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KBC Bank Announces Howth Yacht Club Sailing Sponsorship

12th September 2018
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New Autumn League sponsors (left to right): Joe Peake, Commodore of HYC, Eddie Bourke, Chairman of the Autumn League and David Murphy of KBC New Autumn League sponsors (left to right): Joe Peake, Commodore of HYC, Eddie Bourke, Chairman of the Autumn League and David Murphy of KBC Photo: Naoise Culhane

KBC Bank has announced its title sponsorship of Howth Yacht Club’s Autumn League. The Autumn League, which is now in its 39th year, is a large multi-class keelboat regatta and is one of the largest sailing events of its type in the Irish sailing calendar.

Every year, the autumnal six-week keelboat racing series attracts over 100 keelboats and more than 600 sailors from Ireland and abroad, with the age of entrants ranging from 18-80 years. The Regatta will take place over six Saturdays, commencing on the 15th of September and runs until Saturday the 20th of October. 

David Murphy, Dublin North Investment Manager, KBC said, “At KBC, we believe it is important to support initiatives and events that play an important role in communities and towns across Ireland. Howth Yacht Club was founded in 1895 and has played a central role in the growth of the harbour town’s reputation, attracting keen sailors from all over the world. The Howth Yacht Club Autumn League has been running for nearly forty years and has deep roots in the community, so we are delighted to come on-board this year and support the continued success of the regatta.”

Eddie Bourke, Chairman of Howth Yacht Club, said, ‘Howth Yacht Club are delighted to welcome KBC Bank onboard as partners for our Autumn League. Their involvement will add substantial value to the event, benefiting the hundreds of participating competitors by presenting a vibrant and memorable 6 weeks of racing and entertainment ashore.’ 

In addition to competing for a range of Autumn League silverware, race winners will also enjoy weekly prizes. The overall winner, calculated as the boat that wins on scratch or IRC by the largest margin, will be presented KBC Bank on Saturday 20th of October.

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