- Fear the dark?
- Things that go bump (or crunch) in the night?
- Is Saturday night stilettos night?
- Does a swaying motion at the weekend mean only one thing?
Then look away now as our proposition isn’t for you...
Following the E Boat Nationals prize giving yesterday & some lessons on how to correctly hold a burgee (it's amazing how many ways a three cornered flag can be held up), there was an exchange of burgees between our Commodore, Maurice Wilson & the Commodore of the Sydney Flying Squadron - our very own Felix Finlay.
We're now accepting entries for the E Boat National Championships 2014 which will be hosted at Clontarf Yacht Club from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July 2014.
For those of you who have yet to pay the ISA E Boat Association Fees of €40, these must be paid before entering the event. As we are working off split tides we will be mooring in Poolbeg on the Friday evening for the cost of €20 per boat.
The event results are now available on our race results subsite.
One thousand years further on and here we were celebrating the epic Battle of Clontarf with lashings of sunscreen, breac, ice cold drinks and a festival of sail. By the time the cloud had broken on Saturday afternoon, a fleet of 80 boats of all shapes, sizes, constructions and age (crewed by an equally mixed bunch, we might add) had gathered afloat.
Led by the majestic Galway Hooker, Naomh Cronan from Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, the fleet conducted a spectacular sail past Clontarf promenade. There were Vikings (with occasional engine trouble), monks in lifejackets, two chimney impersonators and even Dick Dastardly, Penelope Pitstop & sidekick Muttley amongst our wacky racers. The racing curraghs and canoes of Stella Maris Rowing Club, 5th Port (Dollymount) Sea Scouts and East Wall Watersports raced each other and engaged in sporadic water fights. Dinghies old & new, dressed in flags, sipped in between them all. It was 1014 without the bloodshed!
Have a look through our photo albums of the weekend on Facebook for Saturday & Sunday or at our own selection of the pictures taken afloat & ashore.
There was a great atmosphere around the Club last night for the open of the Battle of Clontarf Millennium Classic Boat Rally.
Speeches were kept informative & brief; presentations were made to some of our distinguished visitors & hard working team; and there was plenty of wine & cheese for all.
You may have noticed some new dinghies on the start line this year and the good news is your eyes do not deceive you. The Laser sailors have clearly caught the bug since Clontarf’s 2013 Winter Series and are working to get a separate class start for the 2014 summer sailing season. With 5 starters already for club racing they have momentum on their side. Radial and Full rigs are welcome. If you have a Laser dinghy, can borrow one or even want to buy one to join them give Gary Sargent (086 0403476) or Mark McGowan (087 2555248) a buzz. Amazingly these two have volunteered themselves as virtual class captains for the year!