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2024 ILCA Ireland Munster Championships, Baltimore

On the traditional dates over Easter, the ILCA Ireland Munster championships took place at Baltimore Sailing club last weekend. We started our sailing on Friday with a Baltimore recce with ten sailors enjoying fantastic weather followed by pizza in La Jolie Brise.

           

The Munsters have always been very well supported and again ninety boats entered across three classes.

The Royal Cork fleet numbered twenty three sailors across three fleets. Sometimes it works out being in the centre of a depression and the weather in Baltimore was fantastic for sailing with mostly Southerly wind on both days from 12-20kts. Race officer Ciaran McSweeney was as efficient as always and managed six smooth races over two days. A few black flags keeping the fleets in check. Reports of rain in Cork, high winds to the south and the west were belied by strong sunshine on both days. Safety boats were quiet except for some breakages which were not unexpected given the winter layoffs.

In the ILCA 4 fleet, TBSC/RCYC Riona McMorrow Moriarty took top honors by winning the final two races and never being out of the top three all weekend.

           

                                            

Apprentice master Maeve Leonard made a welcome return to her favorite event, but just missed out on a podium finish. She is heading to Nepal for some altitude training before her next event which we hope will be sooner rather than later. We had four sailors in top 10 and ten in the top twenty and the RCYC fleet is moving in the right direction. Special mention for a really nice race win for Rachel Hyde on day two.

In the ILCA 6 fleet, we had ten sailors competing with Andrew Kingston just missing out on a podium finish. Bobby Driscoll(BYC) won the division with an impressive four race wins. Michael Doherty finished strongly with a second place in the final race. Conor Barry finished up as second master in his first event as a master. Conor started sailing with the fleet this winter and will compete in the Irish masters along with Phillip Doherty in ILCA 6 .

We had a number of sailors who have just moved up to the ILCA 6 from ILCA 4 and this was their first regatta with the larger sail. The ILCA 6 European Youths is being held in Ballyholme in July this year and we are building our fleet for that event.

In the ILCA 7 class, we had a great performance from Grand Master Nick Walsh who starts his 40+th year in the laser class finishing twelfth overall in a very strong field that was led by Tom Coulter and Fiachra McDonnell holding off Fionn Lyden. Jonathan O’Shaughnessy finished fifth and Chris Bateman 9th. Nick originally started in the laser class when he was fifteen but he denies that it was a gaff rig back then.

In a pretty fresh breeze, race officer Ciaran McSweeney ensured they would deserve their refreshments afterwards with four upwind legs for each race.

Video clip of ILCA 7s coming round leewards mark here

A fleet of currachs from Cork rowed by on their way around Sherkin making for a very pleasant day on the water. Many thanks to Baltimore SC, PRO Ciaran McSweeney and his team for hosting a great event.

 

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