Bray Droleens to join Dublin Bay International 12ft and 12ft Dinghies for the first time at the Royal St George Yacht Club event
The Royal St George Yacht Club has agreed to host the Irish 12 Foot Championships in 2021. In a remarkable development, the Bray Droleen 12 Foot Class will join for the first time the International 12 Foot Dinghies and their sisters the Dublin Bay 12 Foot Dinghies .
For the Bray Droleens this will be their very first Irish Championship, and the first time they have sailed Dun Laoghaire since changing its name from Kingstown.
From 1897, Droleens was a regular competitor in the Township of Kingstown (the predecessor of today’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta) and sailed from Bray through beautiful Killiney Bay in order to compete. Several new Bray Droleen have been built since 2000, (many of which have been featured on this website) and are now located across the country, including those in Donegal, Galway, Dublin counties and at the home port of Bray, Co. Wicklow.
For the International 12 Foot Dinghies and their sisters the Dublin Bay 12 Foot Dinghies (same hull shape but with mainsail and jib), they have been organizing their annual Irish Championships at the Royal St George Yacht Club since 2011.
With the three classes sharing an overall length of 12ft (3.65m) and a sail area of ââaround 100 square feet (9.29m2), all are expected to perform similarly and will race together as one fleet. It will be interesting to compare their speeds, and in particular, it will be interesting to see if it is an advantage for the Droleen to pilot their spinnaker (the only one of the three classes to allow the use of a spinnaker).
The event takes place on Sunday August 29, 2021 at the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire
Anyone interested in knowing more about this event or 12 Foot Dinghies should contact [emailÂ protected] Where [emailÂ protected] for more information.