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Some dazzling performances in the week’s final races saw Howth Yacht Club youth prospect Jamie McMahon sail 11 points clear of his closest rival to clinch the U21 Laser Radial title at the Laser European Championships in Porto yesterday (Saturday 25 May).

It’s been a high-achieving month for April’s Junior Sailor pick for Afloat.ie, as he and his sister Eve both qualified for the Irish Youth Sailing Team to compete at the Youth Worlds in Poland this July — the first Irish sibling pair to do so.

Jamie MedalHowth's Jamie McMahon on the Laser European Championship podium in Porto Photo: Irish Sailing/Twitter

Jamie McMahon in action | Photo: Sailing Energy/World SailingJamie McMahon in action | Photo: Sailing Energy/World Sailing

Elsewhere, Finn Lynch (National YC) nabbed 18th place in the senior men’s division while Ewan McMahon — Jamie and Eve’s older brother — held on to his respectable 24th position in his first senior European championship. Liam Glynn was 78th.

In other results, Aisling Keller (Lough Derg) and Aoife Hopkins (HYC) were close in the final tally at 43rd and 45th respectively in the women’s Laser Radial, while Tom Fox (HYC) placed 26th in the U21 Men’s Laser Radial.

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The first of the season’s ‘Fun Fridays’ at Howth Yacht Club takes place this coming Friday 17 May — where the first 20 entries for junior sailors and their friends will get to spend an evening on the club’s J/80s.

Fun Fridays are back again after a successful summer last year, with HYC members getting to share their time out on the water with their families and friends.

This year’s season runs on selected Fridays up to 23 August.

With each event commencing at 6pm, there will be a broad range of activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy, ranging from supervised sailing to stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and even a ‘pirate trip’ to Ireland’s Eye for fun and games.

And the fun isn’t confined to on-the-water activities, either, as there will be food and drinks specials and children’s menus available in the bar.

Each event is open one week in advance, and booking is open online until by noon of the day of the event.

Fun Fridays are open to all HYC members (minimum age 6) and also to summer sailing course participants. A full programme is available HERE.

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Howth Yacht Club will be one of the hubs of the new-look Dublin Bay Prawn Festival next month.

Formerly held over St Patrick’s Weekend, this year’s festival has moved to 17-19 May and is expanding to better reflect the wealth of seafood options available fresh in the North Dublin port village.

And Howth Yacht Club has announced it will be an integral part of this year’s foodie festivities, following recent discussions with Fingal County Council.

The club will be opening its bar to visitors as well as hosting entertainment on an outdoor stage on a similar but smaller scale to last year’s Wave Regatta.

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

“This will be a ‘different’ event,” says HYC Commodore Ian Byrne, who adds that it “will serve the long-term interests and ambitions of the club.

“It will certainly be a very busy weekend and will help to make a great festival atmosphere.”

Byrne notes that Howth is presenting itself as ‘the Capital of Adventure’, and says HYC “will be key contributor through our dinghy and keelboat sailing experiences”.

“We hope that as many members as possible will enjoy the festival, and the organising committee would also be grateful for volunteer support,” he adds.

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Howth Yacht Club’s annual Brassed Off Cup is once again being held on its traditional date of Good Friday, which falls this coming Friday 19 April.

The Optimist dinghy event is a great opportunity for junior racers to dust off their gear and get out to enjoy sailing in what’s forecast to be fine spring weather in the safe waters just north of Howth Harbour.

It will also help many sailors sharpen their skills for the trials which take place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club the following week.

Howth Yacht Club says the event has been built into a very popular and well-attended date on the Optimist sailing calendar over the past few years, with more than 60 young sailors from across Dublin expected to take part, including expected good participation from novice and regatta fleet sailors.

Three short races are planned from noon. The Notice of Race, Online Entry and Sailing Instructions are available on the HYC website HERE.

Friday will also see the prizegiving for Howth’s IceBreakers at 4.15pm after last Sunday’s race was called off due to the poor weather.

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#HYC - Gregor McGuckin will be bringing his lecture on his experiences in the golden jubilee Golden Globe race to Howth Yacht Club this coming Thursday 28 March.

Last month McGuckin talked Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club members through the eventful solo offshore race that became even more so when both he and fellow competitor Abhilash Tony were caught up in a violent Southern Ocean storm.

Both vessels were rolled and lost their masts, and Tomy was left seriously injured in his boat.

As rescuers made their way to Tomy’s position, McGuckin abandoned his race to join in the effort — no mean feat with a jury-rigged mast and a boat using 1960s-era technology.

From 8pm this Thursday evening, Howth Yacht Club members (non-members are also welcome) will hear the whole story from McGuckin himself, from the rescue drama to the fate of McGuckin’s own abandoned yacht.

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UK Sailmakers Ireland agent and sailing professional/coach Mark Mansfield brings his Top Tips for Fast Sailing talk to Howth Yacht Club from 8pm tomorrow (Tuesday 12 March).

Mansfield and professional sailmaker Graham Curran will share their tips for getting the most speed out of your boat, and answer those questions that have bugged you all winter so you can start the 2019 season on even keel.

The pair’s expertise covers boats of all shapes and sizes, so sailors of all ages and disciplines are welcome — simply come with a notepad and pen, and your questions ready.

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It was a strong seventh-place finish overall for Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright at the International Palamós Optimist Trophy, which concluded yesterday (Sunday 17 February) on Spain’s Costa Brava.

The youngster remained in medal contention among a 110-boat gold fleet all the way till the final day’s racing, following a phenomenal week where he was rarely out of the top three of his groups.

James Dwyer Matthews of the Royal Cork and Kinsale Yacht Clubs also had a strong showing bettering his performance in last month’s Torrevieja Trophy, placing 12th overall.

Jessica Riordan (Royal St George YC), Anna O’Connor (Royal Irish YC), Lucia Cullen (NYC/RStG), Rachel Flood (NYC), Trevor Bolger (RStG) and Peter Williams comprised the rest of the Irish contingent on the Costa Brava during the week.

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Two races were sailed by the Lasers at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday 10 February in demanding conditions, writes Dave Quinn.

We had westerly winds against a flooding tide, which generated a small but steep chop. Absolutely brilliant for reaching, but somewhat tougher upwind.

It was probably the fastest your correspondent has ever gone in a Laser. Winds were averaging 20 knots and gusting to 28.

Howth Lasers 10 Feb 19

The first race was sailed over a lap-sausage-lap of a triangular course with the run and the gybe marks being where most capsizes occurred.

The race management team took pity on the fleet and changed to triangles without a run for the second race and, in recognition of the number of competitors who were swimming rather than sailing during that race, the course was shortened after just two laps.

The fleet was still left with a broad reach back to the sanctuary of the harbour, which gave further opportunity for some more Sunday morning swimming but all survived and there were plenty of tall tails to be told in the bar afterwards.

Howth Lasers 10 Feb 19

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Daragh Kelleher won both races in the Standard Rig, and Tom Fox showed some impressive speed to beat most of the standard rigs on his way to winning the Radial fleet. Sophie Kilmartin continued her winning ways also with two wins in the 4.7 fleet.

The impressive speeds on the reaches were vouched for by the Sailracer GPS trackers fitted to the boats for the event, confirming that over 14 knots can readily be achieved in a Laser, albeit not a comfortable situation to be in with the gybe mark approaching fast.

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Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright continues his outstanding run of form at the Trofeo Euromarina Optimist in Torrevieja, going into the penultimate day in second place overall.

The winner of the Seaward Bell Trophy in last week’s HYC Achievers Awards placed first in his first and fourth qualifiers in the Red group, with a second-place finish in the third and a black flag for race number two.

In the current tally (as of Friday 25 January) that puts Wright just one net point behind table-topper Marco Gradoni from Italy, and three ahead of Spanish youth Jaime Ayarza Montenegro.

Five other Irish juniors are competing in the south-eastern Spanish Mediterranean port this week, with James Dwyer Matthews (Kinsale YC) closest in 11th overall.

Ben O’Shaughnessy (Royal Cork YC), Clementine Van (National YC), Jessica Riordan (Royal St George YC) and Lucia Cullen (RStG/NYC) make up the rest of the Irish Optimist contingent.

The full table of results is available HERE.

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#HYC - Saturday night (19 January) saw Howth Yacht Club’s annual Achievers Awards to recognise those who have gone above and beyond for the club in the previous year.

Junior sailor Rocco Wright was one of the stars of the evening, receiving the Seaward Bell Trophy for excelling in events both at home and abroad.

Wright’s category included Eve McMahon, Luke Turvey, Johnny Flynn and Jamie McMahon — all exemplars of the calibre of junior racing talent at the club today.

On the same note, the GM Award for the sailor or sailors who best represent and enhance the spirit of junior sailing went to the Scott girls Hannah, Sarah and Lucy for their enthusiasm — which included the daunting task of saving on Ian Malcolm’s Howth 17.

The Howth 17 class itself took the Cliona Murphy Memorial Trophy that encapsulates the spirit of the club as a whole, dedicating time and effort to a specific goal in which the club can take pride.

In other awards, Diarmuid Brodie was named Instructor of the Year for his outstanding service to HYC members over the previous 12 months, while Sarah Robertson was rewarded for her efforts with the Volunteer of the Year gong.

Dave Cullen and team on Checkmate XV were named Boat of the Year after wins in all three Dun Laoghaire regattas, their overall wins in the inaugural Wave Regatta and the Half Ton Classics Cup.

And the Silver Fox Trophy for excellence in racing, cruising or organisation went to the junior 49er world champion pair of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, winning out over Colin Kavanagh and the most recent Irish Sailor of the Year Conor Fogerty.

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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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