Following a very successful 29er event at the Lough Ree Double Ree Championships, which saw the Royal Cork claim the top four spots, the newly established 29er fleet had three days in which to prepare for their next event, the inaugural Deutsche Leasing IRL 29er Nationals at Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.
Results for the Lough Ree Double Hander were;
1st – Atlee Kohl & Chris Bateman 2nd – Rory O’Sullivan & Rob Keal 3rd – Lola Kohl & Sohpie Crosbie
The Nationals had a schedule of five races per day on a windward-leeward course which saw 18 sailors in nine 29er skiffs gearing up for an early first gun on Thursday morning.
With the forecast proving to be ‘unpredictable’ at best, the competitors were greeted by a firm southerly breeze, which, if following the same pattern from previous days, would increase throughout the day’s racing. From the outset, it was hard sailing into an ever-increasing swell and by the time the first few boats had crossed the finishing line, plans had already been made to call it a day, with hopes of friendlier weather to follow. The first-day of racing left the previous weeks winners, Atlee Kohl and Chris Bateman, in pole position with Erin and Luke McIlwaine following up in second, and Dawson Kohl and David Jones in third.
Friday morning greeted the sailors with an overcast lacklustre awakening, offering meagre wind conditions but as the sailors made it out to the start line, the breeze filled in sufficiently to enable a course to be set. With light and somewhat shifty conditions continuing throughout the first two races, the wind started to increase and by the end of the fourth race, with the inevitable increase in swell, it was decided to head for home and abandon any hope of having a fifth and final race.
Overall, honours again went to Atlee Kohl and Chris Bateman (1st & ISA Gold medal), with Dawson Kohl and David Jones in second place (ISA Silver medal) and Lola Kohl and Sophie Crosbie following up in third (ISA Bronze medal).
The fleet continues to flourish with new boats being added weekly