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Royal Irish Yacht Club Regatta & Round Ireland Race will See Good Saturday Sailing with Sunny Sea Breezes

28th June 2018
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From left to right RIYC Commodore Joe Costello, Denise Rigney and Pat Rigney (RIYC Regatta sponsors and owners of Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin) which is distilled in the shed distillery in Leitrim From left to right RIYC Commodore Joe Costello, Denise Rigney and Pat Rigney (RIYC Regatta sponsors and owners of Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin) which is distilled in the shed distillery in Leitrim

The stately Royal Irish Yacht Club is in busy form these days writes W M Nixon. Yesterday evening (Wednesday), Commodore Joe Costello hosted a reception to give a fair wind to the sponsorship by Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin of this Saturday’s RIYC Annual Regatta, a sailfest which bids fair to be favoured by a summery sea breeze and sunshine. And at the same time, several of the club’s most noted offshore racers were gearing themselves up for this Saturday’s other major event, the Volvo Round Ireland Race from Wicklow, starting 2.0pm Saturday.

riyc oppiesInundated in Optimism…..the Royal Irish Yacht Club in full junior sailing mode with Optimists every which way. This Saturday, the club is in classic colourful style, hosting its Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin-sponsored Annual Regatta while at the same time sending off the largest club contingent in the biennial Volvo Round Ireland race from Wicklow.

Mark McGibney Miguel WalkerMark McGibney, RIYC sailing services manager and Miguel Walker, RIYC bosun and (below) guests at the pre-regatta reception

RIYC Regatta 3Terence Brien, Garry Fleming and James Horan

RIYC 2Charlotte Norwood, Ita Benedetti, Alan Kelly , Mairin Kelly and Jerry Reid

RIYC reception 1Rosemary Anderson, Barbara Cafferky and Sandra Moore

That too should see its start helped along by the summer wind. And the regatta in Dublin Bay should see racing well finished by the time the breeze slackens off in the evening, which it did last night so totally that the Water Wags Regatta Race (it’s always on the preceding Wednesday evening) could not take place. But for contenders in the Round Ireland, the big question on Saturday will be whether the underlying east to northeast gradient wind will prevail over the high summer tendency to provide a night breeze off the land.

Round Ireland Fleet Gathers in Wicklow

We’ll be looking at that and many other aspects of this well-supported event in this weekend’s Sailing on Saturday. Meanwhile, the news from Wicklow is that the diverse fleet is now gathering from near and far, and tonight a crew supper in the WSC clubhouse will provide competitors with an opportunity to put faces to names which have only been distant rivals until now.

wicklow fleet2The early arrivals for this Saturday’s Volvo Round Ireland Race seen yesterday evening in Wicklow Harbour. Photo courtesy VRIYR

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