Two Courses prepared by The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School:
For many yacht owners and crew the idea of racing offshore is daunting as they are concerned about applying navigational skills in unfamiliar settings and under race conditions pressure.
Additionally, many are unsure of what preparation to take and may be concerned about doing the right thing in an emergency. The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School has developed two short courses that aim to build confidence and skills for those who want to race offshore, in particular, for those wishing to take part in the excellent Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) races.
'ISORA is at the cutting edge of race management' said ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan in the 2016 ISORA AGM which was held in the National Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire on Saturday 12th November.
At the AGM it was agreed that the ISORA 2017 race schedule would star the Classic 'Dun Laoghaire to Dingle' Race in June.
Another big feature of the 2017 race series is the 'RORC/Liverpool and Royal Dee Yacht Clubs' Lyver Trophy' race will form part of the Royal Dee Yacht Club's Offshore Championship with the coastal races in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July whilst the race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli would be a great feeder race for the IRC Welsh National Championships hosted in Pwllheli in August.
The AGM also confirmed the use of auto helms in ISORA races and that the race schedule is designed to encourage new participants into the Irish Sea offshore scene from both sides of the channel with two coastal series and a good mix of race ports. Peter also confirmed that 'Virtual marks, combined with the latest Avery Crest YB Trakers would provide exciting and imaginative courses which could also feature virtual start lines and finishes'
At the spectacular prize-giving, hosted in the NYC, Stephen Tudor's Sgrech team were confirmed the Offshore Champions for the third time and collected the prestigious RDYC Wolf's Head Trophy from Derek Matthews Commodore of RDYC. Derek was presented with the ‘Penmaen Plate Spirit of ISORA’ in recognition of his assistance to ISORA.