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  • NORA

    North-West Offshore Racing Association 2001

    Notice of Race
    29th June - 1st July

    The NORA will be held at Mayo Sailing Club, Rosmoney, Westport, Co Mayo, from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2001. There will be six races held over three days.

    NORA entry forms: Click here for details.

    For further information


    Blair Stanaway
    Sailing Secretary - Mayo Sailing Club
    Apt 1 Park House
    Market Lane
    Co Mayo

    Current News


    The Northern Offshore Racing Association (NORA) annual regatta took place last week at Mayo Sailing Club. Local boat Addict owned by John Lambe from Westport was the overall winner on the ECHO handicapping system and visiting boat Finesse skippered by Niall Quinn from Galway won on Channel. Last year's champion Martin Reilly from Sligo with Extremity, finished in third place under ECHO and Channel.

    It was a hugely successful event attracting seventeen visiting boats from Sligo, Clifden and Galway. Three days racing were planned - two races on each day, but due to extremely windy weather, racing was postponed on the Friday. This meant three races one after the other on both Saturday and Sunday - exhausting and bruising stuff for all crews! Racing was fast, exciting and exhilarating with lots of thrills and spills over the two days. Race Officer was Robin Kaye from the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dublin.

    Local boats took four out of the six top places under both handicapping systems with Sligo and Galway taking the remaining two places. The following Mayo boats also won individual races - Aurora (John and Gair Gordon), Addict (John Lambe), Privateer (Ian and Anne Gaughan), Merlin (David Baird and Pat Tully). Other participating Mayo boats were - Uforia (Angus and Fiona Bourke), Rockabill (Robin and Linda Smith), Pink Panther (Seamas Monoley), Mary Anne (Maurice Keogh) and Silver Mite (Jim Finan).

    Prizes were presented by Blair Stanaway (Sailing Secretary), Joe McGovern (Commodore) and his wife Anne. Thanks are due to the following sponsors: Westile, Portwest and Rosmoney Spa.

    The next big event on the West coast is WIORA (West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association) which takes place this week over four days at Tralee Bay Sailing Club in Fenit. Four Mayo boats are taking place - Privateer, Addict, Rockabill and Merlin. We wish them all the best of luck.

    The results from the NORA Regatta are as follows:

    IRC Handicap
    1st "Finesse", Sigma 33 MOD, Niall Quinn, Galway Bay Sailing Club
    Handicap .923
    Points 6.25

    2nd "Addict", Mustang 30 MOD, John Lambe, Mayo Sailing Club
    Handicap .928
    Points 10.5

    3rd "Extremity", First 31.7, Martin Reilly, Sligo Yacht Club
    Handicap .965
    Points 16.75

    ECHO Handicap
    1st "Addict", Mustang 30 MOD, John Lambe, Mayo Sailing Club
    Handicap .966
    Points 7.5

    2nd "An Bunnan Bui", GK 24, Cormac MacDonncha, Galway Bay Sailing Club
    Handicap .803
    Points 20

    3rd "Extremity", First 31.7, Martin Reilly, Sligo Yacht Club
    Handicap 1.014
    Points 22.75



    NORA was a great success with "Finesse" a Sigma 33 under skipper Niall Quinn from Galway taking the main Honours. Despite being blown out by a Summer Gale on Friday causing Friday racing to be cancelled all 6 races were completed by Sunday afternoon. Total exhaustion ensued. Other boats that featured were "Adict" under John Lambe from Westport and "Extremity" under Martin Reilly from Sligo.



    The Series will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2001 to 2005, the Prescriptions of the ISA, the IRC Handicap System, the ECHO Handicap System, Class Association Rules as appropriate, this Notice of Race, and the Sailing Instructions.



    The Series is open to any boat that holds a current valid Channel Certificate and / or has been given an ECHO Handicap by a handicapping committee representing the participating clubs. Boats shall belong to (or be chartered to) and be under the control of members of yacht clubs affiliated to the ISA, or other equivalent National Authority.

    The organisers reserve the right to refuse any entry and / or ask all or any boats to complete further undertakings or declarations before accepting any entry.


    Programme of Races

    Prizes for all the events covered by these Instructions will be presented at the Laying Up Supper at the end of the season.


    28th June




    29th June




    Races 1 and 2

    (Back to Back)


    30th June


    Races 3 and 4

    (Back to Back)


    1st July


    Races 5 and 6

    (Back to Back)



    Entry Forms Enclosed - Entry Fee 75.00, which includes NORA registration fee. Latest time for receipt of completed entry forms and fee will be 10 pm, Friday 29th June. In receipt of entry forms Sailing Instructions will be issued.


    Responsibility and Insurances

    The safety of a boat and its entire management, including insurance, shall be the sole and inescapable responsibility of the owner / skipper. The organisers shall not be liable for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, howsoever caused, to the owner, his skipper, or his crew as a result of their taking part in the Series. Every owner warrants the suitability of his boat for the Series.


    Minimum Equipment Regulations

    All competing boats in all races must have a working VHF, compass, 3 operating flares, anchor and warp, two buckets or bailers, and life jackets for all on board. Safety checks will be carried out each day at the discretion of the committee.



    The lowest points scoring system of Appendix A 2.2 of the Racing Rules of Sailing will apply, except that the first placed finisher will score 0.75 points. One discard will be allowed for every four races completed.



    A number of visitor moorings will be available. These will be allocated on first come first served basis.


    Fantastic Atmosphere at Rosmoney as NORA nears

    Excitement is really building up at Rosmoney as more and more boats are arriving ready to compete in the NORA (Northern Offshore Racing Association) Regatta next weekend. Seventeen visiting boats have already moored outside the sailing club creating a great buzz and a carnival atmosphere. The boats come from Galway Bay Sailing Club, Clifden Sailing Club and Sligo Yacht Club. This is the biggest number of visiting boats for the NORA in Mayo and there will be huge competition to keep the trophy at home. The reigning champions Martin Reilly's "Extremity" from Sligo will be here to defend their title.

    Racing takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are two races each day, first gun on Friday is at 2pm and on the other two days at 11am. Racing is 'back-to-back' which means the boats stay out on the water between races and do not return to the clubhouse. The Race Officer is Robin Kaye, an experienced OD from Bray, Co. Wicklow.

    Tommy Gibbons will be taking out spectators from the pier so even landlubbers can come and have a look at yacht racing from close quarters.

    Contact Joe McGovern, Commodore, with enquiries (Tel: 098 41109).

    Junior Sailing Course
    The Junior Sailing Course begins next Monday, and indeed all participants have already completed the compulsory swimming test without which they are not permitted to take part in the course. Sixty children have enrolled and will be under the tutelage of three qualified ISA instructors plus a team of capable helpers. Mirror Dinghies are the boats mainly used on the course which lasts for five weeks.


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