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08/08/2014
Crewsaver Irish Nationals

  • 2014 Irish Nationals, Galway Bay

Photos: Alan Jones, Greystones SC

 

Galway lights up with Crewsaver RS Nationals

Sixty-one Fevas, RS200s and RS400s descended on Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) from the 8th to the 10th of August to compete in what was each class's 2014 National Championships sponsored by Crewsaver. This organisational marriage of classes from RS continues to work really well together and brings with it a wide range of sailors from all over Ireland. There were many new faces in all classes and the atmosphere was really inclusive and enthusiastic for the competition ahead.

GBSC was represented fantastically by its members with amazing support for the event. Launch and recovery was aided by a team of helpers, and the race officer and commodore David Vinnell and team were outstanding throughout, providing a tactical and interesting race course every time. All races were sailed in planing conditions. For the strong breezes, the sea was tame for the west coast, but was still challenging, as crews worked for each wave upwind and down. True beats and good lines make for great racing and we had them throughout.

RS200 Nationals (9 races, 2 discards, 14 boats)

Roy Van Mooney and Kevin O'Rourke (GYC) have dominated the RS200 Nationals from start to finish, recording an impressive 6 race wins and a second after discard. Stephen Craig fought back on day two and three with a string of seconds and bullets but it was never going to be enough to outdo the other pairing.

Graeme Noonan and Harry Noonan were consistent throughout and finished 3rd on 18 points, with Trevor Fisher and Heather Craig also in the vicinity on 21 points.

Congratulations also go to the John McKelvie and Sarah Watson, 2013 Irish National Champions for their strong showing in Garda recently recording a 9th in a strong 28 boat fleet.

This was competitive, fast and furious racing in a class that looks set to grow in 2015, as the profile of the RS sailing increases throughout Ireland and the many excellent features of the 200 become better known. This is a design that has advanced from the success of the RS400 and has a hugely strong UK and Irish fleet.

RS400 Nationals (9 races, 2 discards, 31 boats)

In the 400 Class, after an opening day and 4 races, McCready Sailboats sailed by Gareth Flannigan and David Fletcher were showing the form of past and future champions and led clear of the pack. There was to be no resting on ones laurels however as several boats were still within striking distance with a gaggle of teams on 12 and 13 points overnight.

It had been a fast and furious day, with no let up from hiking after the weather mark, and no shortage of adrenaline as the fleet came thundering downwind trying to out gybe and think each other on lay-lines. With 3 rounds, there was ample time to work your way into better or worse positions on the race course.

Interestingly the following pack included sailors from every corner of Ireland, showing how strong the class has now become throughout the country, including "The Full Irish" single handed sailor Dave Kenefick who at his first event teamed up with Sandy Rimmington of MBSC eventually finishing 11th overall, David looking exhilarated after day one, described the boats as "all the fun of a 49er without the swims".

Day two was to be very similar and just as exciting and fun as day one. The story was of another team now sailing like champions and leading the pack. Alex Barry and Richard Leonard of MBSC and the RCYC were now sitting clear by a few points from Sean Cleary and Steven Tyner, the talented pair from GSC who were Eastern champions earlier in the season. Also a prominent challenger now was the UK pairing of Howard Farbrother and Dan Martin, who had featured well in the Europeans at Garda recording a seventh. Two Irish 400's had also made the trip to Garda for the Europa cup recently with Emmet Ryan and Jay Stacy finishing 10th and David Rose and Ian Heffernan Finishing 12th at that event and both teams were in the hunt here, as was the ever present Dave Cheyne and Richie McCullough. These teams were to fade away however by the end of day two when the final discard was applied after 8 races.

Day three was expected to be a huge storm, but the forecast had been inaccurate all week, and this appeared to be the case as the fleet launched in light air. This calm however was not to last long, and the race offers managed to squeeze in another exciting race for all classes, before an "End of the World" style storm cloud made for a spectacular and at intimidating scene in Galway bay. Visibility reduced and it blew very hard for a short period of time.

The Race officer had his regatta and called time on proceedings. It's a testament to the three classes that no rigs were lost for the entire event, and apart from some worried parents and competitors all was okay and the fleets got home safely to finish what had been a fantastic 3 days sailing out of GBSC.

When the dust settled, Alex and Richard of MBSC and RCYC had won the 400 Nationals, followed by Howard and Dan from QMSC and Sean and Steven in third.

Alex had this to say after the event, "What a fantastic event, consistent breeze and excellent competition meant for exhilarating racing. The RS classes are the only place to be at the moment. It's great to see such prestigious sailors such as Ross McDonald and Dave Kenefick who had moved into the yachting scene back in dinghies and picking it up so fast. Thanks to all who were involved in the organisation of the event, delighted with the win, absolutely knackered now though."

This movement of accessible high performance sailing dinghies continues to bloom, and be enjoyed by a wide variety of competitive and enthusiastic sailors of all ages. The classes are supported by the ever present and well stocked McCready Sailboats, who at the drop of a hat delivered a new rig and even helped set it up for the unlucky 400 sailors who damaged theirs on the way to the event going through a slightly low toll gate.

We look forward to seeing you all at the final event of the season, the RS Southerns in Kinsale on the 13th and 14th of September 2014. For those on a budget consider the activity centre for hostel style accommodation. Kinsale is a great venue so please support the event.

 

FINAL RESULTS BELOW

Sailwave results for Crewsaver RS Nationals 2014

       
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Crewsaver Irish RS Nationals - Results
 
RS 200 Fleet
 
Sailed: 9, Discards: 2, To count: 7, Entries: 14, Scoring system: Series defaults
Rank Tally Helm Name Crew Name Sail No Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Total Nett
                 
1st RS 200 Roy Van Maanen Kevin O'Rourke 1534 GYC 1 1 1 -4 1 1 2 1 -5 17 8
2nd RS 200 Stephen Craig Conor Foley 771 RstGYC -5 2 -4 3 2 2 1 2 1 22 13
3rd RS 200 Graeme Noonan Harry Noonan 1479   -6 3 3 1 3 -4 3 3 2 28 18
4th RS 200 Trevor Fisher Heather Craig 1015 RstGYVC 2 -4 2 2 -6 3 4 4 4 31 21
5th RS 200 Aaron Jones Conor Cleary 898 GSC 3 5 5 5 5 5 6 -7 -8 49 34
6th RS 200 Clive Coffey Helen Cassidy 1352 Newcastle YC 4 -9 6 6 4 6 (13.0 DNF) 5 6 59 37
7th RS 200 Sarah Byrne Ciara Byrne 1478 GSC 7 -8 7 -10 7 8 5 8 3 63 45
8th RS 200 Tom Simington Roy Simington 903 RstGYC -11 6 9 7 9 9 -10 9 7 77 56
9th RS 200 Ben Arrowsmith Patrick Lee 304 RstGYC -10 (14.0 DSQ) 8 8 10 7 8 6 10 81 57
10th RS 200 Lisa Smith Clodagh Hinkson 1048 GSC 8 7 (12.0 DNF) 9 8 11 9 (15.0 DNC) 9 88 61
11th RS 200 Michael Tyrell Meg Tyrell 759 RIYC 9 10 10 (13.0 DNS) -11 10 7 10 11 91 67
12th RS 200 Mike O'Dea Sean Hynes 611 Culllaun SC 12 (14.0 DNF) (15.0 DNC) 13.0 DNF 14.0 UFD 12 11 11 12 114 85
13th RS 200 Libby Lambe Dylan Stanway 727 MSC (15.0 DNC) 14.0 DNF (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 12 14.0 DNF 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 13 128 98
14th RS 200 Enzo Michel Alice Brennan 1469 RIYC (15.0 DNC) (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 135 105
 
RS 400 Fleet
 
Sailed: 9, Discards: 2, To count: 7, Entries: 31, Scoring system: Series defaults
Rank Tally Helm Name Crew Name Sail No Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Total Nett
                 
1st RS 400 Alex Barry Richard Leonard 1126 MBSC/RCYC -6 4 2 (29.0 DNS) 3 2 1 3 2 52 17
2nd RS 400 Howard Farbrother Dan Martin 1418 QMSC 1 3 -12 -9 8 5 2 1 1 42 21
3rd RS 400 Sean Cleary Steven Tyner 1017 GSC -7 5 1 7 -10 1 3 2 5 41 24
4th RS 400 Gareth Flannigan David Fletcher 1259 BYC 2 1 -18 2 5 -10 8 4 4 54 26
5th RS 400 Dave Cheyne Richie McCullough 1406   3 -8 3 5 -11 4 6 5 7 52 33
6th RS 400 David Rose Ian Hef 1179 RCYC 4 6 5 4 4 (27.0 DSQ) 4 6 -11 71 33
7th RS 400 Emmet Ryan Jay Stacy 1339 RstGYC 9 7 -14 1 1 6 10 8 (31.0 DNF) 87 42
8th RS 400 Marty O'Leary Brian Fenlon 1143 RstGYC/WHBC 8 -12 8 -12 2 3 11 12 3 71 47
9th RS 400 Liam Donnelly Johnny Owen 1405   10 -14 6 -13 9 8 7 7 8 82 55
10th RS 400 Simon Hutchinson Stuart Annesley 1352 RMITC 5 10 9 10 -13 9 -13 10 12 91 65
11th RS 400 David Kenefick Sandy Rimmington 522 MBSC 11 13 4 3 (32.0 DNC) 13 9 13 -15 113 66
12th RS 400 Andrew Algeo Paul Nolan 1335 RstGYC 17 (31.0 DNF) 10 6 6 (32.0 DNC) 19 15 6 142 79
13th RS 400 Andy Verso Oisin Baugh 1176 GSC 12 11 7 8 16 12 16 -17 (31.0 DNF) 130 82
14th RS 400 Peter Bayly Paddy Blackley 589 HYC/GSC 16 -29 (32.0 DNC) 20 7 7 12 9 14 146 85
15th RS 400 Ewan Barry Robbie O'Sulivan 1140 MBSC -20 9 11 16 14 11 -17 11 13 122 85
16th RS 400 James Gardner Anne Gardner 1428 HISC 14 16 -17 11 15 14 5 (32.0 DNC) 16 140 91
17th RS 400 Andy Hatch Dan Hawkins 1390   13 15 15 (32.0 DNC) 12 15 -18 14 10 144 94
18th RS 400 Simon Herriott Tom Moran 1349 GSC 31.0 UFD 2 13 18 17 (32.0 DNC) (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 9 186 122
19th RS 400 Rob Hasting Neil Calvin 1044 RNIYC 15 -21 19 19 19 16 -21 18 18 166 124
20th RS 400 Simon Baker David Rueda 1101   21 17 23 14 -27 (27.0 DNF) 15 16 20 180 126
21st RS 400 Owen Laverty Gina Laverty 1138 RstGYC 18 -24 (30.0 DNF) 15 18 17 24 21 17 184 130
22nd RS 400 Nell Strain John Ferguson 1188 RNIYC 19 20 16 22 22 (27.0 DNS) (32.0 DNC) 22 23 203 144
23rd RS 400 Gerry Cannon Avril Cannon 1308 GSC -28 22 22 17 21 21 22 20 -25 198 145
24th RS 400 John Malone Blair Stanaway 601 Mullingar SC 23 -26 -24 21 23 18 20 23 21 199 149
25th RS 400 Max Tosetti Jenny Douglas 1031 QMSC -27 18 21 (29.0 DNF) 26 20 23 26.0 DNF 19 209 153
26th RS 400 Ross McDonald Aoife English 1099 HYC (32.0 DNC) (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 20 19 14 19 22 222 158
27th RS 400 Pat Culloo David Coleman 637 KSC -29 27 27 (32.0 DNC) 25 22 25 24 26 237 176
28th RS 400 Fiachra Etchingham Sarah Hoolahan 1276 GYC 24 28 25 24 24 27.0 DNF (32.0 DNC) (32.0 DNC) 28 244 180
29th RS 400 Aidan McSweeney Sinead O'Beirn 1197 RCYC 22 23 20 29.0 DNF 29.0 DNF (32.0 DNC) (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 27 246 182
30th RS 400 Kate Nagle Maria Coleman 867 RCYC 25 19 30.0 DNF 23 (32.0 DNC) (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 24 249 185
31st RS 400 Mary Grey John Grey 1264 RstGYC 26 25 26 29.0 DNS (32.0 DNC) (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 266 202
 
RS Feva Fleet
 
Sailed: 9, Discards: 2, To count: 7, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Series defaults
Rank Tally Helm Name Crew Name Sail No Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Total Nett
                 
1st RS Feva Alison Dolan Grainne Younge 2849 BSC -5 -1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 7
2nd RS Feva Grace O'Beirne Helen O'Beirne 1595 RstGYC 3 3 -12 2 4 4 2 2 -5 37 20
3rd RS Feva Triona Hinkson Katherine Kelly 1776 RstGYC 1 -4 4 -5 2 3 4 4 3 30 21
4th RS Feva David Carberry Ciaran Jordan 2818 GBSC 10 6 5 (13.0 DNF) 3 2 3 -13 4 59 33
5th RS Feva Dara Donnelly Rosemary Tyrell 1593 NYC/RIYC 2 2 3 -10 8 8 -10 6 7 56 36
6th RS Feva Greg Arrowsmith Conor Little 1654 RstGYC 6 5 -10 4 5 5 6 5 -8 54 36
7th RS Feva Laura Coleman Nicola Ferguson 1588 RIYC/RstGYC 4 7 (16.0 DNF) (16.0 DNC) 9 6 9 3 2 72 40
8th RS Feva Lorcan Tighe Cian Murphy 1514 NYC -9 9 2 3 6 7 8 8 (15.0 DNF) 67 43
9th RS Feva Alexander Ratsey Bertie Ratsey 3672   -8 8 7 6 7 -10 5 7 6 64 46
10th RS Feva Brian Murphy David O'Reilly 3616 GBSC 7 10 8 7 -11 9 7 -11 10 80 58
11th RS Feva Aoife Breen Catherine Brew-Quinn 5477 GBSC -14 11 6 11 -13 11 13 9 12 100 73
12th RS Feva Finn Matthews Tara Matthews 184 GBSC (16.0 DNF) -14 9 8 10 14.0 DNF 12 12 9 104 74
13th RS Feva Grainne Allen Aine Keogh 1752 GSC -13 12 -13 9 12 12 11 10 11 103 77
14th RS Feva Ciaran Keogh Siobhan Keogh 1746 GSC 11 13 11 (16.0 DNC) (16.0 DNC) 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 15.0 UFD 130 98
15th RS Feva Zach McMullin Ben McMullin 2357 LRYC 12 (16.0 DNF) (16.0 DNS) 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 140 108
 
 
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