The eight boats in the J80 fleet will available to club members throughout the year and will be used for keelboat club racing and for open events as a one-design class including the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, the Lambay Race and the Autumn League.
The fleet will also be incorporated within the club's Adult Sail Training programme and used to introduce young sailors to keelboat sailing.
Other events to feature the J80s will be the 2013 ISA National Senior Helmsmans Championships, the HYC Helmsmans Championships and the HYC Family Championships.
Details regarding the schedule and arrangements for members to borrow the J80s will be posted early in the new year. In addition, there are opportunities for corporate sponsorship of each of the boats for the year. Interested parties are asked to contact the Honorary Sailing Secretary.
Meanwhile, Howth YC has also posted its full timetable for next year's summer courses.
All courses are of 10 days' duration and run Monday to Friday 9.30am–5pm (with the exception of Taste of Sailing, Teen Dinghy, Kites & Wires 2 and Keelboat Sailing, which are all one week only). The dates are as follows:
Taste of Sailing Course: 1/8/15 July & 5 August
Start Sailing Course: 3 June, 1/8/15 July & 5 August
Basic Skills Course: 17 June, 1/8/15/22/29 July & 5 August
Improver Skills Course: 1/22 July & 5 August
Advanced Boat Handling Course: 1/22 July & 5 August
Kites & Wires 1 Course: 15 July (two-week duration)
Kites & Wires 2 Course: 29 July (one-week duration)
Teen Dinghy Sailing Course: 22/29 July (one week duration)
Keelboat Sailing Course: 3/10/17/24 June, 1/8/15 July & 5/12 August