The Dublin Mermaid

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From the ISA:

The Dublin Bay Mermaid is undoubtedly John Kearney’s most famous and enduring design with almost 200 boats built since it was designed in the 1930’s. These beautiful seaworthy boats are sailed extensively around Ireland and still enjoy a highly competitive racing scene. They are one of the few National Classes in Ireland that hold a week long championships for the much coveted Mermaid Trophy presented to the class by Norman Hodgson in the late 1950’s.

From the Class website:

In this age of production-line boats it is comforting to note that the traditional wooden sailing boat still remains popular among DBSC sailors. With the Twenty Ones in eclipse – a temporary phenomenon, no doubt – and the venerable Water Wags racing now under their own burgee in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, DBSC’s oldest wooden boat class has to be the Dublin Bay Mermaid.

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The beauty above was recently for sale.  Current production is in GRP, with many owners electing to fit out themselves.

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