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Howth Yacht Club to host European J24 Championships

5th October 2009
Howth Yacht Club to host European J24 Championships

Howth Yacht Club has been awarded the rights to host the J24 European Championship in 2011 by the International J24 Class Association at its World Council Meeting (WCM) in Malmo, Sweden, last weekend. The Club was invited to make the bid by the Irish J24 Class Association and it received full support from the Irish Sailing Association.

The HYC bid, drafted and presented on the Club’s behalf by PR Officer Graham Smith, was unanimously accepted by the delegates representing some 25 nations at the annual WCM. The Irish J24 Class Association President Robin Eagleson, who formally lodged the application, was delighted with the outcome.

A second bid, to host the J24 Worlds two years later, was also received favourably and although a vote won’t take place until next year’s WCM, it is understood that this is merely a formality and that HYC will now have two additional international events to plan and organise in the next four years.

The J24 is the biggest and most widespread one-design keelboat class in the world with fleets in 32 countries and is sailed in half a dozen bases in Ireland. HYC will, of course, be hosting the Etchells World Championships next year and the two J24 events form part of a club strategy to attract major regattas to Howth on a regular basis in the future.

With this in mind, the Club is forging a partnership arrangement with local traders, tourism interests, community council and hotels, bars and restaurants to ensure that local festivals and attractions can be co-ordinated around such major events for the mutual benefit of all concerned.

The Club will also host the J24 National Championships in September 2010 as part of the build-up to the Europeans the following year and in conjunction with the Irish J24 Class Association will host the Class’s World Council Meeting in Howth in 2012.

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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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