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Belfast Lough Ruffian 23 Retains National Title on Dublin Bay

1st September 2019
There was a turnout of 16 Ruffians, including five visiting boats for the Championships at the DMYC There was a turnout of 16 Ruffians, including five visiting boats for the Championships at the DMYC Photo: Afloat

Belfast Lough Ruffian 23 Carrageen (Trevor Kirkpatrick) from Carrickfergus has successfully defended her national title on Dublin Bay today.

A turnout of 16 Ruffians, including six visiting boats, enjoyed boisterous conditions over three days. The Race Management team, led by Suzanne McGarry, under the burgee of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, conducted 7 races with great efficiency under trying conditions.

Kirkpatrick got his defence off to the perfect start on Friday with two bullets, opening up a five-point lead over locals Shannagh (5,2) (Stephen Gill), Alias (4,3) (David Meeke) and Bandit (3,4) (Brian Cullen).

Trevor Kirkpatrick RuffianRuffian Champions again - Trevor Kirkpatrick and the crew of Carrageen from Carrckfergus

Ripples (Frank Bradley) scored best on Saturday (3,4,1), but her Friday results (8,6) left too big a gap to overcome on Sunday. Bandit (Ret,1,5) and Alias (1,5,6) shared joint 2nd overnight Saturday but Bandit will rue a rounding error while leading the first race, that may have impacted on the overall finishing positions.

Carrageen sealed the win with a bullet in the first race on Sunday, rendering the final race moot, leaving Bandit (2,1) to secure 2nd place, while Alias (5,4) rounded off the podium in 3rd place.

Red Fox (Roger Smith) of Poolbeg Yacht Club was the best visitor in 5th place.

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

 

At A Glance – Dublin Bay

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south

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