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A strong 15-boat out for the National 18s at Royal Cork Yacht Club for the River Race on Friday evening, September 30, saw Nacho (hull number 427 but sail number 41) win a tight battle on the Owenabue.

Sailed by Harry Pritchard, Ronan Kenneally, and William O'Brien, regular Afloat readers will know this RCYC trio were also the winners of August's 12-race National 18 British and Irish Championships at the same venue.

The annual fixture typically represents the last race of the season for the 18 fleet.

An evening westerly breeze was perfect for the river race start in front of the RCYC clubhouse, and there was a bunched offwind start under spinnaker captured in the video below.

 

According to the latest results handed to Afloat, ILCA champion Nick Walsh was in second place, sailing with Eddie Rice and Rob Brownlow in Peaky Blinders.

Nick Walsh was second with Eddie Rice and Rob Brownlow in Peaky Blinders in the National 18 River Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Bob BatemanNick Walsh was second with Eddie Rice and Rob Brownlow in Peaky Blinders in the National 18 River Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

While the wind softened at the start, it built again nearer the weather mark.

Third was Virtual Misfits sailed by Stephen O'Shaughnessy, Mark O'Donovan and Jonathan Horgan.

Virtual Misfits sailed by Stephen O'Shaughnessy, Mark O'Donovan and Jonathan Horgan was third in the National 18 River Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Bob BatemanVirtual Misfits (left) sailed by Stephen O'Shaughnessy, Mark O'Donovan and Jonathan Horgan was third in the National 18 River Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

Videos by Bob Bateman and Mary Malone

Bob Bateman's National 18 River Race Photo Gallery below

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After a two-year hiatus, the National 18 British and Irish National Championships were hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club from Sunday 24 to Friday 29 July, with the Irish fleet bolstered by 20 boats entered from England, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

The practice race had been scheduled for the Sunday to warm up the competitors and iron out any creases of fresh or reunited teams. Unfortunately, with gusts of 30 knots forecast, the risk of broken boats or crews was too much so the day was cancelled.

Looking ahead at the week’s light forecast, OD Ciaran McSweeney decided to aim for four races of the 12-race series on the Monday, to minimise the risk of missing out on races later in the week.

National 18 British and Irish National Championships

Monday’s racing was greeted by 16 to 20 knots of northwesterly wind. Race one saw the victory going to Nacho Boat, helmed by Charles Dwyer and crewed by William O’Brien and Irish Laser Radial legend Harry Pritchard, followed in second by King Penguin from the Isle of Man, helmed by Phil Hardisty and crewed by Chris Hill and Peter Richardson, with Puss 'n' Boots — with Tommy Dwyer at the helm and crewed by Willie Healy and Richie Lestor — in third.

Over the next three races Nacho Boat showed their dominance with a second, fifth and then a win in the last race by a staggering 2 min 30 sec. Rupert White of the Nacra British Sailing Team, sailing The Shadow with crew Mary Henderson and Ed Gibbons, was the event favourite. However, The Shadow suffered rudder failure and missed the first three races of the day, eventually returning to the course for race four and delivering a ninth place.

Race two was won by an Isle of Man team on Shotgunn, helmed by National 18 newcomer Ben Batchelor and crewed by Mike Wilson and Donald Edwards, who showed incredible form in the fresh breeze and also scored a fifth and sixth during the day. In race three Aquadisiacs, sailed by Colin Chapman, Eric Lyons and Morgan O’Sullivan, managed to control the race in the fluky breeze to win the race.

Overnight the championship was led by Nacho Boat with a seven-point lead, followed by Puss 'n' Boots (3, 2, 8, 3 for the day) and King Penguin (2, 6, 4, 4).

ACE, helmed by Ollie HousemanACE, helmed by Ollie Houseman

On day two (Tuesday) the breeze had dropped considerably, with the forecast for light and shifty winds. Out of the start line, The Shadow took a solid lead with their rig in as far forward as possible. With their solid lead they looked unstoppable — until the young team of Chris and Olin Bateman, sailing Blacklist, found their stride with their slightly older wireman Stefan Peretti.

They put the pressure on the The Shadow and showed their talent as the future of Irish sailing but narrowly missed out on catching them and had to settle for second in race five. The two boats were followed by Aquadisiacs in third and Herbie 2.0 (Colin Barry, Paul Cotter and Ronan O’Driscoll) in fourth.  

The forecast for day three looked very similar to the previous day with a 4-6 knots northerly swinging to the south over the middle of the day. There was some surprise as the OD instructed the fleet to launch, only for them to be met by a decent easterly of 10-12 knots outside the harbour.

National 18 British and Irish National Championships

Day three (Wednesday) managed to produce two races before the breeze dropped completely. Race six delivered another bullet for The Shadow followed by #3 with Paddy Crosbie at the helm, Ewen O’Keefe and Conor Kelly crewing. Team #3 was managed by Conor Kelly Jr for the week which proved instrumental as the week progressed.

Nacho Boat struggled for the day due to the loss of their middleman and secret weapon, Harry Pritchard, to a mild illness. With only seven races, no discard was yet in play. Nacho Boat was still leading followed closely by #3 lying second and Herbie 2.0 in third.

Day four (Thursday) kicked off with a bullet for #3 in a nice 10-14 knots breeze outside the harbour, followed by The Shadow and Herbie 2.0, helmed by Colin Barry and crewed by Paul Cotter and musician Ronan O’Driscoll, who recently released his new single Cages, named after the harbour channel mark with the same name.

Blacklist representing the home clubBlacklist representing the home club

Race nine was won by The Shadow with Nacho Boat in second and #3 in third. Race 10, the final race of the day, gave The Shadow another victory with #3 finishing second. Herbie 2.0 and King Penguin battled it out for third, with Herbie 2.0 taking it at the finish.

At the end of day four (races eight, nine and 10 and all discards now in play) the championship was still wide open, with #3 on 24 points and Nacho Boat on 26 points, both with a mixture of results and discards.

The Class Dinner Dance was held on Thursday night with a special presentation to Jeremy Vines who is still racing 18s in his 85th year.

On day five (Friday) the breeze picked up and came in from the south, clocking slightly right over the course of the day to a solid southwesterly of 13-16 knots.

Race 11 started down towards the shore by Cuskinny House. Nacho Boat and #3 started the race in close proximity and headed towards the left side of the beat. Nacho Boat lead at the first mark followed by #3 and The Shadow. Downwind #3 took the lead only to lose it again up the next beat. As the race continued, Nacho Boat held the lead to the finish and The Shadow pipped Crosbie to put the two leaders on 27 points each going into the final race.

National 18 British and Irish National Championships

Race 12 started with #3 and Nacho Boat needing to finish in front of each other or with poor results to carry earlier discards. Again, the boats were glued to each other and headed for the left side of the beat.

As they tacked back to join the fleet the leaders came in from the right, leaving Nacho Boat and #3 mid-fleet. With unfortunate timing, #3’s main dropped a couple of metres only for Nacho Boat to tack directly on them as they resolved the issue and got back racing. Down the next run Nacho Boat took #3 away from the leeward gate to drag the pair down the fleet.

By the finish #3 had crept ahead of Nacho Boat but could only manage a ninth place and after applying new discards, Team Nacho Boat won the Nationals for the second year in a row — not counting the pause in 2020 and 2021 — on 33 points.

National 18 British and Irish National Championships

  • Overall 1st: Nacho Boat; 2nd #3; 3rd: The Shadow; 4th: Aquadisiacs; 5th: Herbie 2.0 (full results attached below)
  • Cock of the North – Nacho Boat
  • Medway Bowl – The Shadow
  • Family Trophy – Misfits, Stephen & Jonathan O’Shaughnessy and Mark O’Donovan from RCYC
  • Youngest Team – Blacklist
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Royal Cork Yacht Club's National 18 class continues to grow at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour and thanks to existing class members ordering three new boats, three used boats are on the market.

With a 12+ fleet sailing every Wednesday night from May to September, multiple epic harbour races such as the Ballinacurra Cup, the Championship in Cork in 2022, a South Coasts and Nationals annually and all the craic that goes with it.. this is your chance to join this legendary class, says the National 18 Class Captain Charles Dwyer.

More details on the National 18s for sale are here

Meanwhile, Roger Bannon is upgrading a classic National 18 as Afloat reported here.

More on National 18 activity in Afloat's dedicated N18 page here

 

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2004 Athens 470 Olympic partnership Ger Owens and Ross Killian teamed up again to win the 2021 All Ireland Sailing Championships in convincing style at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon. 

After three wins put Owens, representing the GP14 class, firmly into Sunday's final, the dinghy champion then scored another unassailable 3, 3, 1, 1 into today's breezy final raced inside Cork Harbour.

Owens of the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour previously won the silver salver trophy 21 years ago, as WM Nixon reports here.

Squib representative Ross Kearney Squib representative Ross Kearney was runner up

Squib representative Ross Kearney finished second overall, a point behind with Owens clubmate Laser Radial sailor Sean Craig taking third place in the eight boat final raced in National 18 Ultras.

As per the forecast, Sunday's final certainly lived up to its heavy air billing, putting a premium on a 90kg wireman.

There was at least one capsize among the borrowed fleet of N18s in the strong winds.

There was also a disappointing retiral from ICRA 2 rep Nigel Biggs.  "We just found our 148kg insufficient to race the boat competitively in 20 knots in the first race today", Biggs told Afloat.

Biggs concluded that there was not much point in thrashing a borrowed boat just to get around the course, so he took the difficult decision not to participate in the remainder of the day.

"Pretty gutted as we were quick yesterday, but at least we live to fight another day", he said.

Sean Craig representing the Radial class was third overall Sean Craig representing the Radial class was third overall Photo: Bob Bateman.

All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021 Overall 

All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021 Overall All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021 Overall 

 All Ireland Sailing Finals Photo Gallery By Bob Bateman

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Six sailors from a fleet of sixteen have secured their places in tomorrow's All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club and there have been some surprises on those filling the repechage ranks now looking for two remaining places in Sunday's finals. 

Ger Owens of the GP14s took three wins from three races to secure his place. Hammy Baker of the Flying Fifteens, equally consistent with three seconds, and Ross Kearney of the Squibs both go through with Owens to the final from the second eight boat flight. 

Ewen Barry of the host class, Nigel Biggs of ICRA Class Two and Sean Craig of the Radials qualified from the first flight.

There were ideal racing conditions inside Cork Harbour that prevailed for the annual competition being sailed in National 18 Ultras. 

Finalist Sean Craig of the Laser Radials sailing with Tadhg Donnelly Photo: Bob BatemanFinalist Sean Craig of the Laser Radials sailing with Tadhg Donnelly Photo: Bob Bateman

The regatta consisted of two qualifying flights, a repêchage and a Final. The top 3 from each flight will qualify for the Final. Those placed from 4 to 7 in a flight will be invited to compete in a 2-race repêchage series to determine who fills the last two places in the Final.

Those fighting for a place in the final tomorrow include a local favourite Robert O'Leary of the 1720 class, sailing with brother Peter, and the defending champion Michael O'Connor of the SB20 class.

All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021 - Day One Results

Flight One All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021Flight One - All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021

Flight Two All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021Flight Two - All Ireland Sailing Championships 2021

See Bob Bateman's All Ireland Sailing Photo Gallery below

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BYOW - Bring your own wireman, that's the call for this weekend's All Ireland sailing championships that puts a premium on a 90kg trapeze crew in the National 18s for what looks likely to be a breezy edition of the two-day event at Royal Cork Yacht Club

The 16 invited helmsman will be racing in the National 18 Ultras, the brand new version of the three-man dinghy that was totally redesigned by Phil Morrison in 2012.

"The idea of donating our boats for the competition is to show them off", National 18 class captain Charles Dwyer told Afloat.

The boats are all built by the class boat builder White Formula of West Mersea, so are very evenly matched.

Dwyer says the fact that invited helms are bringing their own dinghy trapeze crews with them rather than using 'yacht crews',  means the class will deliver a 'closer' performance across the event.

As the National 18 sails with three, the third crew is an owner's representative.

National 18 Ultras racing in Cork HarbourNational 18 Ultras racing in Cork Harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

Racing will consist of two “flights” or heats. The top three from each flight go straight into the final.

The remaining competitors who placed 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th compete in a 2-race qualifier or “repêchage”, and the top two then enter the Final also.

Sunday's final will have eight teams competing.

National 18

National 18

As Afloat reported in 2013, the N18 Ultra prototype named ‘Odyssey’ was trialled extensively in UK and Ireland for nine months. The new boats, says Dwyer, are sleeker, lighter, faster and great to sail. 

That's not to say that the fleet does not accommodate its older designs too in regular club racing.

There are now four categories of National 18s. The Ultra joins the Ultimate, Pen­ultimate and Classic and the class says it "likes to think they coexist quite happily and makes the effort to be all-inclusive".

And as Afloat mentioned this week, it looks like an 'original of the species' will be making a return to the water soon as Roger Bannon gets to work on the 1957-built National 18 Fingal.

In more good news for the class, the early weekend forecast for strong winds on Saturday now appears to show more sailable conditions at Crosshaven.

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Roger Bannon is undertaking a major upgrade of Fingal 226's equipment and he will also redo her lovely finishes in a bid to allow as many people as possible to sail this classic National 18, a 'thoroughbred maritime greyhound'

In 1957 the National 18 was the dominant fleet in Skerries, with the Mermaids trying hard to make an impact.

Leo Flannigan and his brother Dr Jack Flannigan decided to get new National 18s built by ARP in the UK using the then remarkable Bruynzeel plywood being manufactured in Holland for planking rather than silver spruce. These boats (known as Stickies) were revolutionary in their lightness and stiffness and totally outclassed all the existing boats at the time despite retaining a cast iron centreboard weighing over 175lbs. These boats also pioneered the first Proctor built aluminium spars which proved to be an immense performance enhancer.

National 18 Fingal 226 -  when built she was revolutionary in their lightness and stiffnessNational 18 Fingal 226 - when built she was revolutionary in their lightness and stiffness

These developments led to the collapse of the National 18 fleet in Skerries and prompted the establishment of a large fleet of Mermaids which were cheaper, more one design and better able to cope with the brisk wind conditions which tended to prevail in Skerries Harbour, which exposed the relatively unprotected drying out moorings.

Fingal - a beautiful piece of outstanding dinghy building craftsmanshipFingal - a beautiful piece of outstanding dinghy building craftsmanship

These two boats were beautiful pieces of outstanding craftsmanship but hugely expensive. The final major development of the wooden generation was the change in 1967 to a 65 lb aluminium centreboard which hugely increased the performance of the boat, making it much livelier, less suitable for exposed moorings and more prone to capsizing in brisk conditions. This eventually led to the emergence of the Proctor designed smooth hulled glassfibre versions as a successful attempt to reduce costs and introduce lighter one-design hulls with a more modern, easily driven shape.

Upgrade project -  it is proposed to modernise the equipment to make the boat easier and safer to sail, fit a lighter centreboard, include a trapeze (which is used on more modern versions) and install additional built-in buoyancyUpgrade project - it is proposed to modernise the equipment to make the boat easier and safer to sail, fit a lighter centreboard, include a trapeze (which is used on more modern versions) and install additional built-in buoyancy

Dr Jack Flannigan's boat on which I learned to sail in the mid-'60s, Finola 225, eventually ended up in the UK, where after some spectacular mishaps, it was beautifully restored and is now actively sailed in the Classic division of the National 18s in Bosham. Leo Flannigan's boat, Fingal 226, was acquired by noted Skerries based dinghy sailor Brendan Reddin who undertook a restoration project over many years to put 226 back into pristine condition. By his own admission, he had spent over 2,500 hours carefully reviving this outstanding boat. Brendan tragically died five years ago.

The family was tortured over what to do with the boat, eventually concluding that Brendan would have liked someone to take over its custodianship and undertake a major upgrade of its equipment and redo its lovely finishes, particularly on the deck. They have little patience for museum pieces, and a bit like the wonderful DBSC 21 project, they want the boat to be actively sailed by as many people as possible and enjoy the experience of sailing in one of these thoroughbred maritime greyhounds from the era of the emergence of dinghy sailing as a universally accessible pastime.

Fingal's stern locker complete with lock and keyFingal's stern locker complete with lock and key

With this in mind, it is proposed to modernise the equipment to make the boat easier and safer to sail, fit a lighter centreboard, include a trapeze (which is used on more modern versions) and install additional built-in buoyancy similar to the Mermaids to make it genuinely self-rescuing in the event of a swamping, a not uncommon experience in these lively vessels.

It is expected the project will take approximately six months to complete, and the planned relaunch of the boat is targeted for early May 2022, when it will join the active Classic National 18 Fleet.

The advent of this project has occurred very serendipitously in 2021, coinciding with the restoration of the DBSC 21's, including Garavogue, on which I had my first sail ever in 1964 when it was still gaff rigged.

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The National 18 class has shown its appreciation to Cork Harbour-based photographer Bob Bateman for his 'outstanding support' of the dinghy class at its end of season meeting.

Bateman, who is assisted by Mary Malone on many of his waterborne assignments were awarded the National 18s Sullivan Trophy for their role in capturing the action at significant National 18 regattas that in 2021 included Royal Cork's 300th celebrations. 

Contributing so much to the success of Afloat.ie on the south coast, Bateman has captured many important occasions with his colourful images of Cork maritime life.

"Bob and Mary were out for every event for the class taking photos and writing up event reports. The class is hugely grateful for their support", National 18 Class Captain Charles Dwyer told Afloat.

The trophy was presented at the National 18s end of season River Race. The sailors applauded Bateman and Malone for their work in documenting the success of the three-person dinghy class and helping to preserve its history.

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Tom Crosbie was the winner of last night's annual river race for the National 18 class at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour.

Using a mark laid inside the marina the race is sometimes used as a crews race. Last's night's course was set in very light winds prompting the shortening of the race from three to just one round.

The Owenabue fixture marked the final race of the season for the dinghy class and there was an enthusiastic turnout of the three-man dinghy class.

Next up for the National 18s is next weekend's All Ireland sailing championships where the class will be used to decide Ireland's so-called 'champion of champions'.

The National 18 fleet gathered at Royal Cork for the annual River Race The National 18 fleet gathered at Royal Cork for the annual River Race

National 18 River Race Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman

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Ewan Barry, Dion Barrett and Stan Brown won the National 18 Irish dinghy Championships for a fourth time at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday after a two-day CH Marine sponsored championship at Crosshaven.

Despite efforts to run the entire event off Roches Point, the 11-boat fleet was forced back inside Cork Harbour on Sunday by light winds in order to complete the five-race contest.

Barry, Barrett and Brown won overall by dint of their last race win but actually finished on the same eight points as the second overall crew, clubmates Patrick Crosbie sailing with his sister Chloe and recently announced Paris 2024 Olympic 49er campaigner Seafra Guilfoyle.

Sailing two up, Davey O'Connell and Anthony Coole finished third overall. 

As Afloat reported earlier, the championships were run by National 18 Treasurer Joanna O'Brien with N18 Class Captain Charles Dwyer presenting the prizes

Second overall - Patrick Crosbie (second from right) sailing with his sister Chloe and Paris 2024 Olympic 49er campaigner Seafra GuilfoyleSecond overall - Patrick Crosbie (second from right) sailing with his sister Chloe and Paris 2024 Olympic 49er campaigner Seafra Guilfoyle

Davey O'Connell and Anthony Cole finished third overall Davey O'Connell (second from right) and Anthony Coole (pictured with his son) finished third overall

The National 18 scoresheetThe 2021 National 18 Irish Championships scoresheet

National 18 2021 Irish Championships prizegiving at RCYC

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