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Long Night’s Wait for Howth’s Historic Sailing Class

2nd March 2018
It may look like the end of the line for the 1907-built Howth 17 Rosemary, but the class’s spirit of renewal should never be under-estimated It may look like the end of the line for the 1907-built Howth 17 Rosemary, but the class’s spirit of renewal should never be under-estimated

Following today’s devastating damage in northeasterly storms at high water to the shed towards the end of the East Pier in Howth where seven of the 1898-founded Howth 17s are in winter storage, the members of Howth YC are keeping their fingers crossed that conditions will have eased a little by tonight’s high tide in order to minimise further significant damage to battered boats, two of which are already borderline cases writes W M Nixon.

Certainly were she not such a significant piece of local sailing history, the 1907-built Rosemary would probably be considered a write-off. But once a boat has reached such classic status, re-builds are acceptable provided that you have as little as the original ballast keel to work with, and in this case there may be more to work with than that.

howth damage2.jpgIn the circumstances, it’s a miracle that anything remotely resembling some much-loved classics has survived at all

However with conditions no longer safe for detailed examination of the situation, the class can only unite in its remarkable community spirit through tonight, and hope that tomorrow will bring improved conditions to allow positive action. Either way, there’ll be no lack of very willing volunteers.

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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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