SORC Success for ‘Dinah’

The annual Solo Offshore Racing Club’s ‘Channel Week’ was held last week in a varying mix of conditions. Seven offshore legs over eight days took the fleet from the Solent to the Channel Islands, and on to three French ports, before crossing back to the Weymouth and finishing in the Solent. Conditions were challenging throughout the event, including everything from a 100m beat to Guernsey in 25+knts and spring tides, to a light airs run from Weymouth to the Solent on the final day. Continue reading SORC Success for ‘Dinah’

Interested in Double Handed Sailing - Crew available -

Experienced sailor (~ 4600 nm, Atlantic crossing, Isora’s, Fastnet, Round Ireland) interested in Double Handed racing,

is looking for a boat which would give me a taste of it to see if I want to follow up on this in the future.

RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety course, VHF SR Cert.

I’m also happy for any hint regarding ‘how to start’.

Contact under :



A one-design 2-handed mini Championship in Galway - tempted?

There will be two handed racing  on J80 sailfleet in Galway bay the 10th of April, notice of race will follow, but it is likely to be 2 or 3 windward-leeward course before a small coastal race.
Open to anybody able to handle short handed sailing.
Entry fees €100 by 26th march, limited number of placed so first come first served system.
West sails
087 62 89 854
Breaking news:
Notice of race for the GBSC-West Sails 2-handed one design championship is now available on GBSC website, just follow this link:
So far have shown strong interest:
  1. Tim Breen-Gerry Muray
  2. Martin Breen-Nigel Moss
  3. Paul O’Rain-
  4. Tom Murphy-Yannick Lemonnier
  5. Cathal Clark-
  6. Gavin Doyle-
  7. Mitch-Andrew Cameron
  8. Brian Flahive-
  9. Enda O’Coineen

Single Handed Sailing tips - free ebook

Canadian West Coast singlehander Andrew Evans  has written “Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics for Singlehanded Sailing,” with a forward by two time solo circumnavigator Bruce Schwab. Best of all, its FREE. Download the book as a PDF from the San Francisco Singlehanded Sailing Society.

Continue reading Single Handed Sailing tips – free ebook

Solitaire du Figaro Dun Laoghaire Stopover - Teaser video released!!!

For a taste of the action and what to expect next August!!!!

Two-Handed class (IRC) for the 2011 DL Regatta Confirmed

The Regatta Organising Committee have confirmed the addition of a Two-Handed class (IRC) for the 2011 Regatta.

The Two handed IRC racing will make its debut in July’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Up to six boats have expressed interest in the new intiative and the organisers say the class will race over a mix of coastal and windward leeward courses.  It’s an exciting development for the regatta that is already receiving a flow of entries 11 weeks ahead of the entry deadline.

Boats that have expressed an interest so far are the regular ISORA participant Mojito from the UK, Team Windmill (J109), JBellino (J-122), Dinah (Barry Hurley’s modified JOD 35 with which he won his class in the OSTAR 2009) and Oystercatcher (the winner of 2-handed class in the Round Ireland race).

Other boats are also likely now that the regatta has confirmed the class start.

The class will race under IRC on a mixture of Coastal and W/L courses over the 4 days. They shall have an IRC TCC rating of .850 or greater.  Entries must satisfy the committee that they have suitable and adequate experience and that their yacht is appropriately organised for two-handed sailing.

Online Entry is now open for this new class with an early entry fee of €200 up to 2nd May and €300 thereafter.  Entry includes berthing and all social programme activities at the 4 Waterfront Clubs during the 4 day Regatta.

La Solitaire du Figaro 2011: strong potential line up of 71 pre-entries

With 71 pre-entries, including 24 rookies, an increasing number of non-French sailors and some big names in offshore racing, La Solitaire du Figaro Figaro, promises to deliver exceptional racing for the 42nd edition of the race over the 1,695 mile-course.

Continue reading La Solitaire du Figaro 2011: strong potential line up of 71 pre-entries

Irish 2-handed Racing Calendar 2011

Attention 2-handers…now is the time to open the new planner brought by Santa and put these dates down…

The 2-handed sailing calendar (for the East Coast at least) will comprise: Continue reading Irish 2-handed Racing Calendar 2011

Irish Mini 6.50 campaign for 2011 - Get involved!!!

Double & Solo Racing Group member Michael McKeon is organising an Irish  Mini 6.50 campaign…

Following the success of the Mini open days sailing on his boat “HYPOMENE”, Michael would like to rally all interested parties in making sure that the boat is actively campaigned as the “Irish Mini” during the 2011 calendar!

Anyone interested in the Mini 6.50 class and / or  in sampling short-handed racing “the French way” is welcome.

See details for this great opportunity sent by Michael below: Continue reading Irish Mini 6.50 campaign for 2011 – Get involved!!!

2-handed Irish rankings! And the winner is...

Alright, here we go…

Based on the point scoring system described in a previous post, the winner is Dinah (Barry Hurley & crew(s)). Congratulations to Barry who had a string of successes this season.

Also a big well done to ISORA regulars  Katanca (Barry O’Connor and Paul O’Riain) for their 2nd spot and to our friends from across the Irish Sea, Mojito (Peter Dunlop & Crew) for finishing third.

The full ranking table is available here: final rankings 2010

Don’t forget the ISORA AGM is at the NYC on 6th November at 14.00 followed by ISORA’s Annual Dinner dance in the evening.

This is a Black Tie event and is always a great night – not to be missed.