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Howth Puppeteers on a high for '09 series

12th May 2009

The Puppeteer class in Howth got off to a flying start for race 1 in their first series with 23 pups on the start line – what a class!  And it was noted that apparently…your name had to be “David” in order to attain a place in the top three scratch spaces. Congratulations to David Clarke, first on “Harlequin”, David (& Kate) Lovegrove, second on “Snowgoose” and David Burrows, third on “Cloud 9”.

Race 2 in the Tuesday series 1 was blown out due to excessive winds, 30knt gusts were measured at the marina before racing was abandoned.

Along with a new Commodore for HYC this year (Congratulations to Peter McKenna) a new class Captain, Suzanne Carroll and a new measuring committee for the pups were elected. The measuring committee (pictured) comprises of David Clarke, Neil Murphy & Gerry Kenney and they have wasted no time this year in focusing on a comprehensive system for assessment of all pups boats in the fleet, to attain a measurement certificate for each Puppeteer.

On the racing front, not only will the pups race every Tuesday & Saturday, they look forward also to the HYC Lambay Regatta, Club Windward Leeward Races over four Saturdays, the single handed race and the ladies race.

The premier event this year for pups will be the national championships which takes place over 3 days. Commencing Friday evening, 24th July to Sunday 25th July.

Special note of thanks to Derek Bothwell who has kindly agreed to act as PRO for the National champions and Emmet Dalton who will be in the Protest Chair.

One of the eagerly awaited events proposed by the Howth Sailing Committee is to arrange an “intra-club championships” where each fleet in HYC will put forward one racing crew so the “champion of Champions” in HYC can be found. Racing will be onboard the ISA J80’s fleet. It is proposed that the crew to go forward to represent the pups will be based on results from series 1, 2009. Team

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