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Moorings in front of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire will be removed next season because of repair works being carried out on the East Pier's Number One berth. 

According to an Afloat.ie source, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has told the club that a barge will 'operate from the south end of No. 2 berth (Carlisle Pier) and the East Pier and its track being through the existing moorings'.

The NYC has several mooring trots in this location and is used for a dozen or so small boats, RIBs and Ruffian 23 keelboats.

It is understood the moorings will be removed from June 2016 until sometime in 2017.

Published in National YC

#lift–in – A Time-lapse video by Declan Tonge of the morning's lift-in at the National Yacht Club (NYC) Dun Laoghaire last weekend, squashing 3.5 hours into just under 3 mins.

A mobile crane comes to the club at the start of the sailing season, and lifts all the boats off their cradles & trailers back into the sea so they can go back onto their harbour moorings for sailing over the Summer months.

The clip was shot between 07:10 - 10:45 on Saturday morning and made up of 4292 individual photos taken at 3-4 sec intervals.

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#flyingfifteen – One of Dublin Bay's most popular one design keelboat classes, the double handed Flying Fifteen, has been boosted with news of a new fleet sponsor for the upcoming 2015 season.

The Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen Fleet, which is mainly based in the National Yacht Club with over 25 registered boats, is delighted to announce that they are partnering with Mitsubishi Motors Ireland in what promises to be another exciting season.

Mitsubishi Motors Ireland is delighted to be on board as the fleet sponsor. Gerard Rice, Managing Director, says "Our new sponsorship of the Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen's fleet is an important partnership considering our heritage in the sailing community, who use our range of 4x4 vehicles for their reliability and superior performance".

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The 2015 season is shaping up to be very busy with the class recently publishing its 2015 fixture list with events in Strangford Lough, Dunmore East, Dromineer and Antrim with the season's finale, the Mitsubishi Motors Championships of Ireland hosted by the National Yacht Club in September.

Published in Flying Fifteen

#d2d – The National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire harbour has announced its 12th staging of the biennial Dingle Skellig Hotel Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race which will start on Friday 12th June. It follows on a week from Howth Yacht Club's Lambay race so this time round it may be viewed with more interest by several more boats from across Dublin Bay too. The Notice of Race for the 2015 D2D is downloadable below. 

For 2015, defending champion in the Dingle Race is Brian O'Sullivan of Tralee with the veteran Oyster 37 Amazing Grace, which came good in the end in 2013 with a new breeze which knocked pending leader Antix (Anthony O'Leary) off the winning perch.

The 2015 Dingle Race also acts as a useful if rather indirect feeder for the ICRA Nationals at the Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale from June 24th to 28th, there could be all sorts of sharp boats lining up to take the prize.

More in Afloat's 2015 sailing season preview by WM Nixon here.

The Notice of Race for the 2015 D2D is downloadable below as a pdf file.

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#flyingfifteen – The Irish Flying Fifteen fixtures for 2015 has been announced for 2015. There are two events in Northern Ireland and two in the Republic with the premier event, the Championships of Ireland, confirmed for the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on September 11th.

There is no announcement yet on a return to Lough Derg's for the Freshwater Regatta in October. The Fifteens travelled to Dromineer for the first time in 2014 but came away with no races sailed after a drubbing at the Tipperary venue. 

The full fixtures are as follows:

East Coast Championship, County Antrim YC, Whitehead, 16th-17th May

North Coast Championship, Strangford Lough SC, Whiterock, 13th-14th June

South Coast Championship, Wateford Harbour SC, Dunmore East, 4th-5th July

Championship of Ireland, NYC, Dun Laoghaire, 11th-12th-13th September

Published in Flying Fifteen

#fireball – With a forecast of rising wind strengths for the day, which did manifest themselves, IRO Jack Roy and his team set three Windward-Leeward races for the Irish Fireball fleet to close out the regatta season for 2014 writes Cormac Bradley.

Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella won two of these to allow them to retire from the last race of the day without compromising their march to a clean sweep of regatta wins in the 2014 season.

The consistency of Noel Butler & Stephen Oram (15061) on this second day, with three second places was enough to secure 2nd place overall, ahead of Kenneth Rumball & Finn Bradley (15058), even though the latter combination won the last race of the day.

Behind Rumball & Bradley were the Clancy Brothers, Conor & Jame (14807), followed by another family combination, father and son Michael & James Murphy (14904).

Windwise, this was the exception to the 2014 rule with strong wind on both days. Results wise, the 2014 rule is unbroken with a fifth regatta win for Barry McCartin & Conor Kinsella (15114). They won two of the day's three races to be able to retire from the final race without compromising their first place.

The second most consistent combination of the weekend, Messrs Butler & Oram (15061), "banged in" three second places on day 2 of the regatta to consolidate 2nd place overall ahead of Kenneth Rumball & Finn Bradley (15058) who though they won the last race also scored a three and a four.

The Clancy brothers, Conor and James (15807), put up identical scores on both days, 3,4, 4 to secure fourth place. In fifth place was another family combination - father and son Michael & James Murphy. An OCS was their discard fro a scorecard that boasted a 3, 4,, 5 and 2 x 6ths.

Next up were Neil Colin and Margaret Casey (30pts) followed by Niall McGrotty & Neil Cramer (34pts).

1. B Mc Cartin & Conor Kinsella 7pts
2. N Butler & S Oram 9pts
3. K Rumball & F Bradley 12pts
4. C & J Clancy 18pts
5. M & J Murphy 24pts.

Winds for racing were of the order of 12 - 15 knots but with an adverse forecast sailing was finished promptly. When this correspondent passed the seafront at 15:30, there was no sailing activity on Dublin Bay.

The Irish Fireball season now changes from regatta mode to the Sunday Frostbites but only after a break of a few weeks. This regatta saw a number of new combinations on the water which is very encouraging.

At the AGM on Saturday night an embryonic fixture list was discussed with differing views on the date and venue for the Nationals. There was also confirmation that the practice of sharing venues with other classes will contiinue to be pursued in 2015.

The Class prize-giving will take place at the end of November.

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#ruffian23 – The Ruffian 23 National Championships take place this weekend, hosted by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and are being held in conjunction with the J109 National Championships.

Seven races on Dublin Bay are scheduled over three days – two scheduled on Friday 18th, three on Saturday 19th and two on Sunday 20th.

There will be 15 plus Ruffians competing with two travelling down from Carrickfergus in County Antrim. Trevor Kirkpatrick (sailing Carrageen), commodore of newly reopened Carrickfergus SC, will be defending his title as current Ruffian 23 national champion.

Published in National YC

#nyc – The National Yacht Club's J109 Something Else (John Hall) was the IRC class one winner of today's National Yacht Club Jelly Bean sponsored regatta on Dublin Bay. Official results sheets for all classes are downloadable below in powerpoint format.

The NYC boat skipper beat club mate Ruth, a sistership skippered by Liam Shanahan. Third was Royal Irish XP–33 yacht Bon Exemple (Colin Byrne) in the 13–boat fleet.

25 different classes were racing in the biennial event, a highpoint of the Dublin sailing season.

In the Flying Fifteen one design keelboat class, one of the most popular of the National Yacht Club fleets, the event was won by past national champions David Gorman and Chris Doorly in new boat, Betty.

Official results sheets for all classes are downloadable below in powerpoint format.

Published in National YC

#NYC - Here's something a little different from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire: an evening of jazz in the company of Carmel McCreagh and her band on Thursday 17 October.

Described as having a "mellow and velvety" voice, McCreagh will be performing standards from the Great American Songbook such as 'The Days of Wine and Roses' and 'Come Rain or Come Shine', just two of the songs by Jimmy Mercer she recorded for her new album Skylark.

Tickets are just €10 per person available from the yacht club. For more see the NYC website here.

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The leader of the MOD 70s is 500 miles from Dun Laoghaire after passing the half way point on the 1238 miles stage from Kiel to Dublin this afternoon. The five boat fleet remains very closely matched, all making very similar speeds – around 10-12 knots of boat speed.

As they close the final 50 or so miles to the bottleneck that is formed by the Strait of Dover, the busiest shipping lanes in the world, the 70 foot trimaran fleet on Leg 1 of the MOD70 European Tour has continued to move well considering they have headwinds of less than 10 knots, but they will likely slow down even more before they can escape the worst of the small high pressure cell which is effectively guarding the entrance to the English Channel.

After passing the half way point on the 1238 miles stage from Kiel to Dublin, the fleet remains very closely matched, all making very similar speeds – around 10-12 knots of boat speed.

Winds may be light but the pressure remains very intense on this second full afternoon at sea. Knowing that whichever crew can break through the barrier of light winds first and escape into the channel might gain the decisive advantage.  Once through the light winds zone the leaders will break into a progressively building breeze from the N'ly quadrant.  Accelerating faster and faster, with the prospect of completing the Dover to Land's End passage in some 12-14 hours, the key tactic this Tuesday afternoon is not to be left behind in the Strait.

Brian Thompson from Musandam-Oman Sail reported this morning: "Everyone is concentrating on getting the best speed out of the boat, and we can see that today is a critical day as the wind is going to fall sharply near the Thames Estuary and the fleet is likely to compress. Who gets out of the light patch first may have a lead till approaching Ireland.".

And the fleet remains very closely matched: "We saw Groupe Edmond de Rothschild in the morning yesterday; and although we went entirely different routes all day, and were up to 50 miles apart, we saw them again in the evening! This morning we can see them about 6 miles away - exciting racing." Continued Thompson.

Seeking a chance of additional thermal sea-breeze activity closer to the coast is one possible strategy, but conversely those erring too close to the high land may also lose out when the breeze blows from the forecasted more offshore direction.

Spindrift racing, the leaders since the first night of racing, continued to hold a delta of about five miles on second place, but Sebastien Josse's Groupe Edmond de Rothschild has made a good inroad into FONCIA during the late morning and afternoon and were less than half a mile behind Michel Desjoyeaux's crew.

Having proven a thorn in the side for the FONCIA crew in last month's KRYS OCEAN RACE, it will have been a source of some bemusement to again see Groupe Edmond de Rothschild's dark blue pattern sails looming ever larger from the horizon today.

Guichard and crew on Spindrift racing have split closer to the English coast mid afternoon, diverging temporarily away from the second and third placed MOD70's  engaged in a Pas de Deux in the final reaches of the Pas du Calais. But with just 23 miles between first and fifth placed Race for Water, the fleet remains tightly grouped.

Ravussin's Race for Water struggled with an electronics problem, which has meant they were initially unable to get and use high-resolution weather information. This compounded their initial errors, struggling with a bad sail change during the first late evening. But from being more than 70 miles behind, Ravussin, Cammas, Coville and Co have kept chipping away and are now very much in touch with the leaders and passed Musandam-Oman Sail to steal fourth. "We have sailed less than our rivals and so it does not come so easily, but we are getting there." Reassured Ravussin when contacted at midday.

Standings at 12h45 UTC 4th September

1- Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard) at 504,4 miles from Dun Laoghaire

2- FONCIA (Michel Desjoyeaux) at 7,1 miles from leader

3- Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse) at 7,4 miles from leader

4- Race for Water (Stève Ravussin) at 14,1 miles from leader

5- Musandam-Oman Sail (Sidney Gavignet) à 16 miles du leader

Published in Dublin Bay
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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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