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The Annual Regatta for Shannon One Designs will take place on Lough Corrib from Lisloughrey Pier in Cong as part of Sail Spree 2013. 15 boats are already confirmed with more expected.

Anybody who is interested in sailing is welcome to join and the event organisers will endeavour to get people out on the lake. 10 races are planned over the three days so as to allow an opportunity for people to get out sailing.

The regatta, which is for Shannon-One-Designs (SOD’s), was first run in 1960 and has been run at various locations around the lake since then, including Oughterard, Inishambo and Lisloughrey. The last 26 years the racing has taken place from Cong where the local community and business have been very supportive. 

Shannon One Designs are handmade 18 foot clinker built boats with a mainsail of 140 square feet and a crew of three, designed by Morgan Giles in 1920 and are the second oldest one design dinghy in the world and they boast the largest fleet of any classic one design in Ireland.

On Saturday three races will take place in close proximity to Ashford Castle. On Sunday, weather permitting there will be a passage race to Cornnamona where sandwiches and refreshments will be enjoyed in Johnny O’Malley’s pub where our sailors can practice their Gaeilige before racing back to Lisloughrey. This is the only Gaeltacht area that the SOD’s race in each year. Monday racing will take place between the islands of  Inchagill and Inchmicatreer. Prize giving afterwards in Lydon’s Lodge Hotel.

Details of the event are available on Facebook at or from John Leech at jfmleech@iws.ie or 086 2382919.

For more information on Shannon One Designs see www.soda.ie.

For more information on Sail Spree see www.SailSpree.ie.
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