Made up of sailors in all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities the IDRA 14 class prides itself on its inclusive approach to sailors of every level from beginner to expert. The class offers a full racing and social calendar, with fleets sailing out of Sutton, Clontarf and Dun Laoghaire.
The boat itself is a classic and has a place in Irish dinghy racing history, designed by Irish naval architect George O'Brien Kennedy in the winter of 1938 and first raced in 1946. It may be an older design but both wood and fibreglass versions now sail alongside each other.
The people who sail them are an equally passionate bunch and armed with a trapeze and spinnaker the boat provides an excellent platform for any budding sailor to learn and grow. No surprise that trainees from the adult sailing course regularly end up sailing their first season with this group.
The class are no home birds either and pride themselves on the family orientated away events around the country. The Northern Championships take place every year on Carlingford Lough with the National Championships roaming around the country each year with Galway, Enniskillen, Sligo, Lough Ree and Lough Derg among the locations chosen.
Last updated 21:32 on 22 June 2017