Entry is open for the Gibney Classic, a HYC Open Event!

07 July 2023
Entry is open for the Gibney Classic, a HYC Open Event!
Are you ready to hoist sails, feel the wind in your hair, and embark on an exhilarating nautical day out? The Gibney Classic, a renowned 'Northside' keelboat regatta and an Open Event hosted by Howth Yacht Club, is back to ignite the waters of Dublin. Sponsored by the esteemed Gibney's Pub of Malahide — with the entry fee set at just €10 — ENTRY IS OPEN for what promises to be an unforgettable day of racing, camaraderie, and celebration.
The Gibney Classic isn't just an ordinary regatta — it's part of HYC's prestigious Fingal Series, attracting quality competition. As you prepare to set sail on Saturday, 5th August, mark your calendars and get ready for an adventure you won't soon forget. The event start sequences begin shortly after 11 a.m. that day, so be sure to arrive in time to experience the thrill of the first cannon blast and the dash to the Fingal racecourse. High tide will be at 15:18 that day, with a meterage of 4.06m.
Since its inception in 1992, the Gibney Classic has been an eagerly anticipated fixture in the sailing calendar, captivating sailors and enthusiasts alike. This year's edition is set to be a spectacular showcase of entertainment, determination, and sheer love for the sport.
What makes the Gibney Classic truly special is its inclusive nature. Not only is it an integral part of the Howth Yacht Club racing series, but the HYC Cruising Group and Malahide Yacht Club boats are also invited to participate. All manner of boats will be sailing on 5 August, with Handicaps organised accordingly; moreover, the event is open to all keelboats in Fingal that weekend, ensuring a diverse and spirited competition.
Picture this: As the afternoon sun reaches its zenith, the race reaches its crescendo in front of the picturesque Malahide Estuary. With the tides in perfect harmony, the sailors navigate the challenging waters, their hearts pounding with anticipation. The racecourse is strategically designed to provide an exhilarating experience, with handicap prizes adding an element of suspense and excitement.
But the excitement doesn't end with the finish line. After an intense day on the water, competitors gather at the legendary Gibney's pub to revel in their accomplishments. The post-race celebration includes a complimentary bite to eat and a refreshing drink for all participants, courtesy of Gibney's Pub. The festive atmosphere will be contagious as sailors share stories, bask in the glory of their achievements, and forge new friendships.
And let's not forget the coveted prizes! The Gibney Classic boasts a collection of excellent prizes that will be presented during the famous prize-giving ceremony at Gibney's pub. It's an opportunity to be recognised for your sailing prowess and take home a tangible reminder of your triumph. Make sure you don't miss this one; you must be present to collect your prize!
To ensure a seamless experience for participants, Malahide marina offers free berthing for event competitors that afternoon. For those who wish to extend their stay, the marina generously provides a half-price overnight option. Remember to book in advance with the Malahide marina office to secure your spot and make the most of this generous opportunity.
Once you've entered, you can get inspired for the Gibney Classic by reading an exclusive interview with Barry Gibney, the event's generous sponsor. Discover his passion for sailing and his deep-rooted connection to this remarkable event by visiting the link provided: Link to 2017 interview with Barry Gibney.
Dublin's sailing community is buzzing with excitement as the Gibney Classic approaches. Make sure you're part of the action, experience the rush of the sea, and revel in the spirit of friendly competition. The stage is set, the winds beckon, and adventure awaits. See you at the Gibney Classic Regatta!