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Once upon a time, when life followed some sort of a plan, Irish sailing was getting into early action in April. In looking back at Irish Yachting & Motorboating – the predecessor of Afloat.ie – for the editions of April and May 1970, we find that at this time of the year it was all systems go for putting in place a fund-raising Boat Show at the RDS in Dublin, and then at Easter, the dinghy classes gathered for the long-established Easter Meeting – inherited from the Irish Dinghy Racing Association - which for 1970 was staged in Wexford.

The 505s were the stars of the fleet, though the Fireballs were doing mighty well too, and in the 505s the winner was Wic McCready crewed by Nevile Lindsay racing Miss Betty V, which had previously been owned by Clayton Love Jnr.

Wiclif McCready 505Wic McCready and Neville Lindsay powering along to 505 victory and the lead photo in IY & MB’s report of the 1970 Easter Meeting at Wexford.   Photo: W M Nixon

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Following the Government’s “Stay At Home” for two weeks announcement, the Irish Sailing office will be closed and some of the Irish Sailing services will be unavailable.

Irish Sailing staff will all continue to work remotely and are available on email and mobile – our contact list is here

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In a press conference yesterday, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlined tighter restrictions to tackle the Covid-19 emergency.

In his statement, Mr Varadkar said that “all sporting events are cancelled including those behind closed doors”. He also stated that from midnight tonight “theatres, clubs, gyms, hairdressers, libraries and other similar outlets are to shut”, and that we should only leave home if essential.

These restrictions will be in place until at least 19th April and will impact hugely on us all but as ever, the health and safety of the sailing community is of paramount importance.

Although the latest advice means that the Irish Sailing office at Park Road is closed to the public, we continue to work remotely, and we’re here to answer any questions you have.

Please call us on 01 280 0239.

You can read the full text of the Taoiseach’s speech here

You can read the HSE guidelines here

All Irish Sailing’s updates can be found here

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Royal Cork Yacht Club's David O'Brien has been elected President of Irish Sailing taking over from Jack Roy at an AGM held last weekend.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the AGM was attended only by outgoing Roy and Chief Executive Harry Hermon with the quorum being achieved through proxy appointments from affiliated clubs.

The AGM also saw the retirement of Paddy McGlade and Sarah Byrne, both of whom had served their five-year term on the Board. Roy expressly thanked them for their work and commitment over the period, as he did with all of the Board members who contributed during his term as President.

New directors elected were Andrew Bradley nominated by the Royal Irish YC, and Sue Concannon nominated by Killaloe SC.

Download the annual report below.

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Although we’re not getting together in person for the Irish Sailing Awards on Saturday night (21 March), we want to get together on screen instead and celebrate as we announce the winners.

We’re going to do this on Saturday evening, starting at 6.30 pm, when we announce all the winners on our Facebook page here. You can join the event here.  So on Saturday night, tune into our Facebook page, like and share, so we can celebrate all our nominees and winners.

The winners will also be announced on Afloat.

The Awards are supported by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and in association with Afloat

The Awards will be announced as follows:

  • Irish Sailing Senior Instructor of the Year
  • Irish Sailing Inclusion Award
  • Irish Sailing Sustainability Award
  • Irish Sailing Youth Sailor of the Year
  • Irish Sailing Training Centre of the Year
  • Irish Sailing/Afloat.ie Sailor of the Year
  • Irish Sailing President’s Award

You can read about our nominees here 

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Irish Sailing confirms it is following HSE advice regarding COVID-19/coronavirus, which at present does not prohibit public gatherings and/or impose travel restrictions other than to China and northern Italy.

“Until further advice is issued, we will assume that all events are able to go ahead as scheduled,” says Irish Sailing chief executive Harry Hermon.

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government is not recommending that ‘at this stage’ any planned large gatherings are cancelled. He also appealed for people not to take unilateral action when it come to closing schools or cancelling events.

“Should the position escalate and we feel that any updated advice will necessitate restrictions on sailing events in Ireland, we will send out a notice through our newsletter.”

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Irish Sailing has published its Financial Statements for 2019 ahead of next month's AGM in Dun Laoghaire.

Overall a surplus of €16,630 is reported for 2019 compared with a deficit in 2018 of €120,843. This is after total 2019 income improved by €236,236 to €2,359,236 from €2,123,400 in 2019.

The Association, the national governing body for sailing, experienced a significant improvement in its 2019 financial performance and enhanced its cash resources compared to 2018.

The key factors in contributing to this turnaround appear to include:

  • €100,000 received from Sailfleet Company Ltd which use to own and manage the J80 Fleet and was sold off during 2019.
  • €159, 126 from the Irish Sailing Foundation Ltd, an organisation set up to separately fund elite sailing activities.

Core Highlights

Highlights from the Core activities;

  • Membership Income increased by 8% to €309,097 but the number of members is not disclosed.
  • The Sport Ireland Government Grant increased by 19% to €62,000.
  • Income generated from the issue of competency certificates increased by 31% to €64,316 in contrast to other income sources which largely remained flat.
  • Handicap Certificates remains static at €70,559 which is probably indicative of zero growth in cruiser racing
  • An increase in payroll costs of 7% to €532,911 and a doubling of legal and professional fees to €41,475 contributed to Core costs escalating by nearly €100k to €1,108,358.

Download the AGM notice below (with a link to the financial statements).

The Irish Sailing Association AGM will be held at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire at 1630hrs on 21st March 2020

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Places are still available for the latest powerboat training course at the Royal St George Yacht Club later this month.

The two-day course, on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March from 8.45am to 5pm, provides the ideal way to get afloat for the first time, or to build on skills you already have.

The Irish Sailing syllabus Powerboat II course (National Powerboat Certificate) will formally teach you the fundamentals in the safe operation of a powerboat, its preparation and allied aspects, while helping you to build your confidence on the water and get the most from your RIB or powerboat in a safe and comfortable manner.

This weekend course (which will also run in May) is priced at €260 which includes all course materials, instruction and certifications. Book online via the RSGYC website HERE.

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Irish Sailing’s regional development officer Gail McAllister is among the jury for this year’s Blue Flag awards programme.

The national jury met last month to consider a total of 88 sites around Ireland comprising 80 beaches and eight marinas.

Their decisions will now be presented for evaluation to the Blue Flag International Jury and the results will be released in advance of the coming summer season.

Last year’s awards saw 80 out of 83 beaches retain their Blue Flag from 2018, while the number of rated marinas rose to eight with the inclusion of Rathmullan in Donegal.

“It is an honour to be part of this international scheme and I am excited to bring some new ideas to the Irish Sailing Sustainability Awareness programme,” said McAllister, who has also joined An Taisce as a ‘Climate Ambassador’.

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Irish Sailing’s Class Coaching Grant for 2020 is now open for applications.

The grant allows sailing classes to apply for €400 for approved Irish Sailing coaches and €200 for non-approved coaches.

Currently approved coaches are displayed on the Irish Sailing website and will be updated regularly.

Approved coaching grants for 2019 were for the Wayfarer, E-Boat, Water Wag, 420, Mirror, IDRA, GP14, 2.4mR, Topper, Fireball, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and Laser Standard.

Over 200 sailors benefited from the training in 2019 — 38% of whom were women and girls.

Details on how to apply, and all relevant terms and conditions, are available 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.

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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