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The National Yacht Club has scheduled its lift-in day for large keelboats stored on the hard this winter on Saturday 4 April, as the following weekend coincides with the Easter Bank Holiday.

Smaller keelboats boats on trailers will be launched with the club’s cranes (by appointment) during the previous week starting Monday 30 March.

All dinghies will have to be removed from the platform by the evening of Sunday 29 March.

In addition, the NYC has added some new dates to its special events schedule for 2020.

This coming Friday 15 February will see the American Song Book dinner and music night from 7.30pm, priced at €35 per person.

Joe Dunne and friends will host a Trad Night on Thursday 15 March (8pm, €10pp), while Saturday 9 May is the date for the Caviston’s fish night (8pm, €50pp).

For bookings contact Tim, Louise or Kristina at [email protected] or [email protected] or 01 280 5725.

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Only a handful of spots remain for youth sailors in spring training programmes for Optimist, Topper and RS Feva sailors organised by the National Yacht Club for the 2020 season.

Spring training for Oppys runs for five Sunday afternoons beginning on 1 March. Only two places remain as of time of writing — to register (and optionally charter a club boat) see the NYC website HERE.

The Topper spring coaching programme is already under way, but a handful of places remain in the Advanced Racer and Improvers groups. More details and online registration can be found HERE.

And coaching for RS Feva juniors begins later this month on 23 February, with only two spots to spare. Details and registration HERE.

This month will also see a team racing clinic at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February during the upcoming midterm break.

The Irish Sailing-supported initiative for team racing is offered at the special price of only €25 for the two days of training, and is open to anyone (including non-club members) who has a competent level of sailing experience but is most suited to at least Level 3 or equivalent.

Sign-ups are still open for the Dun Laoghaire Youth Laser spring training programme, which continues this month with a focus on preparing 4.7 sailors for Easter trials and Radials for the Europeans at Ballyholme in July.

And dates have been finalised for NYC’s junior summer courses, each of two weeks’ duration:

  • Course 1: Tuesday 2 to Friday 12 June
  • Course 2: Monday 15 to Friday 26 June
  • Course 3: Monday 29 June to Friday 10 July
  • Course 4: Monday 13 July to Friday 24 July
  • Course 5: Monday 27 July to Friday 7 August

These will involve the full suite of Irish Sailing levels (Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Improving Skills, Racing, Advanced Boat Handling, Adventure) over each course.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club in conjunction with Dublin Port will present a navigation talk at the next ‘Speaker Supper’ on Friday 21 February.

Patrick Cafferky will give the talk on ‘Marine and Navigation Safety from a Marine Pilot’s Perspective’ in the National Yacht Club dining room from 8.30pm, following supper at 7.30pm sharp.

The meal is €25 a head and all waterfront clubs are welcome to attend. To book please contact Tim at [email protected], Louise or Kristyna at [email protected] or phone 01 280 5725.

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If you are interested in sailing in the National Yacht Club’s Spring Match Racing series this year, the club is now seeking expressions of interest on its website.

The online form is available HERE, and the NYC emphasises that it does not confirm you as an entrant as entries will be managed based on demand.

This year’s Spring Match Racing Series will run for six weekends from the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February.

The NYC has space for 12 teams (six on Saturdays, six on Sundays) and each day from 9.30am to 1.30pm will consist of one round robin of races in the clubs Elliot 6s.

The cost for the series will remain the same as the last series at €315 per team (€105pp if not a full team) plus damage deposit. This fee includes the use of all equipment needed as well as a free training weekend before the series starts.

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The first of 2020’s wine suppers, held on Wednesday 15 January, kicked off the National Yacht Club’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

This follows the launching at Christmas of the splendid Sesquicentennial Anniversary gin and wines, which have been hugely popular with fellow members.

Post-Commodore Ronan Beirne chairs the Sesquicentennial Organising Committee and its remit covers House, Sailing, Building and Legacy aspects.

On the water, the Sesquicentennial Regatta, supported by Davy, will be a major five-day gathering, the Notice of Race for which has been put together by race director Con Murphy and his team.

The NYC is working with Royal Cork Yacht Club and Cove Sailing Club to pull together a Kingstown-to-Queenstown race which would celebrate RCYC’s 300th anniversary and the NYC’s 150th in a combined nautical endeavour, with a vintage flavour.

A 150-year history of the National Yacht Club is under way, written by DBSC stalwart Donal O’Sullivan and contributors. It is in the final stages of preparation and any members with significant memorabilia, stories and photographs might send them to [email protected] for consideration.

If funds allow, the club will have a Legacy Capital Project which will involve beautifying the front of the club — façade, railings and front garden area — being mindful that the clubhouse is a protected structure.

The special events schedule for 2020 is as follows:

  • Saturday 29 February: Sailing Awards Dinner
  • Saturday 28 March: Sesquicentennial Black Tie Gala Dinner
  • Saturday 18 April: Street Food Festival and Musical Celebration
  • Saturday 23 May: Spanish Tapas Evening
  • Wednesday 10 June: Sesquicentennial Regatta Extravaganza begins
  • Sunday 14 June: 150th Anniversary Regatta Extravaganza
  • Saturday 4 July: American-Themed Cook-Out, BBQ and Entertainment
  • Saturday 19 September: Street Food Festival Evening
  • Saturday 31 October: Fancy dress themed Gala Dinner
  • Saturday 14 November: Italian Opera Dinner
  • Thursday 31 December: New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner
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Be sure to visit the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire this afternoon (Sunday 24 November) for the junior section’s Bring & Buy Cake and Gear Sale from 12-2pm.

If you’ve been doing a clear-out of any unwanted gear or gear that you’ve outgrown, this is a great opportunity to sell or to buy some much loved gear for your own sailor.

Cake donations are also welcome, and the club promises coffee will be available!

Meanwhile, there’s still time to make plans for the NYC’s annual Junior Awards Dinner this coming Saturday 30 November.

Dinner for junior sailors starts at 7pm in the dining room, followed by prize giving and a disco until 10.30pm.

For parents, a social evening buffet meal with glass of wine will be offered in the JB Room from 7pm. The evening is €15 for juniors and €25 for parents to be pad on the night.

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The widower of the late member Sue McDonnell has presented the National Yacht Club with a new perpetual trophy in her memory that will be recognise excellence in women’s sailing.

In agreement with her family and the NYC club committee, the Sue McDonnell Trophy will be awarded to the female club member who has contributed most to the advancement of women in sailing.

The NYC says the new award is timely as the club was selected to host the inaugural Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta this year, and has been reconfirmed as host club in 2020.

Sue McDonnell who joined the club in 2002 when she and John Hall bought their Beneteau 31.7, 30 Something.

In 2007, having sold the Beneteau, she also co-owned the very successful J109 Something Else until her untimely death in 2014.

Sue started sailing out of Bray Sailing Club in the early 1960 and was for many years, and still is, a role model for gender equality and active women participation in our sport.

To nominate a fellow member for the new Sue McDonnell Trophy, or for any other existing Club Sailing Award, click HERE. The deadline for nominations has been extended to next Friday 29 November.

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Thinking of chartering a boat abroad? Thinking of refreshing your navigation and chart work skills? Do you remember what lights vessels towing at night should show? Are you looking for something to do on wintery Monday nights?

There are many reasons why you should consider enrolling in an Enhanced International Certificate of Competency Course with the National Yacht Club in 2019/2020.

Theory courses for the International Certificate of Competency (ICC) will be held in the NYC during the coming winter months.

Each theory course will consist of five Monday evenings of tuition and one evening written test, with classes running for two-and-a-half hours from 7.15pm.

Course one begins on Monday 4 November and continues to Monday 9 December. Course two begins Monday 13 January and runs until Monday 17 February.

A minimum of four students are required for course to go ahead, with a maximum of 12 students per course to insure quality of tuition.

For more information and to book a place, click HERE.

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The Royal St George Yacht Club had reason to celebrate when members of the U25 squad took Class 1 and won the overall team prize in the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta this past weekend.

With Niamh Henry at the helm, Alanna Lyttle on main trim, Ellen Murray on pit, Roberta Bell King on bow and Gillian Ballesty on kite trim, the Class 1 team won both of their Saturday races on Dublin Bay in the event hosted by the neighbouring National Yacht Club.

“It was tough going but we worked well as a team and had some fun with the spinnaker in the big wind,” the crew said later.

The RSGYC also won the overall team prize with Helen O’Beirne in the Laser Radial and Grace O’Beirne in the 420.

Sligo Yacht Club’s sailors were the big winners on the day, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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Entries are still open for the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta, hosted by the National Yacht Club on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August.

The event is open to PY dinghy and keelboat racing from Teens to Seniors. Full eligibility details are included in the Notice of Race.

The Perpetual Club Team Prize is open to all members of Irish Sailing affiliated clubs and there will be a wide range of category prizes.

Also planned for the weekend is a cruise in company with the Cruising Association of Ireland, as well as a Saturday night party in the NYC clubhouse.

This marks the first regatta held on a national level to celebrate women’s participation in Irish sailing, and interest may get a boost from news of Aisling Keller’s Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020 in the Laser Radial.

Meanwhile, former Laser Radial competitor and Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy has spoken to The Irish Times about the challenges of her bid for Tokyo 2020 in the two-handed 49erFX with Katie Tingle.

For more on the Women at the Helm Regatta, read Gail McAllister’s write-up for Afloat.ie.

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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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