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Foynes Yacht Club, based on the shores of the Shannon Estuary in Cooleen Point will be hosting the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association West Coast Championships (WIORA), in July.

This is an important honour for the club in a year that it celebrates the golden jubilee anniversary of it's founding in July 1962. 

The championships will take place from Wednesday, July 11 to Saturday, July 14 inclusive. Over 30 yacht's coming from club's in Sligo, Mayo, Westport; Galway, Clifden; Kerry, Fenit; Kilrush, Lough Derg, Inniscealtra and Dromineer, Mountshannon, and from the east coast, Howth Yacht Club will race on the scenic Shannon Estuary for what promises to be a spectacular sailing tournament. 

Racing will be run in three different classes: Class 1, 2 and 3 in the IRC and Echo handicap system, and the ever popular White Sails division will compete under the Echo handicap system only.

The last time that the club hosted the championships was in 1998.

Practice race's may take place on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the championship's to get the different class yacht's fine tuned.

Quality catering is assured, and top class entertainment will be provided in the Clubhouse during the week.
This, of course being a special year for Foynes Yacht Club, which culminates in quite a lot of preparation and organisation in hosting this prestigious championship on the west coast of Ireland.

Principal race officer, Liam Dineen is looking forward coming to Foynes once again to take the helm. Incidentally, Liam was race officer for the highly successful national Mermaid championship's, which the club hosted in the summer of 2010.

All yacht's that enter the championship's will be given a free berth or mooring for the duration of the event, and yacht lifting and mast stepping facilities will also be provided.

See http://www.foynesyachtclub.com/wiora2012.html for more information.



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