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The results for the qualification series for the 420 Worlds in Valencia and Junior Europeans in Pwhelli are included below. In the event of places not being taken up, the 420 Class Association Committee may decide to send alternative crews who have participated in the ranking series.
After six races in blustery conditions on the Broadmeadows, Malahide, Adam Hyland/Bill Staunton (RStGYC/SSC) took the Curradinghy-sponsored 420 Leinster title from Robert Dickson/Sean Waddilove (HYC/SSC) by virtue of two race wins.
Hyland & Staunton won the fourth and fifth races to edge out their northside rivals who were second in four races.
The Malahide cousins Lizzy and Cara McDowell also had a consistent series and also won the third race to finish third overall, a point ahead of the Royal St.George YC sisters Kate and Alanna Lyttle.
Best placed of the silver fleet was Philip McDowell & Cian Buckley of the host club in 7th overall.
Event organiser, Brian McDowell, thanked PRO Neil Murphy and the race management team that conducted racing in challenging conditions.
The Leinster Championship scheduled for this weekend have been postponed due to the atrocious weather forecast. A rescheduled date will be announced in due course.
ISA 420 coach Ross Killian will be holding an open training session focusing on regatta preparation for the ISA youth nationals in Lough Derg on Wednesday 3rd of April.
The aim of the session will be to get on the water the day before the regatta in order to familiarise the sailors with the venue and the racing areas. There will be a briefing at 1.00pm at the club. 1 session is planned on the water followed by a de brief. The session is open to all and will be no fee.
Well done to all who took part in the training in Malahide this week. The feedback from the coaches was that everybody had done really well. Looking forward to the Leinsters next weekend.
The class coaching weekend on 17-18 March is fully booked. Please only travel to this event if you have already received a confirmation that you have a place.
Well done to the participants that entered the UK qualifiers set out by the ISA as one of the ISAF qualifying event. There were many great performances and will ensure the ISA Youth Championships are hotly contested for the ISAF nomination.
The 420 Leinster Championships will be held in Malahide Yacht Club on the weekend of 23rd/24th March. Please find the NOR & Entry Form for the Leinsters attached.
Racing started in blustery conditions and the first day's racing was held in Schull Harbour. Several heavy gusts came through and a squall during race 3 saw several boats capsize on the downwind leg. Most of the fleet recovered and held on for a fourth and final race of the day after which Adam Hyland and Bill Staunton were leading the fleet.
Friday started entirely differently with no wind at all. Eventually a light Southerly set in and the fleet made their way out to the harbour entrance to sail the remaining two races of the championship. The Whitaker brothers performed best in the light conditions and took two wins on the day to move into second overall, although they were unable to overhaul event winners Adam and Bill.