CLYC Cruiser Racing 2019 – by Gerry Byrne


It has been a long winter. Anti-fouling finished, engines serviced and hull polishing is almost complete and it’s time to hoist the sails and go racing. This weekend sees the start of the new CLYC Cruiser Programme which takes in a total of eighty nine races incorporating series races, open regattas, off shore and pursuit races.
Last year’s programme was one of the most successful with fourteen cruisers from around the Lough taking part and it is expected that the fleet will increase with a number of open events being planned. These open events are open to all comers. Hopefully this will provide an incentive and encourage non CLYC cruiser skippers to gather crews and go cruiser racing on our beautiful Carlingford Lough
Weather permitting, racing takes place on most Saturdays throughout April to October. Racing is both Whitesail and Spinnaker class. Skippers are always looking for crew regardless of experience. The majority of the fleet are based at the Town Dock in Warrenpoint or Carlingford Marina Generally boats depart at 12.45 and racing lasts approximately two hours. Anybody who is interested in crewing can talk to any cruiser skipper or contact CLYC at info@clyc.info. You will be made very welcome and quickly enjoy the thrill of competitive racing.
With new sponsorship the racing programme this year will be extended to include the Maiden of the Mournes Trophy, the Pat Dunbar Trophy and the East Coast Adventure Cup. At the end of each series presentation barbeques will be held at the clubhouse in Killowen. Racing sometimes goes beyond the confines of the Lough with off shore races to Imogene in Dundalk Bay, Kilkeel and a proposed overnight stay Ardglass race. Open regattas this year include the CLYC, Warrenpoint and Blues on the Bay regattas which attract large fleets from both sides of the Lough.

Some very close sailing at last year’s Club Regatta.
Some very close sailing at last year’s Club Regatta.

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