Over the past few weeks, Malahide Yacht Club has witnessed a wave of enthusiasm and competition with the introduction of the team racing format using the new Firefly boats which we have custody of from Irish Sailing. This initiative, spearheaded by our young member’s coordinator Cara McDowell, has been an exciting new chapter in our MYC activities.

The journey started when the idea of team racing on Tuesday nights was proposed. It was a radical shift from our traditional sailing methods. However, the enthusiasm and participation we’ve seen since the introduction of this new format has been overwhelming and rewarding. The spirited Tuesday night races have become a fixture in our weekly sailing calendar. These are not only generating quite a buzz within our sailing community but are also adding to the vibrant fun sailing on Broadmeadows.

Cara McDowell has been instrumental in this success. Her vision to bring a more thrilling format of racing to our club has invigorated both seasoned and young sailors alike. The Tuesday night races have been as much about honing skills and fostering healthy competition as they have been about encouraging camaraderie and fostering a strong sense of community.

We have a wonderful collection of photographs capturing the enthusiasm, the camaraderie, the intense concentration, and the sheer joy of team racing. Feel free to browse through the “Tuesday Night Photos” collection below to get a sense of the excitement these evenings have been generating.

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Looking forward, we are excited to announce the Elmo Trophy event slated for the 26th and 27th of August. This provides a golden opportunity for our Youth sailors to showcase their skills. We encourage them to form teams and participate in this prestigious event. Training sessions for the event will be held on the weekends of August 12th and 13th and August 19th and 20th.

Cara McDowell, being the tireless organizer she is, has requested that teams interested in training for the Elmo Trophy should get in touch with her before July 22nd. This will allow for proper organisation and planning of the training sessions, ensuring that each team gets adequate time and resources to prepare for the event. Cara can be emailed at Youth@myc.ie

Further details on the event, its structure, and how to participate can be found on the Elmo Trophy page of the Royal St. George Yacht Club website.


The new team racing format and the Firefly boats have indeed brought a breath of fresh air to Malahide Yacht Club. It has rekindled the passion for sailing and racing in many of our members while also attracting new enthusiasts. We are excited about the future, and we can’t wait to see our youth sailors in action at the Elmo Trophy. Here’s to more exciting and thrilling races ahead!

So, sailors, get your teams ready, hone your skills, and prepare for the exhilarating competition that lies ahead. And remember, while winning is fun, the joy of sailing and camaraderie is what truly matters. Happy Sailing!

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