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Newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon has launched the 15th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk, which will take place on St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17 March, from 10.30am.

Over 2,000 enthusiastic walkers are expected to take on the 16.2 mile/26km challenge around Dublin Bay, with the option of starting from Howth Harbour or Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Suitable for most fitness levels, the walk will take participants along the scenic Dublin Bay route with a ‘Halfway Hooley’ hosted at Dublin Port Company’s public plaza. Participants can register now at at a cost of €25 per person.

The walks starts at 10.30am and you're welcome to arrive from 9.30am to pick up your T-shirt. Once you have your T-shirt you can start walking — walk alone, in a group, or with your family, and you can even bring the dog!

The Harbour2Harbour Walk raised €91,248 last year and has raised €840,560 in total since it began in 2006. All funds raised will go towards Aware’s nationwide support, education and information services. These include Support & Self Care Groups nationwide and a Support Line and Support Mail service, both of which operate 365 days a year.

Aware also delivers a range of positive mental health programmes to adults and senior cycle students nationwide, designed to build resilience and empower people with the skills and tools to cope with the challenges of modern, everyday life.

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Aware chief executive Dominic Layden said: “The Harbour2Harbour Walk offers the perfect excuse to get friends and family together to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in a fun and healthy way.

“As a result of this and other fundraising efforts, Aware is able to provide vital support services for individuals and families impacted by depression or bipolar disorder, as well as offering free positive mental health programmes for adults and senior cycle students nationwide.

“Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Dublin Port Company, every single penny raised from the Harbour2Harbour Walk will go towards these services, helping ensure that Aware continues to make a real difference in the lives of others throughout the year.”

Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon added: “Aware do important work in Dublin and many other communities throughout the country in providing vital services to people suffering with mental health issues. I am thrilled to be here today to announce the annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk which has become a hugely popular family activity in Dublin on our country’s national day.”

Dublin Port Company is sponsoring the Dublin event for the sixth year running and will again host the ‘Halfway Hooley’ at their Port Centre, where participating groups travelling either direction can convene to enjoy some refreshments and festivities.

Speaking about their involvement, Dublin Port Company chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly said: “Dublin Port is once again delighted to throw its support behind the Harbour2Harbour Walk. With thousands set to take part it has become one of the fundraising highlights of the year.

“It is a great day that brings so many people together and it is the perfect way to see Dublin’s harbours, river and city all while raising funds for Aware.

“We look forward to welcoming walkers to Port Centre’s public plaza at the halfway stage and our team will be on hand with refreshments and plenty of support to all taking part in this great cause.”

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#Harbour2Harbour - The 10th annual Harbour2Harbour Walk in aid of Aware takes place as always on St Patrick's Day - and registration is now open for anyone who wants to get active and raise money for a great cause in the process.

The 25km route around Dublin Bay runs between Howth and Dun Laoghaire. Walkers can start at either end of the route, which usually takes four to five hours.

And as ever there's a rest stop for refreshments at the half-way mark, this year at Point Village near the East Link bridge.

Last year's event saw more than 850 walkers turn out to raise funds for the mental health charity Aware - but there's always room for more.

That's why 2015 sees the first Harbour2Harbour walk in Cork, a 10km loop from Carrigaline to Crosshaven and back alonside Cork Harbour.

Registration this year for the Dublin event is €25 for individuals (€20 in Cork). Register online at

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#Harbour2Harbour - There's not much time left to register for the 2013 Harbour2Harbour Walk in aid of Aware on St Patrick's Day.

The 16.2 mile walk around Dublin Bay begins at 10.30am on Sunday 17 March, taking four to five to complete, and it's your choice whether you begin at Howth Harbour and walk to Dun Laoghaire Harbour or vice versa.

Organisers say over 1,200 people took part in las year's walk, raising more than €40,000 for Aware.

Apart from the great stretch of the legs and experiencing the beautiful vistas of Dublin Bay, the main aim of the day is to raise funds for Aware Support Services, and once registered to take part you will receive information on how to raise sponsorship.

Online registration is €20 per individual or €30 for a group of 2 (children under 16 are free). Late registration will also be available on the morning of the walk itself.

More information about the day can be found at Aware's Harbour2Harbour webpage HERE.

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#DUBLIN BAY NEWS - The annual St Patrick's Day Harbour2Harbour Walk in aid of mental health charity Aware is just a few weeks away.

The 16.2 mile walk around Dublin Bay begins at 10.30am on Saturday 17 March, taking around five hours to complete, and it's your choice whether you begin at Howth Harbour and walk to Dun Laoghaire Harbour or vice versa.

Organisers describe the event as "a great day out for family, friends and individuals, all of whom get a great sense of achievement and a great view of Dublin Bay."

Of course the main aim of the day is to raise funds for Aware, and once registered to take part you will receive a fundraising pack containing letters, information, maps and sponsorship cards. You can also set up your own fundraising page on

The registration fee is €15 per individual or €25 for a group of 2 (children under 16 are free). Advance online registration is now available at the Aware website HERE. Late registration will be available on the morning of the walk itself.

Volunteers are also required to help with late registration on the morning of the walk and act as stewards at various points along the route. If you can help please call 01 661 7211 or e-mail [email protected]

More information about the day can be found at Aware's Harbour2Harbour webpage HERE.

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With Spring in the air...get into your stride and help raise funds for Aware's annual St. Patrick's Day Harbour 2 Harbour Walk around Dublin Bay.
Aware, a charitable organisation that assists in 'helping to defeat depression, ' is to run the Harbour 2 Harbour event on Thursday 17 March. The walk on St. Patrick's Day starts at 10.30am from Dun Laoghaire Harbour (Plaza of the ferry terminal) and ends at Howth Harbour (The Bloody Stream).

Alternatively walkers are welcomed to take the walk in the reverse direction starting at Howth and terminating at Dun Laoghaire. The walk takes approximately 4-hours to complete. The 16.4 mile route that skirts the shores of Dublin Bay will offer great views!

The walk last year was taken by families, friends and individuals and provided participants with a great sense of achievement!

For this year's event, walkers are invited to take part by booking places in advance online. Entries (€10 per person) close at midnight on Sunday 13 March, click HERE. Late registration will also be available on the morning of the walk  (€15 per person) or email [email protected]

To read more about Aware click (noting the locall Aware Helpline Tel: 1890 303 302 / calling from overseas +353 1 6766 166) and further information about the Helpline click HERE

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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.


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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