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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.
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships were held in Dun Laoghaire last week. The four day event had 296 entries from 10 countries including Ireland. Arguably the most competitive class was the 420s, which included medallists from a 2011 Continental or World 420 Championship in each of the first 4 boats and another 11 crews who had competed at international events.
The 26 boat 420 Class was won convincingly by Junior European Gold Medalists Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan from France. They were followed in second place by Ladies European Silver Medalists Jennifer Poret and Louise Chevet and Ladies World Champion Annabel Vose with Kirsty Urwin as crew.
Whilst the visitors dominated the top of the results sheet, the Irish crews all sailed really well and there was close racing throughout the fleet in every race. Given the youngest sailor is still only 12 and majority of our sailors are under 16, the future looks bright for the class.
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championship Boys 420 Gold Medalists were Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts from RCYC, who finished in 8th place overall. They were closely followed by Adam Hyland and Bill Staunton, RStGYC/SSC, in 9th and Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove from HYC in 13th .
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championship Girls 420 Gold Medalists were Lizzy McDowell and Orlagh Thompson from MYC in 14th Place. They were followed by Kate & Allana Lyttle RStGYC and Lucy Burrows & Laura Gilmore from Strangford LoughYC/Donaghadee SC.
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championship is the first leg of a trial series for the team to represent Ireland at the 2012 Junior European Championships at Riva Del Garda in Italy in August. The trials series will conclude with the Connacht Championships in Galway Bay Sailing Club on 6th & 7th May. The Irish International 420 Class Association will be sending teams to the British Nationals in Torbay as well as the Junior Europeans. Coaching and support will be provided at both events with funding from the ISA and Irish Sports Council.
The Connacht Championships will be held in Galway Bay Sailing Club on 6-7 May, the Sunday and Monday of the bank holiday weekend.
The Notice of Race and Entry Form are available here. Participants must also complete membership forms, and if under 18 the parental consent forms which are available from the membership page of this site.
To assist with planning it would be helpful if you let Martina Jordan know that you are planning to attend the event: martinaj39 [at] gmail [dot] com
Malahide Yacht Club hosted the 420 Leinster Sailing Championships last weekend at their new clubhouse on the Broadmeadows. Thirteen boats competed from Galway, Crosshaven, Strangford Lough, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Malahide.
The event was held in fabulous, sunny conditions with a breeze of about 7 or 8 knots both days. Race Officer Neil Murphy set some excellent courses in the gusty and shifty conditions. The sailors enjoyed the opportunity to have some excellent tactical racing.