The great circumnavigation of Larne Lough, a ‘Chase Race’ for Meningitis is a brand new event on the Irish sailing calendar. But what is it?
To be held on Saturday 7th September and hosted by East Antrim Boat Club, it is a type of pursuit race. However in reaching into every possible creek of the beautiful Larne Lough, together with a variety of ‘on-course hurdles,’ it will be a race like no other. How many races have a built in roundabout to navigate? Overall it is a fundraising day drenched with fun, frolics and challenges.
Open to mono-hulled dinghies, day boats and sports boats with a Portsmouth Yardstick number between 900 and 1600 the day will actually consist of two races; a Minor Race of 50 minutes will precede the main race, the Chase Race.
The event has caught the imagination of not only the Irish dinghy scene, but the Northern Ireland marine trade, as well as the locally based traders around Larne. Big prizes are on offer, especially for the winners of the Meningitis Chase Race!
Courtesy of P&O Ferries the winners will be presented with a prize return crossing between Larne Co. Antrim and Cairnryan or Troon in Scotland. And better still this superb prize will apply to a car and two passengers.
Arthur Murphy of P&O Ferries commented “P&O Ferries is delighted to support the forthcoming Meningitis Chase Race. As operators of the shortest, fastest, most frequent ferry services between N. Ireland and Scotland, we know our customers enjoy being first over the line when sailing across the North Channel”.
The driving force for the event is the Jobling family. Tom and Jane lost their three-year-old grandson Stanley to Meningitis. The family are well known in competitive sailing circles but this is the first time that they have taken their fundraising campaigns afloat.
Tom Jobling remarked “Stan was always a fun loving boy, always joking, smiling so another boring old sailboat race wouldn’t suit him at all. The day on Larne Lough will be full of surprises, both on and off the water. Stan’s dad Barry, himself a champion sailor will be delighted if our two key objectives can be achieved.’ Tom’s daughter Gemma continued, “We want at least 50 assorted boats out on the water and have raised £1,000 for the Meningitis Trust. And of course have remembered Stan’s smile".
Notice of Race, Entry Forms and general information are available at www.eabc.org.uk
Follow the Chase Race on Facebook www.facebook.com/MeningitisChaseRaceLarneLough
or give Tom Jobling a call on +44(0)7809691585.