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The 160 entries – something of a sailing record in recent times – for this year’s Lambay Race – sponsored by Electro Automation Group in Howth Yacht Club - enjoyed a superb day afloat, basking in sunshine as they worked their way through light to moderate north-westerly winds around the island and back to their respective finishes. Race photos from Gareth Craig on the Afloat gallery here.

A number of classes had shortened courses and the dying wind saw 30 boats failing to finish. Visiting boats represented almost one-third of the total entry and they went home with nearly half of the divisional honours.

It was a good day for Paul O’Higgins’ ‘Rockabill V’ from the National YC which enjoyed success on the double, winning Class 1 on both IRC and ECHO handicaps, with the IRC win a matter of 7 seconds on corrected time from HYC’s ‘Crazy Horse’ (Norbert Reilly).

For once, it was not the multiple National Champion boat ‘Kinetic’ at the front of the Class 2 fleet but it was a very tight affair between two other HYC boats. ‘MiniMumm’ (Cobbe/McDonald) was a mere 40 seconds ahead on water (but 1.25 minutes corrected on IRC) of ‘Superhero’ (Byrne/Banahan) but enjoyed a much more emphatic win on ECHO by 8 minutes. Dave Cullen’s ‘King One’, third on both handicaps, took the IRC Restricted prize.

The biggest class in the regatta was the 28-boat fleet in Class 3 which was dominated on the water by two visiting J24s – ‘Hard on Port’ (Flor O’Driscoll, RSt.GYC) and ‘Scandal’ (Brian McDowell, MYC) and while the Dun Laoghaire boat was a comfortable winner, it was Basil McMahon’s ‘Holly’ which came through to take 2nd on IRC and also win on ECHO.

It was another southside entry, ‘Orna’ (P.Dilworth, National YC) which showed the way in emphatic fashion in the White Sail A Division, winning IRC by a massive 11 minutes corrected and ECHO by a more modest 1.35, both times ahead of Kieran Jameson’s ‘Changeling’. Local honour was restored in the White Sail B Division with ‘Flashback’ (Gregory/Breen), with a good win on IRC and a narrow one (5 seconds) on ECHO ahead of Charlie Boyle’s ‘On the Rox’ which had the consolation of taking the HPH prize.

The one-design classes had disappointing fleets compared to the cruisers but that didn’t mean any lack of competition. Seven E-boats travelled from Clontarf for the event and it was ‘OctopussE’ (P.O’Neill) which headed the race by an impressive 7 minutes from ‘Eagle Eye’ (O’Hara/Smith).

Only four Etchells made the starting line and unsurprisingly, the O’Grady/reilly partnership on ‘Kootamundra’ won by over 5 mnutes from runner-up ‘Northside Dragon’ (D. McManus). Seven 31.7s, representing four different clubs, saw a double whammy for Royal Irish visitor ‘Attitude’ (D.Owens), just ahead of HYC’s ‘C’Est la Vie’ (Flannelly & Others).

Nine Ruffians came from Dublin Bay and after 4 hours racing, only 1 minute separated ‘Shillelagh’ (Berber/Caldwell, NYC) and ‘Shannagh’ (S.Gill (RSt.GYC) while of the five Squibs in action, only ‘Puffin’ (Emer Harte) and ‘Pot Black’ (the McMurtrys) managed a finish and in that order too, both on scratch and HPH. Peter Courtney’s ‘Oona’ headed the Howth 17s’ fleet by three minutes from ‘Rita’ (Lynch/Curley) while ‘Rosemary’ (Curley/Jones) enjoyed handicap success.

The exception to the small one-design numbers was inevitably the Puppeteers who managed to get 17 boats on the starting line and the conditions were clearly to the liking of Alan Pearson and crew on ‘Trick or Treat’ because their 4 minute margin over ‘Harlequin’ (Clarke/Egan) on the water translated into a 4-second handicap win over ‘Cloud 9’ (C.Feely)

The Lambay Race Committee was chaired by James Markey, who was delighted that entries exceeded expectations, and the sponsors were Electro Automation Group, a leading specialist in such areas as automated car park systems, gate and door access control systems, and intelligent transportation systems.

 

HOWTH YACHT CLUB.  LAMBAY REGATTA (RACE) 12/06/2010   Class 1 IRC:  1, Rockabill V P O'Higgins NYC;  2, Crazy Horse N Reilly HYC;  3, Pretty Polly C Horrigan NYC;  Class 1  ECHO:  1=, Rockabill V P O'Higgins NYC;  1=, Rollercoaster C & P Power-Smith RStGYC;  3, Raptor Hewitt/Others RIYC;  Class 2  IRC:  1, MiniMumm Cobbe/McDonald HYC;  2, Superhero Byrne/Banahan HYC;  3, King One D Cullen HYC;  Class 2  ECHO:  1, MiniMumm Cobbe/McDonald HYC;  2, Superhero Byrne/Banahan HYC;  3, Dochas J Molohan HYC;  Class 2  IRC RESTRICTED:  1, King One D Cullen HYC;  2, Toughnut D Skehan HYC;  3, Bendemeer Casey/Power RStGYC;  Class 3  IRC:  1, Hard on Port F O'Driscoll RStGYC;  2, Holly B MacMahon HYC;  3, Scandal B McDowell MYC; Class 3  ECHO:  1, Holly B MacMahon HYC;  2, Saki McCormack/Ryan RIYC;  3, Hard on Port F O'Driscoll RStGYC;  First 31.7 SCRATCH:  1, Attitude D Owens RIYC;  2, C'est la Vie Flannelly/Others HYC;  3, Magic D O'Sullivan RIYC;  First 31.7  ECHO:  1, Attitude D Owens RIYC;  2, C'est la Vie Flannelly/Others HYC;  3, Bluefin Two M & B Bryson NYC;  Puppeteer  SCRATCH:  1, Trick or treat A Pearson HYC;  2, Harlequin Clarke/Egan HYC;  3, Eclipse A & R Hegarty HYC;  Puppeteer  HPH:  1, Trick or treat A Pearson HYC;  2, Cloud 9 C Feely HYC;  3, Nefertari Morgan/Murray HYC; Squib  SCRATCH:  1, Puffin E Harte HYC;  2, Pot Black R & I McMurty HYC;  Squib  HPH:  1, Puffin E Harte HYC;  2, Pot Black R & I McMurty HYC;  17 Footer  SCRATCH:  1, Oona P Courtney HYC;  2, Rita Lynch/Curley HYC;  3, Rosemary Curley/Jones HYC; 17 Footer  HPH:  1, Rosemary Curley/Jones HYC;  2, Echo B & H Lynch HYC;  3, Pauline O'Doherty/Ryan HYC;  Etchells SCRATCH:  1, Kootamundra O'Grady/Reilly HYC;  2, Northside Dragon D MacManus HYC;  3, Jabberwocky S Knowles HYC;  E Boat SCRATCH:  1, OctopussE P O'Neill CY&BC;  2, Eagle Eye O'Hara/Smith CY&BC;  3, Aoife B Linnane CY&BC;  Ruffian 23  SCRATCH:  1, Shillelagh Berber/Caldwell NYC;  2, Shannagh S Gill RStGYC;  3, Diane 2 A Claffey RStGYC;  SB 3  SCRATCH: 1, Shockwave E Quinlan HYC;  White Sail A  IRC:  1, Orna P Dilworth NYC;  2, Changeling K Jameson HYC;  3, Empress 111 T FitzPatrick HYC;  White Sail A  ECHO:  1, Orna P Dilworth NYC;  2, Changeling K Jameson HYC;  3, Empress 111 T FitzPatrick HYC;  White Sail B  IRC:  1, Flashback Gregory/Breen HYC; 2, On the Rox C & J Boyle HYC;  3, Brazen Hussy Stirling/Barry HYC;  White Sail B  HPH:  1, On the Rox C & J Boyle HYC;  2, Brazen Hussy Stirling/Barry HYC;  3, Alphida H Byrne HYC; White Sail B  ECHO:  1, Flashback Gregory/Breen HYC;  2, On the Rox C & J Boyle HYC;  3, Mac Magic D & P McCabe HYC

 

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Oona (P. Courtney) continued to set the pace at Howth Yacht Club racing last night with a win in the scratch division of the Howth 17 class. Winds were light but sufficient for racing. Second was Leila (R Cooper) and Rosemary (Curley/Jones) third in the 100 year old class. Full Howth Yacht Club Tuesday and Saturday and Tuesday series results below: 

TUE + SAT  SERIES 1 (RACE) 01/06/2010   17 Footer SCRATCH:  1, Oona P Courtney;  2, Leila R Cooper;  3, Rosemary Curley/Jones; 17 Footer  HCAP:  1, Rosemary Curley/Jones;  2, Anita Cassidy/Young;  3, Leila R CooperTUESDAY SERIES 1 (RACE) 01/06/2010   Puppeteer  SCRATCH:  1, Trick or Treat A Pearson;  2, Ibis G May;  3, Mojo Stanley/Callen;  Puppeteer  HPH:  1, Trick or Treat A Pearson;  2, Flycatcher Wright/Dillon;  3, Gannet T Chillingworth;  Squib  SCRATCH:  1, Whipper Snapper M Cantwell;  2, Kerfuffle J & H Craig;  3, Chatterbox J Kay;  Squib  HPH:  1, Whipper Snapper M Cantwell;  2, Kerfuffle J & H Craig;  3, Chatterbox J Kay;  Etchells SCRATCH:  1, Lambay Rules L Dillon;  2, Kootamundra Wattle O'Grady/Reilly;  3, Fetching Quinn/O'Flaherty;  SB3  SCRATCH:  1, Sin a Bhuifl Guinness/Costigan; 2, Lia D Barry;  3, Shockwave E Quinlan


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The annual Howth Yacht Club Lambay Race - Howth Regatta - is to be called the Electro Lambay Race following confirmation of sponsorship by Electro Automation Group, widely regarded as Ireland's premier automation specialist and an international leader in such areas as automated car park systems, gate and door access control systems, and intelligent transportation systems.

The race takes place on June 12 and online entry is available now. (see below)

Operating from headquarters in Damastown, near Mulhuddart, Electro was established in 1984 and now has operations in Lisburn, Galway, the UK, and Germany. The Electro brand is synonymous with advanced technology and service reliability across a wide range of products that control movements of personnel and vehicles, automatic gates and bollards, doors and barriers, hands-free access control, under-vehicle surveillance and CCTV security.

The Electro sponsorship will include a significant input into the 'family day' theme of this year's sailing which is expected to attract around 140 boats and over 1,000 sailors and visitors.

ONLINE ENTRY

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The country's biggest club, Howth Yacht Club, has launched an adult Sail Training Programme to introduce beginners to the sport at the north Dublin Club. The course also allows newcomers to avail of all Howth Yacht Club's facilities for  €240. The course takes place in late May/Early June. More details (click here) or call 01 8322141.

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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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