Plans are being developed for next year’s celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of organised racing in Howth and the establishment of one of Howth Yacht Club’s founding clubs, namely Howth Sailing Club, in 1895.
The club says it will be holding a number of events that should cater for different tastes, so all members should find something that will appeal to them.
Apart from the normal events that are run each year, there will be special events:
- January 1, 2020: The year’s celebrations will formally be launched at a reception on New Year’s Day
- April 16/19: Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships
- June 10/26: Cruise to Scotland (see outline programme below)
- May 29/31: Wave Regatta, building on last year’s highly successful event
- July: Dinghy Fun Weekend
- July: Sunflower raft-up
- August 9/14: Fireball World Championships. This event will attract almost 100 boats from all over the world
- August: 125th Family Weekend
Howth Yacht Club is also running a competition to pick a logo that will be used alongside its famous anchor to mark all events taking place during the year.
Entries are to be sent to Paddy Judge, Vice Commodore, in sealed envelopes. At this time four entries have been received and the competition closes on Saturday 31 August, with the winning design unveiled at the Volunteers’ Night on 19 September, which will have a reception to outline the plans for 2020.
Among these plans are the anniversary cruise to Scotland next June. The 100-year anniversary cruise to the sheltered waters in the Firth of Clyde in 1995 was a tremendous success with unforgettable memories, so Howth Yacht Club has decided to keep to the same format to mark its 125th in 2020:
- June 10: Depart Howth
- June 12: Muster Bangor
- June 13: In Bangor, with dinner in Royal Ulster Yacht Club
- June 17: Muster in Campbelltown
- June 20: Muster in East Loch Tarbert or Portavadie with Dinner
- June 22: Muster in Rothsay
- June 24: Muster in Kip, with dinner
- June 26: Muster in Troon, with final dinner
Following that, participants will make individual passage home to Howth or stay on for further cruising.
Howth Yacht Club says it has been successful in obtaining discounts in a number of marinas, which will help keep the cost as low as possible.
Applications for places on the cruise are now being accepted. As part of the application and to allow your committee to book ahead, the club requires a non-refundable deposit of €200.
The cruise is limited to 30 boats and places will be allocated in the order in which the applications (with deposit) are received. If more than 30 apply, they will be put on a waiting list.
At this time, 16 boats have already indicated an interest in taking part in the cruise, so if you would like to take part please complete an application form in the HYC administration office. You will need to provide the following:
- Name of Member
- Name of boat, plus dimensions
- Potential number of crew
- And the €200 deposit