SB20s chosen for one-design All Ireland Championships 2018
This weekend there’s Irish Sailing All Ireland Sailing Championships taking place in Lough Ree Yacht Club in Co. Westmeath on 6-7th of October. The event has run since 1947 and aims at finding the sailing “champion of champions” of the year. Competitors represent 16 Irish Sailing eligible affiliated classes, but all will compete against each other in one type of boat – this year the SB20s were chosen for this competition!
The hosting venue, Lough Ree Yacht Club, is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world and has been in its same location since the founding in 1770. Lough Ree is a lake and a part of the Shannon River, which is a massive water reservoir that drains 1/5th of all the rain in Ireland. And we know there is a lot of rain in Ireland!
The entries include some top Irish sailors, including those arlready known in the SB20 fleet in previous years. Like for example the local sailor Cillian Dickson who will be sailing with Stefan Hyde. Stefan is a previous winner of the all Ireland’s as well as the previous SB20 National Champion. Cillian was helming SB20 ‘Binn Eadair’ in Tasmania and the Europeans in Dublin. These guys are no strangers to sailing together having won the J24 National Championships at Foynes Yacht Club earlier this year.
John Malone will be pairing with another local hero Graham McMullen who is the Shannon One Designs (SOD) National Champion, one of oldest one-design classes in the world. There will be two women competing this year: Aisling Keller from Laser Radial will team up with Olympian Finn Lynch, and Jocelyn Hill representing the RS200s will sail with Katie Kane. Jocelyn will be one of five sailors from Northern Ireland on of them being the current SB20 Irish National Champion and Olympian Peter Kennedy who will be sailing with Stephen Kane.
Each competitor has been nominated as a result of past wins and class rankings. Racing will consist of two “flights”. The top three from each flight will go straight into the final. The remaining competitors who placed 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th compete in a 2-race “repêchage”, and the top two then also enter the Final. Therefore the Final race will have eight teams competing.
The weather forecast looks promising with 8-10 Notherly on the opening day with a bit chilly 11 degrees on the thermometer, but with some sun, whilst Sunday sees a 180˚shift to stronger Southern winds increasing to 11-14 and gusting to 25+ knots.
Entry list and event details: https://www.sailing.ie/Racing/All-Ireland-Sailing-Championships/2018-All-Ireland-Championships