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CH Marine 1720 Irish National Championship


Mark Mansfield and Terry English, sailing I Dunno took the overall win in a closely fought CH Marine sponsored 1720 Irish National Championship sailed in the Royal Cork Yacht Club.  Mansfield and English, previously twice European Champions, are one of the newest members of the fleet, having just re-purchased a 1720 a few weeks ago.

Second overall.,after cutting the deficit between themselves and the leader to just 5 points going into the last race was Anthony O’Leary and his crew on Wet ‘n Black. There was a close battle for third position, with 3 boats seperated by only one point. Tom Durcan and Clive O’Shea’s T-Bone II, helmed by Nicholas O’Leary, narrowly overcame Ben Cooke’s Smile n’ Wave, and Nicholas’ younger brother Robert, sailing Red Penguin.

Conditions for the event were excellent and Race Officer John Moynihan succeeded in getting in 8 good races for the 14 boat fleet over the three days. On day one, Mansfield and English opened with two wins to put a 5 point lead over Luvvly Jubbly (Andrew Brooke) from the UK.   Day two, sailied in 7 to 10 knot winds was much closer with T-Bone II posting  a 1,1,6 score line to Mansfield and English’s 1,3,3. The deficit still remained at 5 points, but now Nicholas O’Leary was snapping at the leaders’ heels, with his father, Anthony just one point further adrift.

The final day’ racing was again excellent. Anthony O’Leary posted two wins in the first two races to Mansfield and English’s  2, 4.   Going into the last race there was still only a few points in it but a win in the final race secured the overall win for I Dunno. 

5 new owners have purchased 1720s this season in Cork and a further 4 Cork  people are searching for decent boats in the UK and Ireland in what is likely the fastest growing keelboat class in Ireland at the moment. There is a great attraction in inexpensive boats with good one design sailing. The next big event for the Class is the 1720 Europeans in Baltimore in early September where in excess of 35 boats are expected, including a good travelling contingent from the UK.

Full results can be found here.

Images from the event can be found here. Photographer Paul Keal covered the event and assisted with mark laying. Unfortunately his camera equipment was badly damaged as he went to the rescue of two unattended privately owned powerboats which had broken their mooring and drifted onto the rocks.

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