RCYC Laser Class Captain Tim McCarthy reports on the ILCA Connaught Championships 2022:
Sudden tectonic plate movement temporarily relocated County Waterford to Connemara so the ILCA Connaught Championships could be held in Dunmore East. Eighty ILCA dinghies from twenty clubs including 11 RCYC sailors and coach Sophie Crosbie took part in the event at the Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.
Conditions were light allowing race officer Con Murphy and his expert mark laying team to get the full compliment of 6 races completed in 2 days of sunshine, which served up a very enjoyable and fun regatta.
In the ILCA 4’s, Daniel O’Connor of the RStGYC continued his rich run of form and took home first prize with Daniel Palmer of BYC and Krzysztof Ciborowski of RStGYC in close second and third respectively with a point between them. True to recent form, Ava Ennis of RStGYC was the first girl, followed by Megan O’Sullivan of RCYC and Lucy Ives of CSC.
In the considerable and ever-competitive ILCA 6 fleet, the usual suspects of Rocco Wright and Luke Turvey of HYC took home first and second, while Sam Ledoux of NYC took third, with just four points separating the three of them showing just how tight the margins were. Becky Lowney of RSGYC/WHBTC was the first girl in tenth overall, with Sophie Kilmartin of RSGYC/MYC second and Anna O’Connor of RIYC/RSGYC third. Mauro G. Regueral Noguerol of RCYC was sixth in what is his last regatta with the RCYC as he is continuing his studies in the USA for the next 2 years.
In the ILCA 7’s, Rory Lynch (Baltimore) and Chris Bateman battled it out for the entire weekend, ending with an equal share of points and Lynch winning it out on count-back. Nick Walsh (RCYC) was third and first placed Master.