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BMW J/24 Worlds benefits from 'The Gathering' fund

28th January 2013
BMW J/24 Worlds benefits from 'The Gathering' fund

The BMW J/24 World Championship at Howth Yacht Club in August is one of only two sailing events (the other is the Mirror Worlds at Lough Derg) to be included as one of 19 sporting events among the 82 ‘Flagship Events’ to receive funding under the €2M The Gathering Ireland Fund.

‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ initiative is designed to encourage the Irish and their friends abroad to visit Ireland this year and the sporting events’ funding is seen as a potentially significant tourism revenue-earning return for Irish economy.

Sport has long been recognised as a key contributor to domestic tourism and visiting sportspeople and supporters are acknowledged as considerably higher spenders than the average tourist while in Ireland.

Speaking about the financial windfall, J/24 Worlds Committee Chairman Derek Bothwell said that it was intended to put the funds towards creating a professional video record of the Championship which could be used subsequently to further promote Howth and Ireland as an international sailing venue.

“We already have a reputation for the quality of our racing waters, facilities and race management expertise,” he said, “and the video will further underline our status as a place to come to in the future for World-class sailing events.”

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Howth Yacht Club is the largest members sailing club in Ireland, with almost 2,000 members. The club welcomes inquiries about membership - see top of this page for contact details.

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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