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Waves of Success for Howth Yacht Club as Cullen's Checkmate XV Wins Overall Trophy

3rd June 2018
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Wave Trophy Winner: David Cullen's Checkmate XV from Class 2. His Checkmate crew are John Murphy, Nin O'Leary, Gary Cullen, Aidan Keating, Declan Byrne, Franz Rotschild and Aidan Beggan Wave Trophy Winner: David Cullen's Checkmate XV from Class 2. His Checkmate crew are John Murphy, Nin O'Leary, Gary Cullen, Aidan Keating, Declan Byrne, Franz Rotschild and Aidan Beggan Photo: Afloat.ie

Despite the threat of a dubious weekend weather forecast, Dublin's innovative new Wave Regatta that concluded this evening has delivered in spades for its organisers Howth Yacht Club

Howth crews topped the major prizes with David Cullen on Checkmate XV in Class 2 who won the overall Regatta trophy while traditional Howth 17-footer Oona skippered by Peter Courtney won the classic Lambay Race on Saturday.

Blue skies and sea breezes attracted a total entry of 161 boats from around the Irish Sea and further for a great racing mix and 'unique hospitality' ashore.

Howth 17 3137Traditional Howth 17s raced Round Lambay Photo: Afloat.ie

Pre event Pundit predictions were confounded in nearly all classes as the four-race series that included Saturday's Lambay Race (see photo review here) produced some new and not so new inaugural Wave Regatta champions.

"It was a clean sweep for the hosts in all IRC classes except zero and one where Royal Clubs seized the day"

It was a clean sweep for the hosts in all IRC classes except zero and one where Royal Clubs seized the day.

Persistent fog and light winds on Friday eventually cleared in time to deliver a perfect race around the scenic Fingal coastline on Saturday that ended in Howth Sound in ‘champagne sailing’ conditions with the same again for Sunday’s finale.

The overall event win for David Cullen - who was also the Wave Regatta Director of Racing - was based on Checkmate XV's wins in all four races, including the bonus scoring Lambay Race (non–discardable) in the biggest fleet of the event that featured 21 entries in Class 2.

The Lambay Race itself was the highlight of the Wave Regatta weekend when the full fleet of 161 boats graced the pristine waters of the Fingal coastline. Appropriately for the class race around Lambay Island, the Howth 17 footers were given the route closest to the island before the long beat back to Howth Sound and the finish where Peter Courtney and Oona won with a convincing lead.

Storm J109 3199 2Visiting Hong entry Signal 8 was the top scoring boat in Class 0 and won the class despite a defeat to Royal Cork entry Jump Juice in the Lambay Race Photo: Afloat.ie

Royal Hong Kong's Jamie McWilliam, got his Ker 40 Summer campaign in Irish waters off to a great start with a class zero win over Conor Phelan's Jump Juice (Ker 37) and George Sisk's WOW (Farr 42). 

Jump Juice 3581Jump Juice (Conor Phelan)

WOW 3622WOW (George Sisk)

Algeo's Royal Irish J109 Wins Class One

Storm J109 3199 2(Above and below) Fresh from winning his class East Coast championship a fortnight ago, Andrew Algeo's Joggernaut from the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire emerged victorious in Class 1, collecting the overall class win under IRC and ECHO handicaps plus the J109 trophy Photo: Afloat.ie

Storm J109 3199 2

Newly crowned J109 East coast champion Andrew Algeo of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has caused a major upset in IRC One after unseating the host club's Storm for overall honours.

Coming off the back of two solid wins in Scotland, the Storm crew looked in total control winning yesterday's Lambay Race opener to be overnight leaders. But, the RIYC crew, who sailed so well a fortnight ago for East coast honours and who finished second in the Lambay Race yesterday, again showed the depth of their ambition when they took two well-earned wins in today's final three races. It was more than enough to clinch the title by a margin of 3.5 points. With a four-point advantage, Storm took second to another Royal Irish boat, Joker II skippered by John Maybury.

Storm J109 3199 2Pat Kelly's Storm crew were second overall in Clas One IRC Photo: Afloat.ie

Storm J109 3199 2John Maybury's Joker II was third overall in Class One IRC Photo: Afloat.ie

Perfect Scoreline for Cullen's Checkmate XV

Checkmate Dave cullen 4396Howth crews topped the major prizes with David Cullen on Checkmate XV in Class 2, the overall Wave Regatta trophy winner Photo: Afloat.ie

In class two, nine of the top ten were all HYC entries. The top three were Howth's tricked–up Half–Tonners. Afloat's own nod for the Wave win, Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XVIII, outside the frame in sixth overall. The win instead went to Bigg's former steed, Checkmate XV,  now owned and sailed to a high standard by Dave Cullen had the perfect scoreline of four race wins. Repeating the Lambay order, second overall went to Harmony Johnny Swann and third was Mike Evans' The Big Picture. 

Hamony Half tonner 4575Johnny Swan's Half Tonner, Harmony was second overall Photo: Afloat.ie

Royal Cork competitor, Anthony O'Leary on Antix Beag was the nearest visiting boat in fifth place.

In Class three, another HYC flag is at the top of the leaderboard. While admittedly hailing from Carrickfergus, 'F'nGR8' skippered by Rory Fekkes,  another Scottish winner, took a well-earned win from two Howth X302s, Dux (A Gore-Grimes) and Xebec (Bourke McGirr Ball) in second and third respectively in the 21–boat fleet. 

Plans for Wave 2020

Three days of entertainment ashore organised by sponsor Michael JF Wright Hospitality included 12 bands and DJ’s and a giant display screen while six different food options were available in addition to Howth’s array of pubs and restaurants.

“We’re measuring success on the feedback that we’re getting from sailors and sponsors alike who are already planning on returning for the next Wave event in 2020,” said Joe McPeake, HYC Commodore. “This is a tribute to all the effort by a great team of volunteers and our business and local authority partners in Howth and Fingal.”

Storm J109 3199 2Galway Bay visitor to Howth – A O'Reilly's NUIG entry Photo: Afloat.ie
Building on the success of the inaugural Wave Regatta, a target of introducing 1,000 newcomers to the sport in time for Wave 2020 has been set. Quest Howth, the club’s new training centre will deliver this pathway into the sport by providing the equipment, skills and opportunities for young people, adults and families throughout Dublin.

Wave regatta HYCThe scene ashore at HYC for Wave Regatta Photo: HYC Facebook
Costs will be kept to an affordable level with minimal outlay up-front required from newcomers. Boat ownership is not required at any time and all participants will be offered club membership.

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