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New champions crowned in Kerry

13th June 2009

Dave Dwyer successfully defended his Irish IRC title in Kerry where the championships in four classes concluded this afternoon. The 70–boat entry experienced a range of conditions on Tralee Bay over three days, the first time the event, now in its sixth year, has been sailed on the west coast. 'Magic' is how ICRA Commodore Barry Rose summed up proceedings when racing finished off Fenit pier in the last of seven races in 20-knots this afternoon.

In class one Rockabill V (Paul O'Higgins) steered by Cork's Mel Collins, beat Royal Cork Admiral Mike McCarthy sailing Checkmate for the honours in the 24-boat fleet with two wins today. Anthony O'Leary's much talked about modifed 1720, Antix Beag, was third.

In class two, where 22 boats contested the title, Kinetic defended her title. Local Sigma 33 (F. O'Connell) Treyona was runner-up. Third was Ruthless, a Corby 25 sailed by Sligo's Conor Ronan with David Burrows on board. In the seven boat class three fleet, a Clifden boat club entry Hallmark (J.Ward) took the title with Vince Gaffney's Alliance from Dublin second for a successive year. The prize giving takes place tonight at 8pm before celebrations to ICRA's usual high standard in the Tralee Bay Sailing Club house. Full IRC and ECHO results here .

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