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ISORA Dinner at the NYC 15th November 2014.

ISORA held its annual Prize giving dinner dance at the NYC on Saturday 15th November. 171 members and guests packed into the dining room of the club to be treated to a most superb night’s dining and entertainment.

ISORA’s guests at the event were Larry Power, Commodore of the National Yacht Club, Derek Matthews, Commodore of the Royal Dee Yacht Club and Barry MacNeaney, Commodore of the Royal Alfred Yacht Club.

The ISORA annual general meeting (AGM) is on 15th November at 15.00 at the National Yacht Club Dún Laoghaire

The Agenda is available here and the Draft 2015 Race Schedule as a discussion document for the AGM is available here

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National Yacht Club – Wednesday 12th November at 20.30 – All Welcome

The National Yacht Club and ISORA are thrilled to announce that Liam Coyne, Co-Skipper of “Lula Belle” will give his talk in the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire on the 12th November at 20.30. All are welcome to attend this unique presentation.

The “Dynamic Duo” of Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive came together for only one race in the season of 2014. They had sailed two-handed together for many years taking an active part in ISORA and also competing in the D2D, Round Ireland and the Fastnet races.

In the early 1900’s a young 29 year old Corsican perfumer starting out in Paris was having little success in breaking into what was then an elite market. Not willing to accept his initial lack of success, Francois Coty pulled off a master stroke by accidentally “spilling” a bottle of his maiden scent “La Rose Jacqueminot” just inside the door and all along the floor in a trail to the perfume counter in the Parisian department store Les Grands Magasins du Louvre. It proved to be a master stroke as, attracted by the scent, customers swarmed the perfume counter and his entire stock was sold out in a matter of minutes. It was the start of a business empire that today stands proudly as a global top five beauty company.

In a more simple world back then, devoid of spin doctors, marketeers, PR gurus and various assorted “makey uppy” titles for what essentially are very expensive commercial wafflers, Coty, who is credited with being the founder of the now multi billion dollar modern fragrance industry, came up with what nowadays would be described as a mission statement for his new business:

Give a woman the best product you can make. Market it in the perfect bottle – beautiful in its simplicity yet impeccable in taste. Ask a reasonable price for it and you will witness the birth of a business, the size of which the world has never seen”   Francois Coty – 1904.

“Ruth” – ISORA 2014 Champion

The overall championship was decided at the last race when Liam Shanahan’s “Ruth” crossed the finish line after the Hendrick Ryan + Associates “James Eadie” Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire race on the 6th September. Fifteen boats came to the start line in Pwllheli. Of the line-up, six of the boats were “J” boats and of them five were J109’s.

The winner of the Hendrick Ryan + Associates Race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire is Mojito

and the overall ISORA 2014 hampion is Ruth

The full results are available on the web site here

Liam Coyne of Dun Laoghaire and Brian Flahive of Wicklow are the Afloat.ie "Sailors of the Month" for August 2014, following their stunning and comprehensive success in the 1,802 mile RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race.

Read the Article in Afloat

Lula Belle is on the homeward leg - folllow the finish on the tracker here.

Dublin offshore two handers Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive are heading for the finish line of the Round Britain & Ireland Race on Saturday even though they have had a series of gear failures over the last 72 hours. Now – on day 10 – their engine, used to power batteries, will not start. Coyne sent this latest update to Afloat.ie this morning: Read the blog in Afloat  here

Lula Belle - Has finished the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.

ISORA offshore two handers Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive finished the Round Britain & Ireland Race on Saturday after a tough 12 days 2hour, 40 minutes and 54 seconds.

Congratulations on winning the Double Handed Class, 1st in IRC Class 3 & 4 and a fantastic 6th Overall. Read the blog in Afloat  here.

This season was definately a season of two halves – heavy weather during the first half and very light weather during the second half. As so it was for the Race 9 that was originally scheduled to visit the M2 Weather buoy. Traditionally our dominant south westerly winds usually give the desired beat and run but this year was different. North west winds were forecast. Not only that, while there was plenty of wind at the briefing at 08.45, the forecast was to drop to little or nothing at 14.00.

In light of this the Sailing Committee decided that leaving the ISORA fleet bobbing in the middle of the Irish Sea was not to anyone’s advantage and re-set the course. The fleet were to head out of Dublin Bay to Bennet Buoy and from there to Taylor’s Rock just north of Lambay, leaving Lambay to starboard. The return course was back to Bennet and to the Finish – 38 miles.

KONA   ISORA Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli Yacht Race was held on 26th July   2014. “Ruth” (who also won last year’s race) took home the perpetual and   keepers trophies. Second place overall went to “Elandra” with “Polish Manx”   coming home third. 

“I am delighted to be handing out the KONA trophies   to the worthy winners" says John Rutter KONA MD... "Any yacht race across the Irish Sea is a challenge and we love a challenge at KONA. I would like to thank ISORA for running a great championship and also Pwllheli Sailing Club for hosting KONA once again!”


 
Photos by Alan Dop. 

KONA   ISORA Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli Yacht Race was held on 26th July   2014. “Ruth” (who also won last year’s race) took home the perpetual and   keepers trophies. Second place overall went to “Elandra” with “Polish Manx”   coming home third. 

“I am delighted to be handing out the KONA trophies   to the worthy winners" says John Rutter KONA MD... "Any yacht race across the Irish Sea is a challenge and we love a challenge at KONA. I would like to thank ISORA for running a great championship and also Pwllheli Sailing Club for hosting KONA once again!”


 
Photos by Alan Dop. 

The second ISORA Night Race on Friday 8th August in Pwllheli started, later than the Irish counterparts, at 2050 hrs. The Race committee had set a 38.5 mile course which would take the fleet to all corners of Tremadog bay.

The Welsh ISORA fleet were set off from the Pwllheli Sailing Club start line using the unmanned, automated start system with a beat to the first mark in a gentle 8 knots of wind and then onwards to St Tudwal's Islands. Jackknike J125 was first through the sound just as the wind built to 10 knots and a close fetch to Causeway Buoy.

The 14 mile spinnaker run from Causeway turned into a tight reach as the competitors reached Madog Fairway. Jackknife held her lead with Sgrech and Mojito closing in on the dying wind around Madog Fairway.

The beat back to Tom Buoy was fast with winds increasing to 18 knots and held for the boats to finish around 0400 hrs.

Jackknife took line honours but Sgrech was first overall and Mojito second - Mojito went on to compete in Abersoch Regatta and acheived 2nd overall.

The Pwllheli Night Race (ISORA - Race 8b) - RESULTS

Report on Race 8A – Deja Vu for “Ruth” in Dun Laoghaire Night Race.

The weather was forecast to be very light for the Night Race from Dun Laoghaire. The tides were very strong. The course on the sailing instructions was to head south to North India. The fleet would be drifting against a flooding tide for two and a half hours after the start? It had been considered that the course would be changed to head north with the tide but this was rejected by the Sailing Committee. So 15 boats came to the start line for NYC Commodore, Larry Power, to send them off towards North India.

At the time of the start there was no wind and the flooding tide pushed the fleet back away from the start line. It was approximately 30 minutes before the first boat managed to creep across the line. At this stage those boats on the land side decided to head close to the land to avoid the tide. The remainder headed out to sea into the tide but towards the line of wind that was appearing on the horizon.

The members of ISORA wish our fellow ISORA sailors, Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive a fast and safe passage in the heroic 2-handed attempt at the Round Britain and Ireland Race.

The race starts on Sunday 10th August and its progress can be followed on the Yellowbrick website and app.