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Dublin Team Racing League Aims to Build on Elmo Cup Momentum

4th October 2017
College team racing in Firefly dinghies in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. A new Dublin Team Racing League aims to build on September's Elmo Cup momentum and bridge the gap to college team racing College team racing in Firefly dinghies in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. A new Dublin Team Racing League aims to build on September's Elmo Cup momentum and bridge the gap to college team racing

The Dublin University Sailing Club is hosting the first of four Dublin Team Racing League Events in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday, 7th of October. As discussed at the ISA meeting earlier in the year, the goal of the League is to grow team racing in the Leinster region.

Although the league will be held in Dublin, anyone from around the country is welcome to enter a team regardless of age or ability. We are trying to develop sailors, jury and race organisers. These events should be seen as an opportunity for beginners and more advanced team racers to learn.

The League aims to build on last month's Elmo Cup momentum at the Royal St. George Yacht Club and bridge the gap to college team racing.

Teams will be selected to compete in the league on a first come first served basis. Teams can sign up by filling out this google form here.

The number of teams we can accommodate depends on the number of boats we can sail, so if there are fireflies available to use in your club that would benefit the league, please let us know. Any help with this league is greatly appreciated.

The League will run through the winter and should finish up around March/April. As addressed in the meeting earlier in the year, the main issue with team racing is that the majority of racing is done by college sailors who then spend the summers abroad. The idea behind this league is that once it finishes up early next year, the sailors and race organizers that have benefited from racing with us can continue to team race in a summer league. And the league can continue all year round, building year on year.

As the weekend after next is the first Event of the League, we will also be running a team racing talk next Wednesday evening in Trinity College. This talk will be free of charge and prepared and given by some of the sailors from its top team. It is an opportunity for sailors who are not heavily practiced team racers to bring their TR strategy up to speed prior to the first league event (this is also open to anyone who is interested, whether they are racing or not).

More information for the evening, event format, costs, and location will be available in the next couple of days. If you have any immediate questions about the event please contact: Jack Kennedy – [email protected] or Mark Bolger – [email protected]

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