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Howth’s July 18th Two-Handed Challenge Ideal For These Lockdown-lifting Days

24th June 2020
Just the two of us….Howth’s Aqua Restaurant Two-Hander was for cruiser-racers only in 2019 (as seen here), but for this year's on Saturday July 18th, other classes will be accommodated, and visiting boats will be very welcome. Just the two of us….Howth’s Aqua Restaurant Two-Hander was for cruiser-racers only in 2019 (as seen here), but for this year's on Saturday July 18th, other classes will be accommodated, and visiting boats will be very welcome.

If you’re having trouble deciphering what you can do and can’t do as Lockdown lifts, well, welcome aboard. But at least Howth Yacht Club have realised that their annual Aqua Two-Handed Challenge may simplify things for locals and visitors alike, with its inbuilt people limitations and provision of some safe space between those involved.

That said, until now it has tended to be a down-home affair with the prize a dinner at Aqua Restaurant. It used to be the Howth Yacht Club building, and thus carries very special peninsular memories, so it really has all been rather cosy. But in those abnormal times, it could well be that the set date of Saturday, July 18th is as good as many are going to get in resuming competitive sailing, so HYC are sending out the news that it definitely is open to everyone, they very much hope to see boats from Dublin Bay and south of it too for that matter, and also from along the Fingal coast.

In the past, this race has been for cruiser spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes. But this year they’re including separate starts for J80’s, Puppeteer, Squib and Howth 17’s, with starts under way by 10.0am, and the finish is planned for a civilised afternoon hour.

With the current restrictions, this event offers organised racing, a great day out on the water, and a chance to work on two-handed skills. Crews can be household members or those that can accommodate the social distancing recommendations set by Government for July 18th.

Entry fee is just €25 with Howth's easy online entry here. The Notice of Race is posted here and sailing instructions will be added closer to the date. Aqua and Howth Yacht Club plan to give you a great day on the water and ashore, so phone a friend and enter now.

WM Nixon

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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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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