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After the success of the inaugural Club Symposium last year Irish Sailing is planning a bigger and better conference focusing on how we connect with our members and create a tribal culture as we adapt to changing times. The symposium is aimed at people clubs and centres throughout the country who are passionate ‘doers’, growth promoters, media managers and organisational leaders. Our aim is to:

  1. Connect and learn as a group by sharing our experiences through small group sessions facilitated by experienced club volunteers.
  2. Look at innovative training products around the country and rethink the promotion of clubs/centres using digital media.
  3. “Your voice your say” and together forge the way for the future of sailing in our organisations, following on from last year’s stop-start continue session

We will be welcoming prominent guest speakers sharing successful club stories with you on the day.

There will be plenty of coffee breaks to give attendees ample opportunity to network with like-minded doers, the facilitated workshops will be short and in small groups to give each attendee a chance to attend all workshops and actively engage in the sharing and a panel discussion with group tasks developing strategic plans for Irish Sailing. The event is free and there is a lunch deal available on the day.

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Sailing and yacht clubs should start appointing Sustainability Officers and every club and boat should immediately “kick out” single-use plastics from every aspect of their sport – both aboard and ashore.

That is the view of one of Ireland’s top international sailors.

“No place for them, not on the family boat, the dinghy, the crewed racing yacht, in the club bar having a drink, let’s kick out single-use plastic immediately, no debate about that.”

"It is a strong, blunt view by Damian Foxall in his role as Irish Sailing’s Sustainability Ambassador"

It is a strong, blunt view by Damian Foxall in his role as Irish Sailing’s Sustainability Ambassador. From the days when I first met him in Kerry and lunched with him at my home in Cork Harbour before he took a ferry to France, many years ago and began his international campaign as a ‘rookie’ in the Figaro Race, to where he is now, Damian has been focussed and determined in what he intends to achieve.

Interviewed for a future edition of my radio programme, THIS ISLAND NATION, about his new role, he was equally forthright. As World Sailing moves towards outlining its approach towards sustainability on the international scene, Damian and Irish Sailing are advancing theirs.

He does not see diesel being replaced in boat engines for some time yet, but there are other initiatives to be taken, he says. Where the marine environment is concerned we can all take some action. His comments follow an equally forthright declaration by another person I interviewed, Professor Michael Jansen at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in University College Cork, who is one of the leading scientists investigating the threat of microplastics to the marine environment.

He told me that “microplastics are everywhere” and the main threat comes from freshwater to the marine environment.

• Listen to the Podcast here as Damian Foxall outlines what he thinks clubs and individuals should be doing for protection of the marine environment.

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Irish sailing clubs are among 1,700 sports clubs nationwide receiving €56m in the latest round of sports capital grants, it was confirmed this morning. (Download the full list of grants awarded below). 

30 sailing clubs throughout the country will share over a million in funding.  

Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay is one of the biggest sailing club recipients with a grant of €142,375 for Increasing women and teenagers participation in the sport.  The east pier club is the home of Rio Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy.

Also in Dun Laoghaire, the country's bggest sailing centre, the Irish National Sailing Club (Locaste) got €40,058 for the renewal of sailing equipment and the purchase of new boats. 

The Royal St. George Yacht Club (RSGYC) got €31,228 for a Firefly dinghy renewal programme, Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club got €18,515 for the purchase of a 5m RIB and capstan winch. The Royal Irish Yacht Club got €25,000 for its safety and support fleet. Dublin Bay Sailing Club got €11,236

In Cork Harbour, Royal Cork Yacht Club were awarded €13,000 for support craft for teaching water sports 

The programme is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level.

'This funding will give make a considerable impact on access to sailing in regional clubs, as well as help develop and improve sailing facilities. The pay back is the physical and mental benefits of sailing to local communities, ' according to an Irish Sailing spokesperson.

The 2017 round for applications closed in February with a record number of 2,320 received.

Around the coast – and on lakes and rivers too – sailing clubs shared in the distribution of the captial funds. 

In Limerick, Foynes Yacht Club was awarded €16,500 for Physically Disabled Sailing. Sligo Yacht Club got €8,000 for its 'Try A Sail' and 'Inclusion for All' project.

In Tipperary, Lough Derg Yacht Club was awarded €4,000 for its access for all programme. 

In Westmeath, Lough Ree Yacht Club got €12,500 to replace destroyed electrics and to buy two boats. 

In West Cork, Glandore Harbour Yacht Club has €16,000 for a new clubhouse roof & canopy.

Minister Shane Ross said at the announcement: "This is a great day for Irish sport. When we originally invited applications under the scheme, we had just €30m to allocate and the record level of applications would have left a large number of good projects unsupported and many clubs disappointed.

"Happily, following the conclusion of budget discussions, I was delighted to secure the required additional resources to enable me to allocate €56m in total to local sports clubs and organisations throughout the country.

"The net result of this is that we are able to provide financial assistance towards over 1,700 different projects all over the country.

"The benefits of participating in sport are well documented, for both physical and mental health, and these new grants for local clubs will help us in our overall objective of getting as many people participating in sport as possible.

"The grants are also excellent news for our communities both rural and urban, as club sport is a superb way to bolster local pride, affinity and inclusion."

A further €4m has been set aside for regional grants. These allocations are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Killaloe Sailing Club Sail Training Dinghies for Children and Teenagers €6,000
Bantry Bay Sailing Club Bantry Bay Sailing Club Club Development €23,000
Bere Island Projects Group Ltd Bringing Sailing back to Bere Island €11,000
Glandore Harbour Yacht Club New clubhouse roof & canopy over adjacent yard €16,000
Kinsale Yacht Club Company Ltd Rigid Inflatable boat (RIB) for training & safety €8,000
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Changing rooms renovation & engine upgrade €8,000
Royal Cork Yacht Club Support Craft for teaching water sports €13,000
Schull Harbour sailing Club Ltd S RIB – Dinghy Sailing & Cruiser Crewing €18,000
Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club upgrade facilities for equality of access at CYBC €136,943
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Sports Equipment €11,236
Malahide Yacht Club Essential Rescue Equipment €61,200
Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club Dublin City Community Sailing €150,000
Royal Irish Yacht Club Safety and support fleet €25,000
Rush Sailing Club Expansion & Refurb of changing & toilet facilities €130,381
Sailing in Dublin Club Ltd Keelboat for racing and training €20,000
The National Yacht Club Increasing Women and Teenagers participation €142,375
The Royal St. George Yacht Club RSGYC Club Firefly Dinghy Renewal €31,228
Galway Bay Sailing Club Ltd RIB Purchase €14,000
Galway City Sailing Club Sailing dinghies & Safety Boat for shared sailing €17,500
Foynes Yacht Club Sailing in Foynes for Physically Disabled €16,500
Oriel Sailing Club Purchase of sailing equipment €6,000
Mullaghmore Sailing Centre ltd. Sailing boatsRescue boat engines, Club Refurb. €11,500
Sligo Yacht Club Ltd ‘Try A Sail’ and Inclusion for All, Project €8,000
Lough Derg Yacht Club School sailing and access4all programme €4,000
Waterford Harbour Sailing Club New Rescue/Safety RIBs & Dinghies €34,000
Lough Ree Yacht Club Replace Destroyed Electrics. Buy 2 Boats €12,500
Blessington Sailing Club Community growth project €15,000
Bray Sailing Club Growing sailing in the community €19,591
Greystones Sailing Club Development boats €10,000
Wicklow Sailing Club Rescue Craft and Storage €46,000
     
    €1,025,954

 

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#SailingClubs - Sailing holiday firm Sunsail is ‘Funding the Future for Sailing Clubs’ in a new UK-wide competition for £5,000 in funding.

As British Marine reports, sailing and yachting clubs across Britain taking part must submit a business plan to detail what they would do with the funding — from new equipment to membership drives to youth sail training and more.

The club with the most innovative idea, as judged by a panel including Volvo Ocean Race veteran Dee Caffari, will win the investment to bring their plans to fruition — as well as a place on Sunsail’s stand at January’s London Boat Show.

British Marine has more on the story HERE.

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#ClubNews - Sailing clubs are urged to give their security a rethink as news emerges of thieves apparently targeting boats in storage for their aluminium.

The Flying Fifteen Blog highlights a recent incident at Welton Sailing Club on the Humber Estuary in which "a significant number of aluminium masts were stolen from dinghies".

A member of Humber Yawl Club wrote of the break-in: "Shroud wires have been cut to release the masts, which must have been removed in either a lorry or a van.

"While the club has experienced break-ins in the past, this is the first occasion when aluminium materials have been stolen. It would appear the club was targeted specifically for this material."

That metal thieves, who commonly steal copper from railway cabling or lead from roofs, have turned their attention to aluminium fittings on boats should be of great concern to boat clubs throughout the UK and Ireland.

Many club storage facilities have at best only the protection of a padlock in exposed dinghy parks, as theft of boats themselves is a riskier proposition for criminals.

But as the scrap value of the aluminium boats contain increases, perhaps we should take another look at our boat club security measures.

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#Sailing - Irish yacht clubs are "trying to ditch their elitist image" and cutting prices to attract a more diverse membership, according to The Sunday Times.

Members' fees across Ireland's top yacht clubs have been lowered by an average 15%, says the paper, while some clubs such as Skerries Sailing Club are experimenting with eliminating such fees altogether.

Even the world's oldest club, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, is offering an introductory rate of €180 for 2013.

While the attempt to broaden the horizons of club membership is fitting with the ISA's vision of a brighter future for Irish sailing after last year's "breakthrough year", the cutting of fees points to a different side to the story - one that puts last year's EGM on the ISA's funding structure and suggestions to radically rethink how Irish sailing spends its resources into perspective.

The Sunday Times has more on this story HERE.

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#GLANDORE HARBOUR - After 27 years, Glandore Harbour Yacht Club has finally acquired a clubhouse in the picturesque West Cork harbour village.

"It may have taken a long time but the reward is that we have ended up with a perfect location for our clubhouse," says Commodore Diarmuid O’Donovan in a message on the club website.

The new facility has been funded by a combination of fundraising from past events and a mortgage of €140,000. More fundraising is required to may off the mortgage while the club begins work on the premises to bring them up to fire and disability certification.

"We are a small but thriving club and I am sure this will show as we continue to fundraise for the better of the club," says O'Donovan.

"We have come a long way over the past few years. Membership has grown significantly. We also need to update our sail training fleet and equipment to facilitate the expansion of the club. Junior sailing is the lifeline and future of our club.

"It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of all involved and I am sure the clubhouse will be a welcome asset for all sailors alike."

Commodore O'Donovan also thanks the club's members and supporters, as well as past and present committee members, for the time and effort they have given to date.

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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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