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#national18 – The History of the National 18' Dinghy written by Brian Wolfe will be published shortly.
Although the class once enjoyed pockets of enthusiasm in Ireland at Skerries, Portrush, Strangford Lough and Dunmore East, these have faded away and so the class only remains in Cork Harbour where it has always maintained a very strong presence since introduced there in 1939. The painting on the front cover, by local Cork artist Tadhg O' Scanaill is of legendary helmsman Somers Payne and Melody (206). Somers also represented Ireland in two Olympic Games.
The book covers the history of the class, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, on both sides of the Irish Sea and also includes a boat register. The development of the new 18' design at Crosshaven is also featured. The 2013 National (British and Irish) Championships were raced at Hayling Island on the south coast of England when Corkman Tom Dwyer won for the fourth occasion. The author's father Alan Wolfe, as a member of the Crosshaven club, was twice a National Champion in the 1960's.
#National18– Have a look at the new prototype National 18 dinghy, looks stunning! The Phil Morrison type got a great reaction when laucnhed yesterday for the CH Marine sponsored Royal Cork Autumn league writes Claire Bateman
Showing true Morrison lineage the boat was built by Ian Teasdale in Devon. Scroll down for more photos below by Bob Bateman.
Pundits say she looks like a cross between an RS400 and a Mark 8 International 14.
Early reports suggest she should be more forgiving to sail downwind in a blow but she might be a little tricky to compete against the existing boats upwind in light airs.
Royal Cork's Peter O'Donovan gaves his verdict on the National 18 facebook page. 'Went out in the trial boat today. It was light enough weather but really a lovely boat to sail. Fantastic space in her too. We tested her in the capsize and one man managed to right her on his own while the rest of us watched in the rib'.
Helming the new development craft is long time RCYC member Dom Long with crew Colin Chapman and Kieran Dwyer.
Along with other recent innovations, such as carbon rigs, the the prototype is to be trialed and a decision taken at next AGM (next summer) on her future!
"Early reports suggest she should be more forgiving to sail downwind in a blow"
The new boat has an old rig (below), is it big enough for that wide stern, could it use a square top rig?
The newest National 18 on trial. The class will vote on the development next summer. What's next for this successful Irish class? Could they go the whole hog, put racks on her, twin trapezes and turn her into an 18ft skiff?
#national18 – Colin Chapman and his team on "Aquaholics" No 370, with a lead of 7 points after discard, have comfortably won the 2013 Irish National 18 Championships hosted by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire over the weekend.
Full results are available to download below as a jpeg file.
15 teams competed. 2nd was Nick Walsh in "Three Blind Mice" No 372 followed closely in 3rd place by Andrew Moynihan in "Happy Days" No 358.
It is the first time since the 1960's that the National 18s have hosted their Championships in Dublin and they enjoyed boisterous conditions on both days with superb race management lead by Jack Roy and his very able team. 3 races were held on Saturday in demanding conditions, which included gusts from the North West up to 30 Knots, which caused multiple capsizes for most of the teams and a shortening of race 3.
After a day of exhilarating close racing, Colin Chapman and Bryan Hassett in "Cleo" No 342 were tied on 8 points. Despite the exhausting conditions and resultant weary bodies, the National 18 Fleet enjoyed its usual vibrant evening's entertainment on Saturday evening which continued into the early hours of Sunday morning.
The expected lighter conditions on Sunday quickly changed to more of the same blustery and shifty winds but now blowing 15 to 20 Knots from the South East with a spring flood tide creating the usual awkward Dublin Bay chop. Jack Roy elected to race in Scotsman's Bay using a traditional triangular Olympic course format which provided reaches which were unbelievably fast resulting in several high-speed capsizes.
Nick Walsh played a blinder to win the first race and followed this up with 2 second places in race 5 and 6. Colin Chapman score a second which he then followed up with 2 close wins in a great demonstration of skilful boat handling in the tough conditions. Peter O' Donovan, in "Muchadoo" No 350, after a good 3rd in race 4 to put him in contention suffered a snapped rudder whilst in the leading bunch during race 5 putting an end to his late charge. Bryan Hasset slipped out of contention with a capsize in race 4 when a severe 25 Knot gust materialised whilst executing a gybe on the first run..
Throughout the weekend, despite the conditions, racing between all the boats was very close with often 3 and 4 boats simultaneously arriving at marks at speed.
The consensus amongst the competitors was that it was an outstanding event and they looked forward to returning in the near future to once again enjoy the hospitality of the National Yacht Club.
The National 18 class travelled from Cork to Dublin Bay this weekend for the Irish championships, the first time since the mid 1960's that this exciting trapeze class has held its Championships in Dublin.
The National Yacht Club is hosting the class in Dun Laoghaire harbour with competition starting today. Picture gallery above by Aidan Tarbett.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie the National 18 is a 3 person boat with essentially a one design GRP hull shape, with a large sail area flown on a carbon rig with one crew member using a trapeze.
They have an exhilarating performance being quicker than a Dragon upwind with 'gobsmacking speed downwind' in any sort of a breeze. The fleet is peppered with quality sailors including former and current Olympians.
Racing is lively, close and ferocious with the boats all matched with similar speed.
#national18 – The National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire will be hosting the National 18 Irish dinghy sailing Championships, the first time since the mid 1960's that this exciting trapeze class will hold their Championships in Dublin.
The event will be held at the NYC from 15th & 16th June 2013.
The traditional stronghold for 18 sailing is based in Crosshaven and Monkstown in Cork where an active fleet of over 30 boats enjoys close racing on a weekly basis. They are a 3 person boat with essentially a one design GRP hull shape, with a large sail area flown on a carbon rig with one crew member using a trapeze.
They have an exhilarating performance being quicker than a Dragon upwind with gobsmacking speed downwind in any sort of a breeze. The fleet is peppered with quality sailors including former and current Olympians. Racing is lively, close and ferocious with the boats all matched with similar speed.
The hosts confidently expect a fleet of 25 boats to participate, augmented with entries also attending from some of the hotspots for 18 sailing in the UK. The fleet will have a division for Classic 18s, some of which are well over 60 years old and beautifully restored with their original clinker planking and wooden masts.
The photo of Fingal 226 below is of one of the famous rule bending so called "sticky" Parker (The famous UK builder of world beating 505s) built plywood boats constructed for Jack Flannagan of Skerries in the 1960's when the event was last held in Dublin.
Both this boat and Finola 227 a sister ship built for Jack's brother, the famous Leo Flannigan, have been restored by enthusiastic owners to brand new condition and are still actively sailing in their original 1960's configuration. These outstanding boats being built of glued plywood planking, completely eclipsed the then commonplace traditional spruce planked boats and ultimately led to the adoption of the Proctor designed GRP smooth hull, which is still used today.
#national18 – The National 18 title result in Cork Harbour went down to the final race where any one of four competitors could have taken the title but it was Bryan Hasset sailing 'Clea' with Sandy Rimmington and Nin O'Leary on a two point margin who won overall writes Claire Bateman. Scroll down for pics.
A delayed start for the final races of the National 18 Championships led to a great afternoon of racing on the Curlane Bank. The sun shone, the tide was in and the wind was up all resulting in a splendid finale to the event.
Race Officer was John Crotty working from Rory Fitzpatrick's Serifa as the committee boat. The result went down to the final race where any one of four competitors could have taken the title. Hasset sailing 'Clea 'with Sandy Rimmington and Nin O'Leary had a two point margin on 12 points to take the win over three boats all finishing just two points adrift each on 14 points and a count back was needed to decide the placings.
This worked out as follows: Second place went to Ewen Barry, Stan Browne and Dion Barrett in 'GBU' followed by Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and Conor Kelly in 'Three Blind Mice' 3rd and fourth went to Colin Chapman, Martin Almond and Morgan O'Sullivan in 'Aquaholics' .
The super prize of a North mainsail was won by Stephen O'Shaughnessy by an unusual method in that for Race Four of the series the person who finished in tenth position would be awarded the prize. When the sealed envelope was opened it delivered this magnificent prize to Stephen O'Shaughnessy who sailed 'Virtual Reality'.
#national18 – With 8 to 10 knots of a westerly breeze saw the first day of the National 18s Irish Championships sponsored by North Sails in Cork Harbour yesterday writes Claire Bateman. This is the largest one design fleet in the harbour and 18 boats came to the line. Certainly the top half of the fleet showed just how competitive this class is. Sailing off Trabolgan with the weather mark off Roches Point, the fleet got in three good races. The first race was a windward leeward and this was followed by an Olympic course that took a black flag to get the fleet away cleanly.
Racing continues today with FG 11.55hrs as per the Sailing Instructions and not 10.25hrs as per the Notice of Race.
Also in the harbour yesterday a fleet of twenty or so Optimists were heading out to get in some practice for the Cobbler League that will commence next weekend. These intrepid young sailors can never seem to get enough of the water!
Today also sees the start of the highlight event of the Autumn Season the CH Marine Autumn Regatta with this event counting for the SCORA League.
ASGARD rises again .. Can you help to find goose barnacles? ... Irish brothers wrap up the 18s in Scotland... Commercial fishermen want bass fisheries re-opened.... The weather hasn't really been so bad – do you believe that? The Channel Tunnel buys ferries ... Lusitania artefacts are assigned to the States and the oceans are saving humans ashore. That is the TIN mix this week.... Read on ....
ASGARD IS MAGNIFICENT
I have reported the conservation of Asgard since it began five years ago under the leadership of John Kearon from Arklow who formerly headed up restoration work at Liverpool Maritime Museum where I saw him direct the refurbishment of the Wolfe Tone Bantry Longboat. Both are now on public display at the National Museum in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Asgard looks magnificent, painted on the port side, the varnished hull gleaming on starboard. Standing under the port side at the opening ceremony as she went on public exhibition, I remembered how she had looked when I first saw her, raw, much in need of attention so many years back when John told me with confidence that she would be restored to what she had originally looked like. There was painstaking tracing of artefacts, of locating many items which had been removed from the vessel in previous years. There was a lot of controversy and opposition to the restoration from those who wanted her to go afloat again. They opposed the concept of a vessel being preserved ashore, out of her natural environment. There is no doubt in my mind that the correct decision was taken, to make her a national treasure, on display, open for viewing free-of-charge to the public, a reminder of the birth of our nation and her pivotal role in the 1914 Howth gun-running from which weapons unloaded were later used in the Easter Rising. She will also be remembered as Ireland's first national sail-training vessel. All those memories flowed from the large attendance present when she went on display. I met many friends from the maritime sphere. A common comment was the regret that there is not an Asgard 3 to carry on the great tradition of this name in Irish sail training. The former government and Minister responsible at the time, Willie O'Dea, destroyed Irish sail training, a denial of Ireland's maritime role and of the educational and cultural, formative role of young people through the sea. Is there anyone, any wealthy Irish businessman or business group, who would provide the funding for an Irish sail training vessel. It would have been possible to purchase a new vessel for the €3.8m. compensation paid for the sinking of Asgard 2 but Willie O'Dea handed over that money to the Department of Finance, a blow against Ireland's maritime sphere.
COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN WANT BASS FISHERIES OPENED
The Irish Fishermen's Organisation has called on Marine Minister Simon Coveney to re-open bass fisheries to commercial fishermen. They have been closed for several years but that may lead to Ireland being excluded forever from fishing bass, while foreign vessels in the EU can catch the fish in Irish waters. The EU has begun a process to put controls on the catching of bass by commercial boats, known as the TAC - Total Allowable Catch. Officials have proposed that this be based on commercial landings of bass over a ten-year period. But Ireland will have no adequate record to claim part of this TAC, so once again the Irish government approach will damage the Irish fishing industry and allow foreign nations to continue catching in Irish waters, while Irish boats cannot. The leisure angling industry demanded and got the ban and has benefited from non-commercial catches. While Irish fishermen are banned from catching bass, foreign boats have targeted the species off the South coast and will be allowed continue, even if a TAC is imposed because they have a catching record. "The Irish Government is again handing national resources to foreign usage," said the commercial fishermen's organisation. Anglers are only allowed to have two bass in their possession in any one 24-hour period and they must be over 40 cm. in total length.
CAN YOU HELP RESOLVE A STICKY SITUATION?
Humans have not managed to create glues that can be used successfully in wet environments, but sea creatures have and Irish marine researchers are trying to find out how they do it. The secrets of the goose barnacle are being sought so that a synthetic version of their natural underwater glue could be used in surgery and dentistry. This barnacle is mostly at sea so examples are difficult to find ashore. Although goose barnacles look like giant shellfish attached to a long neck, they are in fact filter-feeding creatures.They have an ability to attach themselves to practically every surface and researchers have found they can even do so to non-stick frying pans! The glue-like substance they emit, which hardens into a strong "cement", consists of several proteins. Scientists based at the Martin Ryan Marine Institute in Galway hope to study the glands emitting the glue and the protein composition. The team needs a large supply of goose barnacles and has asked for public help from people on the beaches, swimming, surfing and from divers. The barnacles sporadically wash ashore in Summer along the Irish coast. "It might seem perfectly ordinary that a sea creature can stick to a surface, but if you stop to think about it, it's actually quite an incredible innovation by nature," say the researchers. "Humans haven't managed to create glues that can be used successfully in wet environments, but nature has done it over and over again."
TUNNEL BUYS FERRIES – UK GOVERNMENT WANTS TO KNOW WHY
Eurotunnel, the company which operates the Channel Tunnel, has bought three of SeaFrance's former vessels. The move surprised the UK Government where the Office of Fair Trading has launched an investigation to decide whether the purchase is in contravention of merger rules. Eurotunnel Chief Executive Officer Jacques Gounon Jacques Gounon said: "There's an evolution in traffic, notably towards heavy goods vehicles, which can't be fully captured by the Channel Tunnel."
CORK BROTHERS WRAP UP THE 18S IN SCOTLAND
Cork Harbour Monkstown Bay Sailing Club members, brothers Ewen and Colin Barry won nine of the ten trophies up for competition at the National 18 Class Championships in Findhorn in Scotland, a stunning achievement.
Colin is the Club's Rear Commodore and Ewen is Hon.Treasurer. Another MBSC member, Dave O'Connell, a long-time stalwart of the Class was fifth overall in a fleet which included entries from the Scottish host club, from Temasis Yacht Club in London, the Isle of Man YC and the Royal Cork.
Ewen and his crew were sailing 'Good Bad & Ugly' and were top overall boat on nine points, six clear of brother Colin and his crew sailing 'Purple Warriors' on 13 points in second place. They finished on the same number of points as Colin Chapman from the RCYC. A tie-breaker, used in sailing to establish final positions from the best individual race placings, favoured the Monkstown crew. The National 18-foot dinghy has survived several assaults on its popularity, one of which was from the development of the 1720 Class, named after the founding year of the Royal Cork and which it was once thought would replace the 18. That did not happen and, after a surge of popularity, the 1720 declined for a number of years locally though gaining a lot of support internationally. It is now regaining popularity as a sportsboat.
STATE GETS LUSITANIA ITEMS
Items recovered from the last survey of the wreck of the Lusitania have undergone conservation and maintenance in Ireland and been assigned to the State. They include part of the steering mechanism, a bronze telemotor, four portholes, two of them from the first-class passenger area and an indicator used for finding the ship's direction. The items were recovered during the filming of the recently-transmitted National Geographic Channel television documentary. The company sponsored the last survey carried out a year ago.
There have been legal disagreements between American millionaire Greg Bemis who owns the wreck and the State, but there were negotiations involving the National Museum, the National Monuments Service and his representatives after the survey in which Irish maritime archaeologists were involved.
A BAD SUMMER - BUT IT COULD BE WORSE!
It has been a bad summer but history shows that there have been much worse! 1783 for example when there was so much volcanic activity around the world and a fog that lasted most of the summer in England, leading to predictions that it was the end of the world! Between June 23 and July 20 of that year the skies over the UK were covered by a smoky fog and there was regular thunder and lightning which terrified people. There were volcanic eruptions in Italy and Japan and a massive eruption on Skaptar Jokull in Iceland where 9,500 people were reported to have died after being smothered by the immense dust cloud which drifted south and covered much of Europe.
Remember the last Icelandic cloud?
OCEANS ARE SAVING US
If the oceans were not soaking up carbon dioxide from land, global warming would be much worse. A new report this week shows that industrial production and human living requirements on land are now creating so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that the oceans and plants ashore are having to absorb more than twice the amount they previously soaked up. They are the only brake on global warming, but having to absorb so much CO2 is changing seawater, a process called ocean acidification. "This change will have profound effects on life in the ocean and those who depend on it," according to the report from the University of Colorado in the USA which confirms data from the Global Carbon Project, linking scientists around the world. Carbon soaked up from the atmosphere by the seas has risen to 5 billion tonnes. Twenty years ago the figure was 2.4 billion.
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I can only start by thanking everyone who made the effort to make it to the event this year, we had people come from far and near and because as we all know without them an event like this cannot happen, so thanks again to all.
The practice race, was on Sunday the 24th of July and all 52 boats made it to the first start of the practice day, the largest number of National Eighteens ever to compete for one start line, in the history of Class Championships ever, the practice race was raced about half a mile south of Roaches Point. Colin Barry in Happy Days won the first practice race and Colin Chapman won the second practice race, a dual that would continue till the last and deciding race of the championships.
That night we had our opening ceremony with the class's most successful helm Summers Payne raising the class flag, which was centred between the eight country flags being represented at the event this year. The 2011 class games followed and you will just have to ask someone who was there but trust me it was good, really good.(well done to the bar staff!!).
Race one day one, and in a very light northerly breeze Colin Barry takes first blood with Colin Chapman in a very surprising tenth, but Antony Ellis (2010 champion) was very much in the frame again this year with a close second, but when he went on to win the second race from Colin Chapman and Colin Barry back in fifth, it gave the Antony Ellis the overnight lead but Tom Crosbie was also now in the mix with a very consistent third in both races.
That night we all convened for the class Christmas dinner and Carroll singing with about 120 people all dressed in Christmas jumpers and Santa giving out the prizes for that day, the night was a great success and the festivities went on till the early hours of the morning.
Race three day two, Colin Chapman was first out of the blocks, but Colin Barry was not far behind in second spot, I think you can see the pattern that is starting to develop; unfortunately Antony Ellis and Tom Crosbie had a sixth and a seventh respectively. But the top four where very close indeed with Nick Walsh not far back in fifth. Race two saw a big upset for Colin Chapman with an eighth, and Colin Barry getting another second from Tom Crosbie this time in first, Antony Ellis had a Seventh which meant if Colin Chapman or Antony Ellis where to have any chance of winning the event there would have to be at least eight race to enable them to discard the two bad races they had accumulated so far, Colin Barry was now leading after day two with Tom Crosbie in Second and Antony Ellis in Third.
That Night We had poor old porky on a spit for dinner, for any of you that don't know porky is the pig that the class was fattening up all summer, so he could be cook on the Tuesday night for dinner, this was followed by the National Eighteen Supreme Court with the honourable judge Bartter and some very well dressed bailiffs we even had a national TV star as one of the accused but again you really need to talk to someone present because I could go on forever, also a special thanks to the Rubber Bandit for his guest appearance truly class!.
Day three, the Wednesday brought rain and cold but no wind and at around 1pm Dave O Brien the OOD called all racing off for the day, which was met by a big cheer from the now very wet and cold fleet.
Onshore you could tell it was the midpoint of the event, because the club was deserted, bar a few hard core guys like myself and Peter, the plan was to have a boat building nations cup, but due to the lack of teams available for the afternoon we postponed this till next year in Findhorn. That night we had piano man and open Mike it was a great night again and all had good fun.
Race Five Day four, the breeze was up to 10 or 15 knots from the north and the OOD had made an amendment to allow three races today so we were in for a long day at the office, race one went to Colin Chapman with Colin Barry in fifth so he was closing the gap all the time (but after race five and half the week was over Colin Barry was crowned the Cock O The North, but at this stage eyes were firmly fix on the overall prized the Cork Harbour Trophy) the only other top five boat to feature in race Five was Nick Walsh, but to little to late as he produced a fifth in race six, Colin Barry had a second and Colin Chapman a fourth, but it was Antony Ellis with the race win in race six to jeep him in what was now after becoming a three boat race for the 2011 title. Race six shortened the odds even further with Antony getting a sixth and with three results outside the tip five it was now a two horse race and Colin Barry had a two point advantage over Colin Chapman over night into the final day and hopefully two more races.
Thursday night was the class dinner, and three hundred current and past members put on the glad rags for a fabulous night of fun speeches good music and fine wine.
Race eight day five, we all got towed out to the race area and prepared for the start but just as the gun was to be fired the postponement flag was raised and stayed up for a long time, most people were ready to get a tow home again, I would say Colin Barry was within ten minutes of being the new champion, but the breeze started to build very slowly from the south and after half an hour there was enough to send us off, due to the discards Colin Barry needed himself and Colin Chapman both to be fifth or worse or if they both ended up in the top five he needed to beat Colin Chapman by 2 or more, but unfortunately Colin Barry spent the majority of the race recovering from a bad start to finish fifth, and Colin Chapman Finished third in what was now very light breeze. The OOD decided that was that and Colin Chapman became the 2011 National Eighteen Class Champion.
It was truly an amazing week for the National Eighteen foot class with all sorts of records being broken (including the takings at the bar) all the thank you were done at the event but I must finish by thanking the RCYC for all they did in helping making this event happen and the help in making it such a Hugh success and of course our sponsors (North Sails, Planning Inc. And Ferring Pharmaceuticals) without them it would not happen. So hope to see you all next year in Findhorn for another massive week of sailing and fun.
The total entry of 52 was split with 35 boats in the modern Ultimate Division and 17 boats in the Classics, with racing over 6 days incl the practice race.
In the Classics, out of a series of races over 5 days, we managed 7 races with a further 2 lost because of the lack of wind. We enjoyed some wonderful racing in variable winds, improved our kite handling skills no end, got to know spectacular Cork Harbour, enjoyed some great company and hospitality by the Class Association and RCYC and made new friends in the wider National 18 community. The Classic series was won by Colman Garvey, Roy Darer and Ross Levis in 'Nimrod 233 ' a beautiful and very fast local wooden classic competing for her first time with new owner and his crack crew. The white sail classic division was won By Stephen Barter and Crew in 'Good Question', even after a capsize during the week which saw them having to abandon ship and leave the rescue crew to right the boat and tow it home (I think this was due to the high average age of the crew rather than the weather conditions) . In the week the classics spent two days on harbour trips, which entailed them having a race in the morning and in the afternoon they all raced to East Ferry for some light refreshments and on the Thursday afternoon they took a trip to Cobh for another liquid lunch. It was a great week for the classics and it was also great to see so many of them in one place for an event like this.