It was a miserable wet night in mid-June when the eighteen strong fleet set off on the 50th Anniversary Ailsa Craig race but the conditions certainly didn't dampen the spirits of the competitors. The course for this classic of the Royal Ulster calendar is from the club line in Bangor, round the rock at the mouth of the Clyde and back. Winner of this very special event was Kenneth Halliwell's She 31, She of the North who topped the IRC division. Tony Weston's Madonlin Wind was first home in just under 13 hours with most of the rest of the
Please advise you members that the "Sail for Gold Dinghy Relay Race" "come and try sessions" and club open day scheduled for Saturday 23rd June, has been postponed due to the the predicted weather forcast for the day. A new date will be agreed and communicate.
We appologies for any inconvenience.
Donaghadee Sailing Club.
Raptor is a 42 foot yacht owned by Ian Stevenson which will be sailed by his daughter Lee and her all girl crew in the Hamilton Shipping 50th Anniversary Ailsa Craig Race to be run by Royal Ulster Yacht Club. This will be first time an all woman team has graced the line up of prestigious entrants in the event which has a history of experienced sailors and great boats over the years. The race starts at 8.00pm this evening from the clubhouse and takes the fleet round Ailsa Craig and back to Belfast Lough.
Latest to join the fleet for Royal Ulster’s anniversary race this evening is Dickie Brown from Portaferry. He will skipper Ed Wheeler’s Contessa 35 Witchcraft of Howth and among the crew are Ed himself, Dermot Macauley(son of Marie and the late Dan) and Karen, Dickie’s daughter. His entry brings the fleet to 25.