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Monkstown Bay Laser League Starts Next Week

31st December 2019
Monkstown Bay Laser racing Monkstown Bay Laser racing Photo: Bob Bateman

Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour will start its Winter Laser League on Saturday of next week, January 11 and run it on six Saturday mornings until February 15.

Organiser Charles Dwyer who puts a lot of effort into running this annual event says: “We are arranging this event around sailors with kids and those who want escape and get a quick sailing fix at the weekends!”

“Lasers who want to come sailing, join celebrity sailors and Olympic hopefuls like Chris Bateman, Johnny Durcan, Fionn Lydon, Richie Harrington will be coming out to play. And of course the recent Christmas Race Champion 2019 – Paul O’Sullivan.

The series is for Lasers Full Rig and Radials, with First Gun, a boat start at 10.15 a.m., which will be “as close as possible2 to the club’s boat base on the Sand Quay.”

One of the big attractions of this event is that sailors are guaranteed three short races each days, “ashore by noon for showers, debriefing, coffee and chowder.”

The entry fee is €20. For any Laser interested, “we would love to have you out sailing,” says Charles Dwyer who can be contacted on – 086 1703289.

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Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for Afloat.ie. He also presents the radio programme Maritime Ireland on radio stations around Ireland.

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