The 2018 summer sailing season will kick into action at the Sportsboat Cup, running over three days at the end of May — Friday 25th through Sunday 27th. The Notice of Race is now available for viewing or download for the enticing upcoming event.
Eight classes are invited to race, with two classes choosing this regatta for their 2018 headline events: the inaugural Irish J80 Nationals (who are expecting to attract over fifteen boats!) and, for the second time, the 1720 Europeans. The resurgence of the Irish J24 fleet means they are expecting their best turnout since the Worlds in Howth in 2013. The Half and Quarter Tonners will be combining their resources to reach the critical mass for racing boats of their time and ilk, without having to contend with heavy cruisers as is their usual expectation under IRC. SB20's are no stranger to Howth, their growing and active fleet will be using this opportunity to get plenty of race practice in before the Europeans hitting Dun Laoghaire at the end of the summer.
With the demise of the Baily Bowl it is hoped that there will be strong showing from The North on their bank holiday weekend, traveling south again with their RS Elites to a new venue in Howth. Another class new to HYC will be the Flying Fifteens who's sizeable Dublin Bay Fleet won't have far to come to get involved at Ireland's Premier Sportsboat Regatta. While not a new venue, it has been a long time since an International Dragon graced the north-side waters between Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island for some competitive racing. It will be the perfect weekend for them to rediscover what the racecourse and hospitality have to offer after a long absence.
To cater for up to eight classes racing, and aiming to get in the full compliment of nine races, planning is well underway for multiple racecourses. The race management teams have excellently run all windward-leward races, losing only one race over the previous events to challenging conditions. We are due for some good breeze this year to get the heart-rate up with some downwind blasts.
We are expecting up to 100 boats racing, lending itself to plenty of action and a bustling atmosphere ashore. The two previous overall event winners — Flor O'Driscoll with 'Hard on Port' (2014) and Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea with 'T-Bone' (2016) — will be bringing their crews to compete again, hoping to snag the title for another two years.
Enter online here to avail of the Early Bird Discounted rate of €155 and don't miss out on a weekend of racing and fun ashore.
If your class wants to be involved get in touch and we will see how we can fit you in! We would love to have a mixed fleet class to bring together similar boats that don't have a big enough fleet to race one-design.
See you on the water!