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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.

The weather forecast was depressing for the 2014 KONA Offshore Perpetual Trophy Race on Saturday 26th July from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli. The only conversation during the pre-race get together in the NYC on the previous evening was “how can any boat manage to get to Pwllheli with that forecast???” The ISORA Sailing Committee decided after extensive deliberations to shorten the course to go direct to Pwllheli.

KonaPressReleaseClick here to read the full press Release

Congratulations Ruth - a fantastic race win.

The full provisional results are now on the web site here

Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships 1st – 3rd August 2014

We are only a few weeks from the inaugural ‘Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships’ hosted this year by Pwllheli Sailing Club on 1st to 3rd August.

The event has used the successful 2013 J Cup hosted by PSC as a spring board with the added award of the ‘Spinlock IRC’ regional title for Wales. PSC Commodore Stephen Tudor said: ‘The Club is very proud to be offered the opportunity to host the first Welsh IRC Championships and is delighted to see competitors already entered from Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Liverpool in addition to the local competitive fleet. Entries are still being received and we still have free berths available for the event on the new Academy pontoons’.

With many of the ISORA regulars recovering after the recent Round Ireland race and also taking part in Cork Week, 13 of the 15 entries came to the start line at Pier Mark for the ISORA Lighthouse Day Race.

The forecast for the day was light winds from the south strengthening around midday and reducing again in the evening and veering west. The original plan for the course was to round or pass the main lighthouses around Dublin – Baily, Rockabill, Kish, Muglins and Dun Laoghaire lighthouses. This would have produced a course of 45 miles. When the course was being decided just prior to the pre-race briefing, Dublin Bay was like a mill pond with little or no wind. Another factor in deciding the course was the strong tides on the day – HW at 12.20.

Another great race - the provisional results are published here and photos here.

The race report will be available here shortly.