The CH Marine 1720 2008 Irish National Championships took place in Baltimore last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in magnificent sailing conditions with plenty of sun and wind ranging from 8-12 knots.
With a strong fleet of 15 of the Tony Castro designed boats now based in West Cork, Baltimore has been the natural location for the 1720 Nationals over the last few years. Race Officer for the event was Eddie English and the series consisted of seven races. After a very tough and exciting event, Nicholas O’Leary of RCYC emerged to take the championship title in what was a very hotly contested series of races.
Amongst the competitors in what is seen as a revival of the 1720 fleet were Olympians Peter O’Leary, Tim Goodbody and Maurice (Prof) O’Connell. Amongst the other well known names competing were Anthony O’Leary and Joe English. An indication of the strength of the fleet was the fact that Prof O’Connell, in spite of taking three firsts, still ended up finishing in fourth place overall behind the O’Leary brothers Nicholas, Peter and Robert, one two and three respectively.