Ireland. Howth Yacht Club announced as official yacht club for the Ireland Challenge Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 April 2006
Rachell Anning:

Challenge Business today (20th April 2006) announced that Howth Yacht Club is to be the official yacht club for the inaugural Ireland Challenge 2006, which sets sail this weekend. The race will start and finish from a line from Ireland’s Eye, north of Dublin Bay, and officials from Howth Yacht Club have been working with the organisers on the sailing instructions for the event.

The Ireland Challenge 2006 is an exciting, brand new event, which will feature five identical 72 foot yachts each with a crew of 16, racing around Ireland, non-stop, from Dublin to Dublin.

On board, the crew will be made up of men and women from all walks of life from a student to a Doctor, a builder to an accountant. Nearly three quarters of the crew have never sailed before starting their training and are now preparing to conquer the notorious racecourse of the Atlantic and Irish Sea.

The race sets sail on Saturday (22nd April 2006) at 2pm off Ireland’s Eye and will be officiated by Principal Race Officer David Lovegrove and his team from the ‘Free Enterprise’. A large spectator fleet is envisaged for the start, in a variety of boats, including a host of VIPs, The Lord Mayor of Dublin and founder of Challenge Business, Sir Chay Blyth.

Sir Chay Blyth commented: “Our huge thanks go to Howth Yacht Club for being the official yacht club in what will be a spectacular ‘first’ event.

“The Ireland Challenge will be a major race in the yachting calendar and it is thanks to the support of the yacht club that we are able to bring this race to Ireland and Dublin. As a mark of our appreciation we will be donating a Laser dinghy in the hope that many more generations can enjoy the sport in the future.”

The start day on the 22nd April will be a major event with commentary, a parade of sail from City Mooring for the yachts, confetti cannons, music and lots for visitors to see and do.

The yachts are due to return from their race from Wednesday 26th April onwards and Howth will be handling the finish of the race.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 April 2006 )
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