Come Sailing Day!

Tryouts for VOR 70 Round Ireland Yacht Race

Farmer David Ryan is looking for three positive, enthusiastic individuals to join him and his crew on a Volvo 70 boat, to win line honours in the Round Ireland Yacht Race 2014.

If you want to be part of this adventure sign up to the Come Sailing Day! below and enter the tryouts for the 3 positions available onboard the VOR 70!*

Registration is now closed!

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) represents approximately 7,000 keel boat sailors. In its efforts to attract new sailors to cruiser racing ICRA will launch a nationwide ‘Crew Recruitment and Training Programme’. The objective of this programme is to:

1. Create a pathway to get on to a racing yacht.
2. Promote local training.
3. Provide a national standard for the various positions (mast, bow, trim, helm, etc.)

ICRA is working with the ISA and yacht clubs all over Ireland under the banner ‘More Sailors...More Sailing’. This project is open to all levels of sailors from those interested in mid-week social racing, right up to a position on the Irish Commodores Cup Team.

Come Sailing Day is an initiative within this programme aimed to get people curious about the sport a first opportunity to get onboard, for those that want to try out bigger boats and for those that want to get back to the sport.

On the water, sailors can try different positions on the boat, and those new to the sailing world will see a race boat in operation and get to work in a number of positions. Shore sessions will give an overview of specific roles on the boat and the training programme for same. You will be directed towards a specific session but there is an option to attend more than one. There will be a number of Hi Tech race boats on the Marina which will be delighted to show you around.

The objectives of this first session are:

1. To establish/open a link between new and experienced sailors to the racing boats
2. To allow non or very inexperienced sailors a chance to go out on a racing yacht and also
attend a shore session where they will get an overview of the position that the coach suggests most suitable.
3. Allow crew who have already sailed to try out all positions on the boat...including helm, and then attend relevant shore session which will list in detail an overview of a particular position.....lets see how good a main trimmer you could be!!

Shore sessions will be run by the Best in the Country!!  At the end you will have a good insight into the role of a Racing Crew and we are sure you will be mad keen to come racing with us!!!

For those who are interested in learning more about this programme, you can register your interest by clicking the button below and we will get back to you at the beginning of March with further details.

Who should attend?

The on-the-water session is aimed to those inexperienced sailors that want to get involved with cruiser racing, and to those experienced sailors who want to look at a different racing boat and try out new positions.

The shore sessions apply to all sailors experienced and inexperienced alike.

Is there a cost?

Indicative price is EUR25, including a light lunch.

*Terms and Conditions of the competition as per ICRA only facilitates the session.