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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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#NYC - The National Yacht Club’s End of Season fun race takes place this Thursday 7 September, open to all yachts and dinghies owned or helmed by a member of the NYC.

Entry is free, however the club will be running a fundraiser on the day for the RNLI and its vital lifeboat services.

The course will be shown on a noticeboard in 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.

Dinghies, Moths, Mermaids and Flying 15s will start at 6.30pm, followed by Ruffians, Shipmans and Crusier 3s at 6.35pm; 31.7s, Sigma 33s and Cruiser 5s at 6.40pm; and Cruisers 0-2, Lasers, SB20s and mixed sportboats at 6.45pm.

The start and finish will 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.

Prizes will be awarded from 9.30pm in the club house for line honours, class winners and on handicap at the complete discretion of the NYC Sailing Committee.

Registration for the End of Season race is available on the NYC website HERE.

Reservations are also available for the NYC Junior Section’s Golden Jubilee ‘Big Reunion’ party from 7.30pm on Saturday 30 September.

The party is open to all over 18 who have been involved in the Junior Section as sailors, parents and instructors over the last 50 years.

Meanwhile, though the season might be ending, racing continues at the NYC — especially for 420 crews, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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#LaserRadial - National Yacht Club sailor Loghlen Rickard was a close second in the Laser Radial at this past weekend’s Leinsters in Rush.

It’s the latest strong result for the youth sailor who recently took his talents some 7,000km west for the Laser North American Championships in Vancouver, Canada.

Racing was held over for days of varied light to medium winds at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on English Bay from 21 June. 

Loghlen started strong with a bullet in race one, and had eight top-five finishes in the 12-race event.

The NYC sailor and Fort Lauderdale’s Sophia Reineke came off the water after 12 races tied on points in first and second respectively.

But a controversial protest saw them both disqualified from the last race, resulting in Vancouver’s own two-time Olympian Luke Ramsay taking the top step of the podium and Loghlen slipping to sixth after discards.

Nevertheless, it was a remarkable showing from the Dun Laoghaire stalwart, who also recently competed at the Radial Youth Euros in Poland.

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Last Sunday was a perfect sailing day – sun, wind, and lots of smiles as we celebrated 50 years of the Junior Sailing Section at the NYC. Commodore Ronan Beirne welcomed the families as they arrived in the Club. A mix of cruisers and club boats made up the flotilla that headed for Dalkey island for a morning sail.

Unfortunately, the Pontoon 50 Splash where the Juniors intended to create a new Guinness World Record to recognise the 50th year of Juniors in the NYC had to be postponed due to a swimming ban put in place by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, following an e.coli outbreak!

After a delicious BBQ back on land, the kids were challenged to an Egg Drop - this entailed an egg being dropped from the crane onto the pontoon, the winners being those who’s eggs remained intact. One or two bright sparks headed for the kitchen to have their eggs hard boiled, but there was plenty only fit for scrambling! Parachutes seemed to have been the most successful way to deliver the egg safely to the pontoon.

All the kids got a wonderful t-shirt specially produced for the day, which recognised the Juniors 50th Anniversary. The design of the t-shirt was the result of a competition amongst the kids a number of weeks prior to the event.

A Teddy’s ice cream van arrived onto the Platform and very quickly a queue of kids and adults swarmed around, with orders galore for 99s.

To round off the afternoon, a coach arrived to take the kids into town for the Viking Splash Tour. Another successful NYC day. Many helped, lots participated, importantly we had smiles all round.

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#NYC - The National Yacht Club is hosting a world record attempt Pontoon 50 Splash as part of its Junior Section Golden Jubilee celebrations this weekend.

All NYC members aged “from five to 105” are invited to join in the fun as the club aims to set a new world record for the greatest number of people in a pontoon jump.

Wetsuits are optional but lifejackets are compulsory for the pontoon splash set for this Sunday 2 July at 1.45pm. Contact Brendan O’Connor at [email protected] for more information.

The NYC will also host a family flotilla to Dalkey Island as part of its events to mark 50 years of the club’s Junior Section this weekend, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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#NYC - A family flotilla to Dalkey Island will kick off a day of celebrations to mark 50 years of the National Yacht Club’s Junior Section on Sunday 2 July.

Club boats will be available for use by the families of members, while all bigger boats are welcome to join in the festivities on the day.

There will also be an ‘amphibious mystery tour’ collecting from the club at 3.30pm for junior youth sailors older than 8 years unless accompanied by a parent.

Bookings for the day (€25 including the tour, €15 without, plus €10 for the parents’ BBQ) can be made on the NYC website HERE.

Events to mark the Junior Section’s golden jubilee began last month with a reunion dinner, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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#D2D - In Dingle of a warm summer Friday’s evening, the night has barely started at 9pm, writes W M Nixon. So the multi-talented crew of Paul O’Higgins’ JPK1080 Rockabill VI were in plenty of time for a leisurely winner dinner when they swept across the finish line in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2017 at 2048 hrs to stake what looks like an unassailable claim to have won just about everything in this race for which they’re eligible.

There have been Dingle Races in the past where the nearer you got to the finish, the more difficult it was to find enough breeze to close the race. But this time round, Rockabill VI has found such sparkling conditions towards the end that, with a warm yet brisk fair wind sweeping her up the majestic Dingle Bay, she covered the last nine miles in less than an hour.

Considering the miserable conditions everyone was enduring only 30 or so hours ago, it was an almost supernatural change to the weather. But with this crew and this rather special boat, Paul O’Higgins had the combination to make the best of the rough going, and yet have some real champagne sailing when the weather improved.

The crew who shared this victory with him were Conor O’Higgins, Mark Pettit, Ian O’Meara, Peter Wilson, William Byrne, Rees Kavanagh, and Ian Heffernan. Many have done the Dingle race before, with some of them winning in times past. Many will do it again. But the totality of Rockabill VI’s win — with line honours thrown in despite the fleet having started with many larger boats — is more than enough to be going along with for now.

Rockabill VI by Rebecca HayterRockabill VI coming into dock earlier this evening | Photo: Rebecca Hayter

The mainly southwest breeze is distinctly firmer the further north you go, and back at Mizen Head a surprisingly persistent flat patch has provided an obstacle at which nearly everyone has stumbled. Thus as Rockabill came careening into the finish, back at the Mizen, Rónán Ó Siochrú of Irish Offshore Sailing, with his school yacht the Jennneau 37 Desert Star, was finding the going very sticky at just 3.4 knots. It was very frustrating after the very businesslike way he came past the Fastnet to take the Racing 2 lead from Ian Hickey’s Granada 38 Cavatina, which is herself now (at 2100 hrs) at the Fastnet Rock, and back in the Racing 2 lead.

In the cruising division, the Tyrrell family’s J/112E Aquelina lost the lead to the Dufour 40 Pipedreamer (Paul Sutton) thanks to an unscheduled slowdown at Mizen Head. But there’s a long way to go yet for these mid-fleet boats.

Up in front, the Two-Handed Division leader Soufriere (Stephen O’Flaherty & David Cagney) is sailing in a style which befits a stately Spirit 54, and she’s there in a bunch with various J/109s of which the leader is Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Vicky Cox), which now seems firmly placed to take second overall, but by this time quite a distance astern of Rockabill VI.

It has been, and continues to be, an intriguing edition of the Dingle race which will be worthy of further analysis. But for now, the night is Rockabill VI’s, and she won it well.

Read all Afloat.ie's 2017 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race coverage in one handy link 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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