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High Winds Scupper First Day at BMW J/24 Europeans
 The first day of the BMW J/24 European Championships at Howth Yacht Club fell victim to the weather today (Monday 12th September), when winds in excess of 30 knots and gusts over 50 knots left the Principal Race Officer David…
J24 Euros Open in Howth, Strong Winds Cancel Practise Race
The BMW J/24 European Championships were officially opened last night with a ceremony on the forecourt in front of the Howth Yacht Club clubhouse on the podium erected by the sponsor but a practise race scheduled for this afternoon was…
1720s and Mansfield Enjoy New Lease of Life
'The big man is back' reports WM Nixon this morning in the Irish Independent's Sailing Column. Reports of the demise of the 1720 are greatly exaggerated he concludes in a nice write up for the class and new champion, former…
 Italian Victory, Ireland Fourth at Star European Championships
Another first place in the penultimate race for Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini sealed their series-long domination and overall victory at the Star European Championship (2nd-10th September) at Dun Laoghaire yesterday. Irish Olympic campaigners Peter O'Leary and Dvid Burrows…
O'Leary and Burrows Slip to Fifth at Star Euros
Lighter winds saw Peter O'Leary and David Burrows drop to fifth place overall and Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini continue at the top of the leaderboard after three more races at the Star European Championships in Dun Laoghaire. The…
RS Fleets Gather in Cushendall
Sailors from across Ireland and the UK are due to arrive in Cushendall today and tomorrow for the RS 200/400 National sailing championships. The three-day event rounds off Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club's 2011 sailing season, during which the club…
42-boat fleet for BMW J24 Europeans at Howth
Over 200 sailors from nine countries will compete in the BMW J24 European Championships which start at Howth Yacht Club next Monday (12th), hard on the heels of the Star Europeans in Dublin Bay. Measurement and registration take place between…
RS Sailors Heading North to Cushendall
The 2011 RS400 and RS200 Traveller Series draws to a close this weekend with the National Championships taking place at Cushendall Co. Antrim. Two strong fleets of over 40 boats in total are expected. In the RS400's Simon Herriott of…
British Gold Medallists Withdraw from Dun Laoghaire Star Regatta
The Star European Championships in Dun Laoghaire took another dramatic twist today when Brtitish Gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson withdrew from the regatta citing the skipper's ankle injury sustained on the first day of racing. Meanwhile, 30 knot…
Three Races Planned to Get Star Euros Back on Track
If winds ease tomorrow - and it is doubtful - three races of the Star European championships will be sailed to get the Dublin Bay regatta back on schedule.High winds once again dictated the racing schedule at the Star European…
Dun Laoghaire's Jay Bourke Wins Etchells Title
It was tight in points at the top end of the Etchells Nationals in Howth in the last weekend of August. After a protest was resolved Jay Bourke's Northside Dragon from the Royal St. George Yacht Club won on countback…
O'Driscoll Adds J24 Easterns Title at Malahide to Season's Haul
Flor O’Driscoll, who recently retained his J24 National title and won Class 3 in the Dublin Bay Challenge, added to his season’s haul of trophies by winning the Malahide Marina-sponsored J24 Eastern Championships hosted by Malahide Yacht Club last weekend.…
RS 200: the 'ideal' next step for Irish Youth Sailing?
Questions over the next step for juniors after the RS Feva point to the bigger RS200 writes Feva sailor Ciara Byrne The RSFeva has become the world's best selling two-person dinghy in recent years with fleets also growing in clubs…
Racing Round-Up: ISORA, DBSC, Royal Cork, Stars, 1720s, Flying fifteens, SB3s,
An exotic weekend in Dun Laoghaire with the start of an Olympic class keelboat event plus the arrival of a Volvo 70 into the harbour but Irish weather meant all did not go to plan. Click our links for a…
Killyleagh Pair Scoop Flying Fifteen East Coast Cup
Andrew McCleary and Colin Dougan from Killyleagh Yacht Club won this weekend's the East Coast Flying Fifteen championships, hosted this weekend by Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club. Strangford Sailing Club's Brian McKee and Ian Smyth finished second after five races…
Mansfield Wins 1720 Euros in Baltimore
Perfect sailing conditions off Sherkin Island yesterday with a steady 12-16 knot breeze provided champagne conditions for Mark Mansfield and Terry English and the crew onboard Gut Rut to secure the championship with a 10 point lead and a race…

Irish Sailing Classes and Association – There’s no shortage of one-design classes from which to choose and each gives its enthusiasts great competition, fun and camaraderie, writes Graham Smith in this review of the classes. 

One-design racing is where it all starts. It is, after all, where all the top sailors earned their stripes, battling away for line honours without a thought for a handicapper’s calculator wiping away a hard-fought victory!

Indeed, you could count on less than one hand the number of top Irish sailors who didn’t cut their teeth in a one-design dinghy! Just think of Cudmore, Barrington, Watson, Wilkins, Hennessy and Dix to name a few and you realise that they honed their skills in everything from Enterprises to Lasers and a lot in between.

At present count, there are a little over 30 one-design classes in Ireland, split almost evenly between dinghies and keelboats, a statistic which might raise a few eyebrows. They range from the long-established Mermaids, IDRA14s and Dragons to the newer additions like Fevas, Topaz and RS Elite. They all fill a particular need and give their owners and crews considerable enjoyment.

Many have attracted their World or European Championships to Irish waters over the years and while 2009 is notable for a lack of such events here, the following year will see the Etchells Worlds at Howth and perhaps a few other international regattas too.

In addition to the review, we asked each class to complete a questionnaire giving details of their fleet numbers, whether they were on a growth pattern or holding their own, so we could highlight those ‘on the up’ and those remaining static in terms of numbers. The older traditional designs, as you might imagine, fall into the latter category, although that’s not a negative!

CLASS REVIEW  The State of the Classes – League Table (as at February 2009)

S = Static; U = Up/growing

275     Optimist   U

200+   Laser   S

189     Mermaid   S

160     Flying Fifteen   S

130     RS Feva   U

115     Shannon One Design    U

100+   Mirror   S

100+   Topper   U

99       Topaz   U

94       Laser SB3   U

87       GP14   U

85       Squib   S

70       Fireball   S

70       Ruffian   S

60       J24   S

60       Shipman   S

52       Dragon   S

50       RS400/200   S

50       420    U

43       Multihulls    U

42       Dragon    S

40       Water Wags    U

40       Wayfarer    S

34       IDRA14    U

33       Puppeteer    U

28       Etchells    S

27       E-Boat    U

26       Glen    S

25       Enterprise    S

18       Sigma 33    S

18       Howth 17    U

13       RS Elite    U

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