Report: Ian Sargent
Photos: Henry McLoughlin

The June bank holiday weekend again saw the IDRA 14’s head north to Killowen, near Rostrevor in Co. Down . Carlingford Lough Yacht Club’s location is nestled on the shore with the majestic Mourne mountains behind and stunning views of the Lough and the Cooley mountains to the front – surely the most scenic sailing location in Ireland.

The small number of boats (8 this year) was augmented by the Class entourage and a large number of tents, camper vans etc took up residence on the Friday. Sadly two of the Class regular attendees – Killain Sargent & Yvonne Murray (14/157) and Paddy O’Kelly (14/51) have emigrated to Australia since last year. They did however send their regards from Oz for the event on facebook.

The hospitality of the Club bar was enjoyed at length each night into the early hours of the morning – thank you Seamus McNally (the barman). On the Saturday evening were were entertained by the CLYC Choir who were followed by the Class young musicians Ronah Lonergan, Hazel O’Kelly & Emma Richardson,

The racing schedule for the event is different than most Classes – IDRA 14s only want two one hour back to back races each day in the afternoon each day. This format has made the event very popular with the Class as the time spent on the water is not too long and so everyone brings their kids and grandkids etc which results in a great atmosphere on shore .

The sailing on the Saturday was a mixed bag as the renowned vagaries of the winds in Carlingford again made themselves known – large patches of calm interspersed with other patches of wind that constantly varied in direction – later even rising enough to have one capsize! Also there were the usual early season gear failures. The race officer succeeded in getting the two races completed and the competitors happily returned to shore. Race 1 was won by 14/163 (Philip Hackett) and race 2 by 14/112 (Alan Henry – SDC).

On the Sunday afternoon there were two more races – one near the club and the second the usual long race taking in a mark at Warrenpoint. This long race is eagerly awaited each year as it can become a test of endurance if the wind gets up – and it did.!! More capsizes and gear failure followed. Two boats found a mark closer than the one at Warrenpoint and arrived back elated only to find they had not completed the full course. Everyone arrived back quite exhausted and were delighted that was the last race. The 3rd race was again won by Alan Henry and the long 4th race by 14/140 (Frank Hamilton) after a closely fought battle with 14/126 (Charles Sargent – SDC) and 14/38 (Alan Carr – SDC).

The prizegiving was held outside the Club in warm sunshine – in total contrast to recent years.!! Special presentations were made to the Commodore of CLYC Philip O’Connor and to our Ciaran Browne who is emigrating shortly to the USA. Sadly emigration is now becoming more than an occasional event in our sport.

Next year will be the IDRA 14 Class 20th visit to CLYC. Very few Classes have an away event in one location that has continued unbroken for such a long number of years. They have also built up a great rapport with the CLYC members – many of whom come down to Dublin each year to join in the shoreside activities.

The IDRA 14 Class would like to express their thanks to Carlingford Lough Yacht Club for their hospitality and continued support for this event. So now roll the 20th visit in 2015.

Northern Chanmpionship Results:

1st 14/112 “Sunshine” Alan Henry / Simon Revill SDC / HYC
2nd 14/140 “Dunmoanin” Frank Hamilton / Jennifer Byrne DMYC
3rd 14/38 “Starfish” Alan Carr / Dana Kilroy SDC
4th 14/126 “Smurfette” Charles Sargent / Fergal O’Flaherty SDC / DMYC
5th 14/163 “Chance” Philip Hackett / Fiachra Collins CY&BC
6th 14/31 “Shearwater” Ciaran Browne/ Peter Dignam CY&BC
7th 14/160 “Dragon” Ronan Melling / Lorraine Smith CY&BC
8th 14/71 “Atomic” Donal Heney / Louise Coulter CY&BC

Warrenpoint Trophy Race:
14/140 “Dunmoanin” Frank Hamilton / Jennifer Byrne DMYC