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Irish Multihull National Championship

Multihull Championship Report

The Irish Multihull travelling season drew to a close the weekend Sept 13th /14th at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, 43 boats have participated in the series from May to September. The Ballyholme Yacht Club Team were rewarded justly for their participation taking home the most silverware. The Prestigious IMA Travellers Trophy award went to Adrian and Mike Allen on the Hurricane 5.9, on a high point scoring system over the 5 Regional events, they topped the league. The Team Travellers Trophy also went North to Ballyholme YC, the points for this trophy were based on the top three results from each club at each event.  Saturday the National Championship racing commenced in a steady 12 knots southerly breeze, which remained constant for the day and 4 races were completed before the boats returned to the club for a well deserved class dinner and drinks. Day 2 conditions were slightly less fresh and flat water inside the harbour provide close racing in all the fleets.Peter Crowley the appointed National Race Officer was ably assisted by his team from RCYC, Maritta Buwalda, Miriam Mc Mahon, Mark Ring & Nathan Kirwan & Dave Kearney.

A selection UK Spitfires also travelled for the weekends racing in Cork, they also hope to be making a return journey in 2009, when Ireland will host the European Championships for the class for the second time.

Overall Fleet Results:

1st Open Nationals  – Andrew Gallagher & Darragh McDermott

                               Royal Cork Yacht Club & Galway Bay Sailing Club


1st Rob Doyle          – Royal Cork Yacht Club

2nd Brendan Fafiani – Royal Cork Yacht Club

3rd Neil Mangan      – Royal Cork Yacht Club

Formula 18/Hobie Tiger

1st Andrew Gallagher & Darragh McDermott – Royal Cork/Galway Bay

2nd Jim Sheeran & Dave McGowan  – Royal Cork Yacht Club

3rd Aubyn Thompson & Robert Vellic –  Blessington Sailing Club

Hurricane 5.9

1st Adrian Allen & Mike Allen  – Ballyholme Yacht Club

2nd Elaine Taylor & David Taylor – Ballyholme Yacht Club

3rd Richard Swanston & Cath Gunning – Ballyholme Yacht Club


1st Henry White & Ed Redfearn – Weston Sailing Club

2nd Alex Farr & Marcelle Newbold – Weston Sailing Club

3rd AJ Laurence & Carl Smith – Blessington Sailing Club

The International racing calendar isn’t complete yet, with a selection of the Irish fleet from Ballyholme and Swords in the Hurricane 5.9’s and the Spitfires & single handed Shadow from Blessington all packed on trailers for the weekend 27 – 28 September in Brightlingsea Sailing.Brightlingsea is the venue for the UK Spitfire Nationals and a retirement party for a long standing catamaran sailor Reg White ex Olympic Tornado medallist.  

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