Autumn Sailing is Packed with Events
The school holidays may be over but the sailing season is still in full throttle with regional, national, international and celebratory events galore.
Next up is the Flying 15 World Championship at the National Yacht Club. With 78 entries so far from all over the globe, it’s great to see support from the title sponsor Subaru. Follow their news and countdown here https://www.flying15worlds2019.com. Racing commences on 6th September.
And for something completely different … if the wind and waves come to Kerry, then the Brandon Bay Classic wave windsurfing event is on September 14th and 15th – link into https://www.facebook.com/events/2275130882800534/ for updates.
The 2.4mR Open Irish Nationals are on in Kinsale Yacht Club (21 & 22 September) and your contact is Gina Griffin for more details. The 2.4mR provides fantastic accessibility to sailing as a Sailability boat, as the sailor does not move in the boat, and everything is adjustable from right in front of the sailor. Both hand-steering and foot-steering are possible. They are incredible to watch and well worth a visit to Kinsale to see them in action.
Every year the Cruising Association of Ireland take a Cruise in Company up the Liffey and ALL THREE BRIDGES are lifted.
It is quite a spectacle. This year's is 14th & 15th September, with the Saturday bridge lift of East Link at 13:30 hours and the other two bridges rescheduled to co-ordinate with East Link accordingly. So if you are not sailing then come on down and watch them pass by.
Cork Dinghy Fest returns again and brings together the Rankin World Championships, National 18 National Championships, Irish Multihull National Championships, RS 200 Southers, RS 400 Southerns, RS Feva Nationals, Mirror Southerns and 29er Southerns over the weekend of 14th and 15th September. corkdinghyfest.ie/
Of course there are the Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships coming up. They kick off with the All Ireland Juniors in Schull on 28 & 29 September in Schull’s own design 3.7 dinghies. That’s followed by the All Ireland Championships at the National Yacht Club on 5 & 6 October in the Flying 15s. The Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships have been running since 1947. The aim of the championships is to find the “champion of champions” – pitting all types of sailors against each other in one type of boat. Sailors are nominated from class nationals winners, ranking and wild cards within affiliated classes to bring them together and complete in the same boat over 2 days of racing. Keep track on https://www.sailing.ie/Racing/All-Ireland-Sailing-Championships for entry details and more.
To keep abreast of event dates and venues you can go directly to https://www.sailing.ie/Events. If you have an open event on at your club please register it with us on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IrishSailingEventCalendar.
If you’d like to read more about this summer’s sailing season, you can find Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and his summer blog here: https://afloat.ie/sail/isa/item/43745-irish-sailing-president-s-summer-blog