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24 Boats for Waters Wags First 2018 Handicap Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

17th May 2018
Water Wag Number 34, Chloe was helmed by Amy O'Leary 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 boats to start on the start gun, Division 1B three minutes later and Division 1A boats two and a half minutes later.

On the first beat from the marina entrance to the harbour mouth there was a strategic decision to be made, head towards the west pier where the wind was stronger, and a stronger foul tide, or head to the middle of the harbour where both wind and tide were lighter. Chloe sailed by Amy O’Leary took the latter course which initially was a lonely route, as most opted for the stronger wind. They were overall winners. Second around the first mark was Penelope sailed by Fergus Cullen and Alice Walsh. They were unable to hold their place and were passed by David and Ann Clarke in Swallow. In Division 1B Freddie sailed by Barbra Stewart was an early leader but soon overtaken by Mademoiselle sailed by Adam Winkleman who finished in 4th overall.

In Division 1A Ethna sailed by Bill Nolan led initially, but Vela sailed by Philip Mayne and Brian Bond pulled through, to finish in 12th overall.

Nothing beats sailing in the harbour in traditional dinghies in 6-10 knots of wind when the sun shines.

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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

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