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Perfect conditions for Howth Autumn League race 3

16th October 2011
Perfect conditions for Howth Autumn League race 3

Howth Yacht Club's Autumn League is renowned for enjoying, on occasions, some of the best sailing weather in a single season and the penultimate day of this year’s event, sponsored by Team PR Reilly (with its WD-40 brand) was just one of those occasions.

Pleasant sunshine, a flat sea, a moderate 15-knot westerly breeze and a fleet of 150 boats enjoying themselves was the order of the day for race 3 in the series which saw a distinct pattern in three classes where the winning boats were recording hat-tricks of success.

Stephen O’Flaherty’s elegant ‘Bond’ boat ‘Soufriere’ led the Class 1 fleet home but it wasn’t enough to prevent Pat Kelly’s ‘Storm’ registering its third win in a row on IRC and so stretch its overall lead over nearest rival ‘Crazy Horse’ (Chambers/Reilly) to seven points. ‘Tiger’ (Harris/Hughes) continues to impress on ECHO with a third successive win and so stay six points ahead of ‘Storm’.

Another treble winner was Anthony Gore-Grimes ‘Dux’ in Class 2 in IRC, just ahead of Ian Byrne’s ‘Sunburn’ but opening up a 6-point margin over second-placed ‘Indigo’ (Ritchie/Eadie) overall, although those placings are reversed on ECHO after the third race which was won by ‘C’Est la Vie’ (Flannelly & Others).

It’s tight at the top of Class 3 now, with the Race 3 results having a significant influence on the overall standings. ‘Wild Mustard’ (P&D Coyle) won the IRC day from ‘Goyave’ (Camier/Fitzpatrick) from Malahide but series leader ‘Quickflash’ (Alfred Mayrs) from Antrim was back in 4th, meaning there is now only one point separating the two visitors. ‘Goyave’ had the added satisfaction of winning on ECHO and now heads the table by a point from Ed Bourke’s ‘Starlet’.

‘Empress III’ (Fitzpatrick/Glennon) took the ECHO honours in Class 4 by just 17 seconds from ‘White Lotus’ (P.Tully) from Dun Laoghaire but it’s ‘Sojourn’ (Lacy/Blandford) that has the advantage going into the final day by quite a margin. ‘Flashback’ (Hogg & Others) won on IRC but its ‘Bite the Bullet’ (Colm Bermingham) and ‘Changeling’ (Kieran Jameson) who lead the fleet overall.

In something of a repeat of last year, the smallest boat in Class 5 – ‘Demelza’ (Ennis & Laudan) – is again showing the way and a double success on both handicap systems has given the veteran Shamrock a five point lead on ECHO over ‘Alphida’ (Harry Byrne) and second overall behind that rival boat on IRC by a single point.

In the one-design classes, Jay Bourke in ‘Dirty Protest’ continued his domination of the Etchells racing, posting his third win on the trot, this time ahead of ‘Gelert’ (J.Flynn) to stretch the overall lead to six points over ‘Glance’ (O’Reilly/Dix).

After missing last Sunday because of the ISA All-Ireland Sailing Championships at Lough Derg, J/24 National Champion Flor O’Driscoll (‘Hard on Port’) got back to winning ways in his own class, with a 30-second lead over Chris Shackleton’s ‘Johnny Bravo’ from Malahide. With the last weekend to go, two points separate the top four, with O’Driscoll sharing the overall lead with Mossy Shanahan’s ‘Crazy Horse’.

It was a very good day for the Walls/Browne partnership on ‘Gold Dust’ in the Puppeteers. Not only did they win on the double (scratch and handicap), in both cases ahead of Neil Murphy’s ‘Yellow Peril’, but the success also saw them assume the leadership in the overall standings on both tables.

There was a new winner in the Squibs, with ‘Chatterbox’ (J. Kay) heading Emer Harte’s ‘Puffin’ by less than 30 seconds (she won on HPH though), but it wasn’t enough to upset ‘Kerfuffle’s’ (Craig/Ruane) overall lead on both scratch and handicap.

Peter Courtney’s winning streak in ‘Oona’ was halted by Roddy Cooper’s ‘Leila’ who also won on handicap but he still has a comfortable lead overall on scratch while his HPH lead has been whittled down to a single point by Rear-Commodore Brian Turvey in ‘Isobel’.

The Autumn League comes to a close next Saturday with two back-to-back races to determine the outcome of the 10 competing classes.

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Howth Yacht Club information

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

Howth Yacht Club FAQs

Howth Yacht Club is one of the most storied in Ireland — celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2020 — and has an active club sailing and racing scene to rival those of the Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Clubs on the other side of Dublin Bay.

Howth Yacht Club is based at the harbour of Howth, a suburban coastal village in north Co Dublin on the northern side of the Howth Head peninsula. The village is around 13km east-north-east of Dublin city centre and has a population of some 8,200.

Howth Yacht Club was founded as Howth Sailing Club in 1895. Howth Sailing Club later combined with Howth Motor Yacht Club, which had operated from the village’s West Pier since 1935, to form Howth Yacht Club.

The club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. In addition, Howth Yacht Club prides itself as being a world-class international sailing event venue and hosts many National, European and World Championships as part of its busy annual sailing schedule.

As of November 2020, the Commodore of the Royal St George Yacht Club is Ian Byrne, with Paddy Judge as Vice-Commodore (Clubhouse and Administration). The club has two Rear-Commodores, Neil Murphy for Sailing and Sara Lacy for Junior Sailing, Training & Development.

Howth Yacht Club says it has one of the largest sailing memberships in Ireland and the UK; an exact number could not be confirmed as of November 2020.

Howth Yacht Club’s burgee is a vertical-banded pennant of red, white and red with a red anchor at its centre. The club’s ensign has a blue-grey field with the Irish tricolour in its top left corner and red anchor towards the bottom right corner.

The club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. In addition, Howth Yacht Club prides itself as being a world-class international sailing event venue and hosts many National, European and World Championships as part of its busy annual sailing schedule.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club has an active junior section.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club hosts sailing and powerboat training for adults, juniors and corporate sailing under the Quest Howth brand.

Among its active keelboat and dinghy fleets, Howth Yacht Club is famous for being the home of the world’s oldest one-design racing keelboat class, the Howth Seventeen Footer. This still-thriving class of boat was designed by Walter Herbert Boyd in 1897 to be sailed in the local waters off Howth. The original five ‘gaff-rigged topsail’ boats that came to the harbour in the spring of 1898 are still raced hard from April until November every year along with the other 13 historical boats of this class.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club has a fleet of five J80 keelboats for charter by members for training, racing, organised events and day sailing.

The current modern clubhouse was the product of a design competition that was run in conjunction with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland in 1983. The winning design by architects Vincent Fitzgerald and Reg Chandler was built and completed in March 1987. Further extensions have since been made to the building, grounds and its own secure 250-berth marina.

Yes, the Howth Yacht Club clubhouse offers a full bar and lounge, snug bar and coffee bar as well as a 180-seat dining room. Currently, the bar is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Catering remains available on weekends, take-home and delivery menus for Saturday night tapas and Sunday lunch.

The Howth Yacht Club office is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Contact the club for current restaurant opening hours at [email protected] or phone 01 832 0606.

Yes — when hosting sailing events, club racing, coaching and sailing courses, entertaining guests and running evening entertainment, tuition and talks, the club caters for all sorts of corporate, family and social occasions with a wide range of meeting, event and function rooms. For enquiries contact [email protected] or phone 01 832 2141.

Howth Yacht Club has various categories of membership, each affording the opportunity to avail of all the facilities at one of Ireland’s finest sailing clubs.

No — members can join active crews taking part in club keelboat and open sailing events, not to mention Pay & Sail J80 racing, charter sailing and more.

Fees range from €190 to €885 for ordinary members.
Memberships are renewed annually.

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