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WIORA 2014 at Mayo Sailing Club

Wednesday 23rd July to Saturday 26th 2014

The West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association’s West Coast Championships will be held on Clew Bay Wednesday 23rd July to Saturday 26th 2014. Sailboats from all around the country will be coming to Mayo Sailing Club in Rosmoney to vie for the coveted title of Champion of the West. This will be preceded by the O’Sullivan Marine 100 Mile Race, which will start the weekend before the West Coast Championships from the Aran Islands with a course set to Mayo Sailing Club.

Mayo Sailing Club welcomes spectators

This is an exciting national event and spectators are very welcome. Charter boats are available all around Clew Bay. Watch the exciting starts and cheer on your favourite yacht rounding the marks and at the finish. Do a bit of fishing, have a picnic on board, enjoy being out on the water. Meet the skippers and crew at the daily after race party at Mayo Sailing Club, where there will be food, teas and coffees, entertainment and an open bar. Discuss sailing yourself with members of Mayo Sailing Club.


Wednesday 23rd July – Hip Pocket Trio Jazz

The Hip Pocket Trio was conceived as a Westport based jazz soul trio in 2012. The band features Eddie Rodgers on saxophone, harmonica and vocals and Donal Hoban on drums and vocals. The ensemble also features a variety of exciting pianists, bass players and guitarists who guest with the trio. On this trip the trio is completed by long term collaborator John Flatley on piano and vocals. HPT are exponents of jazz, soul, funk and blues delivered in a contemporary style with a nod to the past masters. Jazz and Bossa standards take their place alongside hip hop inflected grooves and New Orleans inspired swamp music. This is music to be savoured, fresh alternative and timeless...

Thursday 24th July – Dennis McCalmont

An influence of Rod Stewart in the vocal performance and musicality of Mayo based Dennis McCalmont can be heard. Dennis is a singer/songwriter who entertains effortlessly with his mellow vocals, and smooth guitar playing. His new release, “Soul Recall”, features uplifting, soul/rock cuts and one of the favourites is the song, “I Can’t Get Deeper”. It’s a really good, honest soul number.

105Friday 25th July – Old Tricks

Old Tricks are a three piece band from Westport. The band has all different tastes in music which means you get a bit of everything through their set. From The Beatles to Bruno Mars Old Tricks have pleased crowds of all generations everywhere, playing covers of songs from a huge range of big names as well as throwing in a few of their own songs. With Killian Berry on lead vocals and guitar, Kevin Ryder on drums, and Aaron Doyle on Bass guitar, the band manages to put a contemporary touch on the classics, without taking away from what made the songs great in the first place.

About Mayo Sailing Club

Established in 1976 to promote sailing in Clew Bay and the West of Ireland, Mayo Sailing Club (MSC) has earned a solid reputation in both cruising and racing. MSC moved to Rosmoney in 1983. In 2008, a beautiful new clubhouse was dedicated overlooking the harbour. There are currently more than 250 members taking part in various on-the-water activities during the season, with a strong cruiser/racer fleet, as well as adult and junior dinghies all taking part in activities during the season.  These include a youth sail training programme, dinghy and cruising boat racing, and local and long distance cruising. From regular summer cruising along the west coast and its islands, to wilderness expeditions to the Antarctic and Artic, members have demonstrated their enthusiasm for sailing. On the racing front members have been to the fore in open events along the west coast arising from the very competitive club racing which has evolved at home at MSC


The West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) is a membership based association for promotion and development of cruiser racing and cruising on the West Coast of Ireland. The association promotes a programme of Inshore, Offshore and Coastal racing for cruisers. The association works closely with the Irish Sailing Association (ISA), Irish Cruiser Racing Association and various clubs along the western seaboard. Over the last 37 years the association has provided and promoted an annual programme of events, Inshore, Offshore and Coastal for cruiser racing, working closely with the various clubs along the western seaboard.

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