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Aerial drone image of the Mermaid fleet on the way back to Rush Sailing Club
Last weekend, the 8th and 9th of August, saw Rush Sailing Club host their annual regatta event. 13 Mermaids competed in a total of five races in sunshine and breeze along with Lasers and Toppers. First place overall in the…
Racing is underway at the 2020 Optimist Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club. See slideshow below
Ben O'Shaughnessy of the host club leads the AIB Optimist Dinghy Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club after one race sailed in light conditions in Cork Harbour today with a number of postponements to the day's proceedings. O'Shaughnessy leads Howth's Cillian…
Flying Fifteens will race for national title honours at Wtarford Harbour Sailing Club on August 21st
Despite the recent upheavals due to COVID-19 and after much deliberation and consultation the Flying Fifteen Association of Ireland has confirmed that the Championship of Ireland will proceed as planned at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East starting on…
Ireland's Olympic Silver medal winner Annalise Murphy will be back on Cork Harbour waters next week
Ireland's Tokyo 2021 representative Annalise Murphy is set to rejoin the national Laser dinghy racing scene after a seven-year hiatus when she sails next week at the 2020 Laser national championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club. The Rio Olympic silver medalist…
SB20 winners at the RSTGYC - Bád Jimmy Dowling, Royal St George Commodore Peter Bowring, Jerry Dowling and Stefan Hyde
The SB20 class were overwhelmed by an enthusiastic response from Techworks Marine to sponsor this first event of the season, for which the class are very appreciative, and the marine data company were represented on the water by CEO, Charlotte…
Laser dinghy sailing in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to stage next week's Laser dinghy National Championships, one of the flagship events of its tricentenary celebrations in Cork Harbour. With the postponement of Phase 4 COVID 19…
Notice Of Race & Entry Form For Next Month’s Dun Laoghaire Regatta Now Online
The Notice of Race and entry form are now available for next month’s Dun Laoghaire Regatta, celebrating the National Yacht Club’s 150th anniversary. This special event, an initiative of all five Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs, will take place over the…
Irish Fireball Champions 2020 Noel Butler (left) & Stephen Oram
At a time when the Irish Fireball fleet should have been in Howth, welcoming Fireballers from all over the World to the 2020 Fireball World Championships, a 13-boat fleet was contesting what we think is the first National Championship to…
Excitement Builds for Optimist Dinghy Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Excitement is building in the Royal Cork Yacht Club for this week’s AIB Optimist dinghy Nationals 2020 in Cork Harbour. It will be the first time the Irish Optimist fleet will compete this year due to COVID and participant numbers…
SB20 sportsboats are contesting Western Championships honours on Dublin Bay this weekend
Heading into day two of the SB20 ‘Western’ Championships hosted by the Royal St George YC, and after confounding conditions out in the bay, three Dun Laoghaire waterfront Clubs will battle it out, with just two points separating first and…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay
The Flying Fifteen Facet cup being presented by Facet Jewellers based in Dun Laoghaire, as an added encouragement to race on the August Bank Holiday weekend, has become one of the domestic Class‘s main events of the season and as…
SB20 action on Lough Ree during the 250 Regatta
The overall winner of the Lough Ree 250 SB20 event was John Malone and Emmet Sheridan's 'Slippery Nipple' 3040, with Patrick Whyte as bowman. There were race wins for five SB20s in the eight-race 250 Regatta to celebrate 250 years…
Action from the 1720 Baltimore Cup
The 12-boat 1720 Baltimore Cup was won by Rob O’Leary's Dutch Gold and his crew winning on countback as he was on joint nett points with Finaleg helmed by Anthony O’Leary over a six race series. In third place was…
Dinghy Racers Can Get Into Keelboats With Royal St George’s 1720 Clinic This Week
This week the Royal St George Yacht Club is running its 1720 Sportsboat clinic starting tomorrow, Tuesday 4 August. The four-day clinic will run from 9am-12pm each morning until Friday and is geared at introducing the excitement of big boat…
Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Simon Good sailing Little Fella at the Kinsale's One Day Dragon Keelboat Regatta. Scroll down for slideshow of photos
Cameron Good's Dragon 'Little Fella' was the overall winner of Kinsale Yacht Club's one day Dragon keelboat Regatta on Saturday (August 1). Good, who also won KYC's Pery Knox Gore 2020 Trophy in late July, sailed with Henry Kingston and…
Kinsale Dragon campaigner Cameron Good along with his crew on “Little Fella” will be hoping to lift the National title in September
Following the recent announcement of the Cantor Fitzgerald Dragon Week, enquires and interest has steadily been making their way back to the Kinsale fleet in West Cork. Kinsale Yacht Club is hopeful that the “green list” will allow UK travel…

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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