The ILCA Masters fleet is coming to Howth!

24 April 2024
The ILCA Masters fleet is coming to Howth!

On the 11th and 12th May, HYC will see the sailors aged 30 and over compete over 6 races to determine who is the Masters National Champion, in the fleet previous known as the Laser.

The event last came to Howth in 2019, where local racer David Quinn took first in the Standard (now ILCA 7) fleet, while Dun Laoghaire's Sean Craig won the Radial (now ILCA 6) fleet and Judy O'Beirne (RSGYC) was the Ladies Masters winner.

Last August, HYC hosted the 2023 ILCA National Championships: being selected as hosting location for a second key national event in such a short timeframe is a mark of strength for the Club's relationship with the ILCA class.

With a big turnout expected from all over the country, and with racing led by Commodore Neil Murphy and the trusty team who lead the weekly winter Frostbite series, the upcoming ILCA Masters happening is sure to be a great success.

The fleet has great racing across all levels - while some entrants might be competing at Masters events around the world, most competitors are your typical club racer with the odd event thrown in, so there's sure to be close racing all across the fleets.

If you're over 30, have a Laser/ILCA sitting in your garden that you've been wondering what to do with, and when you're going to sail it this year - this is the perfect opportunity to dust off the cobwebs and bring it down. The Masters event is typically more laid back than the usual events, with more relaxed start times to let bodies recover and enjoy time ashore to catch up and review the day's racing.

Entries are open on ILCA website.

If you have any questions, want to get involved somehow but aren't sure how, please get in touch with HYC class captain Conor Murphy, or contact the HYC office who will be able to direct your question.