Centenarian Shannon One Designs is busy – and getting busier

Being involved in Shannon One Design racing in a normal year is as much a state of mind as it is about active sport afloat in a very individualistic 18ft unrigged open boat, a work of art hard sail that was created with an exquisite classic construction. The boat is well matched by the character sailors who pilot it – they may not always be exquisite, but they are certainly classically built.

Either way, in this centenary year of SOD, Class President Philip Mayne and Honorary Secretary Naomi Algeo and their team seem determined to take it all from a state of mind to a complete way of life. . For if SOD sailors can keep pace with the growing program as management gauges the growing level of enthusiasm for the centennial sport, they will find that they have no sooner recovered from a major event than the countdown begins for the next one.

Nip and Tuck – Shannon ODs in close action on Lough Ree. Photo: Con Murphy

The real booster to shake things up was the class’ outstanding performance at the recent ClinkerFest at Lough Ree YC, where organizer Garret Leech was ready to test them to the max with a two-day program of nine races in breezy breezes. live. They went there in style even though many had discovered more or less severe muscle tightness that they didn’t even know existed.

But more importantly, the favorable supper-sport reports inspired those who had yet to finish their gear – for SOD is a demanding girl – to jump in and finish the job in time to be ready for both stages. . Centenary regattas in July, at Dromineer on Lough Derg from July 2-3, then back to Lough Ree on July 23-24.

Shannon One Design Centenary Year Dating List

There is of course more to the pillars of the program than that, as this sketch reveals:

  • JUNE 18-19 Mid-June Regatta (LRYC)
  • JUNE 25-26 Long Distance Race (LRYC)
  • JULY 3-4 LDYC SODA Centenary Regatta
  • JUL 9-10 Goose Island Regatta (LDYC
  • JUL 9-10 Barges and SOD (LRYC)
  • 23-24 JUL LRYC SODA Centenary Regatta
  • JULY-AUGUST 30-5 Lough Ree Yacht Club (LRYC) Annual Regatta
  • AUGUST 6-7 Dromineer Castle Regatta (LDYC)
  • 8-13 AUGUST Lough Derg Yacht Club (LDYC) Annual Regatta
  • 27-28 AUGUST Corrikeens Regatta (LDYC)
  • SEP 3-4 North Shannon Regatta (LRYC)
  • SEP 10-11 Harvest Regatta (LDYC)

Thanks to the meandering Shannon, the whole long-distance run isn't a beatThanks to the meandering Shannon, the whole long-distance run isn’t a beat

With such a determined and fair split between Lough Ree and Lough Derg, logistics play a key role, and this reaches a particular height in nine days on the weekend of June 25-26, with the legendary Lough Ree South Long Distance Race to Lough Derg, forty mile river race that has an overnight in Banagher, and used to have a centuries-old pit stop at Shannonbridge for the high energy boost of hot rum and chocolate to wash down black pudding toast at the unique Killeens grocery & hardware store pub. Alas, Killeen, as the class knew, is no more, but SOD’s ingenuity will no doubt find a more than adequate substitute.

a good breeze on Lough Derg the ODs of Shannon It might not be quite soaring as commonly understood, but when there’s a good breeze on Lough Derg the Shannon ODs have their own special version of getting up and going

In fact, the prospect of the long distance race simply makes it possible that a hyper-enthusiast could both circumnavigate Ireland from this weekend, and still be finished in time for the long distance, circling thus Ireland in the space of eight days.

It’s certainly the kind of thing SOD sailors would consider a fair and appropriate challenge. As it stands, the second Centenary Regatta on Lough Ree on July 23-24 will see history in the making, as it will bring together family members of Frank Morgan Giles, the Devon-based yacht designer who created the lines of the Shannon One Design in 1921-22 when certain sections of Irish life were concerned about the consequences of the War of Independence and the prospect of Civil War.

When you only have one sail, you quickly think of unusual ways to deploy it.When you only have one sail, you quickly think of unusual ways to deploy it.

Under such circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the new Shannon One Design Association managed to create its own little war with its designer. Morgan Gilles. His original drawings showed the boat with a dipping leg. This was surprising in itself, as it is a much clumsier setup than the standing leg that was already well known in Ireland at the time through the popular International 12.

But after some labor-intensive experimentation with the drop legs, the class decided to skip the standing leg option and go beyond that for the much sleeker gun rig, with which they are still sailing.

In the 1920s, SODs quickly adopted the clean-lined gunter lug, which they still sail with today.In the 1920s, SODs quickly adopted the clean-lined gunter lug, which they still sail with today.

Unfortunately, they failed to tell Morgan Giles, and when he heard about this “amateur” change to his design, he was somewhat miffed. A 35-year freeze set in in relations between the designer and the class, so that although he continued to draw a fee as each new boat was built, communications were professional and distant at the extreme, until something of a thaw set in in the late 1950s. And luckily it has held up well enough since that the descendants of Frank Morgan Giles considered a visit to the second Lough Ree Centenary Regatta SOD on July 23 and 24.

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