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Beneteau 211 Sailing News
13 1720s are competing for East Coast Honours as part of the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Dun Laoghaire Cup with reigning European Champion Rope Dock Atara from Howth Yacht Club leading after day one of two
Homeport sportsboats led in three of the competing classes after the first day of racing on Saturday (May 18) at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC), which hosted the Dun Laoghaire Cup 2024 on Dublin Bay. Three East Coast and…
Jimmy Fischer's Billy Whizz of the Royal St. George Yacht Club leads Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Beneteau 211 class in the Scratch, Saturday Overall AIB Summer Series
Jimmy Fischer's Billy Whizz leads Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Beneteau 211 class in the Scratch, Saturday Overall AIB Summer Series. The Royal St. George Yacht Club entry holds a three-point lead despite a dismasting at this month's Volvo Dun Laoghaire…
Andrew Bradley in Chinook leads the 11-boat class by two points
After five races sailed in the Beneteau 211 class, Royal Irish's Andrew Bradley in Chinook leads the 11-boat class by two points going into Sunday's final races of the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.  The Chinook crew have overtaken early…
A Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta rescue boat prepares to tow the dismasted Beneteau 211 Billy Whizz back to harbour
Joe Smyth's Yikes from the Royal Irish Yacht Club won the breezy first race of the Beneteau 211 class of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay, but the race was not without drama as one yacht was dismasted.…
The Beneteau First 21 class will race for National Championship honours as part of the RIYC's Dun Laoghaire Cup in May
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will host a four-class Dun Laoghaire Cup for sportsboats in May with racing for 1720, SB20, J80 and Beneteau First 21 classes.  The 1720 East Coast Championship, the J80 East Coast Championship and First 21 National…
Peter Carroll's Yikes! on the way to overall victory in the Beneteau 211 National Championships on Dublin Bay
Consistent sailing with two race wins and five results in the top three gave the Beneteau 211 National Championships title to Peter Carroll's Yikes! at the Royal Irish Yacht Club this afternoon.   John Downey's B211 Capilano closed the gap by a point…
Peter Carroll's 'Yikes' Leads Beneteau 211 National Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club
The host club dominates the 2021 Beneteau 211 National Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club after the first three races sailed off Dun Laoghaire Harbour. With a 2,1,1 scored so far RIYC's Peter Carroll helming Yikes has a three-point margin…
Beneteau 211 racing on Dublin Bay
On the eve of the Beneteau 211 One Design national championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire this weekend, Billy Whizz (James Conboy Fischer) was the winner of Tuesday night's DBSC race. Second was Pat Shannon's Beeswing and third…
Tight racing in the DBSC Beneteau 211 class
Dun Laoghaire's Beneteau 211 class has won Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Premier George Arthur Newsom Cup for the first time. The Cup is awarded to the boat which performs best compared to all One Design classes in Dublin Bay.…
DBSC's Cruiser Challenge will incorporate the Beneteau 211 National Championships
Dublin Bay Sailing Club is targeting a total fleet of 60 boats in eight classes for its Cruiser Challenge regatta sponsored by MGM Boats this weekend. The event will run in association with the Royal St George Yacht Club at Dun…
#first21 – It's all so very 21st Century. The growth and development of this new Dublin Bay One Design has been healthily organic. And it hasn't been imposed from above – there's none of your old-fashioned de haut en bas…

Beneteau 211 sailing in Ireland

A small, fast cruiser/racer – in style very much a miniature Open 60 or early Figaro, the Beneteau First 211 offers high sailing performance for her size, plus simple accommodation for up to four people.
The boat is very dinghy-style to sail, although the keel makes her self-righting, and foam buoyancy renders her unsinkable, according to the French manufacturer.

Designed by Groupe Finot and introduced in 1998 as a replacement model for the 1992 model First 210, the Beneteau First 211 is a small high-performance yacht designed to be simple to sail and take the ground or be trailed. The words' pocket rockets' tend to be used to describe these boats!
The design was revised to become the Beneteau First 21.7 in 2005. All three models, 210, 211 and 21.7, are very similar in style and concept and share many actual components.

The hull of the Beneteau First 211 is solid GRP, with sandwich construction for the deck moulding. There is foam buoyancy at the bow and stern, guaranteeing unsinkability. The ballasted drop keel is raised by a manual jack and allows easy transport of the boat and drying out if required, supported level by the twin rudders.
The sailplan has a non-overlapping jib to keep sheet loads down and a large spinnaker to achieve high speeds downwind. With almost six foot of draught with keel down and twin rudders for control, upwind performance is also excellent.

The design is popular in Ireland's boating capital at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, where up to a dozen race as part of a one-design class in regular Dublin Bay Sailing Club racing. The boats also race for national championship honours annually. The boats are kept on Dun Laoghaire Marina and look all the more impressive as the fleet of pocket rocket racers are all moored together on one pontoon.

At A Glance – Beneteau First 211 Specifications

LOA: 6.2m (20ft 4in)

Draught: 1.8m to 0.65m (5ft 11in to 2ft 2in)

Displacement: 1,100kg (2,200lb)

LWL: 6m (19ft 7in)

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