IRL: Sharkbait take 2011 Irish Nationals
The Angel Group SB3 National Championships were hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club.
Race officer Jack Roy did a superb job getting a full schedule of three races in on Friday & three on Saturday, unfortunately he wasn’t so lucky on the Sunday as racing was abandoned due to winds gusting in excess of 30 knots.
The young pretender Ross Vaughan RNIYC took line honours in race one. But it was the experience of Peter Kennedy who lead after day one with two wins. Hot on his heels going into Saturday were Mel Collins RCYC sailing Sibelus, and last years Champion Gareth Flannigan Ballyhome YC.
Day two which ended up as the final day, included the first two races in the north of Dublin Bay.
Jack Roy moved the fleet towards Dalkey Island for the final race.
A second place by RIYC Alan McGettigan’s Defiant in race four skippered by Colin Galavan, was the hosts club best result over the weekend. Andrew Algeo sailing Flutter was best placed Dun Laoghaire boat with some very consistent results finishing sixth overall.
But it was Sharkbait sailed by Ben Duncan, Brian Moran & Ric Morris representing Howth YC who prevailed with some excellent results. Including two wins and two seconds brought them over the finishing line to win from Ridgefence by one point.
The Howth team sailed superbly all weekend and thoroughly deserved their victory.
“This was a very well run regatta by Paul McCarthy RIYC and Mark McGibney sailing manager. Another very successful year for the SB3 class, with 39 entries for our Nationals, and the quality throughout the fleet, making it the most competitive class on the island “ said Jerry Dowling, SB3 National Chairman and organiser of this years National Championship.
The final SB3 Regatta is the Midlands hosted by Lough Ree YC 15 -16 th October 2011.
Geoff O’Donoghue claimed the Silver Fleet prize and Selina Dicker took the Bronze.