 6001||Nicholson 58||1.054||RET||-||-||-||-|
|Madam Wen||GBR1417L||Sweden 42||1.04||RET||-||-||-||-|
|Raging Bull||IRL 9666||Sigma 400||1.027||18:42:30||38550||39590||1||1|
|Miss Scarlett||IRL 4763||Sunfast 40.3||1.025||RET||-||-||-||-|
|Lula Belle||IRL 3607||First 36.7||1.019||19:35:55||41755||42548||5||6|
|First of September||IRL 8581||First 43.5||1.017||DNS||-||-||-||-|
|Dinah||IRL 3508||JOD 35||1.016||19:36:22||41782||42450||4||5|
|Adelie||FRA 9631||First 34.7||0.988||21:26:00||48360||47779||2||11|
|Mojito||GBR 4184||Bravaria 39||0.988||20:36:22||45382||44837||1||7|
|Mistral of St Helier||K 8337||Sigma 38||0.984||RET||-||-||-||-|
|Yahtzee||IRL 1068||Oceanis 411||0.983||02:23:00||66180||65054||3||12|
|Obsession||IRL 4513||Sigma 33||0.905||RET||-||-||-||-|
Offshore racing continues its comeback and the first sign of renewal comes tomorrow morning on Dublin Bay when 21 boats muster for the first race of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead. It's all a far cry from just three years ago years when the domestic offshore fleet here dwindled to such an extent that in 2007, ISORA was ready to fold.
The 21-boat entry list for tomorrow morning's first ISORA race to Holyhead has been issued and commodore Peter Ryan warns there may well be a change of course for the 57-miler.
|Boat Name||Sail No.||Type||IRC Rating||IRC|
|English Mick||GBR4771R||Beneteau 47.7||1.130||IRC|
|Quite Correct||IRL 5405||DS54||1.095||IRC|
|African Challenge||IRL 2649||Fast 42||1.077||IRC|
|Tsunami||IRL 4007||First 40.7||1.061||IRC|
|Lancastrian||GBR 7682T||Starlight 14.5m||1.059||IRC|
|Rebellion||IRL 6001||Nicholson 58||1.054||NS|
|Madam Wen||GBR1417L||Sweden 42||1.041||IRC|
|Raging Bull||IRL 9666||Sigma 400||1.030||IRC|
|Miss Scarlett||IRL 4763||Sunfast 40.3||1.025||IRC|
|Lula Belle||IRL 3607||First 36.7||1.019||IRC|
|First of September||IRL 8581||First 43.5||1.017||IRC|
|Dinah||IRL 3508||JOD 35||1.016||IRC|
|Adelie||FRA 9631||First 34.7||0.994||IRC|
|Mojito||GBR 4184||Bravaria 39||0.988||IRC|
|Mistral of St Helier||K 8337||Sigma 38||0.984||IRC|
|Yahtzee||IRL 1068||Oceanis 411||0.983||IRC|
|Obsession||IRL 4513||Sigma 33||0.905||NS|
There could be anything up to 500-boats afloat for events right across the bay and out in to the Irish Sea.
Joining the 390 boat DBSC fleet for its 128th season is a gathering of over 300 dinghies in Dun Laoghaire for the Mitsubishi Youth National Championships at the Royal St. George and National Yacht Clubs. It's an important event because it is a dry run for next year's ISAF Youth Worlds on Dublin Bay.
The National Yacht Club is also host for the first race of the 2011 ISORA offshore season. Up to 17 starters from a possible ISORA entry list of 40 are confirmed for the first race to Holyhead. First gun for ISORA is at 0755. An Early one!
Ashore, Réalt na Mara Dun Laoghaire RNLI's new D-class lifeboat is to be officially named during a ceremony on the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday at 12 noon. The lifeboat is to be named by Mr and Mrs Pat and Kathy Kenny. RTE presenter Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have been long-standing supporters of the Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboats.
Mid week forecasts show good sailing winds for the weekend. Met Eireann is forecasting Southeast to east force 2 to 4 breezes, light enough for a gentle start to the season but there's still a chance of stronger for Saturday afternoon. Listen to Eddie English's weather prediction from Cork Harbour.
Up to 40 yachts form the backbone of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association fleet (ISORA). Although the 2011 entry list (below) shows a large number of Beneteau models it also reveals a wide range of other marques, largely between 30 and 50 foot. Prominent types are J109s, Sigma 33s and a number of Jeanneau yachts too.
ISORA 2011 Racing Fleet
|Boat Name||Sail no||Hull / Mast Col||Model|
|Yahtzee||IRL 1068||White/Gold||Oceanis 41|
|Rebellion||IRL 6001||Blue/Silver||Nicholson 58|
|Miss Scarlett||IRL 4763||White/Gray||Sunfast 40.3|
|Mistral of St Helier||K8337||White||3800D|
|Raging Bull||IRL 9666||White/Silver||Sigma 400|
|Tsunami||IRL 4007||Grey/Silver||First 40.7|
|GFT Adventurer||GBR 23161||White/Silver||First 45|
|English Mick||GRB 4771R||Blue/Silver||First 47.7|
|Lula Belle||IRL3607||White||Beneteau 36.7|
|Obsession||IRL 4513||White/Aluminium||Sigma 3300|
|Katanca||IRL 31310||White/Aluminium||Elan 31|
|Big Hillie Style||IRL 3208||White||Sun Fast 3200|
|Adelie||FRA 9631||White/Black||First 34.7|
|Calypso||IRL 5643||White/Silver||Oceanis E51|
|Legally Blonde||IRL 3175||Grey/Aluminium||Beneteau|
|First of September||IRL 8581||White/Silver||First 435|
|Quite Correct||IRL 5405||White/White||Jeanneau D5 54|
|Sailing West Intuition||GBR 9383R||Blue/Aluminium||Reflex 38|
|Sailing West One Life||GBR 3708R||White/Silver||Sunfast 37|
|Wennol 3||GBR1347R||White/Black||First 34.7|
|African Challenge||IRL 2649||White/Silver||Fast|
|Oystercatcher||IRL 1177||White/ Silver||Gib'sea 37|
The impressive early entry follows a series of offshore sailing talks held at the National Yacht Club earlier this month.
Click this link for the latest ISORA news.
The 57-mile course across the Irish Sea from Dun Laoghaire on the Irish east coast to Holyhead in Wales will be decided on the morning of the race at the National Yacht Club and transmitted by VHF on 37 for the first offshore race of 2011.
Last year's overall champion, Raging Bull, a Sigma 400, from Skerries and skippered by Matt Davies is slated as a possible contender.
ISORA Chief Peter Ryan has issued sailing Instructions as follows:
2011 Sailing Instructions
Race 1 Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead
Sailed under the burgee the National Yacht Club
Saturday 30th April 2010
TIME OF START FOR ALL CLASSES
07.55 Warning signal - Class flags (Numerals 1 & 2) hoisted
07.56 Preparatory Signal - Blue Peter hoisted
07.59 Blue Peter down
08.00 Start – Class flags down
The start may be broadcast on VHF Channel 37 (M1)
The start line shall be located in Scotsman's Bay between the DBSC 'Pier' mark and an adjacent committee boat that may be using engine power to hold station. This changes RRS 62.1(a).
THE COURSE (57 miles approx)
1. STARTING LINE
2. KISH Lighthouse (S)
3. M2 Buoy (S) 53 28.8N 5 25.5W
4. FINISH LINE
The finish line shall be between the end of the Holyhead breakwater and the Clippera Buoy – 0.6
miles off pier head, bearing 067(T).
Boats approaching the finish should contact "ISORA Finisher" on VHF Channel 37 (M1) when 1 hour
from the finish and again at 10 minutes from the finish. Please note that the finisher will only have a
handheld radio and you may not receive an acknowledgment to the first contact.
The finish time and the time due North of M2 should be recorded in the log by each boat and text to
ISORA at 00353 87 2545037 as soon as possible after the race as a Declaration.
Telephone National Yacht Club 00353 1 2805725 and text ISORA 00353 87 2545037
For safety it is recommended to also inform the coastguard
1. Keep a close lookout for commercial traffic when entering or exiting Dun Laoghaire and
Holyhead. The Stena HSS in particular can be hard to spot from behind the breakwater.
2. The time of crossing the finish line should be noted in the log.
3. Dinner will be available at Holyhead Sailing Club on Saturday evening. Phone No. 0044 1407
4. Berthing in Holyhead Marina can be arranged. Phone 0044 1407 764242
Sailing offshore? The National Yacht Club is staging an 'Introduction to Offshore Racing' evening next Saturday 7th April 2011 at 19.30 and a line up of speakers inlcudes Maurice 'Prof' O’Connell on winning the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Mick Liddy on how to prepare for offshore sailing. Former National Yacht Club commodore Peter Ryan will give tips on ISORA racing in the Irish Sea.
Whether you are a Round Ireland expert or an offshore newbie the Dun Laoghaire club stresses it is an informal night but a 'unique one' both for offshore sailing fans and those who might be considering going offshore for the first time this season.
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Spring has come and the days are getting longer. It is now time to be thinking about offshore racing again. The first race is on the 30th April from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead.
I attach again the latest Race Schedule, Notice of Race, Conditions and Entry Form for 2011. I also attach details of the proposed "Offshore Introduction" night for offshore racing on the 7th April. Even if you are experienced, you can add to the proceedings or just come for the reception after.
There is an extensive list of eleven races in the schedule. The types of race vary greatly to give a variety of racing experiences. There are Day Races, Night Races, Short Cross Channel Races, Medium Cross Channel Races, 100 mile Lyver Trophy Race and "The Dingle Skellig Hotel D2D" – Dingle Race. There is racing for IRC, IRC No Spinnaker and 2-handed classes.
This season, if the number of entries permits, we will be running a Classic Class in both Class 1 & 2. The boats eligible for the Classic Classes will be selected by the Sailing Committee before the start of the first race and the selection will be based on the boats performance / capability during the previous season. It is hoped that this will provide a much greater spread of prizes. The rating break for Class 1 and Class 2 will be decided at the same time.
The Race schedule has been carefully selected to ensure the maximum amount of sailing and social life is obtained. The usual "get together" will take place before and after each race. This season we have some additional attractions:
If desired, the race on the 28th May from Pwllheli to Wicklow can be followed by boats taking part in the "Turbine Race" (see www.arklowsc.com on Sunday 29th. This race starts and finishes in Arklow, 10 miles from Wicklow. This will allow the usual "get together" in Wicklow on Saturday evening and another one in Arklow on Sunday after the Turbine Race. This is the UK Bank Holiday weekend and will allow the UK boats time to return home on Monday!
After taking part in the "Dingle Skellig Hotel D2D Dingle Race" on the 11th June. Please note that a second separate entry to the NYC is required if taking part in this race in the series. After a few relaxing nights in Dingle, you can wander around to take part in the "ICRA Championships" in Crosshaven before making your way to Kinsale for the "Sovereign's Cup". The Dingle Race is a qulaifier race for the Fastnet Race.
The Lyver Race on the 1st July is a Feeder Race to the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta from the 7th-10th July – a great few days sailing in Dublin Bay. This race is a RORC qualifier for the Fastnet Race. Again, seperate entry is required for the Liverpool Yacht Club sections of the event.
The Sunday Race on the 14th August will take place directly after the start of the Solitaire du Figaro fleet from Dun Laoghaire. If possible we will set a course to follow the fleet down the coast. For visiting boats to Dun Laoghaire, the Figaro fleet will arrive in Dun Laoghaire on the Wednesday 10th August and there will be a festival in Dun Laoghaire for the couple of days to celebrate the event. There will be great craic in Dun Laoghaire for those days.
You may not have noticed but the ISORA website www.isora.org has been upgraded and will become very active this year. There is a "Crew Register" and a "Buy and Sell" section in the "Forum" page. I would encourage everyone to register for this facility and use it to get crew for races or for crew to get boats. Try the website out.
The "ISORA Introductory Evening" in the NYC on the 7th April. The purpose of this is to encourage those boats who are thinking of taking part in Offshore Racing by a series of talks about what is involved in this type of racing. I will also use this session to demonstrate the use of the new website's "Crew Register". I also hope to issue detailed instructions by email on the use of this facility. The session will be followed by a reception where people can solialise and relax. "Prof" O'Connell and Mick Liddy will be talking at the event. I will also be encouraging participation from the audience. It will be a great night so please come and bring a friend.
I look forward to receiving your entries very soon. I would appreciate it if you could also spread the good news about ISORA and Offshore Racing.
Two handed IRC racing makes its debut in July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta organisers have confirmed this week. Up to six boats have expressed interest in the new intiative and the organisers say the class will race over a mix of coastal and windward leeward courses. It's an exciting development for the regatta that is already receiving a flow of entries 11 weeks ahead of the entry deadline.
Double handed Class captain Olivier Prouveur of the National YC says boats that have expressed an interest so far are the regular ISORA participant Mojito from the UK, Team Windmill (J109), JBellino (J-122), Dinah (Barry Hurley's modified JOD 35 with which he won his class in the OSTAR 2009) and Oystercatcher (second in the two-handed class in the Round Ireland race).
Other boats are also likely now that the regatta has confirmed the class start, according to Prouveur. The hope of course is others, such as round Ireland winners Psipina Paddy Cronin and John Loden or Alchemiste Michael Murphy and Alex Voye might also be interested.
The possibility of an Open 40 entry plus a new white sail division are just some of the developments for the tenth Dingle Skellig Hotel Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Over 50 (SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS BY MICHAEL CHESTER) gathered at the National YC in Dun Laoghaire last night to hear local TD and the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Culture Mary Hanafin give a ringing endorsement for the unique 320-mile offshore race when it sets sail on June 11th. A notice of race and entry form is available for download below.
The last race attracted 39 entries and a course record was set by Michael Cotter's Whisper. This year organisers Martin Crotty and Brian Barry along with Dingle Harbour master Brian Farrell are confident that they will break the 40 boat barrier. They may well be right as the event has been specifically timed to bring Dublin boats to the south coast for ten days of racing at the ICRA Nationals in Cork Harbour and the Sovereigns Cup the following week in Kinsale.
The event is also benefitting from inclusion in this year's ISORA calendar.
Present last night were represntatives from the major Bay clubs, including Breda Dillon from Howth YC and Fintan Cains of ICRA. Peter Ryan of ISORA, who is also the National YC commodore spoke about plans to develop off shore sailing and the club's plans to welcome the international Figaro offshore fleet in August.
Solo sailor Mick Lidddy who is making a bid for an Irish entry into the race was also in attendance.
SCROLL DOWN FOR LAUNCH PHOTOS BY MICHAEL CHESTER
Afloat coverage of the 2009 Race is HERE