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File image of ILCA dinghies racing in the Viking Marine DMYC Frostbites at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) is looking forward to the kick-off of this winter’s dinghy Frostbite Series sponsored by Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday afternoon (5 November), with the wind forecast to provide a challenging afternoon.…
DMYC Frostbites 2022/23 – Aeros, Fireballs, RS and PY dinghies in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The scheduled start of the DMYC-hosted Viking Marine-sponsored Frostbites for 2023/24 is just over a week away and yet, to date, there is a very modest entry of boats. Indeed, the numbers entered thus far would represent a poor turnout…
Sean Flood at the helm of Otto Glaser’s McGruer 47 Tritsch-Tratsch II with The Needles astern in the early stages of the 1974 RORC Cowes-Cork Race. Also just visible astern are Denis Doyle’s blue S&S 47 Moonduster, and Clayton Love’s Swan 44 Assiduous – they were still astern at the finish. Line honours and overall winner was Eric Tabarly’s then-new 70ft ketch Pen Duick VI, while Tritsch-Tratsch II was in the frame, and top Irish boat

Sean Flood 1932-2023

30th September 2023 W M Nixon
The life story of Sean Flood, who has died at the age of 91, is in many ways the story of modern Ireland as seen through a sailing and business lens. From a family of traditionally and strongly patriotic outlook,…
Hannah Potter & Orlaith Connolly (Clontarf Y&BC) with a bit of “interesing” weather on the way, racing Swift to second in the Silver Fleet in last weekend’s IDRA 14 Nationals at Lough Ree YC
Simon Revill is something of a Force of Nature in the racing of the historic IDRA 14 class. But then, that’s what you’d probably expect from someone who is a potent mixture of Irish and Yorkshire ancestry. While he has…
In July, a new classic boat/yacht parade is planned for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. This event is being arranged in association with Dun Laoghaire's Coastival Festival, a week-long series of events and activities that culminates in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.…
Pure Magic in Greenland for the team’s second visit in 2015 – they’d been before, in the Sigma 36 Black Pepper. Fair dos to Erik the Red, that he managed to sell some of this real estate using the name “Greenland”
That headline may suggest the latest Viking television melodrama. And at times Sailing To Antarctica, this new multi-aspect book of memoirs - written moreover in an Irish sea village with strong links to the Scandinavian sea rovers - brings the…
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…

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.