The Waterways Ireland Lough Erne Classic Yacht Regatta 2010

Lough Erne Classic Yacht Association and Waterways Ireland are holding their Classic Regatta with sail, steam and motor boats at Crom, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland from Friday 27 to Monday 30 August, with yachts visiting from all over Ireland and the UK.
This promises to be a great weekend for all yachting enthusiasts and families alike. Not since 1913 when Crom was the social hub and centre of the inland yachting world has there been such an assemblage of classic craft.
Up to 80 classic sail and steam yachts are expected to fill the bays surrounding Crom Castle, and likely to be joined by many other visitors on cruisers converging from across the Shannon-Erne system.
One highlight of the weekend’s activities is a series of races between two of Linton Hope’s one-designs, the Broad’s Brown Boats and Fairy Class yachts belonging to the Lough Erne Yacht Club and the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, competing for a special challenge trophy, the first time these fleets have raced against each other.
While classic yachts will take pride of place at this event the whole National Trust estate will be alive with activity as music, vintage cars and live demonstrations of steam powered Edwardian vessels add to the range of attractions on offer.

A photograph of the first race, on Friday, 27 August 2010  to have taken place in Trial Bay off Crom for 97 years;, the combined fleet of more than 30 classics lead by a Fairy Class yacht from the Royal North of ireland Yacht Club:

Fiend (RNIYC) leading the combined fleet into Trial Bay at the start of the Waterways Ireland Lough Erne classic Regatta.

Some of the yachts and classes that have booked to race at Crom include:

Lough Erne Yacht Club Fairy Class Zephyr (Sail No. 2) and Doreen (Sail No. 6) racing on Lough Erne. Both yachts are 104 years old.

Royal Anglesey Yacht Club Conway Fife One-designs - a fleet of five of these classic yachts have booked to race at Crom.

MV Trasna, Committee Boat during the Classic Regatta, designed by G. L. Watson & Co., Glasgow in the mid-1960s

Colleen Class. All the estate owning families living on the Upper Lough raced this class of yacht and it is particularly fitting that three superb replicas of the original 1896 design will be sailing on these waters.

Broads One-design fleet in action. Designed by Linton C. Hope in 1902, twelve examples of these elegant yachts are booked to race at Crom.

The Steam Boat Association of Great Britain are bringing nine classic Edwardian designed steam yachts which will be on display during the Classic Regatta.

Seagull, built for the Shackleton family in 1911, is a beautiful example of a gentleman's cruiser and will make a wonderful addition to the Classic Regatta display.

Howth 17 Class, designed and built in 1898 - four of the fleet are attending the Classic Regatta. On the left is Aura (Sail No. 7) and on the right, Pauline (Sail No. 2) sailing off Ireland's Eye. This is the oldest class to race at Crom.

Classic Regatta Program:

Thursday, 26th August – 14.00 Hrs. Registration opens and Regatta Briefing at Crom Visitors Centre until 18.00 Hrs. Please collect your Welcome Packs and pre-booked Gala Dinner tickets. Food and bar service open at Crom National Trust Visitors Centre from 15.00 Hrs.

Friday, 27th August – 09.00-10.30 Hrs. Late Registration. 11.25 Hrs. First Gun. Two races. 18.00 Hrs. Welcome Party in the Inishfendra Room at Crom Visitors Centre, BBQ in Court Yard, bar & traditional Irish music.

Saturday, 28th August – 11.00 Hrs. First Gun. Two races. Lunch ashore (time to be confirmed). 20.00 Hrs. Full carvery meal in the Inishfendra Room, bar & jazz quartet.

Sunday, 29th August – 11.25 Hrs. First Gun. 15.00 Hrs. Parade of Sail and Steam in Crom Bay with cannon salute from terrace at Crom Boat House. 20.00 Hrs. Regatta Gala Dinner in the Inishfendra Room (Black Tie), bar & jazz quartet.

Monday, 30th August (Bank Holiday) - 11.25 Hrs. First Gun. Fork food style lunch in Inishfendra Room (time to be confirmed). 15.00 Hrs. Closing Parade of Sail & Steam in Crom Bay with cannon salute from Crom Castle Boat House. Formal group photographs at Boat House. 16.00 Hrs. Prize giving on the terrace lawn at Crom Castle.

Dress code for Gala Dinner is black tie, all other evening meals is smart casual.

Crane/Launching Facilities and Trailer Parking

Arrangements have been made for all yachts to be launched/recovered at Lisnaskea Boat Club (close to Crom) where a crane and operator is vailable from Thursday, 26 August from 9am till 6pm. This service is provided free of charge to Regatta participants. Trailer/car parking has been arranged at Crom, on entering the estate, please follow the signs to this parking area. Those yachtsmen wishing to keep their yachts on the Erne system, after the Regatta, may use the facilities at the Lough Erne Yacht Club, Gublusk Bay (on Lower Lough Erne) to recover, launch or moor their craft. Secure parking for trailers is also available on the Club’s premises. Participants requiring more information should contact the Association via e-mail E:

Lisnaskea Boat Club, Derryad, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh BT92 0BX

Directions to Lisnaskea Boat Club from Belfast (Northern Ireland):

Heading towards Enniskillen (A4), take the turn off for LISNASKEA (A34). In LISNASKEA, turn right at mini roundabout (next to Spa Supermarket) for DERRYLIN (B127). Lisnaskea Boat Club is signed posted off this road (left turning on a bend). Take this road directly on to the Club’s premises.

Directions to Lisnaskea Boat Club from Belturbet (Republic of Ireland):

Heading towards ENNISKILLEN (N3), after crossing into Northern Ireland (A509) at DERRYLIN at the first mini roundabout turn right (B127) for LISNASKEA. After crossing the second bridge over Lough Erne, look for the sign post for Lisnaskea Boat Club (right turning on a bend). Take this road directly on to the Club’s premises.

A RIB towing service will be in operation from Lisnaskea Boat Club to your mooring in Crom Bay. After your yacht has been craned into the Lough and moored please bring your trailer to Crom (if parking on the estate is required). Leaving the Boat Club, turn right towards Lisnaskea and follow the National Trust brown sign to Crom, or continue on to Lisnaskea. At Lisnaskea, turn right (at mini roundabout) into the Main Street, continue along this road and after passing a petrol station (on the right), turn right for Crom. Follow the National Trust brown signs to the estate.

A one way system is in force on the roads leading to Crom from Friday to Monday to easy any possible traffic congestion.

Accommodation in Fermanagh

Participants in this event should contact Fermanagh District Council’s Tourist Information Centre on T: 028-6632-3110

Fermanagh Tourist Information Centre
Wellington Road
BT74 7EF
Tel: 028-6632-3110
Fax: 028-6632-5511
FDC are sponsorship partners in this event and their staff will search for, and book, suitable accommodation for you and your crews.

For Notice of Race, Entry Form and Sailing Instructions, please go to the Download page.


Vintage & Classic Car Displays

Vintage and classic car owners bringing their vehicles to display at Crom during the regatta weekend gain entry to the estate free of charge, provided cars are parked in the display area. A dedicated parking area for these vehicles will be set aside next to the Old Castle and sign posted on entry to the estate. This area allows owners to display their vehicles and to see the yacht racing in Crom Bay and Trail Bay. Catering and toilets facilities will be provided nearby.

Google Map location based on post code BT92 8AP
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For more images of historic Crom Bay click here.

Links to related external sites:

Discover Northern Ireland Discover Northern Ireland

Waterways Ireland

National Trust Ireland
National Trust Ireland

Munster Simms Engineering Ltd

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