Double Ree Regatta 2018
The inaugural "Double Ree" Regatta is to be held at Lough Ree Yacht Club on the 21st & 22nd of July.
Hosted by Lough Ree Yacht Club, "Double Ree" is the inaugural double-handed Youth Regatta. This event will draw the main double handed youth sailing classes together for an extravaganza of spinnaker flying racing!
Mirrors, RS Fevas, 420s and 29ers are taking to the waters of Lough Ree together and each class will be competing in their respective Regional Championships;
- · Mirror Western Championship
- · RS Feva Inland Championship
- · 420 Connacht Championship
- · 29er Triple Crown Event
This event will be a fantastic opportunity to be part of largest youth double-handed event in Ireland this year!
Camping & mooring facilities are free. The BBQ will be lit for those travelling on Friday evening and a dinner will be organised by the Club on Saturday evening.
You sure are guaranteed a good weekend with so many junior classes, free camping and the warm welcome Lough Ree Yacht Club are well known for.
Some of the classes have charter boats available and may well be looking for crew. Here are their web links if you want to get in touch.
Contact the club if you would like any further details or help on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commodore Garrett Leech was telling us how the idea came about, "Parents of young sailors often wonder what their precious will sail post Optimist and Topper introductions and Lough Ree Yacht Club have always been lucky enohg to have the Mirror as an established fleet for junior sailors of all abilities to move on as crew or helm. As the numbers of Mirrors dwindled and more sailors were gravitating to single handed sailing, Lough Ree saught to preserve the double handed fleet with continued support of Mirror winter coaching and inviting Feva and 420 sailing to the club. To ensure their young sailors become good all rounders, most children are exposed to doubl-handed boats, even if they are a champion Optimist sailor. Double handed sailing is a more inclusive choice too, as different abilities and levels of confidence are accommodated."
"The ultimate aim is ensuring that they continue to sail after 14 years." says Garrett.
So the "Double Ree" was born ...
- to encourage more youth to give double-handed sailing a go,
- to highlight the thrill, joy and of course competiion, of double-handed sailing and
- to get everyone together to celebrate themselves!!!
As a continuation of their passion for sailing together and for creating sailing environments for all skills within the club, Garrett is bringing back the Lough Ree Yacht Club Cruise in Company ... not just for cruising yachts and motor yachts, but for the dinghy sailors too. Shannon One Designs, Mirrors, Mirrors, 420s, Picos Lasers and Optimists will be packing up their Kelly Kettles and heading off for a weekend of gentle sailing and socialising on an island in the lake at the end of July. Sounds fantastic. Can I come?