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#Property - A sea view in scenic Greystones is just part of the appeal of Rowan Point at the Wicklow town’s Marina Village development.

The first phase of 58 apartments is now for sale off plans, with views either north to Bray Head, east to the sea or west to the Sugarloaf.

Prices range from €425,000 for first floor units to €950 for penthouses, and unique touches include local stone countertops.

The Irish Times has more on Rowan Point’s first phase HERE.

Published in Waterfront Property

It was a case of third time lucky for Sunday's Greystones Regatta in County Wicklow. Despite a limp forecast, the full two race programme was sailed today in ideal sailing conditions, banishing the curse of the last two editions that have been cut short due to lack of wind.

Scroll down for a gallery of photos from the event by Alan Leddy

Overnight, it looked like little or no wind, but a surprise southerly of up to 24–knots produced perfect sailing conditions for the regatta that has proved an end–of–season hit for East Coast Sailing Clubs since it began in 2013.

101 boats entered, a little short of the anticipated 140, and racing began in 12–knots and built to 20 plus. Many boats had set up for light air sailing and the stronger breeze caught a few out, especially when it came from the SSE and brought a pronounced swell.

Download results below class by class below.

A feature of the Greystones Sailing Club event was that it ran both on IRC/Standard ECHO and current ECHO. 

Storm greystones 0052Marty O'Leary on Storm was the Class One winner. Photo: Afloat.ie

Class One In 19–boat Class One, the north–Dublin based J109 Storm, that won the Scottish Series in May and skippered in Greystones by Marty O'Leary of Howth Yacht Club took two wins to beat Paul O'Higgins Rockabill VI of the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Frank Whelan's Eluthera of Greystones was third.

Class Two Ross Keating skippering the Half–Tonner Checkmate finished on equal points but first place in race one gave the Howth Yacht Club entry the overall win in 13–boat Class Two against Greystones Sailing Club's own Graeme Noonan in Virgin Triangle both on 4 points. Third was Jonathan Nicholson's DB II Red Rhum entry from the Royal St. George Yacht Club on eight points.

Quest dublin Bay 1440Paul Cunningham's Quest was the winner of 26–boat Class Three Photo Afloat.ie

Class Three In the biggest class of the event, Paul Cunningham's Quest was the winner of 26–boat Class Three. The RIYC entry finished on the same three points as club mate Ken Lawless sailing Cartoon but was settled in Quest's favour thanks to the tie-break rule. Third was Brendan Foley's Impala Running Wild on seven points. 

BJ Marine Greystones marinaGreystones Harbour Marina was declared 'full' for the event. Photo: BJ Marine/Facebook

Download results below class by class below for the BJ Marine sponsored event

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#Greystones - Following moves to complete clubhouses for Greystones Harbour users comes news that work is resuming on the delayed residential part of the €300 million marina development.

According to The Irish Times, the first of an expected 350-plus new homes will be offered for sale by April 2016 after new builders Bridgedale Homes were appointed to the waterfront development to complete the housing and landscaping aspects.

Commercial units will follow later in the new year – and in the meantime, the five clubs awaiting their new facilities have been handed €1 million for fitting out the buildings in time for spring.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Greystones Harbour

Greystones Harbour Master Alan Corr has revealed the latest plans at Ireland's newest coastal marina facility are to include both diesel and petrol pontoons at the 200–berth marina, bringing much needed waterside fuel supplies to the Wicklow coast. 'We are in process of quoting for the pumps, tanks are down and feeder pipes are fed but the final installation is usually the longest process', Corr told Afloat.ie

The marina building, will also be starting soon, Corr said.

Published in Greystones Harbour

#sigma33 – The Dublin Bay Sigma 33 fleet held their inaugural race to Greystones last Saturday for the "Night Cap Trophy". A fleet of six boats competed. The race was from Dublin Bay to the Mouldich and then to the Greystones Sailing Club finishing line.

After leaving the Bay in a 14–knot westerly and an ebb tide the fleet separated with Rupert (Dick & Philip Lovegrove) setting a course to seaward under spinnaker and the rest of the fleet sailing towards Bray. Approaching Molditch the wind died to 4 knots with Rupert holding a substantial lead on White Mischief (Tim Goodbody).

It was only a mile to the finish from the Molditch on a close Spinnaker reach. In the light conditions and an ebb tide sailing became difficult. White Mischief gradually caught up on Rupert and for the last 20 minutes sailed to the finish line overlapped. It was a very tight race and after 2 hrs 49 minutes each boat drew on all their sailing skills to hold their nerve in the tense moments as the two boats approached the finish neck and neck in the light conditions. In the end the laurels went to the crew of Rupert. The fleet retired to Greystones Sailing club for the prize giving.

1st – Scratch Rupert (Dick & Philip Lovegrove)

1st – (Echo) Leeuwin (Henry Leonard & Bobby Kerr)

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#hyc – Howth Yacht Club's annual cruiser Race to Greystones starts tomorrow. A course from HYC to the County Wicklow marina concludes with a prizegiving and reception at Greystones Sailing Club tomorrow at 5pm. The north Dublin 'Brass Monkeys' fleet will overnight in Greystones Marina. 

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#greystonesharbour – Work has started this week to build five new Greystones Harbour clubhouses in county Wicklow for Sea Scouts, Rowers, Sailors, Divers and Anglers. The clubhouses are being provided 'free'  from harbour developer, Sisk, with completion expected at the end of this year, according to Wicklow town councillor Derek Mitchell.

The temporary boat compounds are now being moved to allow laying underground pipes and a permanent surface prior to the boats moving back in mid summer.

'it is great to see progress again and this will be a boost to marine and youth activity in the town. No other town in Ireland has given such great facilities to marine organisations' said Cllr Mitchell.

'The Harbour Project also won the best Civil Engineering project at the Local Government Awards.

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#greystonesharbour – Delgany Brownies, Greystones Brownies and some of the Greystones Guides took part in a sailing taster day at Greystones Sailing Club on Sunday 5th October. The 40 girls spent half the day sailing Laser Picos with instructors outside the harbour learning how to sail while having lots of fun - the giggles and screams of delight could be heard by on lookers walking the newly opened North Pier. The girls loved their experience on the water with almost all of them having never sailed before. Event organiser and Senior Instructor Emma Hett said it was a "privilege to be able to facilitate the girls going sailing for the first time and I hope this will be the start of many more collaborative sessions between local community groups and Greystones Sailing Club." Emma also thanked the sailing club for hosting such a successful event and giving the girls an experience they will never forget.

The second half of the day was spent on shore with the girls completing their Irish Girl Guide Conservation badge and Water Safety badge. The girls completed a litter sweep of the local area collecting five large bags of rubbish. After the sweep the girls came back inside to learn about protected species in Ireland and make informative posters from recycled materials to illustrate all they had learned. Instructors Sarah Hoolahan (Greystones Sailing Club), Conor Duff-Lennon (Greystones Sailing Club) and Triona Harvey (Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club) all said they learnt lots about conservation and the importance of teaching these issues to the young girls. All the instructors said that while the girls had fun they too had a blast and were delighted to be involved in the day. Safety Coordinate and Senior Instructor Steven Tyner "it was great to have so many girls come down to go sailing and see their excitement on the water in boats."

At the end of the day Brownies, parents, instructors and club members all gathered together in Greystones Sailing Club for a BBQ with special thanks to The Steak Shop, Greystones for part-sponsoring the costs of the burgers. David Nixon, Greystones Sailing Club Secretary and Fiachra Etchingham, Greystones Sailing Club Trustee both welcomed new members to the club and re-iterated Greystones Sailing Club's openness to new members, both old and young.

The day was run completely by volunteers giving up their time and a special thanks has to go to the instructors who all volunteered their Sunday to give back to their local communities. Finally a special thanks must go to Cllr Grainne McLoughlin who sought sponsorship for lunches for all the instructors and also homemade chocolate brownies for them all which went down a treat.

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#greystonesharbour – Greystones Sailing Club's annual "Taste of Greystones" Cruiser Regatta will take place on Sunday 31st August. The inaugural event last year attracted 72 cruisers registered with 68 actually racing. This year organiser Joe Taylor hopes to make it even bigger

The entry fee of €50 includes your overnight berth and of course the much talked about BJ Marine Greystones Harbour Marina lunch and refreshments. Also included are various vouchers for the Club bar and for the Beach House.

Hot breakfasts will be available on site Sunday morning followed by two races starting at 10.45. Racing should be completed by about 14.30 and followed by that lunch and the prizegiving. The big bonus is everybody will be home by tea time, says Taylor.

Feeder races on the Saturday for those who would like to race down will have their prizeging in the Greystones Sailing Club clubhouse around 19.30.

More details downloadable below

Published in Greystones Harbour

#greystones – Ireland's newest marina at Greystones harbour has welcomed in two Round Ireland race competitors for Saturday's nearby race start from Wicklow harbour. As previously reported on Afloat.ie the new 200–berth marina will be home to a chartered Volvo 70 Monster and a Farr 60 until shortly before Saturday's 2pm start. 35 boats are entered for the Wicklow Sailing Club biennial race that can take up to one week to complete. Greystones Marina manager Alan Corr told Afloat.ie he is delighted to be able to offer convenient deep water berths for the high tech visitors.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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