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Spaleen Race at Kinsale Yacht Club This Friday

7th September 2023
Kinsale Yacht Club's Spaleen Race is an All-In ECHO Trophy Race for cruiser-racers
Kinsale Yacht Club's Spaleen Race is an All-In ECHO Trophy Race for cruiser-racers Credit: Bob Bateman

The annual Draper family ‘Spalpeen Race’ will be sailed at Kinsale Yacht Club this Friday.

This is an All-In ECHO Trophy Race for cruiser-racers, with the first gun at 1825 and a time limit to finish by 2030.

The race Is run in memory of Billy Draper, a long-time member and friend of the Kinsale Yacht Club.

It will be followed by the annual RNLI auction in the clubhouse.

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Kinsale Yacht Club located in Kinsale, County Cork lies just 120 nautical miles from Wales, 240 from North West France and only 500 from the Galician Coast of North Spain.

Kinsale Yacht Club is only a few minutes walk from every shop, hotel, pub and restaurant in Ireland’s gourmet capital but most significantly it is only 30 km by road from Cork, Ireland’s second city, and between the two lies one the region’s main assets - Cork International Airport - with its daily links to many European capitals.

Club members, of which there are more than 600, race Cruisers, One Design Keelboats and Dinghies.

The club runs inshore and offshore races, has an active cruising scene, a powerboat section and most significantly for any real club, a strong and dynamic junior training programme.

Beyond the club’s own marina is the club house itself and the dinghy park. Within the clubhouse are changing rooms, bar and restaurant all with full wheelchair access. The club’s full-time secretariat, steward and marina manager are there to look after sailing visitors and members alike in a relaxed, informal and fun environment.

The club welcomes new members and has always got room on its members’ yachts for new comers to the sport.