August 6th – 8th 2021
Sligo Yacht Club are delighted to be hosting the J24 Class Nationals on the weekend of Aug 6-8. We look forward to welcoming visiting boats from all over the Island for what is the highlight event in the J24 racing calendar and for what we hope will be the largest J24 Class event for some time.
The regatta will also incorporate the bicentenary year of the “Ladies Cup” sailing event, as we celebrate 200 years of sailing in Sligo.
Sligo Yacht Club is fortunate to have in its possession the oldest perpetual trophy in the world for which sailors still compete. “The Ladies Cup”, as it is known was first contested in 1821 on Lough Gill. The race was strictly classed, only allowing for boats which were a maximum of 26 feet and six inches long.
The Cup itself is a beautiful piece of Irish silverwork. It is 37 cm high and 33 cm across. Originally donated by the ladies of Sligo, it is made of sterling silver, marked by the Irish Goldsmiths Hall and engraved with the words “For the encouragement of fast sailing”.