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George Miller's 'Pixie' Wins International 12 Irish Championships

3rd September 2018
George Miller's 'Pixie' Wins International 12 Irish Championships

The term ‘vintage’ is rarely used in respect of racing dinghies, however, in 1920 the Olympic Federation were felt that a suitable dinghy should be used in addition to the 40m.2, 30m.2, 15m., 12m., 10m., 8m., 7m., and 6m. keelboat classes. The International 12-foot dinghy was selected.

This class is still active in Ireland, in two forms, the original single sail rig, and the later Dublin Bay Sailing Club innovation of moving the mast aft and providing a jib, but with no increase in total sail area. The Royal St. George Yacht Club organised the fifth Irish Championship of recent years, on 2nd September 2018. Entries came from far and wide including one UK entry, one dinghy from Clew Bay and one from Lough Ree. Four races were held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Andrew Johnston in ScythianAndrew Johnston in Scythian

Race one was held in 6-knots and George Miller in ‘Pixie’ led from beginning to the end of two laps of the triangular course, with ‘Scythian’ second, and ‘Cora’ third. For race two the wind had increased to 10 knots, and Gavan Johnson in ‘Albany’ led initially, to be passed by Mark Delany in ‘Cora’ who took the gun. In this race ‘Scythian’ had a difficulty with her rig, and in solving that problem, she created another by capsizing! A leisurely lunch was held in the clubhouse, at which point last year’s winner ‘Cora’ held a small lead in the overall standings. George Miller in ‘Pixie’ won race three from ‘Scythian’ in an unstable light wind, and in the final race Andrew Johnston’s ‘Scythian’ took an early lead and won from ‘Pixie’.

For full results download below:

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Vincent Delany

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Vincent Delany

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Sailing historian Vincent Delany is a member of the Association of Yachting Historians, and an active sailor in Water Wag, SOD and Squib classes. He has written a thesis on 'Yachting and yachtsmen on the River Shannon 1830-1930.' He has lectured on the history of The Water Wag Club, Royal St.George Yacht Club, and the Killinure Yacht Club, He has written two sailing books 'The Water Wags 1887-2012' and 'The International 12 foot class in Ireland' both of which are available from blurb.com

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