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The National Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series for Flying Fifteens, sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors, kicks off next Saturday 6 October.

The five-race series runs till Saturday 17 November, with breaks for the October Bank Holiday and Lough Derg Regatta on 13 October.

Each Saturday will see two back-to-back races on the water of Dublin Bay.

The Notice of Race and sailing instructions are both available to download below or from the NYC website, where entries can still be made online.

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#NYC - Lift-out day on the National Yacht Club platform is scheduled for Saturday 13 October, weather permitting.

Platform space is limited and applications for keelboats should be returned as soon as possible, with a cheque made payable to the National Yacht Club and confirmation of intention by email to [email protected]

The winter storage application form should be returned by Wednesday 3 October at the very latest.

Applications for platform parking for dinghies this winter are also available on the NYC website.

Dinghies taking part in either the junior training sessions or the DMYC Frostbite series must complete the relevant form prior to bringing their boats back on the platform.

The club asks members to note that platform parking does not reopen before Saturday 20 October, as the boathouse still has to lift many keelboats on trailers and position them on the platform following the main lift-out.

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#Topper - Hugh O’Connor of the National Yacht Club was presented with the Topper Challenge Cup for the series last weekend at Rush Sailing Club.

Afloat.ie’s Junior Sailor of the Month for August amassed a string of impressive victories this season, including the second and third Traveller events, the Southern Championships and the O’Tiarnaigh Topper Challenge.

Ireland’s number-one Topper sailor also placed second in the Irish Nationals and Winter Championships — not to mention his stellar podium performance at the Topper Worlds in China.

Fellow NYC sailor Natasha Hemeryck was presented with the overall third place trophy in the series for 2018. Over the year, Hemeryck came in first in the Winter Championships, second at the Traveller 2 and Northern Championships and fifth at the Irish Nationals.

Caoimhe Seymour (NYC) came second overall for the series in the 4.2 Rig and was presented with her trophy at Rush Sailing Club, where the NYC was well represented for the fifth Traveller and last Topper event of the 2018 calendar.

Seymour maintained a consistent place through out the series, coming in third in the Irish Nationals, Winter Championships and Northern Championships, and first in the Traveller 4.

Meanwhile, NYC sailors in Rush included Seymour (third in the 4.2 rig), Adam Irvin, Eoghan Turner (second overall), Deirdre Turner, Mathew O’Brien Holohan and Hugh O’Connor, who finished third in the U17 amid challenging, windy and gusty conditions.

Sixty-two competitors signed up for the event, which the class association said was a fantastic number for the final Topper Traveller in the 2018 series.

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#NYC - The National Yacht Club’s end of summer season fun race takes place this Thursday evening 6 September.

The race is open to all yachts and dinghies owned or helmed by a member of the NYC. Entries are free of charge but the club will be taking the opportunity to run a fundraiser for Dun Laoghaire RNLI.

The start and finish shall be within the harbour between the bandstand and an inflatable mark. Races will be started by using Rule 26 with the warning signal five minutes before the start.

First gun will be at 6.30pm for dinghies, Moths, Mermaids and Flying Fifteens, followed by Ruffians, Shipmans and Cruisers 3 at 6.35pm; Beneteau 31.7s, Sigma 33s and Cruisers 5 at 6.40pm; and SB20s, mixed sportboats and Cruisers 0, 1 and 2 at 6.45pm.

The course will be shown on a noticeboard in the hall of the club prior to the race. Subject to suitable weather, it is planned to race from the harbour to a course in Dublin Bay and back.

Prizes will be awarded for line honours, class winners and on handicap at the complete discretion of the NYC Sailing Committee.

Find the online registration form on the NYC website HERE.

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#Flugtag - The long-awaited return of the Red Bull Flugtag to Dun Laoghaire Harbour is just two days away.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the event this Sunday 20 May will see over 50 teams attempt to push the limits of human flight as they launch their handcrafted flying machines in front of over 40,000 spectators.

The National Yacht Club invites its members to enjoy the spectacle “from your club’s best vantage point” with a barbecue as well as live music and entertainment from 1pm to 5pm.

Members should also be aware that there will be an exclusion zone in the Carlisle Basin with two patrol RIBs from the club to help channel the traffic.

It is also advised not bring your boat alongside the pontoons, as masts or high cabins would impede the view of the show.

The NYC’s launch service is not affected by the Flugtag, but there will be no renting of club boats this weekend.

For further details on the event, including road closures, parking and public transport, see the official Red Bull Flugtag event guide.

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#NYC - National Yacht Club members will not have to pay a 10% increase in bar and catering prices brought in for the Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubhouse.

Instituted by the club committee after approval at last month’s AGM, the move has been made to maintain the club’s profit margin and sustain it into the future.

However, club members will not have to pay the increase if they use their membership cards, as a 10% bonus to match will be added to every top-up.

For more details on the new system, members are invited to contact Tim O’Brien at 01 280 5725 or [email protected], or email the honorary secretary at [email protected]

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#NYC - The National Yacht Cub will host a meeting for new and prospective members next Friday 27 April from 8pm in the main dining room.

The evening will be an opportunity to learn about the club’s various activities, meet its function head and explore sailing and other opportunities.

New members’ spouses, family and friends are welcome to learn about the club’s range of activities both on and off the water.

Club members are encouraged to attend with friends who are thinking about joining, while skippers looking for crew for 2019 are also welcome.

To register your attendance, contact Carmen McKeever at 01 280 5725 or email [email protected]

Also next Friday, the NYC Junior Section begins its weekly coaching sessions for Optimist sailors at minor, pre-racing and Start Racing levels.

The course will run for nine weeks, each Friday from 5pm to 7.30pm to coincide with Friday race training.

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#NYC - Eleven accolades for outstanding achievement by its members will be presented at the National Yacht Club’s annual Sailing Awards Dinner next Saturday 24 February.

Among those to be recognised on the evening are Anne and Michael Madsen, who previously won the Township Cup in 2016 for an epic voyage to Norway.

Roberto Sastre will be presented the storied Boyne Regatta Cup for his offshore racing exploits, while Peter and Kerri Mulligan will receive the Muglins Cup for the most interesting family cruise of 2017.

To book your table at €35 per plate, call Tim or Louise at 01 280 5725, or email [email protected] or [email protected].

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#NYC - The National Yacht Club’s clubhouse dining events calendar for 2018 begins next Tuesday 9 January with the first ladies’ lunch, with guest speaker and clubhouse restaurant head chef Cormac Healy.

That’s followed later in the month by the first Preston Ball on Friday 19 January, and Peter Caviston’s Games Night on Saturday 20 January.

The popular wine suppers return twice monthly in January, February and March, with the first of these taking place on Wednesday 17h January.

A complete schedule of dining events at the Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year 2018 running up to the Regatta dinner on Saturday 23 June is available from the NYC website HERE.

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#NYC - Reservations are going fast for the National Yacht Club Junior Section’s Golden Jubilee ‘Big Reunion’ party on Saturday 30 September, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

The celebrations start at 7.30pm on the night and are open to all over 18 who have been involved in the Junior Section as sailors, parents, instructors or volunteers over the last 50 years.

The Big Reunion concludes the NYC’s series of events to mark the Junior Section’s five decades, which included July’s Pontoon 50 Splash and family flotilla, and May’s reunion dinner and family fun day.

This month's party — which also happens to take place on the final day of the DBSC season — will have an auction and a raffle with great prizes to raise funds for the club’s Jubilee Fireflies.

Tickets for the Big Reunion party must be purchased in advance from the NYC website HERE.

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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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