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IDRA 14 Champion Sailor Rosemary Doorly Dies

7th December 2021
John and Rosemary Doorly sailing IDRA 14 Number 30
John and Rosemary Doorly sailing IDRA 14 Number 30 Chloe

The death has occurred of Rosemary Doorly long time member of the RStGYC and a successful sailor in both the IDRA 14 and Glen Classes with her husband, John.

With many successes on Dublin Bay, the highlight of their career was winning the IDRA National Championships in 1974 in Dunmore East.

They also travelled abroad when an IDRA 14 group represented Ireland in a team racing event in the '70s at New York's Larchmont Yacht Club.

Rosemary was also instrumental in setting up and running the Junior section at Bray Sailing Club when her children were introduced to sailing, including Michael and Chris, who are well known in the waterfront clubs in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Her family and friends in sailing will miss her.

John and Rosemary Doorly sailing the IDRA 14 Number 2, Dainty at Dun LaoghaireJohn and Rosemary Doorly sailing the IDRA 14 Number 2 Dainty at Dun Laoghaire

Published in IDRA 14, Glen, RStGYC Team

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About IDRA 14s

The Irish Dinghy Racing Association One Design or IDRA14 class is known for its convivial class association and affordable racing and great team spirit.


The IDRA14 class is 75 years old in 2021 with some original boats still racing but also entirely up to date with fibreglass boats, trapezes and spinnakers.


The races in summer and winter from three Dublin sailing clubs.


There are currently IDRA 14’s racing in Clontarf (CYBC), Sutton (SDC) and Dun Laoghaire (DMYC and RStGYC).


Boats are available in fibreglass and timber from approximately €1,500 ready to sail.


The IDRA 14s are working on plans to celebrate their 75th Anniversary in 2021.