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IDRA 14 Dinghy News
Philip Jacob was one of the early members of the IDRA 14 dinghy class (above)
It is with sad regrets that we heard of the passing of Philip Jacob – one of the early members of the IDRA 14 class – who died on 7th Sept - aged 91. Philip was a native of Tramore…
Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
The IDRA 14 Class Association invites all former owners and crews to join in the celebrations to mark its postponed 75th jubilee at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club on the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September. All are…
With all of Leinster to give them a lee, the Shannon One Designs racing the Clinkerfest at Lough Ree enjoyed perfect conditions while Ireland’s sea coasts were getting a battering
When the weather patterns conspire to provide wet or rugged sailing on Ireland’s sea coasts, the shrewd mariner heads for the inland sea that is Lough Ree, which has been geographically measured with some elegant 19th Century science as being…
Julie Ascoop (1968-2022) was a breath of fresh air for sailing in Ireland and the larger Irish maritime world
Afloat.ie much appreciates being invited to publish this Appreciation by the IDRA 14 Class Association of the much-mourned Julie Ascoop, whose untimely passing has taken an inspirational maritime enthusiast from among us. We are particularly grateful to Charles and Ian…
“Keep calm and carry on….” Shannon One Design Senior Statesman Alan Algeo – a former Lough Ree YC Commodore – looking notably serene in the midst of a developing situation
While the sailing programme during the past two years has managed to be played out afloat in a truncated form whenever changing regulations permitted, anything which involved a significant shoreside element of socialising was either cancelled completely, or else moth-balled…
Aileen and Moir Patton onboard their International 12 dinghy at Boyne Yacht Club in 1959 with National 18s in the background. The search is on for more details of Boyne Yacht Club for a forthcoming publication
Linda Patton is collaborating with Richard Gerrard, a Drogheda historian and author, in researching the history of the Boyne Yacht Club. The yacht club was founded in 1955 by a group of enthusiasts. These original members carried out a lot…
The late Jimmy Furey of Lough Ree was an award-winning builder of clinker-built boats, and best known for his exquisite Shannon One Designs. But he showed equal skill in creating this superb Dublin Bay Water Wag Mollie II for Olympic sailor Cathy Mac Aleavey
Now hear this, all you sailors or rowers of Greencastle Yawls, Dublin Bay Water Wags, Foyle Punts, International 12s, Shannon One Designs, Castlehaven Ettes, Strangford Lough Clippers, Coastal Hobbler Rowing Skiffs, Dublin Bay Mermaids, Mayfly-Fishing Lakeboats, IDRA 14s, Ballyholme Insects,…
John and Rosemary Doorly sailing IDRA 14 Number 30
The death has occurred of Rosemary Doorly long time member of the RStGYC and a successful sailor in both the IDRA 14 and Glen Classes with her husband, John. With many successes on Dublin Bay, the highlight of their career…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has received 94 entries so far for the Open Cruiser Championship (8th – 11th July 2021) on Dublin Bay
Entries for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) are beyond expectations for July's event giving organisers the opportunity to close the entry system at the end of April to review the 320 boats received so far. Ireland's biggest regatta on Dublin…
George O'Brien Kennedy FRINA, (1912-1998). Known to everyone as Brian, and renowned as a dreamer of dreams, he is seen here in his early days of pioneering the Shannon Hire-Boat industry in the 1960s
You know how it is. You're wondering if the slightly odd flavour of the evening cuppa is a hint of the imminence of the C-Monster's indicator of taste-loss. All this, too, just as it's increasingly clear that your already-proposed personal…
The start of an IDRA 14 race at the Sutton Dinghy Club Regatta on Dublin Bay
Virtual meetings, which are part and parcel of life now, are nothing new to the team of IDRA 14 dinghy sailors who have just completed the task of formatting the IDRA 14 Class rules to comply with those of World…
Action from the Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted  IDRA /ITRA 70th Anniversary Team Racing National Championships
The weather provided perfect conditions for the IDRA /ITRA 70th Anniversary Team Racing National Championships hosted by the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire this past weekend. Sixteen teams did battle and each was provided with 14 contests over…
Dinghy Team Racing is thriving in the college scene with some twenty-seven teams competing regularly in their four provincial events and the Irish Universities Championships
Some sixteen teams will do battle for the Miss Betty IYA junior team racing trophy presented by Clayton Love Snrthis weekend in the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. What marks this occasion is that it is 70 years…
Newly-partnered Catherine Martin and Brian Murphy in 14/122 “Diane” of Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club raced superbly, keeping tight to the shore to avoid the strong tide and won two of the three races
After the near gale force racing conditions and white-knuckle sailing experience of 2017, this year’s IDRA 14 Nationals held at Carlingford Sailing Club 9th–11th August proved a more nuanced and tactical racing experience for the 15 boats that competed over…
Eimear Fleming, marking a fourth generation of IDRA14 sailors. Her great grandfather, Charlie Sargent, was involved in the formation of the Irish Dinghy Racing Association, now Irish Sailing, her grandfather, Charles Sargent, current Commodore of the IDRA14 class, and her mother,Vanya Sargent, a regular crew on IDRA14s
IDRA14’s, Vagos and Finns from the DBSC, Fireflies from the universities, Magno’s and Pico’s from the INSS, and Waszp’s toing and froing from the National YC – Dun Laoghaire harbour on Saturday represented all that is good and healthy about…
IDRA 14 Pair Henry & Revill Make It 'Three in a Row'
Alan Henry & Simon Revill made it “three in a row” in the picturesque waters of Galway Bay on 17/19th of August, winning the IDRA 14 National Championship for their third consecutive year. 18 boats gathered in GBSC on the…

About IDRA 14s

The Irish Dinghy Racing Association One Design or IDRA14 class is known for its convivial class association and affordable racing and great team spirit.

 

The IDRA14 class is 75 years old in 2021 with some original boats still racing but also entirely up to date with fibreglass boats, trapezes and spinnakers.

 

The races in summer and winter from three Dublin sailing clubs.

 

There are currently IDRA 14’s racing in Clontarf (CYBC), Sutton (SDC) and Dun Laoghaire (DMYC and RStGYC).

 

Boats are available in fibreglass and timber from approximately €1,500 ready to sail.

 

The IDRA 14s are working on plans to celebrate their 75th Anniversary in 2021.

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