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Sunday 22 April 2018

Fingal will be showcased during Wave Regatta event

Howth and the Fingal region will be showcased over the June Bank-Holiday weekend with a spectacular maritime event organised by Howth Yacht Club.

The inaugural Wave Regatta will also be the basis for an even bigger event to be held every two years.

Three days of racing between Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island is already attracting many of the top racing boats from around Ireland and overseas and as many as 1,000 competitors are expected to take part.

While the unspoilt waters of the Fingal coastline are ideal for racing boats of all sizes, a major entertainment programme ashore led by the Michael JF Wright Hospitality Group aims to deliver the best experience for event participants.

The shoreline will be the best vantage point for a kiteboarding event and a Powerboat spectacular. Howth's East Pier will also be a natural grandstand for the classic Lambay Race on Saturday, June 2 when the various classes in the racing fleet gather in the Sound to start the all-day sprint to the famous island and back.

'Our vision is to grow this regatta by creating a unique visitor experience for the participants in year one and then build on this to add more and more activities in subsequent editions to become a major national festival,' commented Joe McPeake, Commodore of Howth YC. 'We have all the natural resources and amenities at one of Ireland's most attractive venues and we want to showcase this.'

The three-day event begins on Friday, June 1with the opening races that cater for boats ranging in size from small dayboats up to grand prix level racing yachts.

Competitors have the option to sail over three days or opt for the single-day Lambay Race classic.

The sailors will have a reminder of what awaits them ashore with the major racing marker buoys bearing names such as Marquette T1 and The Bloody Stream, just some of the Michael JF Wright Hospitality Group premium outlets.

The Wave Regatta will also feature several unique initiatives including on-site accommodation options, a daily ferry service from Dun Laoghaire and a continuation of Howth YC's environmental programme as part of the international 'Sailors for the Sea' scheme that features plastic reduction ideas, minimising use of paper and permanent water stations for re-usuable water bottles.

Further information is available at WaveRegatta.com.

Fingal Independent

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