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Royal St. George Pair Lead Irish Squib Championship (Photos Here!)
#squib – Vincent Delany and Fergal Gaynor sailing Femme Fatale are in charge after the first day's racing of the Irish National Squib championships on Dublin Bay. Scroll down for photos from Gareth Craig below. The Royal St. George YC…
Annalise Marks Move to Big Rig with Race Wins at Irish Laser Nationals
#laser – A highlight of the Laser class National championships at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire has to be Annalise Murphy's performance in her first event ever sailing the bigger standard rig as opposed to her usual Radial…
Irish Squib Nationals Shapes up for Closest Contest in Years
#squib – There is an unwritten tradition that the Irish Championship is always won by a Northern boat but perhaps 2012 is the year for a winner from Kinsale, Howth or Dun Laoghaire?  The Irish National Championships is to be…
Annalise Murphy Makes Return to Home Waters for Irish Laser Nationals
#laser – London Olympian Annalise Murphy who scored Ireland's top Olympic sailing result for 32 years earlier this month in Weymouth made a welcome return to her home waters of Dublin Bay yesterday to compete in the first race of…
Sailors Welcomed to NYC for Irish Laser Nationals
#LASER - The Irish Laser National Championships begin today in Dun Laoghaire running till Sunday 26 August, and the National Yacht Club has posted all the details Laser sailors will need regarding their visit for the weekend's competition. Aside from…
NI Dragon Champion Challenges for RS Elite Title in Cowes
#rselite – Belfast lough's Simon Brien who won last month's Dragon class Edinburgh cup on home waters is switching boats to challenge for the RS Elite Nationals in Cowes next week. Hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes with…
Success for Royal St George Teams at Irish RS Nationals
#RS SAILING - Howth Yacht Club hosted 54 boats in three classes for the RS400, RS200 and RS Feva National Championships over the weekend (click HERE for photos). The Irish version of the 'RS Games' proved a big hit with…
Dun Laoghaire Pair Win Irish Flying Fifteen Title with Five Straight Wins
#flyingfifteen – An emphatic win for Dun Laoghaire duo John Lavery and David O'Brien on Strangford Lough yesterday keeps the Irish Flying fifteen title at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for another year. The pair took five straight…
Dun Laoghaire GP14 Pair Finish World Championships in Fifth Place Overall
#gp14 – Dun Laoghaire's GP14 pairing of Ger Owens and Melanie Morris from the Royal St. George YC have finished fifth overall at the 127-boat World championships in Cornwall today. The second half of the championships featured strong winds and…
Greystones Sailors Occupy Top Slots at RS Sailing Weekend in Howth (Photos!)
#rs – Greytones sailors occupy the top three places of the RS200 national championships fleet after three races sailed in Howth today. Roy Van Maanen and Glen Reid lead from clubmates Graeme Noonan and Brian McCarthy. Full results here. In…
Irish Success at UK Optimist Nationals Toasted in Pwllheli
#oppy – Two Irish boats have finished in the top ten of the 70-boat British Optimist class championships. In a strong showing for Cork harbour teams Royal Cork Yacht Club boats were the top Irish boats in both senior and…
Elmes Stays in Contention at UK Optimist Nationals
#oppy – Strong winds continue to make conditions difficult at the UK Optimist Nationals in Pwllheli, Wales, but the Senior Fleet managed to complete two races yesterday, with one race for the Juniors. This means that the event is now…
Elmes Lies Third at Optimist UK Championships
#optimist – Irish youth sailors are holding their own after day two of racing in Pwllheli at the UK Optimist Nationals with recently crowned Irish champion Douglas Elmes in third place overall after two race wins. Harry Whitaker is in…
Royal St. George Pair Stay Fifth Overall at GP14 World Champs
#gp14 – Royal St. George's Ger Owens and Melanie Morris have posted a second and a fifth yesterday to stay fifth overall and nine points off the lead at the massive 127-boat GP14 Worlds in Cornwall. Fresh from the Olympic…
Olympic Sailor Leads Irish Hopes at GP14 Worlds in Cornwall
#gp14 – Triple Irish Olympic sailor Ger Owens crewed by Melanie Morris lies fifth overall at the GP14 World championships in Cornwall after three races sailed in the 127-boat fleet. Owens and Morris have moved up two places after Monday's…
Local Crew Win Mirror Nationals at Sligo Yacht Club
#mirror – Overall honours at the Mirror dinghy national championships in Sligo went to local sailors Jack Maye and Sarah White at the weekend. After two days of training kindy provided by Sligo Yacht Club the Mirror fleet, from Bronze…

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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