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Royal Cork Yacht Club's National 18 class continues to grow at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour and thanks to existing class members ordering three new boats, three used boats are on the market.

With a 12+ fleet sailing every Wednesday night from May to September, multiple epic harbour races such as the Ballinacurra Cup, the Championship in Cork in 2022, a South Coasts and Nationals annually and all the craic that goes with it.. this is your chance to join this legendary class, says the National 18 Class Captain Charles Dwyer.

More details on the National 18s for sale are here

Meanwhile, Roger Bannon is upgrading a classic National 18 as Afloat reported here.

More on National 18 activity in Afloat's dedicated N18 page here

 

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2004 Athens 470 Olympic partnership Ger Owens and Ross Killian teamed up again to win the 2021 All Ireland Sailing Championships in convincing style at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon. 

After three wins put Owens, representing the GP14 class, firmly into Sunday's final, the dinghy champion then scored another unassailable 3, 3, 1, 1 into today's breezy final raced inside Cork Harbour.

Owens of the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour previously won the silver salver trophy 21 years ago, as WM Nixon reports here.

Squib representative Ross Kearney Squib representative Ross Kearney was runner up

Squib representative Ross Kearney finished second overall, a point behind with Owens clubmate Laser Radial sailor Sean Craig taking third place in the eight boat final raced in National 18 Ultras.

As per the forecast, Sunday's final certainly lived up to its heavy air billing, putting a premium on a 90kg wireman.

There was at least one capsize among the borrowed fleet of N18s in the strong winds.

There was also a disappointing retiral from ICRA 2 rep Nigel Biggs.  "We just found our 148kg insufficient to race the boat competitively in 20 knots in the first race today", Biggs told Afloat.

Biggs concluded that there was not much point in thrashing a borrowed boat just to get around the course, so he took the difficult decision not to participate in the remainder of the day.

"Pretty gutted as we were quick yesterday, but at least we live to fight another day", he said.

Sean Craig representing the Radial class was third overall Sean Craig representing the Radial class was third overall Photo: Bob Bateman.

All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021 Overall 

All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021 Overall All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021 Overall 

 All Ireland Sailing Finals Photo Gallery By Bob Bateman

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Six sailors from a fleet of sixteen have secured their places in tomorrow's All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club and there have been some surprises on those filling the repechage ranks now looking for two remaining places in Sunday's finals. 

Ger Owens of the GP14s took three wins from three races to secure his place. Hammy Baker of the Flying Fifteens, equally consistent with three seconds, and Ross Kearney of the Squibs both go through with Owens to the final from the second eight boat flight. 

Ewen Barry of the host class, Nigel Biggs of ICRA Class Two and Sean Craig of the Radials qualified from the first flight.

There were ideal racing conditions inside Cork Harbour that prevailed for the annual competition being sailed in National 18 Ultras. 

Finalist Sean Craig of the Laser Radials sailing with Tadhg Donnelly Photo: Bob BatemanFinalist Sean Craig of the Laser Radials sailing with Tadhg Donnelly Photo: Bob Bateman

The regatta consisted of two qualifying flights, a repêchage and a Final. The top 3 from each flight will qualify for the Final. Those placed from 4 to 7 in a flight will be invited to compete in a 2-race repêchage series to determine who fills the last two places in the Final.

Those fighting for a place in the final tomorrow include a local favourite Robert O'Leary of the 1720 class, sailing with brother Peter, and the defending champion Michael O'Connor of the SB20 class.

All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021 - Day One Results

Flight One All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021Flight One - All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021

Flight Two All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021Flight Two - All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021

See Bob Bateman's All Ireland Sailing Photo Gallery below

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BYOW - Bring your own wireman, that's the call for this weekend's All Ireland sailing championships that puts a premium on a 90kg trapeze crew in the National 18s for what looks likely to be a breezy edition of the two-day event at Royal Cork Yacht Club

The 16 invited helmsman will be racing in the National 18 Ultras, the brand new version of the three-man dinghy that was totally redesigned by Phil Morrison in 2012.

"The idea of donating our boats for the competition is to show them off", National 18 class captain Charles Dwyer told Afloat.

The boats are all built by the class boat builder White Formula of West Mersea, so are very evenly matched.

Dwyer says the fact that invited helms are bringing their own dinghy trapeze crews with them rather than using 'yacht crews',  means the class will deliver a 'closer' performance across the event.

As the National 18 sails with three, the third crew is an owner's representative.

National 18 Ultras racing in Cork HarbourNational 18 Ultras racing in Cork Harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

Racing will consist of two “flights” or heats. The top three from each flight go straight into the final.

The remaining competitors who placed 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th compete in a 2-race qualifier or “repêchage”, and the top two then enter the Final also.

Sunday's final will have eight teams competing.

National 18

National 18

As Afloat reported in 2013, the N18 Ultra prototype named ‘Odyssey’ was trialled extensively in UK and Ireland for nine months. The new boats, says Dwyer, are sleeker, lighter, faster and great to sail. 

That's not to say that the fleet does not accommodate its older designs too in regular club racing.

There are now four categories of National 18s. The Ultra joins the Ultimate, Pen­ultimate and Classic and the class says it "likes to think they coexist quite happily and makes the effort to be all-inclusive".

And as Afloat mentioned this week, it looks like an 'original of the species' will be making a return to the water soon as Roger Bannon gets to work on the 1957-built National 18 Fingal.

In more good news for the class, the early weekend forecast for strong winds on Saturday now appears to show more sailable conditions at Crosshaven.

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Roger Bannon is undertaking a major upgrade of Fingal 226's equipment and he will also redo her lovely finishes in a bid to allow as many people as possible to sail this classic National 18, a 'thoroughbred maritime greyhound'

In 1957 the National 18 was the dominant fleet in Skerries, with the Mermaids trying hard to make an impact.

Leo Flannigan and his brother Dr Jack Flannigan decided to get new National 18s built by ARP in the UK using the then remarkable Bruynzeel plywood being manufactured in Holland for planking rather than silver spruce. These boats (known as Stickies) were revolutionary in their lightness and stiffness and totally outclassed all the existing boats at the time despite retaining a cast iron centreboard weighing over 175lbs. These boats also pioneered the first Proctor built aluminium spars which proved to be an immense performance enhancer.

National 18 Fingal 226 -  when built she was revolutionary in their lightness and stiffnessNational 18 Fingal 226 - when built she was revolutionary in their lightness and stiffness

These developments led to the collapse of the National 18 fleet in Skerries and prompted the establishment of a large fleet of Mermaids which were cheaper, more one design and better able to cope with the brisk wind conditions which tended to prevail in Skerries Harbour, which exposed the relatively unprotected drying out moorings.

Fingal - a beautiful piece of outstanding dinghy building craftsmanshipFingal - a beautiful piece of outstanding dinghy building craftsmanship

These two boats were beautiful pieces of outstanding craftsmanship but hugely expensive. The final major development of the wooden generation was the change in 1967 to a 65 lb aluminium centreboard which hugely increased the performance of the boat, making it much livelier, less suitable for exposed moorings and more prone to capsizing in brisk conditions. This eventually led to the emergence of the Proctor designed smooth hulled glassfibre versions as a successful attempt to reduce costs and introduce lighter one-design hulls with a more modern, easily driven shape.

Upgrade project -  it is proposed to modernise the equipment to make the boat easier and safer to sail, fit a lighter centreboard, include a trapeze (which is used on more modern versions) and install additional built-in buoyancyUpgrade project - it is proposed to modernise the equipment to make the boat easier and safer to sail, fit a lighter centreboard, include a trapeze (which is used on more modern versions) and install additional built-in buoyancy

Dr Jack Flannigan's boat on which I learned to sail in the mid-'60s, Finola 225, eventually ended up in the UK, where after some spectacular mishaps, it was beautifully restored and is now actively sailed in the Classic division of the National 18s in Bosham. Leo Flannigan's boat, Fingal 226, was acquired by noted Skerries based dinghy sailor Brendan Reddin who undertook a restoration project over many years to put 226 back into pristine condition. By his own admission, he had spent over 2,500 hours carefully reviving this outstanding boat. Brendan tragically died five years ago.

The family was tortured over what to do with the boat, eventually concluding that Brendan would have liked someone to take over its custodianship and undertake a major upgrade of its equipment and redo its lovely finishes, particularly on the deck. They have little patience for museum pieces, and a bit like the wonderful DBSC 21 project, they want the boat to be actively sailed by as many people as possible and enjoy the experience of sailing in one of these thoroughbred maritime greyhounds from the era of the emergence of dinghy sailing as a universally accessible pastime.

Fingal's stern locker complete with lock and keyFingal's stern locker complete with lock and key

With this in mind, it is proposed to modernise the equipment to make the boat easier and safer to sail, fit a lighter centreboard, include a trapeze (which is used on more modern versions) and install additional built-in buoyancy similar to the Mermaids to make it genuinely self-rescuing in the event of a swamping, a not uncommon experience in these lively vessels.

It is expected the project will take approximately six months to complete, and the planned relaunch of the boat is targeted for early May 2022, when it will join the active Classic National 18 Fleet.

The advent of this project has occurred very serendipitously in 2021, coinciding with the restoration of the DBSC 21's, including Garavogue, on which I had my first sail ever in 1964 when it was still gaff rigged.

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The National 18 class has shown its appreciation to Cork Harbour-based photographer Bob Bateman for his 'outstanding support' of the dinghy class at its end of season meeting.

Bateman, who is assisted by Mary Malone on many of his waterborne assignments were awarded the National 18s Sullivan Trophy for their role in capturing the action at significant National 18 regattas that in 2021 included Royal Cork's 300th celebrations. 

Contributing so much to the success of Afloat.ie on the south coast, Bateman has captured many important occasions with his colourful images of Cork maritime life.

"Bob and Mary were out for every event for the class taking photos and writing up event reports. The class is hugely grateful for their support", National 18 Class Captain Charles Dwyer told Afloat.

The trophy was presented at the National 18s end of season River Race. The sailors applauded Bateman and Malone for their work in documenting the success of the three-person dinghy class and helping to preserve its history.

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Tom Crosbie was the winner of last night's annual river race for the National 18 class at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour.

Using a mark laid inside the marina the race is sometimes used as a crews race. Last's night's course was set in very light winds prompting the shortening of the race from three to just one round.

The Owenabue fixture marked the final race of the season for the dinghy class and there was an enthusiastic turnout of the three-man dinghy class.

Next up for the National 18s is next weekend's All Ireland sailing championships where the class will be used to decide Ireland's so-called 'champion of champions'.

The National 18 fleet gathered at Royal Cork for the annual River Race The National 18 fleet gathered at Royal Cork for the annual River Race

National 18 River Race Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman

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Ewan Barry, Dion Barrett and Stan Brown won the National 18 Irish dinghy Championships for a fourth time at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday after a two-day CH Marine sponsored championship at Crosshaven.

Despite efforts to run the entire event off Roches Point, the 11-boat fleet was forced back inside Cork Harbour on Sunday by light winds in order to complete the five-race contest.

Barry, Barrett and Brown won overall by dint of their last race win but actually finished on the same eight points as the second overall crew, clubmates Patrick Crosbie sailing with his sister Chloe and recently announced Paris 2024 Olympic 49er campaigner Seafra Guilfoyle.

Sailing two up, Davey O'Connell and Anthony Coole finished third overall. 

As Afloat reported earlier, the championships were run by National 18 Treasurer Joanna O'Brien with N18 Class Captain Charles Dwyer presenting the prizes

Second overall - Patrick Crosbie (second from right) sailing with his sister Chloe and Paris 2024 Olympic 49er campaigner Seafra GuilfoyleSecond overall - Patrick Crosbie (second from right) sailing with his sister Chloe and Paris 2024 Olympic 49er campaigner Seafra Guilfoyle

Davey O'Connell and Anthony Cole finished third overall Davey O'Connell (second from right) and Anthony Coole (pictured with his son) finished third overall

The National 18 scoresheetThe 2021 National 18 Irish Championships scoresheet

National 18 2021 Irish Championships prizegiving at RCYC

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After August's tightly fought Lowflo Trophy contest, the National 18 dinghy fleet based at Royal Cork Yacht Club was back on the water in September and racing outside Cork Harbour in a two-day competition for National Honours sponsored by CH Marine

Class treasurer Joanna O'Brien, the race officer for the event, eventually got an unruly fleet away but not before a black flag start in some light and shifty conditions.

Racing continues on Sunday for the three-person dinghy, and the plan is to race again off Roches Point.

As regular Afloat readers know, the class eventually got its first racing of the season in the first week of June after COVID setbacks but have been racing every Wednesday as part of a busy 2021 lineup.

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There is a hectic weekend ahead in Cork Harbour with four events scheduled.

Cobh People's Regatta, the 1720 National Championships, the SB20 Southerns and the National 18's Lowflo Trophy are to be sailed.

Cobh People's Regatta will be held at Cove Sailing Club with racing for cruisers and dinghies. The packed schedule includes a commemorative event for the revived Rankin dinghy fleet on Saturday, for which the First Gun is at 1245.

Cruisers racing for the Titanic Trophy on Friday night are the first regatta event, with First Gun at 7 p.m. The Rankin dinghies will begin the racing on Saturday with their commemorative event for the Rankin Brothers Cup.

This will be followed by the Optimist Spit Bank Challenge starting at 1300 and followed by the Fast Dinghies fleet racing at 1330 and the Lower Handicap Dinghies at 1400. Cruiser Racing involving other harbour clubs will be on Sunday, with First Gun at 1330.

National 18's are racing for the Lowflo Trophy at Royal Cork Yacht ClubNational 18's are racing for the Lowflo Trophy at Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

As Afloat reported previously, the 1720 National Championships, organised by the RCYC and the Sportsboat Class Association, start this Friday afternoon with two races. Four are scheduled for Saturday and three on Sunday.

The SB20s, also to be raced out of the Crosshaven club, have three races planned for Saturday and the same number on Sunday.

Colin Galavan and Richard Hayes from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire are sailing their SB20 Carpe Diem in the Southern class Championships at Royal CorkColin Galavan and Richard Hayes from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire are sailing their SB20 Carpe Diem in the Southern class Championships at Royal Cork

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At A Glance – Laser Dinghy Specifications

Designer Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce

Year 1969

Crew 1
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Hull weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 7.06 m2 (76.0 sq ft)

Racing D-PN 91.1 RYA PN 1088 PHRF 217

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