Many of G.L. Watson’s most successful early racing yacht commissions were for highly competitive Irish clients prepared to take a risk on a design by a bright young thing from across the North Channel.
One of them, Dublin wine merchant George B. Thompson, even played a major part in the invention of the yacht racing rules, or The Racing Rules of Sailing as we must remember to call them these days.
In his new book Dublin Bay – The Cradle of Yacht Racing, Dún Laoghaire based yachting historian Hal Sisk describes how the worldwide sport we know today was popularised and formatted by the pioneering yachtsmen of Dublin Bay.
Appropriately launched to coincide with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Annual Conference, hosted by the Irish Sailing Association in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin during early November 2012, this richly illustrated paperback is immediately available for €15 at the Dún Laoghaire yacht clubs, local chandler Viking Marine, and can be purchased online here.