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Stolen National Yacht Club J80 is Rescued on Dublin Bay

9th August 2020
Stolen National Yacht Club J80 is Rescued on Dublin Bay

A J80 keelboat stolen from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the centre of a Dublin Bay rescue story last week that made headlines in The Irish Daily Star

A thief took the yacht and outboard engine from the East Pier club out to sea in the middle of the night but ran out of fuel.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat station received a request to launch from the Coast Guard at 7:40 am last Wednesday to reports of a vessel with one person on board which had run out of fuel in the middle of the Bay.

The stolen J80 yacht is brought safely back to harbour by Dun Laoghaire RNLI LifeboatThe stolen J80 yacht is brought safely back to harbour by Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat

The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the vessel back to Dun Laoghaire Harbour with Gardaí waiting on shore for the occupant of the vessel.

NYC Commodore Martin McCarthy told the newspaper that it was 'an extremely dangerous thing to do because he could have been drowned'.

According to The Star, the thief is to appear in Dun Laoghaire District Court on charges on September 2nd.

Fortunately, the club boat was able to be repaired and was back in use 24 hours later.

Published in J80, National YC Team

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About J/80 Sailing

Easy to handle the J/80 is said to be less intimidating, safer and better suited for sailing offshore than other modern sport boats. 

It even has a full-length V-berth and 12-foot-long cockpit.

Thanks to its combination of stability, speed, durability, low maintenance and age-friendly deck layout, the J/80 has proved to be a great club boat around Irish yacht clubs with fleets popular in Dublin on both sides of the Bay at Howth and Dun Laoghaire. 

The key to a racing keelboat is that it holds the attention and interest of many types of sailors, young and old.  The J80 does it all, with thrilling 15-knot rides under spinnaker or relaxed sunset cruises with mainsail only. 

The Irish J/80 Class Association was formed in 2017 to represent owners, sailors, associated clubs and to help develop J/80 racing in Ireland.