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Dunmore East to welcome over 70 sailing boats this weekend

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will this weekend host the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships.

A fleet of over 70 sailing boats from more than 20 clubs around the country will participate in the two day event in Dunmore East on May 7th and 8th.

Racing starts at 12 midday on Saturday and 10am on Sunday, with three races planned per day.

Members of the public can watch the boats competing offshore, from the village.

About the laser

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The Laser is one of the most popular single handed, one-design sailing dinghies in the world. With three different rig sizes from youth level up, it is currently sailed in over 120 countries and has been an Olympic class boat since 1996.

The boat has strong historical links to Waterford as the city was one of the global manufacturing bases for early examples of the dinghy; The Laser was manufactured at the Performance Sailcraft plant for a period during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club itself is home to a growing Laser fleet and sailors at the club recently trainedย with Tokyo campaigner Aisling Keller.

WHSC Commodore Roy Power said he was delighted to welcome the ILCA event back to Dunmore East:

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Weโ€™re always thrilled to host visiting sailors at Dunmore East and show off the spectacular sailing this part of the country has to offer. Weโ€™d like to thank Port of Waterford for their generosity in sponsoring the 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships.โ€

More here on the latest for Waterford.

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