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Dublin sailor Damien Corcoran, a crew member on a competing boat captured the moment of impact when two White Sail Division 1 yachts, a First 36.7 and an Elan 37, crashed shortly after the start of a race at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

See the photos below.

Collison VDLR 2T-bone Photo: Damien Corcoran

Collision VDLR

Published in Volvo Regatta

The Howth Seventeens have survived and prospered for 121 years by doing things their own way, so for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019, eight of them packed a lot of sailing miles into a compact programme by racing across the bay from their home port on the Friday afternoon, joining in the Dun Laoghaire parties through Friday night, then they’d three great races in the bay in the sunshine of Super Saturday with partying to follow, and today they rounded it all out by racing back home around the Baily and into Howth Harbour.

Howth17 Sheila2The Howth 17 Sheila is one of the newer boats, with hull built by Charlie Featherstone in Wicklow and completion by Dougal MacMahon in Offaly. Owned by David Mulligan & Andy Johnston, she finished fifth in class in VDLR 2019. Photo O’Brien

Conor & Brian Turvey with the 1988-built Isobel put down a marker with a win in the passage race across the bay to Dun Laoghaire, with second going to third-generation Howth 17 sailor Peter Courtney with Oona, while Ian & Judith Malcolm with Aura (one of the original 1898 boats) were third.

It was Aura which roared into form on Saturday, logging two firsts and a third, and though John Curley & Marcus Lynch won today’s passage race home to Howth in another of the originals, Rita No 1, Aura was second and thus took the overall title with 7 points, with Isobel getting second overall with 8 points while Oonagh took third on a total of 11.

Howth17 start3Howth17 start with (left to right) Rita, Isobel, Gladys, Erica and overall winner Aura. Photo: O’Brien

Published in Volvo Regatta

While the ancient Howth 17s may have started racing in 1898 a year earlier than the Seabird Half Raters on the other side of the Irish Sea, the Warden-Owen family of Treardur Bay reckon their Seabird class Scoter is all of 121 years old.

She was certainly far and away the oldest of the eight Seabirds which were brought across from Treardur Bay in Anglesey for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. But age has not withered her. On the contrary, Scoter flew at speed like the duck she’s named after, and having achieved nine races, she was able to claim a clean sweep of wins after discarding a third from the first race.

seabird action2Jonty Straw’s Gannet (No 68) with overall winner Scoter crossing ahead of her. Photo:’Brien

That third may have been the result of everything involved in her being in Dun Laoghaire at all, for co-owner Eddie Warden-Owen is CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and his week might have been a bit fraught through the fact that the ultra-calm conditions in the Atlantic had delayed finishers in the Transatlantic Race co-sponsored by the RORC and the New York Yacht Club.

But by Thursday the heavy metal had got to Cowes and an overall winner had been declared, and it was time for Eddie to have a bit of downtime racing Scoter with his brother David in Dublin Bay. And what better downtime is there than racing with your brother in the family’s long-loved boat against a group of friends you’ve known since Noah was a lad?

The best down time of all is doing a bit of quiet winning while you’re at it. Scoter (No 6) had herself a ball to win overall, second OA was Chris Neil with Harlequin (106) and third Tringa (76) Richard Nash.

Eddie Warden Owen3A man refreshed. Eddie Warden-Owen (centre) after a successful Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta 2019 in the 121-year-old Scoter. Photo: O’Brien

Published in Volvo Regatta

We knew that Colm Bermingham's Elan 33 Bite the Bullet from Howth was already winner of Non-spin 1 going into today’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta race, but he won it anyway and with a discarded 2nd he thus finishes on the absolute minimum of six points. Terry Fair’s Sigma 33 Cariad from Ballyholme stayed in touch with a third today to maintain her second overall, while Eamonn Doyle and Peter O’Toole (RStGYC) with the Dehler 36 Shearwater notched second today, but stay in third overall.

IRC Non-spin 2: Cevantes wins on style and performance

Paul Conway’s handsomely modified Contessa 32 Cevantes (RStGYC) maintained her winning ways in IRC Non-spin 2, and with a discard of a second in an otherwise clean sweep, she’s another boat on the minimum of six points. The fixed-keel Super Sea 26 Gung-Ho (Grainne & Sean O’Shea, RIYC) holds second, while third continues to be the UFO 31 Menapia (James & Due McSweeney, RStGYC)

Published in Volvo Regatta

It was the Quarter Tonners and associated sparring partners in IRC 3 which really got their moneys worth with ten races completed at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, but with 18 boats and white-hot competition, understandably there were times when the race results information emanating from this eclectic bunch was subsequently modified.

What is absolutely clear, however, is that Rory Fekkes from Carrickfergus with his souped-up turbo-charged Beneteau First 8 F’n Gr8 has won it outright going away – he discards a 5th and a 7th, and finishes up on 9 points from a second and seven (repeat 7) firsts to give him a total of 9.

Second overall on 23 points after an increasingly consistent performance are Brendan and Sarah Foley from RStGYC with the optimised Impala 28 Running Wild, while Ken Lawless (RIYC) is third on 31 points with the Quarter Tonner Cartoon.

IRC 4 She Too Ousts Asterix

Jonathan Fawcett’s vintage S&S-designed She 31B She Too from Abersoch was on form with a first and second today in another class which managed ten races over the series, and a re-arrangement of discards and some placing corrections saw the Welsh boat slip back into the overall lead ahead of the Sonata Asterix (Frazer Meredith & partners) while the Trapper 300 Eleint (Michal Matulka) remains in third OA.

Published in Volvo Regatta

The Half Tonners are so blatantly in a league of their own in IRC 2 that a Division B has been formed within the class, and here the X302 Dux (Caroline Gore-Grimes HYC) finished Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with a string of firsts which enabled her to discard a 7th to be clear overall winner, sister-ship Maximus (Paddy Kyne) taking second while Fergal Noonan with the Corby 25 Impetuous was third.

Published in Howth YC

The Half Tonners in IRC 2 rival the J/109s in IRC1 in their cut-throat competition at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, and for the final contest it was Jonny Swan (HYC) with Harmony who found his mojo to sail a dream race to take the win, but overall it was Nigel Biggs (RIYC & HYC) who stayed out of sight ahead, 10 points to the 20 of second-placed Dave Cullen (HYC) with Checkmate XV, while Harmony’s final blast of glory saw her move into third overall ahead of Cork’s Ronan & John Downing in Miss Whiplash.

Published in Royal Irish Yacht Club

It was with the numerous J/109s in IRC 1 that blood was on the bay today at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, with the narrow overnight lead of Outrajeous (Richard Colwell & John Murphy) snatched away by a final win by John Maybury’s Joker 2, where the input from Killian Collins of Crosshaven was clearly no hindrance.

Outrajeous had a day to forget as quickly as possible, as she slipped to 10th and thus had to carry a previously discarded 9th from the first race on Thursday. Thus she found herself back in 4th overall - just one sneeze in this red-hot class knocks your placing awry. The Goodbody family in White Mischief took second overall with 15 points while Joker 2 had 12, making it Top Two for the RIYC, and Pat Kelly’s Storm slipped past Outrajeous to grab third OA on 16.

Storm also held onto the lead in the RC35 division, well clear of the Hall family in Something Else (NYC) at second, while Debbie & Kevin Aitken in the First 36.7 Animal from Scotland took third.

In a summer of achievements for John Maybury, his Class One defence follows four consecutive class wins of IRC National Championship victories, the 2019 win coming on Dublin Bay last month. Today's victory was Maybury's fifth VDLR class win in a row winning first in 2011.

Published in Royal Irish Yacht Club

Seamus Fitzpatrick’s elegant First 50 Mermaid IV (RIYC) was back on form today to win the IRC Coastal Division of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta today and thus was able to discard yesterday’s unwelcome 11th to put her into the overall lead and first in Division A with three bullets. Peter Dunlop from Pwllheli with the J/109 Mojito has discarded today’s sixth to place him second overall in the complete class, and he remains as leader in Division B.

In Division A, George Sisk’s Xp 44 WOW is second and Glynn Sheffield’s Farr 40 Espresso Martine Too from West Lancs YC is third while in Div B Mojito leads from sister-ship Jet Stream (Nigel Ingrams, Holyhead SC) with the J/97 Windjammer (Lindsay Casey & Denis Power, RStGYC) in third.

There were coastal fleet grumblings following today's coastal course when 17 in the fleet, mostly lower-rated boats, timed out and didn't get a finish due to the prevailing light airs.

It means today's coastal race counts for the first 11 but 17 boats counted maximum points for race four.

Published in Royal Irish Yacht Club

Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40 Signal 8 from Hong Kong may have found all the pieces were falling into place on this last outing at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta today as she took her first win of the series in IRC Zero but Frank Whelan’s Grand Soleil 44 from Greystones with Shane Hughes on the strength was never far off the pace, and took a useful second to have her first overall on 7 points to the 12 of Jay Colvillle’s First 40 Forty Licks (East Down YC), while Signal took third OA on 14.

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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.


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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