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1720 Nationals – Corking Fun

The 1720 National Championships took place between 13th to 15th August in the club with 19 boats racing over the 3 days. With entries ranging from Baltimore, Howth, Dunmore East, Wexford Harbour, Skerries and Galway along with the club’s existing fleet, the 1720 Class growth is continuing with a number of new entries in the fleet over the winter. The event was also ran alongside the SB20 Southerns with racing over 2 days.

Racing started in blustery 18-20 knot conditions on Friday afternoon with the Race Officer Ciaran McSweeney and his race management team electing to set a race course in Cuskinny. With the easterly breeze and the tail end of a southern swell outside Roche’s Point, the option to use Cuskinny as keelboat race course demonstrated how fortunate we are to have a harbour like Cork has, even at low tide. Rob O’Leary on Dutch Gold showed continued form from 2020 with 2 firsts in the day’s racing however the pack behind were close by with only 2points separating 2nd to 5th place with Rope Dock Atara, Livewire, T-Bone and Spiced Beef in tight contention.

Saturday’s racing was met with a change in the weather outside Roche’s Point. The Race Officer managed to get 2 races in with an Easterly 10-12knot breeze before an extended rain delay and following a wind change to the south east a 3rd race was sailed. The crew of Dutch Gold mounted the pressure with 2 firsts and a 7th with Dan O’Grady’s Wet n’Ready taking the other race win for the day. In a tight competitive fleet, consistency appeared to be the key with Spiced Beef, T-Bone and Rope Dock Atara scoring well.

Once again, the club’s catering team did a cracking job with catering for all sailors and members with a BBQ dinner on Saturday evening proving the success of the marque. Unsurprisingly the sailors were only too happy to play their part on the social side of the sport.

Sunday’s start was slightly delayed again with a further rain delay however the Race Officer managed to get 2 races in once the northerly breeze kicked in around midday. Conditions were challenging for the entire weekend however Sunday’s northerly breeze of up to 18-20knots coupled with a large south westerly swell was testing for all sailors. Dutch Gold and Wet n’Ready posted race wins for the day with late charges from Green Diesel, Full Irish and again Spiced Beef before racing was concluded.

Rob O’Leary and the crew Dutch Gold’s collection of 5 race wins secured 1st overall on 12points followed by Fionn Lyden on Spiced Beef on 25points with Dan O’Grady’s Wet n’Ready on 30points. Mark Hasset & crew of Baltimore SC’s club boat Livewire were the best club boat with a prize of a new jib halyard from Rope Dock.

The successful resurgence in the 1720 Class is well underway with 6 new boats in the fleet since 2020 with between 20-30 boats expected at the European Championships at the end of September in Dunmore East. At this rate the fleet to hoping for a very health European Championships in Cork Week 2022 with the intention to top the 40 boat mark. Please don’t hesitate to contact Dave Love if you are interested in getting involved in either owning a boat or crewing on one.

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