The Aqua Restaurant-sponsored 420 National Championships sailed at Howth Yacht Club over the August Bank Holiday Weekend were won in impressive style by the young Royal Cork YC pairing of Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts who took the gun in five of the 9 races and never placed lower than 3rd.
Four races on day one were sailed in fresh but steady winds and two firsts, a second and a third put the Cork crew in a commanding position ahead of the eventual runners-up, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of the host club who had two firsts and a second but also had a DSQ.
In lighter, shifting winds on the second day, the Howth crew won the first race of the day but then had a second DSQ while their Cork rivals scored two bullets to stretch their advantage. Two races on the final day saw the honours even between the two front-runners but after discards, Crosbie & Grattan had five points to spare over Dickson & Waddilove.
PRO for the 3-day event was Richard Kissane, assisted by National Race Officers Derek Bothwell and Neil Murphy, with support from Emmet Dalton manning the on-the-water Jury Boat.
The Championship attracted 16 entries from six different clubs and the silver fleet was won by Hugh McGuire and Harry Johnson of the Royal Irish YC. Other prize-winners were:
Tara Flood & Chloe Crosbie (HYC/RCYC) – 1st Ladies Overall
Laragh Lee & Sarah Hyland (RStGYC) – 1st Ladies in Silver Fleet
Philip McDowell & Cian Buckley (MYC) – Youngest Helm & Crew (13+14)
Medb Glackin & Saoirse Kelly (HYC) – Best local boat outside the top 3
Aisling McGowan & Aoife Linnane (CY&BC) - Most sociable boat
Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove (HYC/SSC), Adam Hyland & Bill Staunton (RStGYC/SSC) and Cian Walsh & Fiachra McHugh (GBSC) are travelling to the Junior Europeans in Lake Garda this week
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The AGM of the Class Association will be held next weekend in Howth Yacht Club during the 420 nationals. Sailors and other members of the association are invited to attend.
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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