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Ross McDonald Retains 1720 Euro Crown at Cork Week Regatta

15th July 2022
Overall 1720 Europeans Champions Rope Dock/Atara Aoife English, Paddy Good, Killian Collins Robbie English, and (right) Ross McDonald of Royal Cork YC/Howth YC title=
Overall 1720 Europeans Champions Rope Dock/Atara Aoife English, Paddy Good, Killian Collins Robbie English, and (right) Ross McDonald of Royal Cork YC/Howth YC Credit: Rick Tomlinson

43 1720 Sportsboats raced at the biggest meeting for the one-design class for many years at Cork Week. The racing was as intense as the partying at the RCYC Clubhouse. Veteran 1720 sailors joined forces with younger crews for close racing for five days to decide the 2022 1720 European Champion.

Rope Dock Atara won the 1720 European Championship for the third time in a row with the same team on board: Ross McDonald, Killian Collins, Aoife English, Robbie English, Paddy Good. Atara was also awarded the Kinsale Kettle as overall winner of Volvo Cork Week.

1720 European Champions and overall Cork Week winners  Rope Dock Atara Photo Rick Tomlinson1720 European Champions and overall Cork Week winners Rope Dock Atara Photo Rick Tomlinson

The 1720 Class competing for the European Championship title had a great turnout of 44 boatsThe 1720 Class competing for the European Championship had a real blast Photo: Rick Tomlinson

“What a crew – the magic flows between us!” commented Ross McDonald. “There is a really good rhythm on board, which is very important. This fleet had some really good teams racing but we managed to hold it together.

1720 Smile'n'Wave

Royal Cork’s Dave Kenefick racing Full Irish finished the regatta with a race win to secure second place for the championship. Robert Dix Elder Lemon from Baltimore SC was the top boat on the last day, scoring a 1-3 to make the European Championship podium.

1720 Zing Photo Rick Tomlinson1720 Zing Photo Rick Tomlinson

A big thank you to the race committee for organising great racing and also to April English, the team’s mum, for child care and a whole lot more. Let’s hope the 1720 Class springboard from this, it would be great to race in big fleets on a regular basis.”

Robert Dix's Elder Lemon from Baltimore SCRobert Dix's Elder Lemon from Baltimore SC Photo: Rick Tomlinson

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Published in Cork Week, 1720
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Louay Habib is a Maritime Journalist & Broadcaster based in Hamble, United Kingdom

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Cork Week 2022

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, the dates for the 2022 edition of Cork Week in Cork Harbour is: 11 –15 July 2022

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