A week later than scheduled due to the “Beast from the East”, the first Topper event of 2018, the Winter Regatta was hosted by Killyleagh Yacht Club in Co. Down on March 10/11. Oisin McSweeney, Hugh Lynch, Cillian Foster and David Jones, along with Team Dad Rob Foster from the Royal Cork Yacht Club took on the challenge and hit the road for what would turn out to be an interesting event with a wide range of weather conditions.
Saturday morning was very cold, very wet and easterly winds of 17-25knots ensured it was going to be a challenging day on the water. 2 of 4 scheduled races were completed in blustery conditions. David was best of the RCYC on Saturday with a 3rd and a 7th with Hugh, Oisin and Cillian all doing well considering such challenging conditions.
Sunday morning was a much more pleasant day, clear skies and lighter winds of 9 – 15knots. 3 races were completed on day 2 which gave the Sailors one discard. The lighter conditions suited Cillian with 3 top 5 finishes with David, Hugh and Oisin all doing extremely well.
Natasha Hemeryck from the NYC was the overall winner and our David Jones finished 1st U17, well-done David! It must be mentioned that this was the 1st event for some of our sailors so they can all be extremely proud of themselves.
Topper Class Captain