Howth Yacht Club
Well done Eve, Ewan and Jamie McMahon! Awesome results across the 3 divisions, spectacular...
Tight at the top of the Optimist Junior Fleet after 2 days at the Nationals in RIYC - Johnny and Luke dominating the 73-boat fleet... http://iodai.com/results-files/naju17os.html
Notice of Race(s) for All Ireland Helmsmans Champs - Senior and Junior....
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Howth 17 Footers Association
Tonight's start line will have an incredible combined boat age of 1,487 years..!! (not including crew) https://hyc.ie/events/165-howth-17-footer-championships/entries
Howth 17 Footers National Championships - this weekend. Generously sponsored by our friends and supporters at McNeills of Howth.
GARELOCH ONE DESIGN CLASS ASSOCIATION NEWS THE GODDESS DIONE RETURNS The Gareloch One Design Dione built in 1924 was re-launched at a reception at Rhu Marina, Helensburgh on Friday 21st July at 6pm. Dione rejoined the fleet of 16 Gareloch One Designs (GODs) sailing and racing on the Gareloch at the Annual Championships on 22 and 23 July. Dione hadn’t been afloat for nearly 35 years and missed the 90th anniversary of the class when the rest of the fleet mustered and raced in the Gareloch. Most of the GODs are named after Greek Goddesses. Peter Proctor, Convenor of the Gareloch Association explained. “Dione didn’t make an appearance in 2014. After that the Association acquired her with a view to restoring her. She was in bits, but under cover, so basically sound. We didn’t know how we would get her back together and sailing, we just knew we should try. “Retired Royal Navy engineer Bill McLaren stepped forward and volunteered to lead the work. Then Tim Henderson stepped up, thinking he should help his cousin Bill and the class he had been involved with since childhood. Both are former Gareloch owners. Between them they put in most of the 1500 hours involved, but the local sailing community also made a massive contribution – labour, technical expertise, parts and equipment.” In 1923 the Gareloch Yacht Club formed after the First World War decided they needed a yacht suitable for racing. They asked McGruers, based along the Gareloch at Clynder, to design and build 10 boats. The boats were delivered in spring 1924 and allocated by ballot to the owners before being painted the many colours which are still a feature of the Class. The Royal Forth Yacht Club took a liking to the Garelochs when they were under construction and had five built in early summer 1924. They branded their boats Royal Forth One Designs. A 16th and final Gareloch was built in 1928 for a Clyde owner. Over the next decade some of the Clyde Garelochs migrated to the Forth and Aldeburgh in Suffolk. But in the mid 1950s a series of events led John Henderson, Tim’s uncle, to achieve his “pipe dream”, he brought all the Garelochs back home. This meant that sixty years ago, in 1957, and for the first time, all the boats raced together on the Gareloch. That year more Garelochs raced at Clyde Week than ever before. Peter Proctor commented. “I think these 93 year old Garelochs are unique as a class of classic yachts. All the Garelochs ever built are still here and sailing on the waters they were designed for. It was fantastic that Dione rejoined the racing at the Annual Championships. Her return is a great credit to the members of the Association, the local sailing community, but especially to Bill and Tim who made it possible.” Background Gareloch One Designs are 24 ft long, with a beam of 5 ft 6 ins and at total sail area of 224 sq ft. They have a cast iron keel and were constructed of Elm, Oak, Mahogany and Pitch Pine. The mahogany used in the rebuild for the toe-rail and to frame and face the cuddy and cockpit was originally the ticket counter in Helensburgh Central Railway Station. A local joinery company, David L Gall and Sons, salvaged the timber in the late 1950s when the Station was re-modelled and stored the timber at their Garelochhead premises ever since. It is thought the mahogany is rare Honduras mahogany. The most “fun job” in the project was rebuilding the deck and cuddy, “these were all new and shiny and you could see good progress”. One of the most challenging jobs was replacing 68 of the boat’s 114 frames/ribs. The beam shelf and stringer were not removed to help the boat retain it is original shape during the rebuild. This meant that the ribs had to be steamed and wriggled into position between the hull planking and the stringer and beam shelf to achieve the complex and sometimes double curves required. At first this proved very difficult until local naval architect Ian Nicolson suggested splitting the ribs length wise, fitting and steaming one half into position and then gluing the other half to it when the curve had been formed, effectively laminating the new ribs. The Gareloch Yacht Club became part of the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in 1935 when this new Club was formed by the merger of a number of Clubs and moved to premises at Rhu overlooking the Gareloch. The Gareloch is a small sea loch, approximately five miles long and one mile wide, at the north west corner of the Clyde estuary. It is home to the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet. The Class Association actively promotes the class and regular racing. The Class race regularly against sailors from Germany, Ireland and England who also sail classic yachts. The venues for these races alternate, with the local class at each venue being used for annual or bi-annual team races. The Class encourage interest in the Gareloch class and will take anyone interested sailing. Some Garelochs have been the in same ownership for decades, but Garelochs do become available periodically as owners circumstances change. Class Web-site http://garelochod.org/
'Erica' is available for the upcoming Howth 17 Nationals ('Intergalactics') and MSL Park Motors Mercedes-Benz Autumn League in Howth. This is a great opportunity for enthusiastic racing sailors to experience the thrill of competition in Howth's famous keelboat class. Suitable for sailors of all ages, nationalities, creeds... Contact Ian Malcolm - 083 177 4099
Ireland's Eye Ferries
We are back running today every hour from 10:30 til 5:30. Here's a video of Pinalia passing the lighthouse and the Christmas Eve on the way to the island.
It's a lovely day but there are strong on shore winds which means we won't be able to do any trips today.
We often get asked if is ok to bring dogs on the boat and we say yes of course so long as they are on a lead. We were really surprised today when this young lady asked if it was ok to bring her pets on board. Cute aren't they...
Sealy McSealface really likes his new name.
All events are free so give it a like & share. The line-up at McNeills is as follows: Friday 4th Aug @ 7pm - Zrazy. Friday 4th Aug @ 8.30pm - Gabriel & Firends Saturday 5th Aug @ 8.30pm - Clive Barnes. Saturday 5th Aug @ 10.30pm - The Guilty Party. Sunday 6th Aug @ 5.30pm - The Aoife Doyle Quartet. Sunday 6th Aug @ 8pm - Colm Skwirbat.
Get out there and support the festival folks!!!