Team Racing in Ireland

Sailors from Ireland, Britain and USA to compete in Dun Laoghaire this weekend

Thursday May 8th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Leading club sailors from Ireland, Britain and the United States will gather in Dun Laoghaire this weekend (10/11 May) to decide the 2003 edition of a long-standing event to be sailed in Sigma 33 foot keelboats. This is the first time Ireland has hosted the event to be known as the Chubb Insurance Team Racing Challenge.

Newport Rhode Island will field three teams comprising almost 70 sailors drawn from the New York Yacht Club, Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Storm Trisail Yacht Club. The crews are selected through the auspices of the prestigious Patriots Cup event organisers, itself part of a regular transatlantic inter-club event circuit.

Hamble River Sailing Club near Southampton leads the UK challenge along with a Scottish team and a Sigma 33 class squad. Ireland will have two teams from Dun Laoghaire Combined Clubs plus an East Coast panel. All non-US crews will comprise leading Sigma sailors, many of whom of multiple national champions.

Team Racing comprises one squad of three boats each racing against each other team in the event through a series of round-robin races. Emphasis is placed on communication between boats and rapid tactical decision making to ensure an optimum set of results in each race.

"This event reflects the massive growth in team racing, an exciting area of sailing that is often associated with collegiate dinghy racing," said Tim Goodbody of the organising committee. "The Chubb Insurance Team Racing Challenge can be seen as a masters championship and we are especially proud that it is being sailed on Scotsman Bay where Dun Laoghaire's East Pier provides an ideal vantage point."

Previously held in The Solent on the south coast of England, the decision to move the event to Dublin brought a warm response from the American crews who have endorsed the change of venue with a large contingent. The event is being sailed under the burgee of the Royal Alfred YC and hosted by the Royal Irish YC, Royal St. George YC and National YC.

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