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IDRA 14 Sailor Philip Jacob

12th September 2022
Philip Jacob was one of the early members of the IDRA 14 dinghy class (above)
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 in Co Waterford and a member of Waterford Harbour Sailing Club (Dunmore East Co. Waterford).

When the class were introduced to WHSC in 1949, he ”got hooked” and built 14/104 “Dryad” in a “lean-to” garage at his house in Rathfarnham, Dublin, in 1952. (He was living and working in Dublin). He recalled that the space she was built was so limited that she had to be raised on one side at a time as the riveting was done.

He sailed her in Dunmore East and Dun Laoghaire – where he joined the RStGYC. He had various crews - most notably Bill Pigot, with whom he won the Irish championships at “Dinghy Week” in Baltimore in 1964.

He also part owned a BRA 12 ft International Dinghy “Sgadan” with Keith Collie and sailed in her on Wednesdays in DBSC – the 14’s sailed on Tuesdays.

Having sailed “Dryad” for many years, he sold her in 1975.

His interest in the Class remained unabated, and he closely followed the development of GRP boats in the late 1970s and was a regular attendee at various IDRA 14 Jubilee celebrations.

He came out to see 14/166 “Wicked Sadie” under construction in Clontarf and was present as she sailed on the 70th Anniversary in 2016.

We offer our sincere sympathies to his wife Bridget and children Owen, Maeve, Charles and Deirdre.


Funeral: Quaker Meeting House, Temple Hill, Blackrock, Mon 12th Sept at 11.00 am

Published in IDRA 14, DBSC, RStGYC Team

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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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