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A J80 keelboat stolen from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the centre of a Dublin Bay rescue story last week that made headlines in The Irish Daily Star

A thief took the yacht and outboard engine from the East Pier club out to sea in the middle of the night but ran out of fuel.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat station received a request to launch from the Coast Guard at 7:40 am last Wednesday to reports of a vessel with one person on board which had run out of fuel in the middle of the Bay.

The stolen J80 yacht is brought safely back to harbour by Dun Laoghaire RNLI LifeboatThe stolen J80 yacht is brought safely back to harbour by Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat

The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the vessel back to Dun Laoghaire Harbour with Gardaí waiting on shore for the occupant of the vessel.

NYC Commodore Martin McCarthy told the newspaper that it was 'an extremely dangerous thing to do because he could have been drowned'.

According to The Star, the thief is to appear in Dun Laoghaire District Court on charges on September 2nd.

Fortunately, the club boat was able to be repaired and was back in use 24 hours later.

Published in National YC

Following Friday's announcement of further Covid-19 restrictions, the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire immediately closed its boathouse and platform.

As a consequence, the annual lift-In of yachts scheduled for April 11th will not now take place. Working on boats is not permitted, nor any sailing from the East Pier club.

The NYC says it is in close consultation with boat owners and a new lift-in date will be announced in due course.

NYC front door

In a note to members, Club Commodore Martin McCarthy said: "We, as a Club, will willingly do all that is required and everything we can, to support the national effort. The NYC has always prided itself on being a “members together” club and being part of the community. Sailing promotes the values of friendship, loyalty and mutual support and now we need to take these values from sailing on the water to supporting our members and community".

Published in National YC

The National Yacht Club’s new fleet of Elliot 6 high-performance keelboats were in action last weekend in Dun Laoghaire for a 2K team racing invitational writes Roisin O'Brien

30 sailors took to the water in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the day, including teams from The National Yacht Club (U30 and U25 teams), The Royal St George Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club, and the Sorento Sailing Club from Australia who travelled for the event.

The light, shifty conditions made for challenging racing, and an ever-changing race course where sharp tactics made all the difference. Luckily the wind picked up as the day went on and the teams successfully completed two round robins overall. 

The first of many mini events to come making use of the new fleet on the block, the Elliot 6’s, known for their match racing, adapted well to the 2K racing format which was fast paced and kept competitors on their toes.

team race NYC32k team racing in the new Elliots at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Will Byrne Team racingRace organiser Will Byrne (left) with the Sorento Team Racing sailors from Australia

Published in Team Racing

The Optimist Ulster Championships, hosted by Malahide Yacht Club, saw 120 young sailors compete on the Broadmeadow Water in mixed conditions over two days, with the honours in the Gold Fleets at both Senior and Junior levels going to Royal Cork YC entries.

The event, sponsored by the Grand Hotel, saw Harry Pritchard of RCYC sail consistently throughout to beat clubmate Harry Twomey by just 3 points in the Senior Gold fleet while two other Cork sailors, Michael Crosbie and Justin Lucas, headed up the Junior Gold fleet.

National Yacht’s Club’s Nathan van Steenberge and Jacque Murphy (RStGYC) won the Senior and Junior Silver fleets respectively.

The first day’s racing was notable for fresh westerly and south-westerly winds, with several heavy gusts which severely tested the sailors’ abilities. Conditions improved on the second day and PRO Neil Murphy was able to complete a full 6-race schedule.

 

Published in Optimist

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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