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Glenua & Friends
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2015
How Malahide Father & Son Won the Double-handed Division
by
Dermot Cronin
Thursday 13 October 2016
At 20:00
in
Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club Ringsend
Entry €5 (in aid of RNLI)
The Annual 608 mile Rolex Middle Sea Race is the Med equivalent of the Fastnet. Every October it attracts a large international entry to Valetta in Malta, the starting point of the 608 mile race where skippers and crew experience a diversity of landscape and varying sea conditions defined by frustrating light airs to sail-splitting storms.

In his illustrated lecture, Dermot Cronin of Malahide Yacht Club, will bring us the inside story of how his son Paddy and himself won the Double-handed division of the 2015 Middle Sea Race in their yacht Encore, a First 40.7. Apart from the tactical challenges, it was an energy–sapping race with frequent sail-changing and variable winds reaching 42kts+.

Ever since his first sailing course with Glenans in Bere Island in 1979, racing around islands has attracted Dermot. Being an active racing member of Malahide Yacht Club since 1989, he progressed  to Round Ireland racing, D2D’s and Fastnet in 2003. In Encore he headed for Malta where he raced the Middle Sea Race in 2013 and 2014 fully crewed. His son Paddy has won the Round Ireland Double-handed division twice along with the RORC UK equivalent. Thus father and son teamed up in October 2015 for Double-handed division of the Middle Sea Race. here