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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.

Published in Volvo Regatta

There’s a finishing buoy in there somewhere (see above) as Hal Sisk in Colleen Ban (26) chases Dermot O’Flynn in Colleen Deas (28) for the final few yards in the first racing for Colleens in Dublin Bay in 114 years.

Perhaps they'd a special name for this tactical ploy back in the golden days just before the Great War obliterated much of the sailing scene, but it looks to us (see below) as though an impressive amount of thought is going to attach to whether or not Colleen Deas has actually gybed onto starboard, surely she should have held her course anyway, and beyond that there’s all the usual stuff about overtaking boat keeping clear etc etc etc……

Colleen Collision

Published in Historic Boats

George Kingston has won the Laser Standard division of the prestigious 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta by seven clear points overall.

The Cork native led the 11-boat series from Thursday's first race and counts five race wins from seven sailed.

As Afloat reported previously, the Royal St George sailor gave a masterclass in race management and consistency last weekend when he strolled to the Laser Leinster title in the waters off Rush.

Second overall is Kingston's clubmate Ross O'Leary with a third Royal St George sailor, Gavan Murphy, the Dun Laoghaire Laser Class Captain in third.

Published in RStGYC

The Mullaghmore Sailing Club Old Gaffer 'Purple Haze' skippered by Kevin and Heather Collins leads a 12-boat Classic Keelboat fleet at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Born out of 2017's Dun Laoghaire Harbour bicentenary celebrations, the 2019 classic keelboat fleet includes three gaff-rigged Colleen replicas that is reckoned to be the first time in 114 years that the J E Doyle-designed Colleen ODs had raced as a class in Dublin Bay. 

David William's Colleen Eile is second overall with David Espey's restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle lying third. 

NYC pontoon 2942The Classic fleet is moored for the regatta at an innovative pontoon extension at the National Yacht Club alongside other traditional classes

Purple Haze old gaffer 4837Above and below Kevin & Heather Collins' Purple Haze from Mullaghmore Sailing Club

Classics VDLR 4814

Dublin Bay 24 4865

Classic VDLR 4890Tom Fitzpatrick's an tUltach from Howth Yacht Club

Colleen Bawn 4842 Hal Sisk's Colleen Bawn from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Classic VDLR 4911Dennis Aylmer's Mona from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Verve Classic 2Verve from the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club

Classics VDLR 4851

Published in Historic Boats

The sunshine and summery sailing has suited the Frazer Meredith syndicate in the Sonata Asterix, they’ve taken the overall lead of IRC4 at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta from Abersoch’s Jonathan Fawcett with the She 31B She Too, with Michal Matulka in the Trapper 300 Eleint (DMYC) staying in third.

Published in Volvo Regatta

Colm Bermingham’s Elan 333 Bite the Bullet from Howth was looking good last night, now he seems unassailable at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, being in the luxurious position of discarding a second in today’s second race. Terry Fair’s Sigma 33 Cariad from Ballyholme is second, but at 16 points to Bite the Bullet’s 5, the final result seems inescapable, while Eamonn Doyle & Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia how are you?) have brought their Dehler 36 Shearwater (RStGYC) up to third overall.

History in the making for special Contessa 32 in IRC Non-spinnaker 2

The Contessa 32 is quite a special classic, but Paul Conway’s Cevantes is special and then some, as she is a one-off version with a smaller coachroof – most elegant it looks too. He still leads Non-spin 2 despite having to take a second today (his discard), the Super Seal Gung-Ho (Grainne & Sean O’Shea) continues second overall after a win today, while the UFO 31 Menapia (James & Susan McSweeney, RStGYC) is third.

Published in Volvo Regatta

“Champagne sailing” is a choice expression which is in danger of being over-used every time a bit of sunshine happens upon a decent sailing breeze during race time in Ireland writes W M Nixon. But we’ve no doubt it was being bandied about at some stage on most of the 498 boats taking part in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019’s third day’s racing on this very special Saturday.

So at the very least, we’ll allow that there was a Bollinger Breeze on the Bay, and if you were on one of the many boats doing well in the two dozen-plus classes, “champagne sailing” is definitely a permitted phrase.

Outrajeous 3905Class One head downwind past Dalkey in today's Coastal Race

The sun was around most of the time, obscured occasionally only by the most harmless of clouds, and while the very usable breeze was west of north in the inner bay, it definitely had a growing touch of nor’east to it as you got seaward, and the salty aroma of the real sea with it

Muglins spinnakers 4128Class One Rounds the Muglins Rock

This was very much to the benefit of the grand fromages in Classes 0 and 1, and the IRC Coastal Classes as well, for at some stage all were favoured with a cracking beat out to the North Burford Buoy. This workaday navigation marker played such a useful role in the day’s sailing that if it hadn’t existed, then someone would have had to invent it as the programme swung into action. And to round out the sport, the directness of the breezes in through the harbour mouth permitted in-harbour finishes which brought that classic Beechey painting of the Royal St George Regatta of 1874 gloriously back to life, so all was well with the world.

Spinnakers Bray Head 3552The Coastal Course Classes reach 'Bray Outfall' mark

Effectively, tomorrow’s final races will all be done and dusted around lunchtime or very soon after to allow the marathon prizegiving ceremony the time and space it needs, so this evening we’re getting very close to seeing the final lineup for the silverware, and in a couple of classes it’s already all over bar the shouting.

 Chimaera 3871Andrew Craig's J109 Chimaera got away great in the running start (it must be those new spinnaker sheets)

The oven is turned way up among the profusion of J/109s in Class 1. Overnight leader Outrajeous (Richard Colwell & Johnny Murphy, Howth YC) logged a third today, but this has her only one point – at 8 - ahead of John Maybury’s Joker II (RIYC) which managed a first to total 9, while the Goodbody family in White Mischief are on 10 and Pat Kelly’s Storm is in fourth on 11.

Animal 36.7 3921Debbie Aitken’s First 36.7 Animal

Storm continues to have a clear lead in the RC 35 sub-division, with Brian and John Hall’s Something Else still second while Debbie Aitken’s First 36.7 Animal is also something else, she manages to hold third after a 5th today despite having J/09s every which way around her.

Jump The Gun 3959

Published in J109

We concluded yesterday’s racing IRC3 racing at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with Rory Fekkes’ turbo-powered First 8 F’n Gr8 from Carrickfergus in the overall lead, but things today weren’t so clearcut today among the Quarter Tonners and their assorted sparring partners.

For although F’n Gr8 still leads with 13 points to the 24 of Ken Lawless’s Cartoon (RIYC), the discarding of a 7th and an 18th by the front runner tells its own story.

FnGr8 First 8 3754F’n Gr8 still leads with 13 points

Cartoon quarter tonner 1917Cartoon is in second overall

Third is Brendan Foley's Impala Running Wild and Ger O’Sullivan of Howth with the Formula 28 Animal is fourth, but the real star of today’s racing is Flor O’Driscoll of Bray SC, with a couple of firsts in his J/24 Hard on Port moving him up to fifth overall.

Running Wild 3813Brendan Foley’s Running Wild is third

Class 3 3773Ger O’Sullivan's Formula 28, Animal is fourth

Cri Cri 3768Paul Colton's Cri Cri from the Royal Irish

Published in Volvo Regatta

If sailing is a waterborne game of chess, then Nigel Biggs’ Half Tonner Checkmate XVIII is fulfilling the promise of her name with the bullet today in Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta to have her on 6 points after discarding a 4th, making the Mancunian - who lists his clubs as RIYC and Howth -clear ahead by ten points of Royal Cork’s Ronan and John Downing with Miss Whiplash, while Dave Cullen (HYC) has moved into third overall after finishing with a second today on Checkmate XV.

Miss Whiplash 4253Royal Cork's Miss Whiplash (Ronan Downing) is second

Class 2 Spinnakers 4202Tricky spinnaker work in relatively big seas and a tightly bunched fleet off the Muglins Rock on Dublin Bay

Antix Beag 4195Royal Cork's Antix Beag (Anthony O'Leary)

Checkmate XV 4227Dave Cullen (HYC) has moved into third overall after finishing with a second today on Checkmate XV

Published in Half Tonners

IRC 0 Eleuthera is bringing it home for Greystones In celebration of the successful progress through this Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and others of Frank Whelan’s very fine Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera, maybe they should re-name his home port Brightstones for the style that’s in it, as it tells us much that his third place in Race 4 is now his discard, and Eleuthera is sitting on just 5 points to the 9 of Jay Colville’s First 40 Forty Licks from Strangford Lough and the 11 of Scots visitor Jonathan Anderson with his J/122 El Gran Senor.

Class Zero VDLR 3528Jump, Eletheura and Forty Licks negotiate The Muglins Rock

It seems that a certain familiarity with the East Coast of Ireland stood well for the leaders – distinguished visitors from Cork and northwest England weren’t on the pace today.

GP14 McGuinness 3492Jay Colwell's First 40, Forty Licks

Gran Senor 3546Jonathan Anderson's J/122 El Gran Senor

Signal 8 Dalkey 4527Jamie McWilliam's Signal 8, a Ker 40

Jump 4735Conor Phelan's Ker 37, Jump Juice

Published in Volvo Regatta
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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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