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Vincent Delany

Vincent Delany

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Sailing historian Vincent Delany is a member of the Association of Yachting Historians, and an active sailor in Water Wag, SOD and Squib classes. He has written a thesis on 'Yachting and yachtsmen on the River Shannon 1830-1930.' He has lectured on the history of The Water Wag Club, Royal St.George Yacht Club, and the Killinure Yacht Club, He has written two sailing books 'The Water Wags 1887-2012' and 'The International 12 foot class in Ireland' both of which are available from blurb.com

Water Wags had a 21-boat turnout at Dun Laoghaire last night
Within Dublin Bay there currently are twenty-one classes of racing yachts. It might come as a surprise to many, that currently the largest class is Dublin Bay is the Water Wag class with 33 boats entered for the 2017 season.…
The Starboard end of the line paid dividends for the Water Wags this week. Scroll down for the start line video
For the second week in a row, the wind in Dun Laoghaire blew from the north. This time the wind of 12 -15 knots kicked up quite a chop within the harbour, which some competitors found challenging. In the130th season…
Water Wags on Lough Boderg. There was a strong turnout of 22 for Wednesday's race in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
It wasn't only last night's Dublin Bay keelboats that were having a lively start to 2017 after the spell of north–easterlies. The DBSC Water Wags also had a pretty lively sail on Wednesday with 22 Wags out in force. Tim…
Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey toast the launching of the new Water Wag, Mariposa,  while fleet members including daughter Annalise Murphy (right) applaud. The launch will feature on RTE Nationwide on May 5
Olympic Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy was on hand last Saturday to help parents Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey launch the new family dinghy, a traditional clinker–built Water Wag dinghy, a class that celebrates its 130th season this year. The champagne…
There were 18 Water Wags competing in the first race for The Newsom Memorial Cup in Dun Laoghaire Harbour last night
Dun Laoghaire endured strong northerly winds for several days over the past week, so, there was a fear that many Water Wag owners would give the first race a miss. However, on 26th April, eighteen Water Wags competed in the…
The 2015 Boderg regatta for Waterwags
In 1903, the clinker built 14–foot 3 inch long Water Wag dinghies from Kingstown, travelled by rail to Dromod Station, from where they were offloaded by their owners, and wheeled on a flat trailer, pulled by a horse, to the…
The Water Wags starting 12 boat-lengths back along the line were able to start at speed
It was the Royal Irish Yacht Club Regatta. Unlike other classes the Water Wags compete in the regatta on Wednesday evening. At quarter to six, there was not a breath of wind on the harbour. Tom Hudson and his crew…
Each of the 40 Water Wags is allocated a starting handicap
24 Water Wags turned up on Wednesday 17th May for the first handicap race of the year. It is the first of three races for the Buckingham Cup for Division 1. Division 2 complete for the Wigham Trophy. When we…
Water Wag Eva II (33) leads Good Hope (18) in Wednesday's third and final race of the first mini-series at Dun Laoghaire
On Wednesday 11th May the Water Wags competed for the third and final race of the first mini-series. The air temperature was reasonably warm and the wind was light, about 6 knots. There was a 200mm high lop in the…
Michael and Jenny Donohoe in Water Wag No.12, Alfa, Paul and Anne Smith in Swallow No.40, and William and Linda Prentice in Tortoise No.42 approaching the start line.
With the air temperature in the afternoon of 4 degrees, it was looking like mid-winter. However, this did not deter twelve Water Wags from braving it on Wednesday evening in Dun Laoghaire Harbour writes Vincent Delany. The breeze was about…
The arrangements for the Water Wags Walpole Prizes were modified to ensure that the results could contribute to the overall championship. The terms of presentation asked for two races, one race for those who had competed in more than six…
The Water Wag fleet had one overriding objective for 2015, to achieve a race turnout of more than 25 Water Wags in a Wednesday evening club race writes Vincent Delany. It must be at least 20 years ago that the 25 boat…
Water Wags Compete for Sri Lanka Tankard During Heritage Week
On 29th. July the Water Wags competed in Dun Laoghaire in the second of three races for The Sri Lanka Tankard (div.1A) and Sri Lanka Mug (div.1B) and the Meldon Cup (div.2). It was a cool evening with a strong…
'Moosmie' Beats 'Pansy' in 128th Water Wag Club Season Race
#waterwag – On 19th August the Water Wags competed in Dun Laoghaire in the second of three races to commemorate the Wags who died in 1915. 24 boats took part. The wind was about 10 knots from the west. The…
The Water Wag Club-Season 128
#waterwag – On 22nd. July the Water Wags competed in Dun Laoghaire in the first of three races for The Sri Lanka Tankard (div.1A) and Sri Lanka Mug (div.1B) and the Meldon Cup (div.2). It was a lovely warm evening…
World's Oldest Dinghy Class Launches Water Wag No.46 at Royal Irish Yacht Club
#waterwag – Dublin Bay Sailing Club doyen Carmel Winkelmann officiated at the launch of the newest Water Wag dinghy, Mademoiselle, No. 46 on Sunday at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The new 12–foot clinker dinghy was built for Bay sailors…
Water Wag Winners Are Cathy MacAleavey & Con Murphy
#waterwags – On 10th June there was high pressure, hardly a cloud in the sky but unfortunately there was almost no wind. The Water Wags rowed, sculled and paddled to the race area in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Despite the conditions…
23 Water Wags Turn Out For 100th Anniversary Trophy Race
#waterwags – On 3rd June conditions were ideal for a Water Wag race within the full width of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with a six–knot easterly breeze and warm Summer conditions. Unfortunately between the five minute gun and the start, the…
21 Water Wags Contest Buckingham Cup in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
#waterwags – The Water Wag fleet was back to full strength for the first of three handicap races for the Buckingham Cup (div. 1A+1B) and the Wigham Trophy (div. 2) on 18 May. The fleet who had travelled to France…
Water Wags Compete for Newsom Memorial Trophy, Hilpotsteiner Trophy & Phyllis Cup
#waterwag – After two weeks when the wind in Dun Laoghaire was two strong, the Water Wags competed on 14th. May in their first race series. The sun shone, there was 8 knots of wind from the east north east,…
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