The National Yacht Club recently welcomed Liam Shanahan Jnr's new yacht, Ruth II, an impressive Oyster 625, into her home port of Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay.
The Irish Sailor of the Year 2015, an ISORA Champion, delivered the Rob Humphrey's design with a cutter rig from Ipswich on her maiden voyage a couple of weeks ago with winds varying form flat to 35–knots and she 'performed fine', according to her new skipper.
The plan for the first season is to sail Ruth II (Ruth I is the championship winning J109) from Cork to Galicia once the Leaving Certificate exams are finished, and some of the rest of the Shanahan family will join her there for a week or two.
The intention then is to sail down the Iberian peninsula, stopping in Cascais and then possibly around to near Barcelona, and on to the Balearics by September for a very relaxed regatta and some island exploration.
In October, the Shanahan family will sail her form Mallorca to the Canaries and start the preparations for the ARC, which leaves Las Palmas at the end of November – then across to St Lucia. 2019 will see a trip up the east coast of the US, across to Bermuda, and back across to this side of Atlantic the for the rest of 2019.
Thereafter, Liam Shanahan explains, the plan is to take Ruth II further afield...