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Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge – Updated

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Here is some exciting video footage from the Dennis Conner 4th International Yacht Club Challenge sailed in J 24s at Manhattan Yacht Club from August 20th to 22nd. The sailing is fast and furious and they appear to have had a great event. Three Irish teams competed from RCYC, HYC and Wexford Boat and Tennis Club

The footage was filmed by a member from Wexford Boat and Tennis Club and was kindly supplied to the club by David Curtis.

After three very intense days of international competition at the Dennis Connor International Yacht Club Challenge held at the Manhattan Yacht Club, from August 20th to 22nd, Royal Cork Yacht Club  finished 3rd and Howth Yacht club finished 5th  beating off some very talented opposition including the two local Manhattan Yacht Club teams.

The event was sailed in a fleet of J24’s and the RCYC boat was skippered by Stefan Hyde and the Howth Boat by Emma McDonald. In fact if it was not for a penalty after a collision in race 4 (Under Regatta rules, if a collision occurs, both boats have to do turns no matter who is in the right / wrong) and the cancellation of race 7 on the last beat due to an approaching thunderstorm – podium positions for both teams could have beckoned.

The regatta was sailed in the very busy waters of the Hudson river in New York City which along with the challenges of avoiding commercial traffic and some of the strongest currents that the crews had ever experienced had to be negotiated in varied winds from 5knts on the opening day to 30knts plus during approaching thunderstorms on the final day. The third Irish team; Wexford Harbour Yacht and Tennis Club, finished in 10th place.

The event was won by the team from Switzerland, Societe Nautique Rolloise followed one point behind by USA, Southern Yacht Club and then a superb third place by the Irish team from Royal Cork skippered by Stefan Hyde.

It is tradition on presentation night that each team presents to the team that finishes behind them in the final results a humourous prize.
4th place Austrian team presented the HYC team with “Lederhosen”.

Howth Yacht Club also presented Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh of Manhattan Sailing Club and Dennis Connor (Americas Cup Hero) with HYC Burgees.

A fantastic event in a wonderful city that certainly promoted international goodwill through friendly competition.

Royal Cork Team Members

Clayton Love
Stefan Hyde (Skipper)
Dylan Gannon

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