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The Master of the Lakes - Shannon OD Champion Frank Guy
For most of their hundred years, the unique 18-foot Shannon One Designs have kept themselves to themselves in their secret world of Ireland’s great lakes. But in July 2022, they went unprecedently public with their Centenary celebrated in two special…
The Charge of the Centenary Brigade – Shannon ODs (of all ages) in full flight on Lough Ree with (left to right): 99 (Peter Mulvihill, built 1975); 37 Kiwi (Mags Delany, 1923), 176 (Harman Murtagh Jnr, 2008); 138 (DJ Algeo, 1987); 142 Frank Guy (overall winner LRYC SOD Centenary Regatta and Combined LDYC/LRYC Centenary Regattas, 1990); 71 (Oonagh Reid, 1960); 73 (David Dickson (6th LRYC SOD Centenary Regatta, 1961); 151 (Graham McMullin 5th LRYC Cent. Reg, 1995); 155 (Cathal Breen, 4th LRYC and 2nd Combined LDYC/LRYC Regattas, 1999); 32 (Mary Cox (formally Syd Shine's boat) built 1922
The unique 18ft Shannon One-Designs have lived through some decidedly mixed times in Ireland during their hundred years of setting the sailing pace on the great lakes of our lordly river. And the two special Centenary Regattas at their main…
A peaceful summer afternoon at Wineport Lodge on Lough Ree. It will be a different picture at lunchtime this Saturday when the Shannon One Designs - in the midst of their Lough Ree YC Shannon OD Centenary Regatta – descend on Wineport as the finish point in a passage race, and then apply themselves to enjoying its renowned hospitality.
When we remember that in the class’s early days, the hundred-year-old Shannon One Designs were accustomed to cramming much of their racing into the first half of August with the two traditional Regatta Weeks at Lough Ree and Lough Derg,…
In distant dusty places over the remote years, Shannon sailors working abroad have long dreamt of this: racing beside lusciously green countryside on fresh water in the unique Shannon One Designs, as seen in action off Dromineer at the weekend in Lough Derg YC’s Shannon OD Centenary Regatta. In foreground, 163 (Stephen O’Driscoll), was to place third overall
This Centenary Year of the award-winning Shannon One Design Class seems to be a happening of infinite elasticity. For some of the keenest, it began with the raw weather of May, when there were regattas for a determined few at…
The fleet Locking through in the Shannon One Designs’ Long-Distance Race down the Shannon from Lough Ree to Lough Derg. With a total distance of 40 miles to sail, the few locks between Ree and Derg provide a welcome break
Being involved in Shannon One Design racing in a normal year is a State of Mind as much as it’s a matter of active sport afloat in a highly individualistic 18ft una-rigged open boat, a hard-sailed work of art that…
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…
Tally-Ho! Classic scene of the Shannon One Designs making a start with the 148-year-old Phoenix as Committee Boat
You need stamina afloat and ashore to get the best of Shannon One Design Racing, and already it’s clear that that the class – with Philip Mayne as Captain/Chairman and Naomi Algeo as Honorary Secretary - will be looking for…
“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…
Lough Ree Yacht Club
The Afloat.ie-administered “Sailing Club of the Year” award has been running continuously and successfully since 1979, yet in all its 43 years of honouring outstanding achievement across a wide range of criteria by Ireland’s diverse and nationally-spread yacht and sailing…
There are highly individualistic One Design Classes. And then there are the 1922-founded Shannon One Designs. They’re in a league of their own. And they’ll be launching their Hundred Year Programme for 2022 with a Centenary Dinner in the National…
Living for the moment – Shannon One Designs giving as good as they get
When a Centenary arrives, most of those closely involved tend to focus on the history they’re celebrating, whether it’s a club or a boat class or whatever. Sometimes they become immersed in potentially challenging and even contentious projects like re-enactments,…
Such were the days…..the 2017 fleet getting locked through at Athlone in the Shannon One Designs' 2017 Long Distance Race downriver from Lough Ree to Lough Derg
Many people who visit Ireland's sea coasts under sail are unaware that they're really only seeing half of the story. For the unseen inland Ireland is a vast watery place of myriad lakes and winding waterways, so much so that…
Kiwi takes a well earned rest
When a yacht is one hundred years old, it might be normal to celebrate the event, perhaps by breaking open a bottle of champagne with a few close friends, or having a small celebratory article printed in ‘Afloat.ie’, or even…
The SOD's long distance race on the River Shannon is reputed to be the longest inland dinghy sailing race in the world and this year attracted a record fleet for a special celebration
The annual Long Distance Race for Shannon One Designs (SOD’s) took place last weekend (24th & 25th July) under the Burgee of Lough Ree Yacht Club. As Afloat.ie reported earlier, this year was more special than usual as it was…
Shannon One Designs at sail on the river from which they took their name
#SOD - The Shannon One Design Association (SODA) has announced its latest Long Distance Race for the weekend of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June. First raced in 1953, the Shannon One Design (SOD) competition is the longest inland dinghy…
Lough Ree Yacht Club Shannon One Design Crew Do 'The Double'
#sods – 32 Shannon One Designs competed for the Challenge Cup at Lough Derg Annual Regatta in Dromineer that finished today. Lough Ree Yacht Club's David Dixon, with crew Anna and Lola-Anne Leech (SOD 73) completed the double having won the…

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