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Top Class Entry Expected for Etchell's Worlds at Howth YC

15th June 2010
Top Class Entry Expected for Etchell's Worlds at Howth YC

A fleet of around 50 boats, including some of the world’s top sailors and Olympic medallists, are expected for the Etchells World Championships, it was announced at a Reception in Howth Yacht Club attended by the Minister for Tourism, Sport & Culture Mary Hanafin TD and the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Ciaran Byrne.

Among those competing will be sailing legend John Bertrand from Melbourne, Australia, the man who wrested the famous America’s Cup from the USA in 1983 and who continues to race Etchells successfully (3rd at 2009 Worlds). Other notable entries include defending champion Jason Muir, two former champions Jud Smith (2006) and Peter McNeill (2004) and last year’s runner-up Damien King. Also racing is Irish-born Noel Drennan who has extensive big boat experience on boats such as BMW Oracle.

The most prestigious international sailing event in Ireland this year, the Etchells Worlds has received welcome support from Fingal County Council, the Irish Sports Council (ISA) and Dublin Tourism.

Twelve Irish crews have qualified for the event, with Dan O’Grady and his crew from the host club completing the trials series in top spot. Ahead of them and the visiting boats is a tough six-day racing programme from August 23rd to 28th on courses set by International Race Officer David Lovegrove.

“We have been planning the event for three years now,” said Organising Committee Chairman Berchmans Gannon, “and we are happy that we have put in place a championship that will be remembered for top class competition on the water and the best Irish hospitality ashore.”


Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Ciaran Byrne, HYC Commodore Peter McKenna, Sports Minister Mary Hanafin and Fingal County Manager David O'Connor pictured at the Etchells Worlds launch reception

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Howth Yacht Club is the largest members sailing club in Ireland, with over 1,700 members. The club welcomes inquiries about membership - see top of this page for contact details.

Howth Yacht Club (HYC) is 125 years old. It operates from its award-winning building overlooking Howth Harbour that houses office, bar, dining, and changing facilities. Apart from the Clubhouse, HYC has a 250-berth marina, two cranes and a boat storage area. In addition. its moorings in the harbour are serviced by launch.

The Club employs up to 31 staff during the summer and is the largest employer in Howth village and has a turnover of €2.2m.

HYC normally provides an annual programme of club racing on a year-round basis as well as hosting a full calendar of International, National and Regional competitive events. It operates a fleet of two large committee boats, 9 RIBs, 5 J80 Sportboats, a J24 and a variety of sailing dinghies that are available for members and training. The Club is also growing its commercial activities afloat using its QUEST sail and power boat training operation while ashore it hosts a wide range of functions each year, including conferences, weddings, parties and the like.

Howth Yacht Club originated as Howth Sailing Club in 1895. In 1968 Howth Sailing Club combined with Howth Motor Yacht Club, which had operated from the West Pier since 1935, to form Howth Yacht Club. The new clubhouse was opened in 1987 with further extensions carried out and more planned for the future including dredging and expanded marina facilities.

HYC caters for sailors of all ages and run sailing courses throughout the year as part of being an Irish Sailing accredited training facility with its own sailing school.

The club has a fully serviced marina with berthing for 250 yachts and HYC is delighted to be able to welcome visitors to this famous and scenic area of Dublin.

New applications for membership are always welcome and can be accessed through its official website.

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