RIYC Sailing News 2021

30/07/2021


Keep up the results from DBSC here. Enter the Summer series here

Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2021
The first major offshore race, hosted by the NYC, started from Dun Laoghaire at 14:00 on Wednesday June 9th. With covid restrictions preventing entries from Britain a very respectable fleet of 37 crossed the line at the second attempt and faced a stiff Southerly breeze in a race to beat the tidal gate at Wicklow head which would close around four hours later. 

Most of the fleet short tacked along the shore and the lead boats made the gate just before the tide turned. Just after passing Brittas Bay leader on the water, Freya (Conor Doyle, Kinsale YC) went to the aid of a kitesurfer in difficulties and turned back to rendezvous with the RNLI Lifeboat before resuming racing. This briefly handed the lead to Nieulargo (Denis Murphy (RCYC).

The tide had turned again by midnight and the leaders rounded the Tuskar just after 2:00 by which time Freya had regained her position at the head of the fleet. Second round was Searcher (Pete Smith, NYC). Rockabill VI (Paul O Higgins) was the first RIYC boat around in fifth with WOW (George Sisk) eighth. A number of boats fell foul of the TSS at the Tuskar and received 20% time penalties as a result of entering the restricted area.

The wind had veered to the southwest and the fleet now faced a long beat to the Fastnet.  Sea conditions were rough, and a number of smaller boats retired at this stage. Most boats make it to Cork Harbour on port tack before tacking out to clear the Old Head and the Fastnet. Freya was first around the Fastnet at 21:45 on Thursday. WOW had worked her way up to third at this stage and rounded at 23:30 just behind Aurelia (Chris Power-Smith, RStGYC). Rockabill VI rounded in seventh in close company with Searcher and Nieulargo.
Further back Juggerknot II (Andrew Algeo, RIYC) was putting in a good performance as one of the smaller boats in the fleet, at 9.9 metres, in what were not good conditions for smaller boats. 

Once round the Fastnet the leading boats fetched the Skelligs before being able to hoist kites for the run to the finish line in Dingle. However, by the time the smaller boats reached this part of the course the wind had veered further to force them to take a number of tacks to clear the Skelligs. 

Line honours went to Freya, in 1 day 14 hours 1 minute and 50 seconds. Second was Samatom (Robert Rendell HYC) almost 4 and a half hours later, closely followed by Aurelia, just over 2 minutes further back. WOW was the first RIYC boat home, eight and a half minutes behind Aurelia with Rockabill fifth, twenty-five minutes later. 

Nieulargo took the IRC overall with Rockabill joint second with Freya, after she received redress for rescuing the kitesurfer.  Juggerknot II came in sixth, with WOW 10th. Juggerknot II’s performance saw her win IRC class 2. 
Barry Cunningham won the cruiser class in his new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49, Conquestador.

Niall Dowling is Third at The Quarter Ton Cup - Huge congratulations to Niall Dowling and his crew, see the full story here
 
1720 Charter
Our fleet of 1720 has been refurbished over the winter and is now ready to go for the season. These are available for use by suitably qualified members. This is a great way to get out on the water either to race or for a leisurely Sunday afternoon sail. Contact Mark Mc Gibney, our sailing manager, for more details. 
 
Joint Ownership 
For many, the cost of owning a boat can be prohibitive. An excellent way to have the benefits of boat ownership, but reduce the cost is to enter into a partnership with other like-minded individuals and purchase the boat together and share the running costs. The club is examining ways in which we can facilitate the growth of such partnerships. 
If you would like to be part of this initiative and feel that joint ownership might be of interest to you, please email secretary@riyc.ie and we will get back to you with more information. 
 
Upcoming dates for your diary
May 29th ISORA Offshore training race – ideal training for anyone entering the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race. More details at www.isora.org
June 7th Start of DBSC Summer season 
June 9th Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race start
July 2nd-4th B21 Irish Championships – RIYC
SB20 East Coast Championships – RIYC
Dragon National Championships  - RStGYC
Beneteau 31.7 National Championships - NYC

August 13-15 IRC Welsh Championship – Abersoch
September 3-5 ICRA National Championships - NYC Dun Laoghaire 
September 18/19 J/109 Natonal Championships - RIYC Dun Laoghaire 
 
These are all set up on Mysail.team to help you get your crew organized or to help you find a boat.


Update 12 May
After what seems like an age of not being able to sail we appear to be about to restart. DBSC has finalised its Summer programme and ISORA is ready to go on the offshore scene. 
In line with government restrictions DBSC will start a short series of training races on Saturday May 15th. Details are available in the DBSC website, here.
Please note that RIYC changing rooms will not be available until mid June.
  
Similarly ISORA is running a coastal training race that day also. It is one of two training races to allow crews and boats to gain experience before the biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race on June 9th.  More details on ISORA are available here 

Staying with the offshore theme, with the cancellation of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta this year, boats might consider entering the Liverpool Yacht Club’s Lyver race. This is a RORC race and counts as qualification towards the Fastnet race. It starts on July 2nd in Liverpool and finishes in Dun Laoghaire. If you have never raced from Liverpool now is the chance. The start line is in the Mersey close to the famous Lyver building  and the race out of the Mersey to open sea alone is a great experience!  Being a RORC race there are RORC gold medals up for grabs! More details here 
 
Our Junior section is putting the finishing touches to the Junior Sailing Program for 2021, BOOK HERE

Last week we launched the RIYC version of the Mysail.team app. This is an excellent way for owner/skippers to manage all aspect of their crew schedules and to connect with potential new crew members. For sailors wishing to find places on boats, either for the season or for a single event it is the way to go. You can register here https://mysail.team/

Our fleet of 1720 has been refurbished over the Winter and is now ready to go for the season. These are available for use by suitably qualified members. This is a great way to get out on the water either to race or for a leisurely Sunday afternoon sail. Contact Mark McGibney, our sailing manager, for more details. 
 

Upcoming dates for your diary

May 15th Start of DBSC training races
May 15th ISORA coastal training race
June 7th Start of DBSC Summer season 
June 9th Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race start
July 2nd Lyver Race – Liverpool to Dun Laoghaire - LYC 
August 13-15th IRC Welsh Championship – Abersoch.
September 3-5th ICRA National Championships - NYC, Dun Laoghaire 
September 18/19th J/109 Natonal Championships - RIYC, Dun Laoghaire 
 
These are all set up on Mysail.team to help you get your crew organized or to help you find a boat.