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The Half Tonners in IRC 2 rival the J/109s in IRC1 in their cut-throat competition at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, and for the final contest it was Jonny Swan (HYC) with Harmony who found his mojo to sail a dream race to take the win, but overall it was Nigel Biggs (RIYC & HYC) who stayed out of sight ahead, 10 points to the 20 of second-placed Dave Cullen (HYC) with Checkmate XV, while Harmony’s final blast of glory saw her move into third overall ahead of Cork’s Ronan & John Downing in Miss Whiplash.

Published in Royal Irish Yacht Club

It was with the numerous J/109s in IRC 1 that blood was on the bay today at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, with the narrow overnight lead of Outrajeous (Richard Colwell & John Murphy) snatched away by a final win by John Maybury’s Joker 2, where the input from Killian Collins of Crosshaven was clearly no hindrance.

Outrajeous had a day to forget as quickly as possible, as she slipped to 10th and thus had to carry a previously discarded 9th from the first race on Thursday. Thus she found herself back in 4th overall - just one sneeze in this red-hot class knocks your placing awry. The Goodbody family in White Mischief took second overall with 15 points while Joker 2 had 12, making it Top Two for the RIYC, and Pat Kelly’s Storm slipped past Outrajeous to grab third OA on 16.

Storm also held onto the lead in the RC35 division, well clear of the Hall family in Something Else (NYC) at second, while Debbie & Kevin Aitken in the First 36.7 Animal from Scotland took third.

In a summer of achievements for John Maybury, his Class One defence follows four consecutive class wins of IRC National Championship victories, the 2019 win coming on Dublin Bay last month. Today's victory was Maybury's fifth VDLR class win in a row winning first in 2011.

Published in Royal Irish Yacht Club

Seamus Fitzpatrick’s elegant First 50 Mermaid IV (RIYC) was back on form today to win the IRC Coastal Division of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta today and thus was able to discard yesterday’s unwelcome 11th to put her into the overall lead and first in Division A with three bullets. Peter Dunlop from Pwllheli with the J/109 Mojito has discarded today’s sixth to place him second overall in the complete class, and he remains as leader in Division B.

In Division A, George Sisk’s Xp 44 WOW is second and Glynn Sheffield’s Farr 40 Espresso Martine Too from West Lancs YC is third while in Div B Mojito leads from sister-ship Jet Stream (Nigel Ingrams, Holyhead SC) with the J/97 Windjammer (Lindsay Casey & Denis Power, RStGYC) in third.

There were coastal fleet grumblings following today's coastal course when 17 in the fleet, mostly lower-rated boats, timed out and didn't get a finish due to the prevailing light airs.

It means today's coastal race counts for the first 11 but 17 boats counted maximum points for race four.

Published in Royal Irish Yacht Club

Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40 Signal 8 from Hong Kong may have found all the pieces were falling into place on this last outing at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta today as she took her first win of the series in IRC Zero but Frank Whelan’s Grand Soleil 44 from Greystones with Shane Hughes on the strength was never far off the pace, and took a useful second to have her first overall on 7 points to the 12 of Jay Colvillle’s First 40 Forty Licks (East Down YC), while Signal took third OA on 14.

Published in Volvo Regatta

There’s a finishing buoy in there somewhere (see above) as Hal Sisk in Colleen Ban (26) chases Dermot O’Flynn in Colleen Deas (28) for the final few yards in the first racing for Colleens in Dublin Bay in 114 years.

Perhaps they'd a special name for this tactical ploy back in the golden days just before the Great War obliterated much of the sailing scene, but it looks to us (see below) as though an impressive amount of thought is going to attach to whether or not Colleen Deas has actually gybed onto starboard, surely she should have held her course anyway, and beyond that there’s all the usual stuff about overtaking boat keeping clear etc etc etc……

Colleen Collision

Published in Historic Boats

George Kingston has won the Laser Standard division of the prestigious 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta by seven clear points overall.

The Cork native led the 11-boat series from Thursday's first race and counts five race wins from seven sailed.

As Afloat reported previously, the Royal St George sailor gave a masterclass in race management and consistency last weekend when he strolled to the Laser Leinster title in the waters off Rush.

Second overall is Kingston's clubmate Ross O'Leary with a third Royal St George sailor, Gavan Murphy, the Dun Laoghaire Laser Class Captain in third.

Published in RStGYC

The Mullaghmore Sailing Club Old Gaffer 'Purple Haze' skippered by Kevin and Heather Collins leads a 12-boat Classic Keelboat fleet at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Born out of 2017's Dun Laoghaire Harbour bicentenary celebrations, the 2019 classic keelboat fleet includes three gaff-rigged Colleen replicas that is reckoned to be the first time in 114 years that the J E Doyle-designed Colleen ODs had raced as a class in Dublin Bay. 

David William's Colleen Eile is second overall with David Espey's restored Dublin Bay 24 Periwinkle lying third. 

NYC pontoon 2942The Classic fleet is moored for the regatta at an innovative pontoon extension at the National Yacht Club alongside other traditional classes

Purple Haze old gaffer 4837Above and below Kevin & Heather Collins' Purple Haze from Mullaghmore Sailing Club

Classics VDLR 4814

Dublin Bay 24 4865

Classic VDLR 4890Tom Fitzpatrick's an tUltach from Howth Yacht Club

Colleen Bawn 4842 Hal Sisk's Colleen Bawn from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Classic VDLR 4911Dennis Aylmer's Mona from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Verve Classic 2Verve from the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club

Classics VDLR 4851

Published in Historic Boats

The sunshine and summery sailing has suited the Frazer Meredith syndicate in the Sonata Asterix, they’ve taken the overall lead of IRC4 at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta from Abersoch’s Jonathan Fawcett with the She 31B She Too, with Michal Matulka in the Trapper 300 Eleint (DMYC) staying in third.

Published in Volvo Regatta

Colm Bermingham’s Elan 333 Bite the Bullet from Howth was looking good last night, now he seems unassailable at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, being in the luxurious position of discarding a second in today’s second race. Terry Fair’s Sigma 33 Cariad from Ballyholme is second, but at 16 points to Bite the Bullet’s 5, the final result seems inescapable, while Eamonn Doyle & Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia how are you?) have brought their Dehler 36 Shearwater (RStGYC) up to third overall.

History in the making for special Contessa 32 in IRC Non-spinnaker 2

The Contessa 32 is quite a special classic, but Paul Conway’s Cevantes is special and then some, as she is a one-off version with a smaller coachroof – most elegant it looks too. He still leads Non-spin 2 despite having to take a second today (his discard), the Super Seal Gung-Ho (Grainne & Sean O’Shea) continues second overall after a win today, while the UFO 31 Menapia (James & Susan McSweeney, RStGYC) is third.

Published in Volvo Regatta

“Champagne sailing” is a choice expression which is in danger of being over-used every time a bit of sunshine happens upon a decent sailing breeze during race time in Ireland writes W M Nixon. But we’ve no doubt it was being bandied about at some stage on most of the 498 boats taking part in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019’s third day’s racing on this very special Saturday.

So at the very least, we’ll allow that there was a Bollinger Breeze on the Bay, and if you were on one of the many boats doing well in the two dozen-plus classes, “champagne sailing” is definitely a permitted phrase.

Outrajeous 3905Class One head downwind past Dalkey in today's Coastal Race

The sun was around most of the time, obscured occasionally only by the most harmless of clouds, and while the very usable breeze was west of north in the inner bay, it definitely had a growing touch of nor’east to it as you got seaward, and the salty aroma of the real sea with it

Muglins spinnakers 4128Class One Rounds the Muglins Rock

This was very much to the benefit of the grand fromages in Classes 0 and 1, and the IRC Coastal Classes as well, for at some stage all were favoured with a cracking beat out to the North Burford Buoy. This workaday navigation marker played such a useful role in the day’s sailing that if it hadn’t existed, then someone would have had to invent it as the programme swung into action. And to round out the sport, the directness of the breezes in through the harbour mouth permitted in-harbour finishes which brought that classic Beechey painting of the Royal St George Regatta of 1874 gloriously back to life, so all was well with the world.

Spinnakers Bray Head 3552The Coastal Course Classes reach 'Bray Outfall' mark

Effectively, tomorrow’s final races will all be done and dusted around lunchtime or very soon after to allow the marathon prizegiving ceremony the time and space it needs, so this evening we’re getting very close to seeing the final lineup for the silverware, and in a couple of classes it’s already all over bar the shouting.

 Chimaera 3871Andrew Craig's J109 Chimaera got away great in the running start (it must be those new spinnaker sheets)

The oven is turned way up among the profusion of J/109s in Class 1. Overnight leader Outrajeous (Richard Colwell & Johnny Murphy, Howth YC) logged a third today, but this has her only one point – at 8 - ahead of John Maybury’s Joker II (RIYC) which managed a first to total 9, while the Goodbody family in White Mischief are on 10 and Pat Kelly’s Storm is in fourth on 11.

Animal 36.7 3921Debbie Aitken’s First 36.7 Animal

Storm continues to have a clear lead in the RC 35 sub-division, with Brian and John Hall’s Something Else still second while Debbie Aitken’s First 36.7 Animal is also something else, she manages to hold third after a 5th today despite having J/09s every which way around her.

Jump The Gun 3959

Published in J109
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