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#hyc – A Sportsboat Cup for Irish keelboat classes to be held around Midsummers day and tailored especially for 1720s, SB20s, Quarter Tonners, J24s, RS Elites, Dragons, J80s and J70s, is to be staged for the first time at Howth Yacht Club in north Dublin from 20th - 22nd June 2014.

At this multiclass event each of the sportsboat classes will be given their own start, results and prizes.

The event will incorporate the 1720 European championships as part of the event and there is an expectation of visiting UK and continental crews too.

Racing will be one design with the exception of the quarter tonners and mixed class who will race under IRC. Class rules will apply where applicable.

HYC says any other sportsboat type that has an IRC cert will also be accommodated in a mixed sportsboat fleet.

Howth is using the event to champion its sailing facilities both on the water and ashore at the 'bustling fishing village' venue that is also close to Dublin airport.

The largest club in the country has two cranes, a 300–berth marina, sizeable hardstanding, a large club house with bar, terrace and dining facilities not to mention secure changing and showering facilities

HYC is ideally placed to host this Sportsboat Cup. Car parking, craning, berthing and trailer storage are all included in the entry fee and racing will be organised by top National and International Race Officers.

With no racing starting before 12 each day there will be ample time to freshen up in the morning after the great social that is planned for each evening.

Online Entry available by clicking the HYC advert at the top of the Afloat homepage.

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#1720 – You're in good time for the 1720 National Championships or any of this year's 1720 fixtures (see comment below from the class association) if you opt for this fun one design sports boat that the seller, MGM Boats, says is all set for the 2014 season. 

Moored in Cork, this 1997–built boat is a 'really clean' example. The boat comes well equipped with a full sail wardrobe, fully kitted road trailer with masting kit and lockers.

At €12,500, she's yours to sail away!

More on this boat in the one design section of the Afloat Boats for Sale site.

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#1720 – Bob Bateman captured the action from the first day's action in the 1720 Nationals in Cork Harbour yesterday.  The event is being staged by Monkstown Bay Sailing Club.  The results overall are as follows: 1. Anthony O'Leary  2. Tom Durcan/Clive O'Shea helmed by Nin O'Leary 3. Peter O'Leary 4 Mark Mansfield 5. John Crotty.

A class BBQ was sponsored by Tom Durcan and Cork Harbour marina in Monkstown provided marina berths for free of charge for competitors.

 

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With 11 boats already entered it is anticipated there will be in excess of 20 boats taking part in the 1720 European Championships, as part of the Covestone Asset Management Sovereign's Cup Regatta.
Current entries include Class Captain Finbarr Jeffers, Anthony and Peter O'Leary, class new-comer Wietse Buwalda, along with a host of class regulars from both at home and the UK.
Class Captain Jeffers expressed his delight at the uptake thus far, expressing the view that 20 boats is definitely a realistic target for this resurgent class.
The 1720 class will race on their own windward leeward and Olympic style courses as part of Sovereign's Cup. Regatta Director Mike Walsh is delighted with the classes decision to hold their European's as part of Sovereign's Cup and looks forward to offering the class good racing on the water and involving himself in the classes legendary ability to enjoy themselves ashore!

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#1720 - In a star studded cast in Baltimore, West Cork the 1720 European Championships finished on Saturday with National Champions Mark Mansfield and Terry English retaining their Euro title but only in the last race of the championship.

The result means Mansfield/English have won the last two Europeans and last two Nationals since they bought their current boat at the start of 2011.

The class is experiencing a resurgence of interest with inexpensive boats, one design racing and a good social aspect to the events (including finishing regattas on Saturdays to ensure a good final prizegiving night) credited as key points in the rebirth of the class over the last three years.

The Euro event was sponsored by Corona beer and sailed from Thursday to Saturday. 1720s came from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales to compete with an 18 boat fleet sailing under race officer David O'Brien.

Two races were sailed on last Thursday's first day of racing in 7 to 8 knots and both were won by London Olympian Peter O'Leary who took a four point lead into day 2 over Mansfield/English.    

Day two was sailed in 12/13 knots and a 1, 1, 3 in the three races put Peter's brother Nicholas O' Leary (a triple winner of the All Ireland sailing championships) into a one point lead over Peter with Mansfield/English a further 3 points back.  

The final day was sailed in perfect sunny 18/20 knot conditions with 3 races. Mansfield/English took a 1st and a 3rd in the first two races to close the gap on the two O'Leary boats going into the last race.

In the end Mansfield emerged two points clear with Nicholas (who had Sydney Olympian Maria Coleman as a crew member) had to be content with second overall. Third place went to Olympic Star rep, Peter in Wet 'n'Ready.

Full results downloadable below as a jpeg file.

The Irish 1720 class has added a further two boats to its fleet number this season. The next port of call for the class is Royal Cork's CH Marine sponsored October league.

 

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#1720 – With no wind expected for Cork Harbour today Mark Mansfield retained his 1720 national title after two days of competition in Cork Harbour. See our earlier reports from 1720 Day one and 1720 Day two for results and action photos from Bob Bateman.

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#1720 – After two days of racing at the CH Marine 1720 National Championships and six races sailed the leader on 10 pts is Terry English and Mark Mansfield's Gut Rot crewed by Mike Budd, Bernard Fitzpatrick and Joe Bruen writes Claire Bateman.

Lying second is Anthony O'Leary's Wet n' Black crewed by Dan O'Grady, Derick Moynan, Eoin Leahy and David Whitaker. The Holyhead SC Ricochet of Steve, George and Tom Forester-Cole with Hannah Peters, Kelvin Matthews and Mark Lees in third place being very competitive and taking wins in two of the six races despite sailing in unfamiliar waters.

On a day when the weather was suited for sun hats and sun cream the wind much more benign with a steady southerly breeze 7 to 8 kts occasionally going to 10 to 11 kts PRO John Moynihan was able to set windward leeward courses a mile east of Roche's Point and got in four excellent races on the day.

At the conclusion of Race Six today the Racce Officer had an unenviable task when six of the flying 1720s bore down on the finish line, within seconds of one another in a tightly knit bunch more like the start than a finish of a race. Some spectacle to watch.

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#1720 –A single point separates first and fourth place overall after two high speed races of the CH Marine sponsored 1720 National Championships writes Claire Bateman.

Defending champion Mark Mansfield, who is always formidable in strong winds, lies fourth overall after counting a 2 and a 4 in the 15-boat fleet while Finbarr Jeffers leads from Anthony O'Leary on an equal five points. Scroll down the page for more photos and results.

It was well worth waiting for the winds to abate in Cork harbour yesterday because by 5pm the first race of the championships got off to a cracking start in blustery high winds

Racing over windward leeeward course on the Eastern Bank off Aghada and with the weathermark close to the Spit the fleet enjoyed two great races and provided plenty of thrills and spills with even the heavy weather experts, Anthony O'Leary and defending champion Mark Mansfield both experiencing broaches inspite of the use of smaller jibs and kites. Photos of the action below.

Series PlaceSail NoBoatOwnerSeries Points
1 IRL1750 Wahoo Finbarr Jeffers 5
2 IRL1843 Wet n' Black Anthony O'Leary 5
3 GBR1722 Ricochet Steve Forester-Coles 6
4 GBR1726 Gut Rot Terence English & Mark Mansfield 6
5 IRL1790 T-Bone II Tom Durcan & Clive O'Shea 8
6 IRL1804 Aquatack Denis Murphy 13
7 IRL1807 Red Penguin Robert O'Leary 14
8 IRL1785 Primeline John Crotty 15
9 GBR1771L Cosmic David Townend 20
10 IRL180 Bad Company F Desmond/M Ivers/P Horgan 21
11 IRL1797 Dark Side Bryan Hassett 21
12 IRL1722 Smile N Wave Jim Griffiths / Ben Cooke 22
13 IRL1724 Boomerang Tom Hegarty/Bob Stokes 26
14 IRL1760 Let the Good Times Roll Robin & Ben O'Mahony 28
15 IRL1755 Live Wire James & Mick McKenna 30
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Irish team racers, and those whose college sailing days are behind them, can look forward to rediscovering the joys of a new kind of team racing writes our Correspondent, Magheramore.

The Dutch have discovered team racing. They have become very keen on two boat team racing in keel-boats with 30 teams competing in their National Championships. Realising the potential for this version of the sport a major international event is planned in September this year, and there is a bid to run an official World Championships in 2013.

An international circuit is now emerging for this discipline – now known as 2k. Events are planned on the Clyde, in Italy, Poland, England and the Netherlands. The potential is considerable. In many countries sailing centres have fleets of small one design keel-boats already used for match racing. 2K racing increases the number of days these fleets are in competitive use. There is also a well established circuit in the USA, where the Sonar is commonly used. There are even events organised especially for the more mature sailor.

This should be good news for Irish sailors. We have a long tradition of team racing, with predominately university teams competing in Firefly dinghies. In Munster, the group based around Schull Community College has provided a base for schools team racing, and the whole town did a magnificent job of hosting the Worlds last year. In addition, the Royal Alfred Yacht Club has maintained a tradition of team racing in keelboats with the Patriots Cup, not to forget the Glen class in Dun Laoghaire who compete in the Millennium Cup, a 4 boat per team event. Many graduate sailors have moved on to match racing, using the Sailfleet J80s, with some success.

The development of 2k racing is an opportunity for clubs. Team-racing, in all its forms, creates a dynamic within the club, as teams train and compete and socialise. Graduates, who seem to find the Firefly gets smaller every year, can relive the exploits of their college days without breaking the bank. As events can be graded, adult trainees can experience the joys of competitive sailing at level suited to their ability. Sailing club boats will increasing look an attractive proposition to the negative-equity generation

The initial outlay to procure a fleet of boats may seem a considerable obstacle. However, if the right boat is chosen they can have a long and useful life. There is, for instance, in Brittany, a fleet of Beneteau Class 8s that have been raced hard for 20 years and are still in use for top class competition. The Dun Laoghaire 1720s also demonstrate that there is no need to buy new boats.

The cost of a day's sailing, including maintenance and depreciation, reduces rapidly the more boats are used. If a fleet can be used for match racing, 2k racing and adult training then the number of days sailed should sufficient to cover these costs.

With moves afoot to further develop junior and schools team racing this most social version of the sport is a true "Sport for Life" with the added advantage for sailors (and their parents!) of being able to compete at the highest level without the strain of owning a boat. It is now possible to envisage a career in sailing progressing from beginners sailing courses through junior team racing in Picos, then Fireflies or similar, with the prospect of travel to the UK, the USA or the Eurosaf Championships on the lagoon in Venice. After college racing and a foray in to the UK circuit (and further afield) a move to keel-boats would allow sailors to continue to race almost indefinitely.

All in all, the Dutch initiative to develop team racing in keelboats is to be welcomed. Irish team racers, and especially those whose college days are behind them, can look forward to rediscovering the joys of the squeeze, the mark trap and the sweet sound of the umpire's whistle! Anyone for a trip to the Low Country...?

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'The big man is back' reports WM Nixon this morning in the Irish Independent's Sailing Column. Reports of the demise of the 1720 are greatly exaggerated he concludes in a nice write up for the class and new champion, former Olympian Mark Mansfield here.

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Calves Week Regatta takes place in Schull in early August, continuing the annual tradition in West Cork since the inception of the Schull Harbour Sailing Club in 1884.

In more recent years, a more compact schedule as an alternative to the older two-week even has proved popular.

The four-day Calves Week Championships with the usual mix of courses taking in the Fastnet Rock and many of Carbery's Hundred Isles, together with laid courses in Roaringwater Bay is one of Irish sailing's enduring fixtures. 

A daily prize-giving takes place on Main Street in Schull, which sees a nautical festival theme for the village organised by local businesses.

 

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West Cork's Calves Week Regatta is traditionally held in the first week in August

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