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Martin Byrne, his mother Hilda and his wife Triona with their classic new Water Wag Hilda, No 49 in a fleet whose origins can be traced back to 1887.
Martin Byrne, noted International Dragon sailor and former Commodore of the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire, has happy memories of family sailing going back more than fifty years, when his parents decided that it was a sport which…
A fine 28-boat fleet competed in the second race of the Water Wag season in Dun Laoghaire
The Water Wag dinghy fleet in Dun Laoghaire competed in the second race of their 132nd season of one design racing on Wednesday 1st May. Three prizes were on offer, division 1A raced the second of three legs for the…
The “Founding Fathers” of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in 20005 were (left to right) the late Owen McNally, (Rear Commodore Royal St George YC), Tim Goodbody (Rear Commodore, Royal Irish YC), and Ronan Beirne (Rear Commodore, National YC)
The sad death of Owen McNally a few days before Christmas deprived the Dun Laoghaire sailing community of one of its most active and devoted participants, an enthusiast who put even more into our sport than he took from it…
Guy Kilroy and Adam Winkelmann’s ‘catch of the day’ was an unusually large fishing lure caught underneath their boat
Peter Kennedy made waves on Lough Ree when the current SB20 national champion took the Helmsman’s Cup at the weekend. However, a special mention must go to Water Wag pair Guy Kilroy and Adam Winkelmann for their ‘catch of the day’ as…
Water Wags prepare for in harbour racing at Dun Laoghaire
On 22 August, Division 1A Water Wags raced the second match for The Newsom Memorial Trophy, while division 1B raced for The Hilpotsteiner Tankard and Division 2 raced for The Phyllis Cup. It was a warm evening in Dun Laoghaire,…
Waterwag racing at the RIYC Regatta
People often ask which is the most competitive fleet in Dublin Bay? You will be given twenty different answers, depending on who you ask. However, despite its venerable status, the Water Wag class is experiencing a boost in popularity, because…
This fleet of ten singled-handed Water Wags are racing in Kingstown Harbour in the 1890s.
The Water Wag club has a long tradition of single-handed races as is shown by this picture above. Ideally, the weather for a single-handed race should be an evening with not too much wind, and not too many waves. On…
Water Wag dinghy is launched at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
With a history going back to 1887, some sixty-eight double-ended Water Wags were built between 1887 and 1900. All but one of these has fallen by the wayside and its location is no longer known. That one surviving Water Wag…
28 Water Wags turned up for the race for the J.B. Stephens tankard in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. A 6-knot wind was blowing from the northeast, and the last hour of the flood tide was flowing into the harbour.
In looking at the numbers of one design dinghies at National championships in Ireland, there are few enough adult classes which can muster a fleet of 25 competitors. However, the Water Wag Club in Dun Laoghaire does not hold a…
Windless Water Wags in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
What a shame! The Water Wags, the largest one-design fleet in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay have lost three out of their last five races, due to inclement weather. On 23 May the problem was, that the valiant Race Officers could…
Water Wag Number 34, Chloe was helmed by Amy O'Leary
In contrast with many one design classes, the Water Wags hold regular handicap races during the sailing season. On 16th May the first handicap race was held with 24 boats competing. The plan for the evening was for Division 2…
The Water Wag season Started in Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a bang last Wednesday
The Water Wag season Started in Dun Laoghaire Harbour with a bang on Wednesday last, with a fleet of 22 Water Wags coming to the start line, making it the strongest dinghy class within Dublin Bay Sailing Club. The wind…
Cathy MacAleavey of the National Yacht Club death rolls in Mariposa 45 but managed to recover without capsizing!
The Water Wag training weekend which was based out of Quigley’s Marina in Glasson, Co Westmeath last weekend was a huge success. As Afloat.ie reported earlier, the class had 15 Water Wags with a nearly perfect gender balance of 14/14!…
Idyllic conditions on Lough Ree last Saturday for the Water Wags, with Paul and Ann Smith leading in Sara
You’re never too old to learn, and at 131 years old the Dublin Bay Water Wags (founded 1887, though current boats date from 1900) seemed determined to prove this by having a two-day Coaching Session last weekend at Killinure on…
Polly racing in last night's Captain's Prize race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour as as viewed from Eros No. 8
Over a number of years, the numbers of Water Wag competing in club racing, on Wednesday evenings, has been bucking the national trend, by increasing in numbers of competitors. Hal Sisk, the 2017 Captain of the Water Wags, decided that…
The wind dropped to nothing during the Water Wag Race inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Heritage week runs from 19th to 27th August, and the Water Wags are part of Ireland’s heritage, and thus the race for 23rd. August was a Heritage Week event. The wind blew force four at the beginning, so, some of…

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