It would appear that the decision to reschedule Wave Regatta to the second weekend in September is strengthening the event and the inclusion of the ICRA National Championships within the regatta in Howth will certainly focus the plans of many racing sailors at the end of the summer.
The Notice of Race has been published and it explains that entry to the ICRA Nationals includes qualification (at no extra cost) for Wave Regatta prizes also. This 3-day sailing event has always been presented as an innovative experience and notwithstanding the considerations about the current pandemic, the organising team in Howth has been working hard and creatively to plan for every eventuality.
Racing Director Dave Cullen explains, “Our focus has been to be able to run an excellent racing regatta and championships for the many competing sailors, boats and keelboat classes. It was important that we chose the right dates in September to make the most of favourable neap tides, avoid clashing with other major events and importantly to allow us the time to plan the regatta in consultation with the various authorities. It would appear that the sport of sailing is one that will be high on the list of sports to recommence over the coming weeks and we’re ready to support sailors with the highest quality racing that Howth is synonymous with.”
In addition to the ICRA Nationals, the September dates for Wave Regatta also affords many classes the opportunity of hosting their own National Championships at a time of the year that is often touted as being ideal and normally after a full summer of racing. A number of other National Championships will be incorporated including the Sigma 33s and J80s as well as the Irish Half Ton Cup.
Checkmate XV owned by David Cullen racing at the Wave Regatta 2018 – photo © David Branigan / www.oceansport.ie
Wave Regatta Chairman Brian Turvey said, “Understanding the predicament that many classes will find themselves dealing with such a short season in 2020, we are keen so see if there might be other ‘natural synergies’ for class championships albeit within the parameters of the Notice of Race. As such, we’re keen to hear from classes that find themselves in that position and see where we might be able to accommodate.”
Visitors to Wave Regatta in 2018 will remember the scale and quality of the onshore hospitality that lifted the event beyond a level normally associated with a sailing regatta in Ireland and the 2020 organising team, with help from sponsors such as Michael Wright Group and Fingal County
The event is open to all keelboats and entry can be made for the single day Lambay Races or the full 3-day regatta which runs from Friday 11th through to Sunday 13th September.
Full event details including Notice of Race and Online Entry can be found at www.waveregatta.com
by Brian Turvey