The 2012 National Championships will be held in Howth Yacht Club August 4th to 6th. The Sponsors Aqua Restaurant will be helping to provide plenty of prizes. New sailors joining the Silver Fleet will be made especially welcome. We hope to see many new faces from clubs around the country including some new entrants from the active clubs in Dublin Bay, Galway and Cork.
Online entry is preferable, and a special early entry fee is available up to 15th July @ €110 and rises to €130 thereafter.
Three days of race coaching are also available from Tue 31st July, Wed 1st Aug & Thurs 2nd Aug.
Notice of Race, Entry forms and coaching details are available on www.hyc.ie
The Skerries Junior Regatta is on Saturday 9th June. 420s are very welcome to participate in the event. The Notice of Race is available from:
On the same weekend in Galway the GBSC Dinghy Regatta will be held over 9th-10th June. Seven races are scheduled with a first start at 11am. The local 420 fleet will be out in force. The Notice of Race is available from:
Some photos from the Connacht Championship are available.
A full gallery can be seen here.
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Galway Bay Sailing Club hosted the Connacht 420s last weekend. Four local boats lined up with seven boats from Cork and Dublin clubs. The weather forecast for the weekend was mixed but proved to be excellent conditions for sailing. Tom Mapplebeck was on hand to provide assistance and support to the sailors in the boatpark and on the water.
Principal Race Officer Aoife Lyons waited for the wind to settle before starting the fleet with a windward leeward course in light and shifting conditions. The wind filled in gradually throughout the afternoon which allowed for three more races to be completed. The racing was challenging with a strong tide running towards the windward mark and large shifts as the wind funneled down through Oranmore Bay onto the racecourse. Saturday evening saw Paddy Crosbie and Grattan Roberts (RCYC) firmly in the lead with three firsts whilst Kate and Alanna Lyttle (Royal St George YC) led the Silver fleet.
Sunday threw squally conditions at the fleet on Sunday with winds averaging 20knots and some big gusts rolling across the racecourse. Adam Hyland and Bill Staunton took the first race of the day closing the gap to Paddy and Grattan to a single point. In the final race of the series Paddy and Grattan established a commanding lead and took first place to secure the title. Despite a more difficult day on the water the Lyttles did more than enough to maintain win the silver fleet. Full results are here.
After racing Vincent Jordan thanked the PRO, the on-water and shore-side volunteers for all the effort put in to make the event a success. GBSC Vice Commodore, Gary Allen presented the prizes.
This event concluded the trial series to select 420 crews to represent Ireland at the Junior Europeans in Italy and also at the UK Nationals in Devon this Summer. The overall series results are available here.
As announced at the 420 Connachts, the Munsters to be held in RCYC in June have been postponed until September, date to be confirmed.
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The 420 Connacht Championships will be held at GBSC on Sunday and Monday of this weekend. The weather is forecast light and we have Spring tides so conditions will make for tactical racing. Aoife Lyons, PRO for the event, will be holding a race briefing at 10:30am. Launch is expected to commence shortly after the briefing - it will be low springs so launching and reaching the sailing area may take some time.
All boats requiring parental consent are asked to bring along the completed forms for each boat to ensure registration can be completed quickly.
After racing on Sunday there will be short Volvo Ocean Race presentation by Caragh McGovern from Let’s Do It Global, organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race finale in Galway in July this year. Caragh will have the VOR trophy on display for the sailors.
Looking forward to seeing you in Galway.
This weekend GBSC are hosting the Connacht Championships, which doubles as the second leg of the qualifier series combined with the ISA Youth Championships. It is anticipated that qualified boats will know which event they plan to attend at the conclusion of racing this weekend.
Attached are some outline itineraries and costs based on some preliminary work by Tino, James & Brian. They are subject to confirmation but should be enough to help people decide if they have the time & budget to participate in either the Junior Europeans or the UK Nationals.
- Brian McDowell, Class President
The 2012 Selection Criteria - 420 Junior Europeans were published in February. A clarification has been issued:
Series will be scored to include only eligible sailors. This means for the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Championships, overseas boats are excluded from the results. As noted in the original criteria, results for over-age competitors at the Connachts will also be excluded. The attached file shows the current position of boats after the first stage of the trials.