ISORA News Items all in date order.
28th April - ISORA / RAYC / Lee Overlay Day Race - (50 miles)
Dun Laoghaire to Nt. Arklow Cardinal
5th May - ISORA Offshore - Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead (60 miles)
19th May - ISORA Offshore - Conwy to Howth (100 miles)
2nd June - lynx metmAsts ISORA Offshore - Pwllheli to Wicklow
14th July - ISORA Day Race - Pwllheli (35miles)
27th July - ISORA / RAYC / Lee Overlay Night Race - (35 miles)
Dun Laoghaire to Nt. India Qulaifying Race
18th August - ISORA Offshore - (75 miles) Qulaifying Race
Dun Laoghaire – Pwllheli
1st September - ISORA / RAYC / Lee Overlay Day Race - (54 miles)
Dun Laoghaire to M2
8th September - ISORA Day Race - Pwllheli (35 miles)
15th September - ISORA Offshore - Pwllheli to Dunlaoghaire. (80 Miles)
James Eadie Race – Qulaifying Race
Overall Series: To win the overall ISORA series for the Wolf’s Head Trophy boats must complete 2 of the 6 “Qualifying”. Points for the overall series will then be taken from the best 5 results. Prizes will be awarded for a separate series to include all races in the schedule.
N.B. - All races will have a weighting applied.
The 2011 ISORA prize giving dinner took place on the 19th November in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire.
The packed dining room was treated to a sumptuous meal. The evening started with a reception and classical music provided by the Neptune Trio.
The first speaker was Capt Mick Liddy who gave a talk on "Preparation for Offshore Racing"
Capt. “Mick” Liddy is an Air Corp Helicopter pilot / flight instructor with extensive Search & Rescue experience. Mick has recently spent time flying the Garda Air Support Helicopter and served with the UN in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has also flown politicians and heads of state as part of his government service duties.
On the water, Mick has received even more plaudits. As one of Ireland’s most accomplished amateur offshore yachtsmen, he has held two World Sailing Records, including the record for the fastest solo sailing time around Ireland, and won the Double-handed Round Britain and Ireland race in 2006. He added a win in the Maxi World Championships in 2009, one of his many successful appearances for Ireland on the international yachting stage.
In 2010 he completed the Round Ireland Race with, visually impaired sailor, Mark Pollock.
The ISORA Chairman, Peter Ryan, gave a presentation about ISORA, the Clubs and ports involved, a brief outlook of the races in the 2011 program and some tips on the tides involved.
The last speaker was Maurice "Prof" O'Connell. Maurice has competed successfully in the Sydney Hobart, Fastnet and Round Ireland offshore races, has won numerous one-design national and international titles, was a member of the coaching team at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and campaigned for selection for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He recently skippered "Legally Brunette" to victory in the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. He currently assists teams from dinghies to big boats in maximising their performance on the water and also represents North Sails in Ireland. Prof is a member of the RCYC and RStGYC.
Capt Mick Liddy: Mick Liddy OFFSHORE RACING (pdf 542kb)
Peter Ryan: Introduction to Offshore Racing Part 1 (pdf 4.8Mb) Introduction to Offshore Racing Part 2 (pdf 3.1Mb)
Maurice "Prof" O'Connell: Prof OConnell (pdf 3.5Mb)
Thinking of racing offshore? This will be of interest to you.
JB Room, National Yacht Club - 7th April 2011 at 19.30
Informal talk followed by reception.
Speakers to include:
Maurice “Prof” O’Connell – “The Dingle Race – Tactics”
Mick Liddy – “Preparing for Offshores”
Peter Ryan – “ISORA- Strategies & Tips”
· This is a unique opportunity to gain from the Speaker’s years of experience of Offshore Racing in one night.
· Experienced offshore racers will learn from or contribute to the evening.
· An opportunity to share offshore experiences.
· If you need crew for offshore racing, they will be there.
· If you are interested in crewing, find a boat owner at the meeting.
ALL WELCOME & BRING A FRIEND!!!!!!
22nd – 26th August
Get ready for the 2011 Keelboat Week at Abersoch. This year will be bigger and better than ever with more on and off the water fun planned for all. The Regatta will also be the North West IRC Championships and will be raced under the burgee of SCYC.
For more details follow go to www.abersochkeelboatweek.org
On the 13th November, at the request of the Irish Cruisier Racing Association (ICRA), I presented a paper to their annual conference helf on Carrigaline, Co. Cork. ICRA have been particularly interested in promoting offshore racing in Ireland and I was asked to present my views and ideas on how ISORA has progressed.
The presentation was well received by the conference and there appeared to be a keen interest, not only in the progress of ISORA, but in South Coats Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) and West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA).
I attach a pdf version of the powerpoint presentation given at the event.
Revival of Offshore Racing - Final (pdf 5.3Mb)
As you may have noticed, the site has a new look and feel. This will enable the site to be updated more efficiently, as well as allowing new features such as a mobile phone friendly version to be automatically viewed when using a mobile browser.
A new version of the forum as well as a gallery will be added soon.
The D2D – Dun Laoghaire to Destruction?
by Simon Byrne
Like all sporting contests, the “before” is sometimes the best part. Nothing has actually happened yet. Nobody has lost so therefore everyone is still a winner, or at least harbors genuine thoughts of winning. Excitement is high. People are giddy with probable unrealistic dreams of how they see their chances of winning panning out. Adrenaline kicks in to add an extra frisson to proceedings. So, it’s all good. The calm before the storm, no doubt.
“Lula Belle’s” WhatsApp crew group is buzzing. Confirmation of who’s aboard. Shore crew divvy ups. Logistics. Weather forecasts and grib files. Catering. Last minute lift out and scrub timings. Paperwork. Ah yes, the paperwork. Big race now the D2D so no messing around. RORC accreditation in the pipeline. Lots of paperwork. Crew members details. Next of kin details (a forewarning of what was to come perhaps?). Medical histories of all crew. Medical histories? Tah Dah! Let the fun and games commence.
He assumes all of the crew get his whacky sense of humour. Or at least he hopes so. Late Tuesday evening he can’t help himself. Skipper asks through WhattsApp for any medical history. He switches onto smart arse autopilot. He unleashes a tome. Taking the Michael but he thinks it’s expected of him. His medical history? Fair enough so. Brace yourself Skipper. Here’s what he penned in reply (and all true):
Medical conditions Skipper? Ok so – in chronological order:
Scarlet Fever in ’78 – fortnight in quarantine in Cherry Orchard Hospital, then bedridden at home for three months – nearly died, just sayin’.
Broken patella ’79.
It’s Mr. Chairman’s birthday. We don’t love him quite enough to procure either a Marilyn lookalike (in your dreams Peter) or a Marilyn soundalike to seduce him with “Happy Birthday Mr. Chairman” in a sexy, husky, sultry voice. Although he probably deserved it – more than Jack Kennedy did anyhow. Or perhaps we did, very late on in the fantastic Poolbeg Yacht & Sailing Club, but if so it was as I was home in my cot, snoring to my hearts content, full of Uncle Arthurs finest.
What we did give him for his birthday though was a kind of BOGOF (buy one get one free) sailing event in that last Saturday saw yet another first for the new look, all singing, all dancing, don’t stop me now ‘cause I’m having such a good time, ISORA season of 2017 – two races incorporated into one. Ye what, Gay? Yep two races in one on a perfect early summer’s day for sailing with an average 15 knots of wind and little or no sea – just what anyone would want on their birthday, no?
So Happy Birthday Mr. Chairman, you don’t look a day over 58!
Cards on the table time - I love Poolbeg Yacht & Sailing Club. Nothing like cutting to the chase and getting it all out, up front, early doors. First time there but wow, great club, great people, great welcome. There are clubs, let’s be honest here, that ISORA rocks up to each season (Pwhelli & Douglas most definitely excluded) and I always feel we're like those relatives coming to town – you know, the one’s that we put up with rather than look forward to their arrival. Yes they're family, yes it's tradition and all that, they visit annually, but really? We're a bit sick of you actually? Anyone? You know I'm right. But certainly not here in Poolbeg.