Regrettably the Inter-Counties Sailing Championship will not be going ahead as scheduled on the 7th & 8th of September.  Problems with finding enough funding support and issues shoreside have made it difficult to make the event a success. Waterways Racing would very much like to thank Waterways Ireland for the support they did put forward and also thank you to everyone who has shown such great enthusiasm for the event, it has been very much appreciated. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

Paul Ó Riain – Event Director
Waterways Racing

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11th June 2013

Sailing will be centre stage when teams from around Ireland battle it out in the Grand Canal Dock, Dublin for the 2nd edition of the Inter-Counties Sailing Championship, hosted by Waterways Racing, to see which county has the best sailing team.

Sailors are invited to submit a team comprising a crew of up to five people capable of handling one of the ISA SailFleet J80's, a 27ft keel boat, to include at least one female, to represent counties in what will be the battle of the sailing tribes and colours of Ireland. Which county is the best? Racing will comprise a series of sprint flights of approximately 20 minutes duration leading to a final to decide the winner.

With boats constantly in close quarters and potential crash situations both with each other and the immovable solid quay walls, this event promises to be a testing and thrilling experience for the sailors crewing onboard and a highly entertaining spectacle with viewing areas for spectators on the quay walls and the Grand Canal Square.

The championship will run over the weekend of 7th and 8th September 2013 from 10 00am - 4.00pm each day.

The ISA SailFleet J80s, a fleet of one design boats 27ft in length, are being provided by Howth Yacht Club so teams can compete on a level playing field. Ownership of a boat is not necessary and sailors and clubs wishing to enter a team to represent their county should contact Waterways Racing below.

The Grand Canal Dock is part of Ireland’s inland waterways system and comprises 44 acres of non-tidal freshwater in Dublin’s Docklands.  It has its own marina, Waterways Interpretive Centre, Watersports Centre and is surround by a multitude of bars and restaurants and is overlooked by the majestic Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

The event is being supported by Waterways Ireland, an all island body set up to manage and promote all of Ireland’s waterways. Commenting on their sponsorship of the event “We are delighted to be involved in this sailing championship which invites participation from the whole island of Ireland in keeping with our own remit as an inter-governmental agency. We are looking forward to welcoming teams, supporters and the general public to this historic dock in Dublin for the inaugural Waterways Ireland Inter-Counties Sailing Championship” Éanna Rowe, Marketing Manager, Waterways Ireland. 

For more information see or contact Paul Ó Riain from Waterways Racing on +353 (0)85 808 5066 or email

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