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Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta is set to be the biggest sailing club event on the East coast in 2018 and aims to deliver great racing afloat with an unmissable entertainment programme ashore. The arrival of Ireland’s long-awaited Summer weather has been matched by an increase in entries for next month’s inaugural Wave Regatta on the June Bank Holiday weekend (June 1st-3rd).

Entries currently stand at over 110 boats with the addition of almost 20 teams from the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) fleet. See the HYC Wave entry list here

Crews can choose between a three-day series or the traditional Lambay Race on Saturday 2nd.

Rockabill 1778 2Paul O’Higgins's Royal Irish based Rockabill VI was an early entry in the inaugural Wave Regatta Photo: Afloat.ie

“The long-awaited warm weather has finally arrived and the sailing season is catching-up. Since last week, we’ve seen a surge in interest for Wave Regatta so our previous goal of 100 boats looks set to be comfortably exceeded,” said Brian Turvey, Wave Regatta Organising chairman. “We have lined-up an incredible programme of racing and entertainment that we want to be our baseline for this regatta every two years. This inaugural event is going to be unmissable!”

"Crews can choose between a three–day series or the traditional Lambay Race"

In addition to the ISORA boats, the Dun Laoghaire Ruffian class has confirmed that it will include the Lambay Race as a ’starred’ event.

Additional marina berths will be available for visiting boats and Howth Harbour has arranged deep-water pontoon berthing with direct shore access accessible at all states of tide for bigger boats.

Visiting crews can avail of a special morning ferry service leaving Dun Laoghaire daily at 0815 to arrive in time for racing while local accommodation solutions are available at the on-site campervan facility and new AirBNB options for those preferring to stay local.

Ruffian 23 1289the Dun Laoghaire Ruffian class has confirmed that it will include the Lambay Race as a ’starred’ event Photo: Afloat.ie
Wave Regatta is also staging a series of initiatives in support of the Sailors for the Sea programme including installation of a permanent drinking water station at the club and providing reusable water bottles to every crew member in the event. Plastic beer drink containers and straws will also be banned and bike racks are being provided inside the club.

Silver shamrock 1050Howth Yacht Club's famous new arrival, the vintage World Championship winning Silver Shamrock is entered for the Wave Regatta Photo: Afloat.ie
Of the entries received to date, J80 Sportsboats that include Howth YC’s ‘Taste of Racing’ fleet are one end of the boat spectrum leading all the way up to 36–foot J109’s and bigger. As Afloat.ie previously reported, Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice from the Royal Cork YC will also be racing head to head with Jamie McWilliam’s Royal Hong Yacht Club team on Signal 8.

Puppeteer 22 footers that form the backbone of Howth Yacht Club’s racing fleet will be following the classic Lambay Race format while the traditional Howth 17 footers have rallied five boats despite the damage to the historic fleet wreaked in recent storms. The ‘seventeens’ will also race on Sunday close to the pier, adding to the weekend spectacle.

Entry forms and entertainment programme information are available here

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Wave Regatta, the IRC & ECHO regional championships at Howth, is to champion Sailors for the Sea environmental initiative. Participants in the June Bank Holiday Regatta are being asked to take a lead role in the fight against environmental damage as part of the ‘Sailors for the Sea’ initiative.

Upwards of 1,000 competitors are expected for the three day event being staged by Howth Yacht Club (June 1st-3rd) and organisers have launched a series of initiatives to assist the scheme.

In place of buying slabs of bottled water for racing crews, the club will install a permanent drinking water machine on-site and is supplying all entrants with re-usable bottles. Other measures being taken by the Wave Regatta organisers include use of bio-degradable drinking glasses, avoid plastic food-wrapping, banning plastic straws and reducing the use of paper where possible.

“This isn’t about saving the planet in one go but making small changes that collectively can make a difference,” said Alistair Kissane, Wave Regatta Sustainability Officer. “As regular sea-users, we witness the harm being done to this resource so our programme aims to generate awareness and practical steps to halt the damage being caused.”

Crews are being invited to cycle to the regatta with secure bike parking facilities provided on-site and as a further incentive, someone sharing a photograph or video social media after cycling to the event will earn a free burger following racing.

For those travelling longer distances, car-pooling will also be encouraged while crews travelling from the southside of Dublin are being offered a special daily ferry service from Dun Laoghaire departing at 0815 on the St. Bridget and arriving in Howth in time for racing. Special DART train fares are also being negotiated.

“This will be the fifth year that Howth Yacht Club has participated in the Sailors for the Sea programme but as Wave Regatta will be our highest profile event yet, we think there’s a great opportunity to make an impact through simple measures,” said Brian Turvey, Wave Regatta Organising chairman. “Ultimately, this is in everyone’s interest so hopefully all our crews will get on board with us.”

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With under a week remaining before the early bird entry deadline for Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta 2018, the latest entry for the June Bank Holiday weekend regatta at the north Dublin venue is planning a highly competitive campaign including several weeks of advance preparation.

Rob McConnell's Fool's Gold from Waterford Harbour SC is the latest of a number of high profile entires to sign up for the Dublin event. Earlier, Jamie McWilliam’s Signal 8 from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was confirmed for the three-day series in Howth. The Ker 40 is one of four high-profile entries named here.

McConnell, a Welsh IRC and Sovereign's Cup champion, will be moving to Howth before June to begin training for the IRC European Championships at Cowes and Wave Regatta will be their final event before heading south.

"Wave Regatta fits in well with our season and preparation for the European Championships just one week later," said Rob McConnell, Fool's Gold skipper. "We'll be based on the East Coast and looking forward to good, competitive racing at Howth on the June Bank Holiday weekend."

With deep water berthing for big boats, Sailors for the Sea environmental programme, a range of accomodation solutions plus three days of racing afloat including an option to sail only in the one day Lambay Race, Wave Regatta is aiming to be the most memorable event on the East Coast this season.

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The Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race Winner, a top Dublin Bay J109 as well as a leading overseas entry hve sign up for Howth Yacht Club's June Bank Holiday Wave Regatta. 

As entries for the inaugural event continue to build, Jamie McWilliam’s Signal 8 from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has been confirmed for the three-day series in Howth. The Ker 40 is one of four high-profile entries received over the past week.

Jump Juice yacht conor phelanRoyal Cork yacht Jump Juice is heading for Howth in June. Photo: Bob Bateman

Also entered is Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice from the Royal Cork YC, D2D victor, Paul O’Higgins Rockabill VI and Ronan Harris on Jigamaree, the first of the Dublin Bay J109 fleet to enter from the Royal Irish YC.

An early-bird discount scheme is in operation until and a further incentive is a fortnightly free-entry draw. The Wave Regatta organisers have a range of accommodation options available in addition to a special morning ferry service on each day of racing from Dun Laoghaire direct to Howth.

“The Wave Regatta concept aims to deliver the best racing afloat and an unforgettable hospitality experience ashore so we’re very pleased that these top crews will be competing in our inaugural year,” said Brian Turvey, Wave Regatta Organising Chairman. “This is going to be an unmissable event!”

The Wave Regatta offers competitors a choice between a three-day series from Friday to Sunday or a single day event that is the traditional Lambay Race fixture.

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With just under four months to go before the inaugural Wave Regatta at Howth Yacht Club, organisers have announced details of the facilities available to visiting sailors and their friends over the June Bank-Holiday weekend.

For the most dedicated crews that prefer a bed ashore rather than live-aboard, a mini-accommodation village will be created on Howth’s middle-pier within a three-minute walk of the clubhouse and marina. With 24-hour security, the regatta village will feature a fleet of luxury motorhomes each with six berths so crews can enjoy a seaside location without missing any of the extensive shore-side social programme. Prices per person, per night are expected to be approximately €60 based on crew sharing a single booking.

Wave regatta Howth yacht club
Wave Regatta committee-member Melanie McCaughey is co-ordinating house rentals and a limited number of B&B options on the Howth peninsula for those preferring more conventional accommodation.

For Dublin-based sailors preferring to commute to Howth each day, the Wave Regatta has partnered with Dublin Bay Cruises for a morning ferry service leaving Dun Laoghaire at 08.15 on each day of racing arriving directly into Howth harbour. A special Wave Regatta price of €11 per day will apply.

Overseas visitors trailing sportsboats are being encouraged to email [email protected] to avail of exclusive ferry discounts for travel from both the UK and France.

“Our goal for the Wave Regatta is to deliver as many options as possible for visiting crews to take part,” said event chairman Brian Turvey of Howth Yacht Club. “With great racing afloat and an unmissable social programme ashore courtesy of Michael J. Wright Hospitality, this is going to be a regatta to remember!”

Online entry is open here including links for the accommodation and travel deals.

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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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