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#vdlr2013 – Competitors from Dublin's Northside got some wry satisfaction in yesterday's racing in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta when several classes were brought north round the Baily to avail of the superior racing waters between Ireland's Eye and Lambay writes WM Nixon.There, well out of Dublin Bay's flukey breezes and nine clear miles north of the Dun Laoghaire pierheads, they found perfect sailing conditions with southeast breezes building to 15 knots as the day made on.

So in this happy fleet, how could you tell the top Northside boats from the Southside visitors? Easy, really. They T-bone each other, just when the going is at its best. It's as simple as that.

In the second race, beating out past the Stack on the northeast corner of Ireland's Eye with a fine beat in prospect with the ebb all the way back to Dun Laoghaire, ICRA Commodore Nobby Reilly on the Mills 36 Crazy Horse (co-owned with Alan Chambers), was powering along on starboard, revelling in his own home waters off Howth. Things were looking good, the racing was great, condition were perfect, and Crazy Horse was contending for overall leader in Class 0 with a first in Thursday's race in Dublin Bay, and a fourth in Friday morning's race off the Fingal coast.

When things seem to good to be true, they usually are. Another Northside star - Pat Kelly's top J/109 Storm from Rush - came sweeping in on port, and was too late in taking avoiding action. She T-boned Crazy Horse on the port side, taking out the stanchions and guardrails, and inflicting enough hull damage to mark the end of the Horse's regatta.

Thankfully, no-one was injured, though it was too close for comfort for Crazy Horses's cockpit crew. But the shock for all involved will take some recovery. Our commiserations to everyone caught up in this crash.

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#VDLR2013 – There is disappointment in class zero this morning following the withdrawal of the overall leader, Crazy Horse after a collision forced the Howth Yacht Club entry out of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta at the halfway stage. No one was hurt in the collision with J109 clubmate, Storm. Both boats were doing seven knots at the time of the incident.

It was a straight port and starboard collision, according to Crazy Horse skipper, Norbert Reilly. 

The J109 fleet and the Class Zero fleet shared the same Howth course on day two of the event, the collision occurring in yesterday afternoon's second race.

'Storm was bearing off to duck us but hit us two feet from the transom, said Reilly, the current Commodore of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA).

The damage took off the pushpit, pulpit , rails and stanchions on the port side. Fortunately there was no waterline damage but the Mills 36 yacht has been withdrawn from the regatta and is now back at base in Howth marina, awaiting repairs. 

WM Nixon has more on the T-Bone Collision click here

Meanwhile, Stephen Cowie's Scottish entry Zephyr now takes over the lead in the 12–boat class. 

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#vdlr2013 – Racing sailors can be divided every which way. And one particular chasm emerges when you enthuse about the special pleasures to be derived from racing close along coastlines, and round rocks and islands, preferably with a bit of tide thrown in. Those of us who enjoy it find we're totally at variance with the sterile brigade on the other side of the great divide. These are people who are likely to be found in the ranks of Olympic sailing fans. They aspire to race on waters which are as current-free as possible, and well away from any wind deviation caused by bays and headlands.

They want clearly defined legs to prescribed formulae, and virtually unpolluted by the interaction of sea and land. But this interaction between sea and land is something which the rest of us find fascinating, and we feel it adds to the quality of the sport. Particularly so when the winds are light and summer is upon us. The Olympian idealists will want us to get out to sea, and remain pure if windless. But we coast crawlers, we lovers of local knowledge, have an often justified feeling that only by using the interaction of sea and land, and the tide too, will you be able to find enough breeze to provide for a spot of racing on a summer's day.

So it was that on Thursday's first day of racing for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, we had some sailing that was as enjoyable as any I can remember. Yet it didn't look promising. The breezes were light in the extreme. And I'd secured a berth aboard the First 44.7 Lively Lady, which is owned by Derek Martin and raced by his sons Rodney and Keith with a crew of friends.

It didn't look promising because the Lady is a true cruiser-racer, complete with all the comforts, and chiming in at a hefty 9 tons even in racing trim. And though Rod and Keith had elected to race in the IRC Coastal Class which avoided the short-legged events in the bay which are a pain in any boat over 40 feet, they found they'd been joined in their choice to go coastal by the likes of George Sisk with his Farr 42 WOW, James & Sheila Tyrrell's J/133 Aquelina, Vincent Farrell with the First 40.7 Tsunami, and Liam Coyne with the First 36.7 Lula Belle, racing boats which could expect to outperform Lively Lady in light conditions. As for bigger boats, they included Stephen O'Flaherty's classic Spirit 54 Soufriere, which once upon a time starred in a James Bond movie, and Seamus Fitzpatrick's impressive Mermaid IV, one of the stylish new Beneteau 50s which, for old salts like us, look for all the world like a giant Firefly dinghy.


The First 44.7, introduced by Beneteau in 2004, is a notably comfortable cruiser-racer

Stephen O'Flaherty's Soufriere is a "modern classic" Spirit 54 Photo: W M Nixon

So far from having a nice little jolly along the coast in leisurely style and back in time for tea, we were lined up against a good turnout of 16 boats, every last one of which was convinced this was her day. The course was a start out off Sandycove, then round the Muglins, south to the Killiney outfall buoy, then north to a race mark a mile or so west of the South Burford, then finally the Forty Foot race mark left to starboard, and finish back more or less to where we'd started. It was quite a big ask of 15.72 miles with a light southeast breeze and the tide just starting to ebb with vigour. But the breeze did seem to be building nicely as it curved round the headland at Bulloch, so Rodney set to his work punching it all into the keyboard.

Get it into the machine – with high hopes, the skipper keys the course into the plotter 

Photo: W M Nixon

Crowded action before the start Photo: W M Nixon

Things were looking very sweet just after the start Photo W M Nixon

We liked the start so much we did it twice. First time was nicely away, comfortably on starboard with the fleet neatly tucked in to lee. But then after the prescribed interval, the VHF squawked we'd been over the line. I didn't hear one bad word said about this, which makes Lively Lady a most unusual boat. And as for getting himself out of it, despite the boats from the next class milling about back on the start line, Keith on the helm somehow managed to get this suddenly enormous 44 footer back across against the tide, and then deftly hardened up on port tack and cleared the committee boat by a whisker (she was the catamaran, Spirit of the Irish, and came within an ace of becoming two monohulls) and started making knots on port tack towards the Sandycove Martello tower.

Close racing with the Forty Foot at Sandycove Photo: W M Nixon

In racing in Dun Laoghaire regattas of yore, I'd always been told that when the wind is southeast, regardless of the tide if beating down towards Dalkey, you "go for the wall". Usually it would be in one of those grim rain-bearing sou'easterlies. But this was fun, sweeping in past little angling boats in the bright sunshine and close by the crowded Forty Foot at top of the tide. It was the way we'd meant to go once we'd settled onto the race. But with the recall, there was now real urgency to it, while the rest of the fleet, sluicing seaward on starboard tack with the ebb, somehow let us away with it for long enough to get Lively Lady back in the hunt.

Lively Lady is at her best when the breeze gets above 15 knots, but it never got anyowhere near that on the first day of the VDLR Photo: David O'Brien

In twenty-five minutes, she went from Zero to Hero. Let's face it, at our second start we were dog last. But there was just enough breeze to bring her to life. I'm told she really comes into her own when the breeze climbs above 15 knots, but along the shore we found just enough bite to get her moving well, and by keeping inshore of just about everyone else we could pick our way along the coast in clear wind, going great guns.

Going to the wall – by holding close along the shore in a private breeze, we got back in the hunt Photo: W M Nixon

It was a very neat calculation as to when to take the final tack right inshore to zap out on starboard along the northeast rocks off Dalkey Island for the turn at the Muglins. We were carrying private breeze by this stage, and closed in to the Muglins with only WOW and Soufriere still ahead. This is where an interesting bit of sailing became utterly fascinating. WOW was still quite well clear, but Soufriere only just got across on port, yet she seemed to be going well and was clearing the Muglins comfortably to shape her course on into Killiney Bay.

WOW is clear ahead of Soufriere south of the Muglins heading towards Killiney Bay Photo: W M Nixon

But in those tidal conditions, there were distinct tidal shadows south of both the Muglins and Dalkey Island. Normally their relative effects would be small, but in that light breeze, tide was everything. We'd tacked to keep ourselves well clear of Soufriere and out of WOW's lee. Soufriere looked to be doing the business, but then got into the tidal shadow downstream of the Muglins. Relatively speaking, she came to a halt, and soon was joined in her parking place by the First 40.7 Tsunami.

The tidal shadows to the south of the Muglins and Dalkey Island during the ebb play a significant role in racing in the area.

By the time Soufriere had got back into the south-going tide between the Muglins and Dalkey Island, we were abeam of her and quite well south. But then she found a stronger run of tide as she neared Dalkey Island, and seemed to be making hay. Alas, then she hit the much larger tidal shadow south of Dalkey Island, and its stopping effects were exacerbated by the local wind cushion. In other words, they were in both the tidal lee, and the localised calm usually found to weather of a steep coast. That was the end of Soufriere's race.

Meanwhile, with the wind lightening, other boats were coming along towards the Killiney turn with the help of the tide, which lessened the nearer you got to the mark, while the wind as usual was dying in Killiney Bay. But let's get this straight. The authorities don't like it being called the Killiney Outfall Buoy. It must be bad for property values in this elite area, or something like that. So they prefer it to be called the Shanganagh Buoy. That's what is says on the tin. And we can vouch for it, as we spent some time studying it.

We spent quite some time confirming that it is officially called the Shanganagh Buoy. Photo: W M Nixon

Transparent foredeck work on WOW. Photo; W M Nixon

Aquelina was the first to catch the short-lived new breze. Photo: W M Nixon

In fact, we anchored beside it the better to view it in detail, and so did several others as the tide, coupled with the total absence of wind, wanted to carry us down to the next outfall buoy of Bray. You can have too many outfall buoys in one day, so we kedged. But the water authorities will be delighted to hear that, despite the clearly advertised proximity of the outfall, several crews from most boats went for a swim. Their shipmates meanwhile struggled to harness every zephyr, and when Aquelina's gossamer-like gennaker started doing the business, she headed purposefully for the next though distant mark close aboard WOW, with Lively Lady struggling to stay in the game setting a plain bog standard spinnaker which has sailed many miles since Des McWilliam made it a very long time ago.

The veteran spinnaker did its best to keep us in the hunt Photo: W M Nixon

The new Beneteau 50 looked to old salts like a giant Firefly as she glided along in Killiney Bay Photo: W M Nixon

By this stage it was all a matter of sportsmanlike gestures, for although the committee boat had been re-stationed to finish a shortened course at the race buoy out towards the South Burford, there was no way anyone in our class was going to get there within the 1900 hrs time limit. Truly, the Curse of Killiney was upon us. For, way beyond the Muglins of happy memories, we could see hundreds of sails flitting hither and thither as the other fleets enjoyed a sailable wind in the bay, and they managed a complete programme despite the light breezes.

As for ourselves, we were later asked to furnish our times at the Killiney Shanganagh whatever buoy. Rodney being a righteous and devoted adherent to the Code of the Martins, he had taken the time we'd actually rounded the buoy. That was maybe all of an hour after our bow had actually passed it when heading south. Had that earlier time been taken by a RIB thoughtfully placed at Shanganagh to provide a finish line (ain't hindsight a wonderful thing), who knows, but we might even have won.

But better a moment as an eagle than a day as a sheep. We'd had our glorious 25 minutes between our second start and the turn at the Muglins, and we'd been very much in the hunt at Shanganagh. We returned to a harbour resplendent in summer style, with rowing skiffs in action (do all the women crews have male cox'ns?) and for the first time ever, I saw the historic Waverley 18 footer Durward – the smallest keelboat ever to sail round Ireland – sailing in the harbour instead of lying to her moorings as usual off the George. It was truly summertime, something in itself to be celebrated.

Dun Laoghaire on a summer evening. Do the female skiff crews only allow themselves to be shouted at by male coxes? Photo: W M Nixon

Heroine of the high seas – the Ireland-girdling 18-footer Durward out for a summer sail Photo: W M Nixon

End of an intriguing day afloat – and "still talking to each other". Brothers Keith and Rod Martin with Lively Lady. Photo: W M Nixon

Lively Lady's home club is the Irish, and we got there to find the place heaving. As well it might - they'd every right to party, as RIYC boats had won in half a dozen classes. Despite their own success, some kindly souls were even prepared to listen to an abridged account of how Lively lady went from Zero to Hero in 25 minutes flat.. We in turn listened to thoughtfully detailed accounts of their own wonderful achievements afloat. And everybody was having a lovely time.

"The joint was heaving". Party time at the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire on the first evening of the VDLR. Nobby Reilly & Alan Chambers Crazy Horse (foreground) had won Class 0 racing in the bay. Photo: W M Nixon

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#vdlr2013 – Ireland's largest sailing event reaches the half way stage tomorrow (Saturday) and already a number of potential champions are emerging in cruiser, one design and dinghy classes in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta on Dublin Bay.

With all classes aiming for either two or three races today, results in the 390-boat fleet were still being computed in some classes at 7pm last night.

It is clear, however, that Nigel Bigg's Humphrey's half tonner Checkmate XV had made short work of today's windward–leeward course to be the clear leader in the 26-boat IRC2 division, counting a 1,2,1. 

The Royal St. George national champion is followed by Rob Humphrey's design, the Welsh three quarter tonner, Scenario Encore (Stuart and Julie Fitton).

There was relief this morning for organisers and competitors alike in this four day event that the strong inversion that has been partly responsible for the lack of sea breezes has moved away, allowing for seven to 12–knot southerly wind.

It meant that despite a flukey start, so far the regatta has completed the bulk of the schedule for all its 25 classes on eight separate Dublin Bay courses but as any sailor in contention will testify there is still a long way to go in this biennial event.

In Class zero, a collision has cost early leader Crazy Horse from Howth dearly with the Mills 36 design being withdrawn.

In Class 1, the X-yachts works boat Bon Exemple -  the Irish National Champion – was leading Now or Never III, a visiting Mat 1010 from Scotland in a fleet of 16 after two races sailed.

Likewise, after two races in the J109 class, racing today on the Howth course, John Maybury still leads but Howth entry Storm  (Pat Kelly) took a well earned race win this morning. As well as VDLR honours, the J109 crews are also racing for the Irish title.

Jean Mitton's Beneteau 31.7 has moved in to the lead with two race wins today in the 17-boat fleet that includes Isle of Man champion entry, Eauvation, skippered by Jason Corlett of Douglas Bay.

Three wins from five races gives Ian Mathews and Chris Russell of the National Yacht Club the lead by 4 nett points in the 19-boat Flying Fifteen class from club mates Niall Meagher and Nicki Matthews. 

Racing as a class for the first time, the Beneteau 21s (coined the new Dublin Bay 21 in WM Nixon's recent blog) sailed three races today on the North course in the vicinity of New Ross buoy. The 14-boat fleet is led by Royal Irish yacht Chinook (Andrew Bradley and Paul Morgan) who have a margin of three points over clubmate Joe Conway in Yikes.

In the dinghy fleets, the Fireballs enjoyed two close races and a third race which was more spread out. After five races sailed Clancy Brothers have broken the tie for first place but only by a point from Brian Byrne and Stephen Campion. 

Accoding to forecasters, it now looks like the high pressure will slowly slide off to the south west over the weekend it will allow for slightly stronger thermal breezes to develop for racing tomorrow and the final races on Sunday morning.

Disappointingly for a new division, after two days of racing there were still no results posted for the IRC coastal class by 7pm this evening. 

There are reported glitches too in the computation of the PY results. 

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#vdlr2013 – As all Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta competitors know only too well, the centre of this high pressure is bang over the top of Dublin Bay today, but fortunately it looks like it will slowly slide off to the south west over the weekend allowing for slightly stronger thermal breezes to develop. That's according to top UK forecaster Mike Broughton this lunch time.

Overall, the good news is that the front that looked like it was going to impinge on our lovely summer in Dublin in the early part of next week now looks like it won't ever make it and the high looks set to move east again giving us yet more sunshine.

According to Broughton, who runs the specialist sailing forecast website winningwind.coma strong inversion has been partly responsible for the lack of sea breezes, but hopefully we should see 7-12 knot south east winds today and tomorrow.

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#vdlr2013Dun Laoghaire regatta organisers will take a fresh look at the coastal course today in view of this morning's light wind forecast and the fact yesterday's finishers in this new 16-boat division did not get back to harbour until well after 7.30pm, an hour or more after the rest of the 393-boat fleet. 'Even the race office had gone home!', joked one competitor last night.

The coastal series accommodate those offshore sailors and larger cruisers who prefer to take part in races where the distances between marks are greater.

Last night, all times taken were declarations recorded by the competitors themselves at the last mark on the course, a feature of some offshore courses such as the ISORA series.

The first course: Muglins, Killiney, the Volvo Regatta mark, XC60, and the 40 foot mark, off Sandycove point was modest enough but proved a leg too far.

Due to the light conditions the fleet, with a handicap rating span of 15 minutes in the hour, all ended up rafted together, waiting for the time limit to arrive so that times rounding Killiney mark would apply. 

This morning, there are moves afoot to have the regatta's Sailing Instructions changed so any boat retiring would be recorded to their last mark.

The new division is designed to facilitate a large number of standard cruiser designs not suited to prevailing tight inshore courses and who cannot compete on handicap with some of the out and out racing machines but yesterday the longer course just ran out of wind.

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#vdlr2013 – Inshore and offshore campaigner John Maybury's J109, Joker II, continues her winning form this season after victory in this afternoon's light and shifty opening race of the 2013 Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta.

Nearly 3000 sailors are afloat on Dublin Bay for the four day regatta that is the biggest sailing event in the Irish Sea area. The event hit the headlines yesterday with a full page entry list of all competing boats in the Irish Times. The value of the event is estimated by organisers to be worth €600k to the local economy.

The regatta got off to a prompt start in spite of forecasts of no wind, with all 25 classes completing the first day's programme.

Local sailor Maybury, from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, who was a class winner in June's Sovereign's Cup, took the first race of the 14–boat J109 fleet by a considerable margin, making every use of multiple Olympic keelboat helmsman Mark Mansfield on board.

Second was John Collins in Jet Stream from Pwllheli Sailing Club. His club mate, the ISORA offshore champion, Sgrech, sailed by Stephen Tudor was third.

Conditions could not have been more different than the first race this time two years ago when strong southerly winds gusted to gale force in the biennial event.

Today was equally as testing but for completely different reasons as sailors struggled to keep sails filling in the gentle sea breeze and strong sunshine that prevailed. 'It was light and shifty, you really had to keep your head out of the boat' said Mansfield, a veteran of the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics in the Star keelboat.

Racing is being staged until Sunday over eight separate courses and a combined fleet of 393 boats, with 120 visiting yachts.

An impressive line up of 12 class zero boats has made Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta the biggest turnout this year for the 40-footers.

Ten are visiting boats, but first race honours are staying local with Howth's well campaigned Mills 36 Crazy Horse (Alan Chambers and Norbert Reilly) taking a win from the Clyde based First 40, Zephyr (Stephen Cowie). Third this afternoon was Swansea's Dark Angel, a Dubois 37 skippered by Anthony Ackland.

In Class one's 16–boat fleet the recently crowned Irish class one champion Bon Exemple, a new Xp33 design, is on top again beating Fairlie's Mat1010 in the opening round. Third was Paul O'Higgin's Rockabill from the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Yachts are sailing different courses including trapezoid, windward–leeward, and triangular configurations. This year for the first time there is also a coastal division but no winners details are available so far, with this 16-boat division only returning to harbour last night (under engine) at 1930.

The 2011 winner of the overall Volvo trophy Ken Lawless is back in  contention again but in a different boat. 

His new vintage quarter tonner Cartoon was fifth in today's opening race in one of the regatta's biggest fleets today but taking the gun in this 24-boat division is the IRC Class three National Champion Quest, skippered by Barry Cunningham of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

In the one design and dinghy divisions, sailing in the centre or the north west of the bay, there were plenty of familiar names at the top of the fleets.

Tim Goodbody leads the Sigma 33s, Ian Mathews the Flying fifteens, Gerry O'Connor the Squibs and Michael O'Connor in the SB20s.

Sailing in Seapoint bay with a 120 degree wind, a nine boat Fireball fleet sailed two races with winds strong enough for marginal trapezing. Both counting a 1 and a 2, the Clancy Brothers are tied with Brian Byrne and Stephen Campion for first place. More on the Fireball racing here.

Racing continues tomorrow (Friday).

Day one provisional selected results 

IRC CLASS 0 1. Crazy Horse (Chambers/ Reilly) 2. Zephyr (S Cowie) 3. Dark Angel (A Ackland)

IRC CLASS 1 1. Bon Example (X Yachts GB) 2. Now or Never 3 (N Stafford) 3. Rockabill V (P O'Higgins)

IRC CLASS 2 1. Checkmate XV (N Biggs) 2. Scenario Encore (S&J Fitton) 3. Tribal (L Burke)

J109 1. Joker II (J Maybury) 2. Jet Stream (J Collins) 3. Sgrech (S Tudor)

SIGMA 33 1. White Mischief (T Goodbody) 2. Leaky Roof 2 (A Harper/ E&K Robertson) 3. Rupert (R&P Lovegrove)

BENETEAU 31.7 1. Eauvtion (J&D Corlett) 2. Twister (Byers/ Fletcher/ Fair) 3. Prospect (C Johnston)


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#vdlr2013 – A weather expert has allayed fears of a windless start to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta tomorrow in spite of the current calm on Dublin Bay.

An area of high pressure hangs over Ireland on the eve of the event and with little wind on Dublin Bay all week, the question on the lips of over 3,000 sailors in 390 boats gathered in Dun Laoghaire for Ireland's biggest sailing event is; 'will there be wind?'

After two years of planning, organisers fears of a repeat of the inaugural 2005 event, when the event was becalmed for four days, are, it appears unfounded.

UK Met guru Dr. Simon Keeling says, 'hang in there, the winds are coming!'

Last Saturday for DBSC racing, the bay produced a sparkling 15-20 knot sea breeze in bright sunshine (photos and results here) but since then there's been nothing, but glassy calm, heavy, humid air plus a lot of local theories as to why the sea breeze has disappeared.

The good news, according to Keeling of, who supplies regular weekly forecasts to Dun Laoghaire marina berth holders, is that conditions look more favourable for a sea breeze tomorrow, although only light.

By Friday, the UK based Keeling says 'winds will turn to the NW around F3 or F4 as high pressure retreats leaving a residual ridge behind'.

We'll keep our fingers crossed.

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#VDLR2013 – Scroll down this page for the full entry of 390 boats in 25 classes equalling the inaugural 2005 regatta.


ClassBoat NameOwnerClub
IRC 0 Jezebel Guy Cowper Royal Dee YC
  Eos Rod Stuart Clyde CC
  Impetuous Richard Fildes South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Dark Angel  Anthony Ackland  Swansea Yacht & Sub Aqua Club
  Roxstar Findlay and Anderson Clyde CC
  Grand Cru II Jamie McGarry  Clyde CC
  Mighty Max 2 Neil Thomas Liverpool YC
  Loose Change Morris Mitton/Peter Redden Royal Irish YC
  Zephyr Steven Cowie Clyde Cruising Club
  Jacob John Stamp Port Edgar
  Elf too Christine Murray Clyde CC
  Crazy Horse  Chambers/Reilly  Howth YC
IRC 1 Injenious MG SAILING [Crompton/Hallworth] South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Carmen II Alan Jeffrey and Paul Scutt Helensburgh SC
  Boomerang Kirwan Family Royal St George YC
  Black Velvet  Parnell Family  Royal Irish YC 
  What's the Rush 2 Ernie Kelly Ballyhenry Boat club
  Animal Debbie Aitken Clyde CC
  Bada Bing Andy Napper, Andy and Annie Farrell Liverpool YC
  Now or Never 3 Neill Sandford Fairlie YC
  Axiom Michael J ONeill Royal Irish YC
  Megalopolis Peter Allman Royal St George YC 
  Rockabill V Paul OHiggins Royal Irish YC
  Adrenalin Balfe/McDonald/OMalley National YC
  Flashback Paddy Gregory, Don Breen Howth YC
  Raptor  Denis Hewitt & Ors  Royal Irish YC 
  Gringo  Tony Fox  National Yacht Club 
  Bon Exemple X Yachts GB Royal Irish YC
  Eazi Tiger Connolly/Kyffin/Oliver Liverpool YC
IRC 2 King One David Cullen Howth YC
  Kamikaze  Peter Nash  Royal St George YC 
  Movistar Bleu Raymond Killops Killyleagh YC
  Jester Declan Curtin National YC
  Cor Baby Ryan, Lattimore and Kiernan Royal Irish YC
  Viking Kevin Darmody/Mark Patterson Howth YC
  Dux  Anthony Gore-Grimes  Howth YC
  Graduate Barron, Dunne, Merrigan O Keeffe Royal Irish YC
  Checkmate XV Nigel Biggs Royal St George YC/Visiting Cowes
  Witzend 2 Peter Conlon Royal St George YC
  Bendemeer  Lindsay J Casey and Denis Power  Royal St George YC 
  Tribal Liam Burke Galway Bay SC
  MiniMumm Ronan Cobbe and Niamh McDonald Howth YC
  Scenario Encore Stuart/Julie Fitton Blackpool and Fleetwood YC
  The Big Picture R and M Evans and B Heffernan Howth YC
  Maximus Paddy Kyne Howth YC
  Cherubino Yves Letertre Carlingford SC
  Fifty shades Stuart cranston Strangford lough yc
  Dick Dastardly  Brian Cusack and Others  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Peridot  Yannick Charrier / Jim McCann / Paul Cadden / Hugh O'Donnell  Royal Irish YC 
  Impetuous Fergal Noonan/Robert Chambers Howth YC
  Helter Skelter Adrienne and Averil Jermyn Royal St George YC
  Significant Ian Macdonald Clyde CC
  Karukera Gerry Harvey Royal St George YC
  Sunburn Ian Byrne Howth YC
  Red Rhum Jonathan/Christopher Nicholson Royal St George YC
IRC 3 Tango  Andy Dunn  Douglas Bay YC IOM  
  NYAH Stefan Hyde Royal Cork YC
  Wynward Wyn McCormack Royal Irish YC
  Chouskikou Declan Ward DL Marina
  Supernova Timbs/Costello/McStay/Monaghan Royal Irish YC
  Cacciatore Mairead Ni Cheallachain National YC
  Alliance II Vincent Gaffney Howth YC
  Hard on Port Flor ODriscoll Howth YC
  Pamafe Michael Costello Royal Irish YC
  Cri-Cri Paul Colton Royal Irish YC
  Asterix  Boushell/Counihan/Meredith DL Marina 
  Jaws Jaime Bergin, Brendan Foley, Others Dublin Bay SC
  Grasshopper 2 Kevin and John Glynn National YC
  Challenger Paul Rossiter Howth YC
  Goyave Russell Camier Malahide YC
  Gossip Meredith, Kerins, Barron, Rowley Royal Irish YC
  Carrabeg D.L.Martin Royal St George YC
  Flash Graeme Noonan / Brian Flahive Wicklow SC
  HyFlyer John Barnard Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
  Apache Jonathan Gifford Quoile YC
  Saki Ryan and McCormack Royal Irish YC
  Don Giovanni Cillian Macken Howth YC
  Taiscealai Brian Richardson Royal Irish YC
  Triple Seven D.Fitzgerald/S.Gardiner Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Gung-Ho Grainne and Sean OShea Royal Irish YC
  Cartoon Joe Brady/Sybil McCormack/Ken Lawless Royal Irish YC
  Jamais Encore JP McCaldin Lough Erne Yacht Club
  Jelignite Finbarr Ryan Lough Ree YC
  Triple Seven D.Fitzgerald/S.Gardiner Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Quest Barry Cunningham and Johnny Skerritt Royal Irish YC
  J Guevara Hasson Family Lough Swilly YC
  Euro Car Parks Kilcullen Howth YC K25 Team Howth YC
  Starlet Bourke, Maher, McGirr Howth YC
  Borraine Ean Pugh Royal Irish YC
Beneteau 31.7 Extreme Reality P McSwiney/ E ORafferty Royal Irish YC
  Prima Nocte  Deirdre Kennedy/Patrick Burke Royal Irish YC 
  Levante Michael Leahy/John POwer National YC
  Levana Jean Mitton Royal St George YC 
  Prospect Chris Johnston National YC
  After You Too Michael Blaney Royal St George YC
  Dies Irae Patrick D Rowan Royal Irish YC
  Kernach Eoin ODriscoll National YC
  Bluefin Two Michael/Bernie Bryson National YC
  Fiddly Bits PJ Timmins/B.Quigley/G.Murray/ D.Breen Royal St George YC
  Avalon Conan/Fox Royal St George YC
  Magic Donal O'Sullivan, David Espey Royal Irish YC
  30 Something Brian Kavanagh Royal St George YC
  Eauvation Jason and Debbie Corlett Douglas Bay YC
  Twister Byers/Fletcher/Fair Royal Ulster YC
  Attitude  Sugars/Milner Royal Irish YC/Royal St George YC
  Legally blonde  C.Drohan/P.Egan Royal St George YC 
J109 Indecision Declan Hayes Royal Irish YC
  Ruth Liam Shanahan National YC
  Joker 2  John Maybury  Royal Irish YC 
  Powder Monkey  Chris Moore, Mark Byrne,Others National YC 
  Something Else  John and Brian Hall, Sue McDonnell  National YC 
  Jump The Gun Michael Monaghan/John Kelly Royal Irish YC
  Sleeper Alasdair Davidson Liverpool YC
  Mojito Peter Dunlop/Vicky Cox Pwllheli SC
  Jeepster David Lean South Caernarvonshire YC
  Storm Pat Kelly Rush SC
  Sgrech Stephen Tudor Pwllheli SC
  Jalapeno  Barrington/Burke/Phillips National YC 
  Jedi  Sarratt and Austin and McGuiness  Royal Irish YC
  Jetstream John Collins Pwllheli SC
Non Spinnaker Vespucci Sean & Kristina ORegan Royal St George YC/Royal Irish YC
  Eden Park  Liam Farmer  Royal Irish YC 
  Bite the Bullet  Colm Bermingham  Howth YC
  Humdinger  Michael Mc Cabe  Carlingford SC
  The Great Escape  Patrick & Denise Rigney  Royal Irish YC 
  Syledis in Blue John & Brenda Hayes Bray SC
  Gannet Brian McCann Carlingford Lough YC
  Chase Me John Raughter Bray SC
  More Mischief Eamonn Doyle DL Marina
  White Lotus Paul Tully DL Marina
  Demelza Stephanie Ennis Howth YC
  Jokers Wild  Gordon Knaggs  Howth YC
  Persistance Charles Broadhead, Ian Stuart, Jerry Collins Royal Irish YC
  Spirit Colin OBrien et al Royal St George YC
  Excalibur Bart Connolly Bray SC
  Sea Safari Jacqueline Smith Royal Irish YC
  Calypso Howard Knott Royal St George YC
  Afternoon Delight M.Bennett, M Brennan, JP Mackay, G Begley Royal Irish YC
  Brazen Hussy Barry/Stirling Howth YC
  Katie T.Dunne/F.Fahy/CMcGuinness/D.Grace Royal St George YC
  Orna Philip Dilworth National YC
  Nirvana Bernard Neeson Royal St George YC
  To Infinity and Beyond Kieran Crowley Royal St George YC
  Dragonfly Alo McGoldrick Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
  Act Two M Oleary/T Roche/D Andrews Royal Irish YC
  Aurora Ray Conway National YC
  Emir Herr  Liam Shanahan  National YC 
  Nauti-Gal John and Jason Crawford Royal St George YC
  Setanta Gavin Denn National YC
  Zephyr Ross Cahill-OBrien National YC
  Just Jasmin  Philip Smith  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Xerxes Dan ONeill Royal Irish YC
  Big Deal Derek Dillon Foynes YC
  Effex II Frank Friel Royal Irish YC
  Moonshine Team Foynes Partners Foynes YC
  Roaring Water Jack Coffey Royal Irish YC
  Eblana Roger Aplin  
  Pure Magic Steve Hayes Bray SC
  Windermere Joe Taylor Greystones SC
IRC Coastal Lula Belle Liam Coyne National YC
  Ulula III Nick Ogden Liverpool YC
  Lively Lady Derek Martin Royal Irish YC
  Adelie Peter Hall National YC
  Lady Rowena David Bolger Royal St George YC
  Aquelina Sheila Tyrrell/James Tyrrell Arklow SC
  Wow George Sisk  Royal Irish YC 
  African Challenge Dirk van Breda National YC
  Tsunami Vincent Farrell  National YC 
  Soufriere Stephen OFlaherty Royal Irish YC
  Mermaid IV Seamus Fitzpatrick Royal Irish YC
  Windshift Brian Gillen DL Marina
  Coirin Finn Lyden Royal St George YC
  Polished Manx Kuba Szymanski Douglas Bay YC IOM  
  Rebellion Hughes/Hanlon/O'Mahony National YC
  Miss Behavin Alan Bell and Others National YC
Sigma 33 Popje Ted mcCourt National YC
  Enchantress Larkin/Bonner/Nichol National YC
  Marauder Dr P Milner/Dr T Saunders South Caernarvonshire YC  
  Leaky Roof 2 A.Harper/EandK Robertson Cove SC
  Gwili Two Dermot Clarke/Paddy Maguire Royal St George YC
  Saphoenix Ken Roberts Liverpool YC
  Leeuwin Robert Kerr/H and C Leonard Royal Irish YC
  Springer Ian Bowring Royal St George YC
  Pippa IV  M.O'Brien/G.Kinsman/E.McMahon  DL Marina 
  Pastiche Thomas J O Neill  Royal Irish YC 
  Rupert Richard V Lovegrove/Philip R Lovegrove Royal St George YC
  Moonshine Ronnie Moloney Royal St George YC
  September Song Barry Colleary Royal Irish YC
  White Mischief Timothy Goodbody Royal Irish YC
Beneteau First 21 Capilano Séamus Storan Royal Irish YC
  eeZee Tiger Paraic Bourke National YC
  Small Wonder Hugh Kelly Royal Irish YC
  Isolde Peter Carroll Royal Irish YC
  Yikes! Joe Conway Royal Irish YC
  Syzrgy Rowan Fogarty Royal St George YC
  Mon Reve Brian Stewart Malahide YC
  Wild Thing Louis Byrne/Declan Costello Tralee Bay SC
  Chinook Andrew Bradley and Paul Morgan Royal Irish YC
  Carna Stuart Spence Scotland
  Backchat Karen Smith DL Marina
  Plan B Kieran Kingston/Vincent Mulvey Royal St George YC
  Double Dutch John Bickerstaff England
  Frutti di Mare Niallo Carroll DL Marina
Shipman Whiterock Henry M. Robinson Royal Irish YC
  Bluefin B Finucane National YC
  Curaglas John Masterson National YC
  The Den George Miller/Aisling Costello Royal St George YC
  Poppy Peter Beamish and others Royal St George YC
  Malindi Andrew Gray/Bernard Smith National YC
  Invader Gerard Glynn Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Jo Slim J.Clarke,BJ and G Maher Royal St George YC
  Viking Mason,McCrohan,McWeeney Glynn Royal St George YC
  Twocan David Freeman Royal St George YC
  Juniper Nick Jones/Harry Byrne Royal St George YC
  Euphanzel 3  John Simington/Graham Crisp/Colm Duggan Royal St George YC 
  Brent Goose Tony Vincent Royal St George YC
  Just Good Friends  Gerry O'Neill National YC
  Gusto  Christine Heath/Graham Miles Royal St George YC 
  Euphanzel John Simington & Others Royal St George YC
Ruffian 23 Paramour Larry Power National YC
  Ruff Diamond Regina Regan/Wyn Hughes/ Peter McIntyre Sailing in Dublin Club
  Carmen Brendan Duffy/Mike Hinkson Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Ruf Nuff derek mitchell Royal St George YC
  Different Drummer Declan Tonge National YC
  Icicle Colm Murray National YC
  Diane 2 Alan Claffey/Chris Helme Royal St George YC
  Riff Raff  Hilary Murphy-Fagan National YC 
  Ripples Frank Bradley Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Bandit Kirwan/Cullen/Brown National YC
  Ruff Rider  Ronan Lee  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Ruff Justice Pat ODowd,Jane Holland,Bryan Dobson Royal Irish YC
  Alias Jonathan Ryan, Jim Woods, Fred Barry National YC
SB20 Ger Dempsey Royal Irish YC
  Sunday Brunch David Dwyer/Richard Tate Royal St George YC
  Smoke on the Water Bob Hobby Royal St George YC
  Should Be… Michael O Connor Royal St George YC
  Sin Bin Emmet Ryan Royal St George YC
  Bad-Kilcullen Jerry Dowling Royal Irish YC
  Sin a Bhuifl Gillian Guinness Howth YC
  Shockwave Kevin Collins Sligo YC
  Ruby Blue Pete Smyth/Aidan OConnell Royal St George YC
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  TBC Dorgan/Collins Cove SC
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  Alert Packaging Justin Burke National YC
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  Timber Alan McNab Royal Irish YC
  Probably Ian Simington Royal St George YC
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  BomChickaWahWah  John O'Driscoll  Royal St George YC 
Dragon Phantom Peter Bowring/David Williams Royal St George YC
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  ZinZan Dan OConnor Royal Irish YC
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  Cloud Clare Hogan Royal St George YC
  Scorcher Greag Purcell Royal Irish YC
  Sir Ossis of the River Denis Bergin Royal Irish YC
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Glen Glencoe RM Craig/P&F Sheehan/J Murphy/ B Cotter Royal St George YC
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  Glencree John Bligh/Henry Roche Royal St George YC
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  Glenshesk Gena Walker/Liz Faulkner/Adrian Henderson/Mike Reid Royal St George YC 
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Howth 17 Oona Peter Courtney Howth YC
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  Sheila Mary Faherty Howth YC
  Pauline Shane O'Doherty/Eoghan Ryan Howth YC
RS Elite Storm John Gunning/Stephen Polly/ David Kelso Royal Ulster YC
  Fullmarks Mark Brien,Mark Ennis/Mark Mcneill Royal North of Ireland YC
  Toucan Gavin and Mike Vaughan Royal North of Ireland YC
  Momentary Laps... John Patterson Royal Ulster YC
Sailfleet J80 Northside 1 Noel Davidson Howth YC
  Northside 2 TBA Howth YC
  Northside 3 TBA Howth YC
  Northside 4 TBA Howth YC
  Southside 1 Mary O'Loughlin Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 2 Kenny Rumball Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 3 TBA Dun Laoghaire
  Southside 4 TBA Dun Laoghaire
Flying Fifteen The Gruffalo Ian Mathews National YC
  Deranged Alan Green National YC
  A Mere Triffle Peter Sherry/Karl Ruddy National YC
  Flyer Niall Coleman National YC
  Ash Joe Coughlan National YC
  Out of the Blue Fraser Mitchell National YC
  The Big Bow Wow Niall Meagher/Nicki Matthews National YC
  Fflogger Alan Dooley National YC
  Kooigjug K Dumpleton National YC
  Snow White Francis J Burgess National YC
  Perfect ten Alan Balfe National YC
  HiFibre Peter Murphy National YC
  Fflapjack Robin Hilliard National YC
  Rollercoaster Tom Murphy National YC
  UFO Valerie Mulvin National YC
  Hard Currency Charlie Boland  
  Melliffluence Ben Mulligan National YC 
  As Good as it Gets Ross Doyle National YC
Fireball  Elevation Neil Colin/Margaret Casey Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  License to Thrill Louis Smyth Coal Harbour DL
  Tipsey McStagger Conor and James Clancy Royal St George YC
  Blue Eyes Henry Rice Coal Harbour DL
  TBA McGuire/Chambers Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Sparkly Arkley Ed Hyland Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Blind Squirrel  Frank Miller  Dun Laoghaire Motor YC 
  Let's Get Messy Bryan Byrne Royal Irish YC
  Goodness Gracious  Louise McKenna/Francis Rowan Royal St George YC 
  Funk Phenomena Gavin Doyle/Dave Sweeney National YC 
Mermaid The Message Ross Galbraith Skerries SC
  Gentoo Brian Mc Nally Skerries SC
  Tiller Girl Jonathan ORourke National YC
  Jill Paul Smith, Pat Mangan Royal Irish YC
  Lively Lady Geraldine ONeill and Mick Hanney National YC
  Bean Adhmaid Martin OToole Skerries SC
  Dolphin Seamus OToole Skerries SC
  Azeezy Sam Shiels Skerries SC
  Aideen Brendan Martin/Dan Brennan National YC
  Endeavour Roger Bannon National YC
  Helen Therese Rooney Skerries SC
  Argo Darragh McCormack Foynes YC
  Mayhem Enda Weldon Rush SC
Squib Perfection Jill Fleming Royal St George YC
  Anemos Pete and Anne Evans Royal St George YC
  Pintail M.Muldoon/B.Stevens National YC
  Why Not Derek Jago Royal St George YC
  Periquin Noel Colclough Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Chatterbox Jeff Kay Howth YC
  Contender Denis Todd Royal North of Ireland YC
  lola Frank Whelan Royal St George YC
  Little Demon  Sheila Power  Royal St George YC 
  Kookaburra Peter/Marie Dee Royal St George YC
  Toy for the Boys Peter Wallace Royal North of Ireland YC
  BuzzLite Gerry OConnor Royal St George YC
  Nimble Brian OHare, and Alain Deladiennee Royal St George YC
  Black Amour Sean OReilly Howth YC
  Kerfuffle Jonathan and Hazel Craig Howth YC
  Hawkeye Simon Hutchinson Killyleagh YC
  Fox Michael Moran/Michael Shiel Royal St George YC
IDRA 14 Shearwater Ciaran Browne Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Chimaera Killian Sargent/Yvonne Murray Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Doody John Fitzgerald/Jennifer Byrne Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Diane Fergal OFlaherty/Brian Murphy Coal Harbour DL
  Slipstream Julie Ascoop/Heather Keenan Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Dart Pierre Long/Hazel Rea Coal Harbour DL
  Dunmoanin Frank Hamilton Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
  Delos ii Patrick ONeill Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club
  Sapphire Lorcan OSullivan Dun Laoghaire Motor YC
Water Wag Little Tern  John Ross-Murphy Royal St George YC 
  Mollie  Cathy Mac Aleavey  National YC 
  Good Hope Hal Sisk Royal Irish YC
  Swift Guy Kilroy Royal Irish YC
  Marie Louise John J Magnet Royal Irish YC
  Eros Gail Varian Royal St George YC
  Chloe Kate OLeary Royal Irish YC
  Pansy Vincent Delany The Water Wag Club
  Coquette Seymour Cresswell Sailing in Dublin
  Sprite Adrian Masterson Royal Irish YC
  Freddie David corcoran/ bairbre Stewart Royal Irish YC
  Marcia Jim Foley and Yvonne Ryan Royal St George YC
PY Sky Bird Paul McDermott National YC
  The Return of the Milky Bar Kid Hugh Sheehy Royal St George YC
  Laser Vago Grace Lumsden Sailing in Dublin
  Laser Vago Federico CardonaPons Sailing in Dublin
  Laser Vago Stuart McBride Sailing in Dublin
  Mach 2 John Chambers Coal Harbour DL
  Mach 2 Annalise Murphy National YC
  Rihanna Rory Fitzpatrick None
  Sailplan Paul Keane Royal Irish YC
  888 Anthony Clendinning Coleraine Yacht Club
  Fossatoo Will Nesbitt Royal Irish YC
  Phooey Richard Harding National YC
  The Pearse Allen Sean Flanagan Royal St George YC
  Roubaix Francis Barry Royal St George YC
  West Sails Yannick Lemonnier Galway Bay SC
Published in Volvo Regatta

#dragon – The Irish Dragon class has been unable to commit to 'more than a handful of boats' travelling to Bangor in County Down for the 2013 Irish National Championships in August.

As a result, the class has been forced in to a change of venue and the championships will now take place at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay from August 8-11. The class has an entry of nine for this week's Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta.

Published in Dragon
Page 9 of 11

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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