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Howth Yacht Club’s Masts & Rigging Virtual Regatta is Hitting the Spot

17th May 2020
The ultimate goal – Howth YC’s eRacers are looking forward to the time when they can celebrate their successful ongoing Masts & Rigging Spring eSeries with the post-Lockdown prize-giving in the clubhouse The ultimate goal – Howth YC’s eRacers are looking forward to the time when they can celebrate their successful ongoing Masts & Rigging Spring eSeries with the post-Lockdown prize-giving in the clubhouse

Howth Yacht Club has had 59 members sign up to take part in their Masts & Rigging-sponsored Virtual Regatta eRacing Spring Series. Thus with each eRace accommodating up to 20 “helms”, this past week saw three leagues being run side-by-side writes Christina Knowles. And with worthwhile marine equipment prizes provided by the sponsors through Gavin Laverty, interest is still rising among newcomers, who can join by signing up to a WhatsApp group to get Sailing Instructions and Race Codes to start, then log into Zoom to chat live at event time.

The entire eRacing programme was set up by techno-whizz Teddy Byrne, who is officially Brian Byrne, son-in-law of former ICRA supremo Nobby Reilly. He had initially started a League every Tuesday and Thursday evening since Lockdown began, and with the experience gained and the new muscle provided by the Masts & Riggings sponsorship, this week sees a sophisticated and attractive product being available for sailors frustrated from getting their racing afloat.

With Teddy Byrne still the “Principal Race Officer”, the two additional Leagues are run by Emmet Dalton and Ryan Sinnott.

There are two races run each Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm, and the banter-filled sessions have provided so much sport and entertainment that sometimes they add in an extra fun race whereby the winner gets a pint promised, and bragging rights guaranteed.

Results are online but in brief for Leagues 1, 2 & 3 the top placings went to:

  • League 1:1st Shane Diviney, 2nd Czema Pico and our organiser Teddy Byrne who had a great win last Tuesday
  • League 2: 1st Stephen Mullaney followed closely by 2nd George Curley and 3rd Sergio Olaya
  • League 3: 1st Emmet Dalton, 2nd Catherine Pitcher & 3rd Willem Harting

HYC have also donated a prize for each league of a bottle of rum, while Nobby Reilly has promised any outsider (HYC Guest) a bottle of finest Champagne if they have a win. It certainly helps everyone get through what is hoped are the final stages of Lockdown, and Howth YC are keenly anticipating the time when the prizes can be officially handed over in the Clubhouse, where competitors can finally enjoy the celebration with a few long-awaited pints.

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Howth Yacht Club is the largest members sailing club in Ireland, with over 1,700 members. The club welcomes inquiries about membership - see top of this page for contact details.

Howth Yacht Club (HYC) is 125 years old. It operates from its award-winning building overlooking Howth Harbour that houses office, bar, dining, and changing facilities. Apart from the Clubhouse, HYC has a 250-berth marina, two cranes and a boat storage area. In addition. its moorings in the harbour are serviced by launch.

The Club employs up to 31 staff during the summer and is the largest employer in Howth village and has a turnover of €2.2m.

HYC normally provides an annual programme of club racing on a year-round basis as well as hosting a full calendar of International, National and Regional competitive events. It operates a fleet of two large committee boats, 9 RIBs, 5 J80 Sportboats, a J24 and a variety of sailing dinghies that are available for members and training. The Club is also growing its commercial activities afloat using its QUEST sail and power boat training operation while ashore it hosts a wide range of functions each year, including conferences, weddings, parties and the like.

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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