Wave Regatta 2024: An unforgettable Weekend of Racing and Hospitality

27 May 2024
Wave Regatta 2024: An unforgettable Weekend of Racing and Hospitality

Howth Yacht Club buzzed with non-stop activity and vibrancy during the past weekend, leaving no doubt about the quality and success of the 2024 Wave Regatta. Competitors and attendees alike showered praise on the large team that orchestrated this year’s event—the latest and greatest Wave to date.

Navigating a three-day sailing event in Ireland always involves unexpected challenges due to ever-changing conditions. However, meticulous planning and thoughtful consideration ensured that the activity and hospitality schedule flowed seamlessly.

Three days of intense racing, coupled with brilliant hospitality and top-tier entertainment, epitomized what Wave stands for—and it delivered.

Drone Footage

We were delighted with the amazing Drone Footage courtesy of Joseph Batt from @dublin_drone - Check out some of the footage from day 1 below:

Relive the highlights of Wave in the stunning photo-storytelling by our on-the-water photographer Annraoi Blaney:

2024 Wave Regatta - Day 1

2024 Wave Regatta - Day 2 Lambay Races

2024 Wave Regatta - Day 3

If you would like to purchase a specific print you can contact Annraoi directly

Racing Consistency Wins Big at Wave

Congratulations to Colm Bermingham and the crew of the Elan 333 “Bite The Bullet” on winning the Wave Regatta 2024 Overall Trophy showcasing consistent results on the leaders board with 3 firsts and a second.

This overall prize is awarded to the best performing IRC boat in the 3-day series.

Kudos to all Wave Regatta winners and to the Lambay Races victors, on stage again in the following Prize Giving albums:

2024 Lambay Races Prize Giving

2024 Wave Regatta Prize Giving

Race Results

Here is a link to the final 2024 Wave Regatta results

Race Management Excellence

Our race management teams consistently exceed expectations, impressing even the most discerning competitors.

This extensive team, led by the country’s finest talent, includes:

  • PRO David Lovegrove on StarPoint
  • Derek Bothwell’s Team on Sea Wych
  • Race Office Team
  • Results and Ruth McSweeney
  • Jury Team (led by Emmet Dalton)

Shoreside Entertainment

The primary goal of Wave Regatta is to provide exhilarating racing for all competitors but anyone who’s participated in Wave Regatta will know that the event is unashamedly built around three nights of entertainment, live music and one big party! 

Wave 2024 did not disappoint in terms of entertainment.  DJ Covell kept the big stage moving all weekend where he welcomed local celebrity Vogue Williams as the top billing on Friday night

On Saturday afternoon, we were treated to an amazing spectacle of rugby as the European Rugby Champions Cup played out on the big screen, while the fine weather drew everyone to the festival village. Although it wasn’t Leinster’s day in terms of the rugby result, nothing could dampen the spirits of our competitors as they partied on into the night.

Behind the Scenes: The Organizing Team

Our dedicated organization team worked tirelessly to bring everything together, building upon the successful templates established during our previous events in 2018 and 2022.

Let’s recognize the key members of this team:

  • Jill Sommerville
  • Dave Cullen
  • Aideen Doran
  • Simon Knowles
  • Cormac Farrelly
  • Michael Wright
  • Grace McAleese

Their combined efforts ensured that the event ran smoothly, leaving no room for improvisation.

Unsung Heroes: The HYC Staff

While the organizing team deserves applause, we must also express gratitude to every member of the HYC staff. Managing an event of this magnitude can strain even the most “chilled” employee, but their motivation and experience shone through.

Special thanks to HYC:

  • General Manager Aideen
  • Marketing and Admin Team
  • Bar Team (led by Frank)
  • Marina Office and Forecourt Team (led by Fred)
  • Catering Team (led by Marcel)
  • Cleaning Team (who tackled the daily challenges)

Vital Partnerships

Wave Regatta wouldn’t be possible without our valued partners. They contribute with initiatives and essential services, ensuring the event’s success:

  • Discover SUP
  • PureMagic Watersports
  • RNLI
  • Ross McDonald’s RopeDock
  • Dubarry
  • Dosco
  • WD40
  • North Sails and Shane Hughes
  • Howth Harbour Authorities and Harbourmaster Harry McLoughlin
  • Karolina Batz (artist designing the Wave prizes)

Grateful Acknowledgments to Our Sponsors

Our sponsors play a pivotal role, enhancing the event experience for both competitors and organizers.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to:

  • Bytech IT Solutions
  • Provident Sugar CRM
  • CKS
  • Cassidy Travel
  • The Wright Group
  • Euro Car Parks
  • Fingal County Council

Social Media Engagement

We had some great engagement from our event partners, competitors, and guests during the event.  If you missed it all social media relating to the event is curated here on our social media wall


A Template for the Future

Wave Regatta isn’t just about sailing; it’s about attracting people to our sport and our stunning location.

To all the competitors who participated this weekend, we hope that our unwavering focus on delivering the highest quality sailing and social event will continue to set the standard for future regattas.

See you at the 2026 Wave Regatta!

- Brian Turvey

Event Chairman