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The Volvo Puppeteer National Championships, sponsored by H.B. Dennis Airside and sailed at Howth Yacht Club over the weekend, had an exciting finish, with bookies’ favourite Dave Clarke in ‘Harlequin’ snatching first place on the last day with emphatic wins in the final two races.
David Butler in ‘Enigma’ had been the overnight leader after two wins on the Saturday and seemed to have the winner’s medal in his grasp. But Clarke won the third race of the day and then the double success on the final day meant that Butler had to settle for silver this year, while third place went to Neil Murphy in ‘Yellow Peril’, winner of the opening race in the six-race series.
The handicap cup winner was Conor Mullen in ‘Haemoglobin’ with Noel Davidson in ‘Pinocchio’ second and the Hegarty brothers Andrew and Robin sailing ‘Eclipse’ in third place.
The event was sailed in superb weather conditions – south-east winds between 10 and 15 knots - on courses set by PRO Derek Bothwell.
Volvo Puppeteer Nationals – overall results
- Harlequin Clarke/Egan 9 points
- Enigma David Butler 11 points
- Yellow Peril Neil Murphy 18 points
- Gold Dust Walls/Browne 20 points
- Eclipse A & R Hegarty 20 points
- Pinocchio Noel Davidson 27 points
In the absence of the 2010 champion Garret May and with at least six different boats winning club races so far this season, the 2011 event promises to be one of the most keenly-contested in recent years.
Among those expected to be in the frame at the end of the 6-race championship will be David Clarke/Liam Egan (Harlequin), Neil Murphy (Yellow Peril), Alan Pearson (Trick or Treat), Rob Stanley/Tim Callen (Mojo), Scorie Walls/D Browne (Gold Dust) and Susan Sheridan (Ibis).
Racing starts on Friday evening (July 1st) with one race, followed by three on Saturday and two more on Sunday. Race Officer is Derek Bothwell.