RS Fest 2024 is Heading to Lough Derg Yacht Club

Feb 14, 2024 | News

The RS Fest is back for 2024 after a hugely successful weekend in Blessington last year; this time, the fleets are heading to Lough Derg Yacht Club. The core ethos remains the same of all RS Sailing to have family-orientated sailing with plenty of fun on and off the water.

Lough Derg Yacht Club (LDYC) was formed in 1835, making it one of the oldest in this country. The first Annual Regatta was held the following year, home to many talented sailors, both those whose competitive successes have been achieved representing Ireland at World and European events, but far more importantly, full of people who enjoy being out on the water, with their friends and families, pottering about in boats and enjoying a Swallows and Amazons existence, with the occasional adrenalin charged race, far removed from “Play Stations” and the like.

This year, RS Fest is guaranteed to have all the active RS racing classes represented in DromineerThis year, RS Fest is guaranteed to have all the active RS racing classes represented in Dromineer

A major benefit of Lough Derg Yacht Club is its centrality, being accessible by most places in Ireland in around two hours, perfect for the RS family that is spread far and wide.

This year, RS Fest is guaranteed to have all the active RS racing classes represented in Dromineer, including the well-known youth RS Fevas, the competitive RS 200 and RS 400 fleets and the ultra-modern RS Aero single-hander.

The RS Aero singlehander will compete on Lough Derg at RSFest 2024The RS Aero singlehander will compete on Lough Derg at RSFest 2024

Racing will occur over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of July under the watchful eye of principal race officer John Leech. Registration will be open from Friday evening, allowing sailors to set up early to prep for a full day of racing on Saturday. Camping opportunities are available with showers, laundry and changing facilities in the yacht club.

For young or old sailors who may be interested in taking to the water for the first time, Irish RS Agents, MarineServices.ie will have some of their demo fleet on location, including the RS Tera, RS Neo and RS Zest for new sailors to try their hand at the sport and test out the latest models from RS Sailing.

For those sailors looking to sample new boats and minimise travel hassles, MarineServices will have many charter boats available, including the RS Feva and RS Aero boats. For more information or to book your boat, don’t hesitate to get in touch with kenneth@inss.ie

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