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Sailability 'President's Cup' Goes Afloat at the Royal St. George Yacht Club

17th August 2019
Hansa dinghies racing in the first day of the President's Cup at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay Hansa dinghies racing in the first day of the President's Cup at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay

This weekend the Royal St George Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is hosting the President’s Cup and Hansa National Championships.

Inaugurated by Paralympian John Twomey this Irish interprovincial regatta is the highlight of the Sailability calendar. Promoted by Sailability Ireland, this competition is to provide anyone with a disability from the 32 counties of Ireland the opportunity to compete on the water and experience the joys of sailing.

Despite the challenging conditions, there was no stopping these determined competitors getting out on the water and completing three races in each fleet.

After day one, the Ulster team of two Squibs, a Hansa and a 2.4m are leading. With Munster hot on their tail, it’s all to sail for tomorrow.

Leading the fleet of 18 Hansas is Emile Moisy (Munster) with two wins. Cara O‘Sullivan (Munster) and Lucy Kinner (Ulster) in close pursuit. Kevin Downing’s Munster crew lead the eight-boat Squib fleet just ahead of Miriam Quinn’s crew (Leinster) and David Johnstone’s crew (Connaught). John Patrick (Ulster) achieved three wins in the highly competitive 2.4 fleet.

A big thanks to all the volunteers, in particular, the team of buddy sailors, rib drivers, race officers and all those who have provided a helping hand behind the scenes.

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The Royal St George Yacht Club was founded in Dun Laoghaire (then Kingstown) Harbour in 1838 by a small number of like-minded individuals who liked to go rowing and sailing together. The club gradually gathered pace and has become, with the passage of time and the unstinting efforts of its Flag Officers, committees and members, a world-class yacht club.

Today, the ‘George’, as it is known by everyone, maybe one of the world’s oldest sailing clubs, but it has a very contemporary friendly outlook that is in touch with the demands of today and offers world-class facilities for all forms of water sports including:

  • A vibrant junior section

  • Dry Sailing for small keelboats

  • Marina type berthage for larger boats

  • Parking for a large range of dinghies

  • Own fleet of boats for members use (1720’s, J 80’s, SUP’s, Coastal Rowing boats, Ribs, Optimists etc)

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