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The first open training event will take place in the RSGYC on the 28th and 29th of September. The training will be led by top ISA Academy Coach Ross Killian, assisted by Jenny Andreason and Jamie Aplin.
The price is 50 euro per person for the weekend. This includes dinner on Saturday night. Please bring your own lunches for each day. If you haven't done so already please advise us as soon as you can if you wish to attend so that we can organize any extra coaches. The entry for the training will be closed at 10am Tuesday 24th September.
Email Theo Lyttle to say I am doing the Training: theo [dot] lyttle [at] gmail [dot] com
The provisional Winter Training Dates are:
This is the time of year when the ISA Academy reviews are taking place for both the 420s and the Lasers. Current 420 Academy members will be notified of their review date next week.
The 420 Academy Autumn Programme will include a minimum of two trips abroad for training camps and events. These will be Maubisson Regatta, France and Imperia Regatta in Italy. For those sailors not currently on the ISA Academy but who would like to be considered for the winter programme you can email Ross Killian to declare interest: rosskillian [at] email [dot] com
Closing date for this email is Friday 27th of September. Current Academy members do not need to email to declare interest.
It was quite a while in the making, but the newly rekindled 420 Ulster Championships took place last weekend at Donaghadee Sailing Club, kindly supported by Walker Communications.
Gifted with a favourable wind of 15-20kts for most of the weekend, PRO Jimmy McKee did a fine job getting 6 races in the can. The infamous Donaghadee tide played its usual part in what proved to be an exciting weekend’s racing for the 15 crews that made the trip. It was great to see boats from as far away as Cork, Galway & Wexford making the effort to travel and hopefully some of the Northern boats will return the compliment at future events.
The Volvo 420 Class National Championships concluded in RCYC on Sunday with brothers Harry and David Whitaker of the Royal Cork Yacht Club taking the title in style. In a quality fleet of 32 sailors from all over the country they proved their consistency by never finishing outside the top three boats in any race.
Race officer Richard Leonard expertly managed to complete a full series of nine races between Friday and Sunday with some sparkling sailing to be seen just south east of Roches Point off the entrance to Cork Harbour. The conditions were very variable with extremes of exciting upwind and three sail planing on Saturday afternoon being in contrast to the tense drift finishing on the last race on Sunday.
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of Howth Yacht Club put up the main challenge and indeed had more first places than the Whitakers but had to settle for second overall to the ever consistent brothers. Robert and Sean have been having a great year to date as Irish 420 boys boat for the ISAF youth Worlds in Cyprus.
Third boat was Ewan McMahon and Colin O’Sullivan, also of Howth, who put in some excellent performances particularly in the earlier races. Being younger and relatively newer to the class they certainly have made great progress in double quick time.
Best of the ladies in sixth overall were cousins Lizzy and Cara McDowell of Malahide Yacht Club whose first place in the last race was enough to jump ahead of Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhan and Jil McGinley (Kinsale Yacht Club and Royal Cork) for the ladies title. Third ladies were sister team Kate and Alanna Lyttle of Royal St. George Yacht Club.
A great chance to clear out your garage. I am looking for used sails for training purposes – jibs, mains and spinnakers.
Donaghadee Sailing Club is delighted to host the first 420 event in the North of Ireland for some time. Local PRO Jimmie McKee will ensure 2 days of top quality racing in the infamous tidal waters of Donaghadee.
Registration for the event will open at 0830 on Saturday 31st August with the 1st warning at 11:55. There will be food and live entertainment for all soon after racing on Saturday evening, hopefully you can join us. There is a very nominal charge of £5.00 per head.
It is hoped to organise some training pre-event, details to follow. Boat storage will be available if needed.
A comprehensive information pack for the weekend is attached. It provides location, schedule, tides and accommodation details. More information can be obtained by visiting www.donaghadeesc.co.uk or by contacting Stuart Ogg, Chair of the Organising Committee on 07714262223 or stuartogg [at] btinternet [dot] com
The Irish 420 Class would like to invite all members to attend the AGM which will be held in the Royal Cork YC at 6pm on Friday 9th of August. The date is the first day of the National Championships.
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.