The Club had carnival atmosphere yesterday with 150 dinghy sailors in Optimists, 42os and 470s racing together for their respective Munster Championships.
The large fleet sailed together for the initial three races just south of Roches Point in ideal conditions with moderate SE winds. Principle Race Officer David O’Brien marshalled the fleet and ran the normal Optimist race course while also sending the 420s and 470s on their own outer trapezoid course.
A further race course for the 30 strong Optimist Regatta fleet was run in the harbour by OOD Grattan Roberts.
The Optimist Seniors are led after three races by Adam D’Arcy followed by Harry Durcan and Ronan Cournane – all of Royal Cork. In the Junior Optimists local James McCann led overnight followed closely by Loghlen Rickard and Peter Fagan – both of the National Yacht Club. The Regatta Fleet is led by Eve McMahon of Howth, with Gavin Lee from Galway Bay second and our own Ronan Walsh after a very good day lying third.
In the 420 class, Howth sailors Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove had the best day and have a good lead over locals Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts who at the end of the first day had the new pairing of Harry and David Whitaker snapping at their heels.
The 470s are a rare sight at local regattas and it was great to see five boats race together with the 420s. Overnight leader was experienced pair Rob Lehane and Iarlaith Kennedy but just behind them was Douglas Elmes, current Optimist champion being guided and crewed by junior sailings local mentor Thomas Chaix.
To see some fantastic dinghy action come to the club today to see racing conclude
For results see