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WIORA Makes Funds Available to Support Boats Entering its Annual West Coast Championships

20th March 2022
Some of the Attendees at the WIORA AGM with Outgoing Commodore Gary Fort 2nd from the left, Third from left Rachael Conway (Hon Sec) and Ray McGibney Commodore elect pictured centre.
Some of the Attendees at the WIORA AGM with Outgoing Commodore Gary Fort 2nd from the left, Third from left Rachael Conway (Hon Sec) and Ray McGibney Commodore elect pictured centre

The main area of discussion at this month's WIORA AGM, revolved around rejuvenating the fleet numbers at the annual West Coast Championships and on the west coast in general.

WIORA numbers have been falling in recent years and the Pandemic made things worse.

As Afloat reported previously, 24 members from Counties Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Galway attended the first face to face AGM of the association in two years at the Inn at Dromoland on Thursday, March 3rd. 

the outgoing Commodore, Gary Fort reviewing his three-year tenure, stated that it is now very challenging to maintain vibrant numbers at the annual West Coast Championships and to this end a number of measurers had been put in place over the last three years to encourage sailors, particularly young sailors to participate.

These included a €1,000 grant, to help support a U25 team attending the West Coast championships. This is payable in two €500 instalments over two years, collectable at the event.

Host clubs are to get €500 towards craning costs (or other one-off costs associated with running the event) and any U25 team entering and competing in the Championships will get their entry paid in full.

These measures, it is hoped will help bring younger sailors into the sailing scene and add some youth and vibrancy to the West Coast Championships. WIORA’s funds are by no means substantial, but this was seen by the Commodore and Committee as an essential measure for the next couple of years.

Gary Fort wished the incoming Commodore Raymond McGibney, a well known and respected sailor on the west coast, the best with his term as Commodore in the future.

The West Coast Championships will be hosted by Kilrush in 2022 and take place in the Aran Islands in 2023.

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West Coast of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA)

The West Coast of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) objective is to promote an annual programme of yacht racing for the West Coast of Ireland.

WIORA aims to encourage and promote participation in and knowledge of racing and seamanship. It does this by developing yacht racing between yacht clubs on the west coast and hosting an annual regatta known as the West Coast Championships. The championships are rotated between west coast clubs. 

WIORA was formed in 1976. WIORA is affiliated with the Irish Cruiser Racing Association.

The association burgee is a pennant with a background of St. Patrick's Blue and overlaid with an emblem of St. Brendan's Cross, which is of saffron colour. 

WIORA is open to members of yachts clubs located on the west coast of Ireland, from Mizen Head to Malin Head and the waters of Lough Derg and Lough Ree, and sailors outside thee areas who may wish to participate at the WIORA annual regatta.

The membership association has a Commodore and committee.

Annual membership is €10.

WIORA Championships

WIORA 2024 will be held at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary from June 12th-15th 2024

WIORA Championships

WIORA 2022 will run over three days, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th June at the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland on the Shannon Estuary

WIORA 2023 will be held at Kilronan on the Aran Islands

WIORA 2024 will be held at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary

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