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Irish RS Eastern Championships

Irish RS Eastern Championships – To the untrained eye, it was business as usual for the RS400 class racing out of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire over the weekend. We had a big and very competitive fleet of 25 RS400’s add to this the sight of new sails pouring out of the McCready’s sailboats van on the first morning and the scene was set. The expectation of great racing, and a forecast for good wind and sun had everyone excited.

The fleet’s current top names are all well-established now. But look down the fleet at the new names and the general quality of the field and you will know that this event and this season is something special in Irish Sailing. Nobody in the top 12 was a rookie this year and Sean Cleary, defending Eastern Champion and runner-up at the Sothern’s and for the overall traveler’s series last season was to finish up 12th. He was sailing with a new team mate Donal Murphy who had helped him to second RS400 in the local frostbites a few weeks earlier. Sean heads to England for a new job now and he will be sorely missed at Irish regionals. We look forward to following his progress, no doubt at the front of the UK 400 scene. He is expected to re-appear at the Irish Nationals later in the season.

New class member and Ex-helmsman’s champ George Kenefick finished 16th overall. He will, no doubt, be more competitive as the season progresses, and expressed some frustration at his form, he is one to watch over the season. Ex-Mirror world runner-up and Ex-Mirror National Champion Andrew Woodward and crew Michael Walsh on their first outing with fresh sails came in 13th. Of course this is just one event and high-quality sailors like Andrew, Sean and George will always find a way to excel in a class, but there is a feeling now in this class that anyone can be outside the top 10 in any race. A notable statistic looking at the results is that only three sailors managed to have all six race results inside the top ten over the Eastern championship weekend.

Now let’s talk the business end of the fleet. Coming into this regatta, Alex Barry and Richie Leonard of MBSC/RCYC had been pushed hard for all of the 2014 season, but were an unbeaten pairing in the Irish events they attended together and had taken the travelers title, and Nationals. Gareth Flannigan and David Fletcher were of a pedigree that had them likely to compete for top honours, with a history of winning national titles in a variety of classes including the Laser and SB20. Local RStGYC team and Ex RS400 national champion paring of Emmet Ryan and his brother James were together again for their first regional since the 2013 season (James had been on a year of travel).

The Ryan team had been tuning up in the frostbites and it showed, with a great recovery from an average start line position and an opening race win to set their stall out early. They would be competitive to the end, and had they won the last race would have been champions. In the end, the Ryan’s had to make do with a couple or race wins that contributed to their third place overall. James will be proud of the fact that he clearly has not lost his competitive edge on his travels.Irish RS Eastern Championships

Gareth Flannigan showed why he has about six nicknames mainly describing him as some sort of fish in water as he and David Fletcher had a pace to burn upwind and were extremely consistent all event off the start line. Like Ryan, he recorded two bullets, but he also managed to keep his other scores in the top five and had the sort of regatta dreams are made of.

Alex Barry and Richie Leonard were not going to be easy to beat, and showing their class, after a string of top three finishes, the top Irish pairing fought off David Rose and Ian Hef on the last run of the last race to record a bullet and do enough it would seem to take the regatta. As it turned out, a boat that had been disqualified for being OCS on day one had been reinstated (It felt from where I was sitting that a few boats were over on that start) and Alex and Richie were to be denied due to this points change and only by the a countback, having matched Gareth and David’s 11 point tally.

This fleet is super competitive and there were just six points separating the third placed Ryan team on 20 points with fifth and sixth placed teams Chirs Penny (Artemis-Racing) and Simon Martin, and David Rose and Ian Hef on 26. Ross McDonald and Dylan Gannon finished fourth just two points behind Ryan on 22, after an excellent regatta. Ross is an Ex-Laser National Champion. So congratulations to Gareth and David sailing out of BYC who are well-deserved 2015 RS400 Eastern Champions. Excitement is already building for the Northern champs up next in the regional calendar. Remember for those in the fleet looking to sharpen up their skills, there is a sprint regatta out of the Royal St George Yacht Club on May 9th, for RS200’s and RS400’s.

RS Fevas

Sixteen Feva teams turned out to compete for the Eastern title this year. This is an exciting year with a trip to the worlds coming up later in the season. The fleet included two visiting teams from Galway (GBSC), and both fared very well in the event with a fourth for Aaron O’Reilly and David Carberry and a seventh for Brian Murphy and David O’Reilly. Great to see Feva’s that are willing to travel and make this class really exciting.

The top three places were all local Dublin bay RSGYC sailors. Triona Hickson and Kathy Kelly won the first two races of the event and finishing just three points off the lead in third place could easily have been champions.
Toby Hudson-Fowler and Greg Arrowsmith had an excellent regatta and would finished second on 10 points, just one point behind Tom and Henry Higgins, who took the championship in the last race.
Congratulations to Tom and Henry Higgins who are RSFeva Eastern Champions for 2015.

RS200s

There were many very well attended events last season in Ireland. This season is an exciting one for the RS200’s particularly as the fleet welcomes a revamped sail plan that modernizes the boats look and feel.
The turnout for this event was affected by exam season for the younger members of the class, so expect bigger fleets as the season progresses.

The top end of this fleet looked very familiar, as Marty O’Leary and Rachel Williamson sailing out of RSGYC continues to dominate the RS200 Class in Ireland with a performance including three bullets, two seconds and a third. Marty and Rachel had showed their class before the event, finishing runner-up to the Ryans RS400 team in the frostbites.

They were matched this time on points by the every present Ex National champion Sean Craig and Heather King, who would only be second on countback having matched Marty and Rachel this time also on a final point’s tally of seven. Frank O’Rourke and Sarah Byrne were eight points back in the third, and Luke Murphy and Patrick Cahill had some great moments and finished fourth overall. Luke and Patrick are strong prospects for the future and sail out of RSGYC. Congratulations to Marty and Rachel who are RS200 Eastern Champions for 2015.

RS 200 Eastern Championships 2015 – Provisional Result Entries: 9 Races Sailed: 6 Discard: 1
 Sail No Boat Helm Crew Club Points Place R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1343 RS200 Marty O’Leary Rachel Williamson RSGYC 7 1 2 1 2 3 1 1
101 RS200 Sean Craig Heather King RSGYC 7 2 1 2 1 1 2 2
1478 RS200 Frank O’Rourke Sarah Byrne GSC 15 3 3 3 3 4 3 3
1480 RS200 Luke Murphy Patrick Cahill RSG 19 4 4 4 4 2 5 6
898 RS200 Aaron Jones Conor Clery GSC 24 5 5 5 5 5 4 10
759 RS200 Michael Tyrrell Meg Tyrrell RIYC 34 6 10 6 6 7 10 5
645 RS200 Laura Jackson Nikki Dwyer BYC/DSC 36 7 10 10 10 6 6 4
615 RS200 Grainne Allen Aine Keogh GSC 50 8 10 10 10 10 10 10
1015 RS200 Ciaran keogh Siobhan Keogh GSC 50 8 10 10 10 10 10 10

 

RS 400 Eastern Championships 2015 – Provisional Result Entries: 25 Races Sailed: 6 Discard: 1
 Sail No Boat Helm Crew Club Points Place R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1259 RS400 Gareth Flanagan David Fletcher BYC 11 1 2 1 3 5 1 4
1126 RS400 Alex Barry Richie Leonard MBSC/RCYC 11 2 3 3 2 26 2 1
1339 RS400 Emmet Ryan James Ryan RSGYC 20 3 1 5 11 1 3 10
1099 RS400 Ross McDonald Dylan Gannon HYC 22 4 4 4 6 6 5 3
1004 RS400 Chris Penny Simon Martin CSC 26 5 5 26 1 3 6 11
1179 RS400 David Rose Ian Heffernan MBSC 26 6 9 11 4 4 7 2
741 RS400 Mike Ferguson Phil Adams RUYC/BYC 32 7 6 7 8 2 10 9
941 RS400 Paul McLaughlin Michael McKinley CSC 35 8 15 2 17 8 4 6
1144 RS400 George Kingston Ian McNamee CHSC 43 9 8 12 13 7 11 5
1230 RS400 Paul McMahon Laura Houlihan HYC 51 10 10 9 10 15 18 7
1436 RS400 Simon Herriott Stephen Bourke GSC 53 11 12 14 5 10 12 26
1017 RS400 Sean Cleary Donal Murphy GSC 53 12 7 10 9 13 14 18
748 RS400 Andrew Woodward Michael Walsh RCYC 55 13 14 6 18 14 8 13
589 RS400 Peter Bayly Paddy Blackley GSC 64 14 16 8 14 11 22 15
1044 RS400 George Kenefick Joseph Bruen RCYC 65 15 13 13 16 9 17 14
825 RS400 Trevor D’Arcy Alan McClernon CSC/RNIYC 67 16 19 16 7 12 15 17
1406 RS400 Dave Cheyne Lisa Neary NDCC 73 17 11 15 12 26 9 26
1138 RS400 Owen Laverty Gina Laverty RSGYC 78 18 18 26 15 17 16 12
1140 RS400 Robert O’Sullivan David Whitaker MBSC 84 19 20 17 26 18 21 8
1251 RS400 John lewis Sheela Lewis CAYC 97 20 21 26 26 21 13 16
867 RS400 Simon Murray Tiernan Regan NYC 98 21 24 20 20 19 20 19
1188 RS400 Neil Strain John Ferguson RNIYC 103 22 17 26 26 20 19 21
1349 RS400 Garrett Donnelly Murrough Kavanagh MYC 105 23 25 18 21 22 24 20
728 RS400 Andy Browne David Hicks CLYC 108 24 23 21 19 23 23 22
1353 RS400 Robert Hastings Neil Calvin RNIYC 109 25 22 19 26 16 26 26

 

RS FEVA Eastern Championships 2015 – Provisional Result Entries: 17 Races Sailed: 6 Discard: 1
 Sail No Boat Helm Crew Club Points Place R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
2512 RS Feva Tom Higgins Henry Higgins RSGYC 9 1 2 2 3 1 1 3
5486 RS Feva Toby Hudson-Fowler Greg Arrowsmith RSGYC 10 2 5 3 1 2 3 1
1776 RS Feva Triona Hickson Kathy Kelly RSGYC 11 3 1 1 2 5 2 5
2818 RS Feva Aaron O’Reilly David Carberry GBSC 19 4 4 6 5 3 5 2
1588 RS Feva Laura Coleman Nicola Ferguson RIYC 19 5 3 5 4 4 4 4
1514 RS Feva Lorcan Tighe Cian Murphy NYC 34 6 7 7 8 6 6 18
3613 RS Feva Brian Murphy David O’Reilly GBSC 38 7 8 8 6 8 8 9
1655 RS Feva Iseult Cambay Luke horgan 44 8 6 18 18 7 7 6
5221 RS Feva Lauren Murray Tara Coackley RSGYC 45 9 11 10 9 9 9 8
1605 RS Feva Dara Donnelly Cliona Coyle NYC 56 10 9 4 7 18 18 18
T RS Feva Oscar Mulvin Max Goodbody RIYC 57 11 10 9 18 10 10 18
177 RS Feva Aisling Lawrence Alanna Stanley GSC 69 12 12 11 10 18 18 18
X11 RS Feva Siofra Mooney Daisy Dillon Malone RIYC 73 13 13 12 18 12 18 18
0 RS Feva Senen O’Shea Hugo Stapleton RIYC 76 14 18 18 18 11 11 18
1654 RS Feva Emily Arrowsmith Ciara Little RSGYC 79 15 18 18 18 18 18 7
1480 RS Feva Luke Murphy Patrick Cahill RSGYC 86 16 14 18 18 18 18 18
3669 RS Feva Marcus O’Leary Robert Kinsely 90 17 18 18 18 18 18 18

by David Rose

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