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Water Wag Season Starts With 22 Boats on the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Line

13th May 2018
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 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 blew from the west force 3-4.

On the first beat most of the fleet headed south towards the old ferry terminal. However the boats which went towards the middle of the harbour did best. At the windward mark, Cathy MacAleavey’s Mollie led from Adam Winklemans Mademoiselle, and Dan O’Connor’s Scallywag. Being a windward leeward course over four laps of the harbour, there were plenty of opportunities for passing.

"Being a windward leeward course over four laps of the harbour, there were plenty of opportunities for passing"

At the end of the breezy race, Mademoiselle won from Mollie and William Prentice’s Tortoise.

For division 1A, Mollie was the winner of the Newsom Memorial Trophy finishing on second place.

For division 1B, Mademoiselle was the winner of the Hilpotsteiner Tankard finishing on first place.

For division 2, Scallywag was the winner of the Phyllis finishing on seventh place.

Next Wednesday, weather permitting, the class expects to have even more Water Wags racing for the handicap race for the Buckingham Cup and the Wigham Trophy.

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Vincent Delany

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Vincent Delany

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Sailing historian Vincent Delany is a member of the Association of Yachting Historians, and an active sailor in Water Wag, SOD and Squib classes. He has written a thesis on 'Yachting and yachtsmen on the River Shannon 1830-1930.' He has lectured on the history of The Water Wag Club, Royal St.George Yacht Club, and the Killinure Yacht Club, He has written two sailing books 'The Water Wags 1887-2012' and 'The International 12 foot class in Ireland' both of which are available from blurb.com

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