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Wave Regatta set to be the focal Irish sailing regatta for 2020

by Brian Turvey 30 May 15:25 BST 11-13 September 2020
Jamie McWilliam's Signal 8 at the Wave Regatta 2018 © David Branigan / Oceansport

Given the seismic shake-up that has been done to the sporting calendar this year, Wave Regatta will certainly be the focal Irish sailing regatta for 2020, not least by incorporating the Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Championships and as such the event will focus on delivering an excellent championships for all the competing sailors over the 3 days from September 11th.

Howth Yacht Club is preparing with a 'front-up' focus on safety in respect of COVID-19. They will be ensuring that we fully comply with the protocols and guidelines as outlined by the HSE and also in conjunction with Sport Ireland and Irish Sailing.

Plans are already in place for controlled access to the club, along with an innovative self-assessment protocol for all competitors. Much of the live entertainment will be replaced by a creative offering, including food and drink service to 'crew pods' onshore and also a service direct to boats on the marina.

Race Director Dave Cullen was delighted to confirm that Jamie McWilliam's Ker 43 'Signal 8' competing in the event as part of it's slightly delayed 2020 regatta programme. 'It's great to see Jamie and team back in Howth for Wave Regatta' and Dave added 'we're looking forward to giving all the competing sailors an event to remember. We're also delighted to confirm that the J/80 class will join the host of other one-design and ICRA classes that will enjoy their national championships within Wave Regatta'.

Wave Regatta's Brian Turvey understands the anxiety that sailors are feeling 'We're delighted to be rolling on with the event and plan to deliver a superb regatta for everybody who comes to Howth. Whilst we're scaling back on the original hospitality offering and we'll be concentrating on delivering the very highest quality racing event and providing a safe shoreside experience. The committed support from our sponsors has enabled us to proceed with the evolution and roll-out of Wave Regatta, ensuring that the rescheduled dates could be firmly secured.

Event details and online entry are available at www.waveregatta.com with a special discount in place for entries before the fast-approaching July 3rd. All entries are refundable as per the normal prescriptions.

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