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Howth Yacht Club X302 campaigner Dux has won the Divison Three title of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay.

The Anthony Gore-Grimes skippered entry took the lead in the biggest class of the Royal St. George YC Championships after an impressive three wins on Saturday to outwit Rory Fekkes in the Carrickfergus Modified Beneteau First 8.

Dux beat the Fekkes boat by three points overall with third place overall going to the host club's Brendan Foley in the modified Impala Running Wild. 

Provisional overall results subject to protest are hereRead all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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The Wright Brothers from Howth completed a consistent series of seven races with six top three results to become Division Two National Champions in their first ICRA outing with their new Half Tonner in Dun Laoghaire.

Half Tonners took the top five places overall in the Royal St. George's championships fleet of 19 boats. 

Overnight leader Nigel Biggs from the Royal Irish Yacht Club lost out in the final two races today in Checkmate XVIII to finish second overall 2.5 points behind Mata. Third overall is Classics Half Ton World champion David Cullen in Checkmate XV.

Half Tonners 3537Close racing for the Half Tonners in 22-boat Division Two Photo: Afloat.ie

Provisional overall results subject to protest are hereRead all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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The Royal Irish Yacht Club's John Maybury has made it four in a row at the ICRA National Championships this afternoon having sailed a superb seven-race series in which the J109 corinthian skipper and eight-man crew – that included 2004 Olympian Killian Collin on tactics – counted four race wins (with six results in the top two) to clinch the title by a comfortable margin of eight points.

Second overall in what is widely regarded as the stiffest competition of the 93-boat championships was the Kelly family boat Storm from Howth Yacht Club and Rush Sailing Club on 16 points overall.

Joker II crewThe winning Joker II squad include John Maybury (with trophy), Brian Phelan, Adrian Mulligan, Michelle Fitzgerald, Sarah O'Callaghan Shane Keogh, Ronan Verling, Jason McCleod, Barry Byrne, Brian Byrne and Killian Collins Photo: Maurice O'Connell

Three points back in third place, completing the J109 domination of class one, was the new Howth campaign of Outrajeous (Tommy Murphy and Richard Colwell). 

J109 finish 2781A tight finish in a class one race as the 18-boat fleet favour the committee boat end of the finish line Photo: Afloat

Provisional results after day three and subject to protest are here

Read all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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Among the four boats racing in Division 4 of the ICRA National Championships, Peter Richardson's Dubious of the host club, the Royal St. George Yacht Club, has taken the lead from Philip O'Dwyer's Supernova of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

In Division 5, White Sails competing for the ICRA Corinthian Trophy, Windsor Lauden and Steffi Ennis' Demelza from Howth Yacht Club added three more wins to perfect their record for the series so far.

Results here. Read all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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The ICRA National Championships protest committee has listed eight protests so far at the Dublin Bay event but four claims were withdrawn, according to the event website.

Of the remaining protests at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, two were initiated by the Protest Committee itself chaired by International Race Judge Gordon Davies.

On Friday, in Division Zero, a protest (case number two) was taken by on the water umpire Ailbe Millerick against respondents Yoyo (Brendan Coughlan) and Sail No. 7536 (John O'Gorman) in which a post-race penalty was accepted by 7536, according to the case decisions published here.

And in another class zero protest, a request for redress has been submitted after yesterday's coastal race for yachts Tsunami and Yoyo. 

The official noticeboard says that hearing (case number nine) initiated by the Race Committee is 'to be heard as soon as possible after racing'.

Read all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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Jay Colville’s First 40, Forty Licks from Down Cruising Club, fresh from his success in the 2019 Scottish Series, has taken the lead in the ICRA National Championships after the second 40-mile coastal race sailed today in medium westerly winds on Dublin Bay.

Forty Licks now leads the Royal Irish's Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI by a single point heading into tomorrow's final round but a protest for redress taken by the Race Committee naming two competitors may yet affect the overall standings in this class. More on this here.

Rockabill 1703Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI Photo: Afloat

The Sunfast 3200 Yoyo (John Coghlan) from the Royal St George Yacht Club is third in the nine-boat fleet.

Results here. Read all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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Where J109s are holding sway in Class One and Half-Tonners in Class Two, Class Three of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay has a refreshing mix of design types at the top of the Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted championships.

And in a shock to the established Class Three pecking order today, Howth's X3202 Dux (Anthony Gore-Grimes) has taken the overall lead in the biggest fleet of 22 boats after some fine sailing produced three race wins to lead Carrickfergus's highly modified Beneteau First class 8.

FnGR8 First 3389Scottish Series winner 'FnGR8' has dropped to second overall Photo: Afloat

Toppling the Northern Ireland boat - even by a single point - is no mean feat, the Rory Fekkes skippered black boat was the winner of Cork Week overall last year and last month Fekkes was the winner of every race, bar one, at the Scottish Series.

Third - but seven points adrift of second overall - is the host club's Impala Running Wild skippered by Brendan Foley.

Running Wild Impala 3287Running Wild skippered by Brendan Foley of the Royal St. George Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

Results are here. The final two races are scheduled tomorrow from 11 am with breeze forecast to be westerly at eight knots on Dublin Bay

Read all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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After five races sailed and a discard applied at the ICRA National Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, John Maybury is two races away from an impressive fourth win of the Class One title after another impressive day on Dublin Bay sees the Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper lead 18-boat class one by five nett points with three wins from five races.

As predicted, J109s continue their stranglehold of class one and are in the top three places. Second, on 10 points, is Howth Yacht Club's Storm skippered by Pat Kelly and one point behind in third overall is clubmate and ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell in the new Outrajeous campaign.

Current J109 National Champion Andrew Algeo sailing his brand new J99 is fourth overall. 

Three solid windward-leeward races, with beats of 1.1 nautical miles, were held today in shifting westerly breezes of 280 to 290 degrees that placed an emphasis on sailing the high tack and staying in the strongest pressure, upwind and down. The 10-14 knot breeze was heaviest in the morning with gust up to 20 knots over relatively flat seas. 

"It was very tight racing - again - and it was tough with 20 knots for all three races and good courses too," said Colwell.  "It's very close in our class, one mistake and you pay heavily - the way it should be!"

Results are here. The final two races are scheduled tomorrow from 11 am with breeze forecast to be westerly at eight knots on Dublin Bay

Class One start 2895With just seconds to the start gun, the Strangford Lough Ker 32 HiJacKer from Down Cruising Club wins the pin end of the 400 metre line Photo: Afloat

Storm J109 Kelly 2545Pat Kelly's Storm has moved up to second overall Photo: Afloat

Outrajeous 1892Richard Colwell in the new Outrajeous campaign is lying third overall Photo: Afloat

J99 J109 2747Andrew Algeo's J99 on port with Colwell's Outrajeous in today's windward-leeward races

Grand soleil Nieulargo 2550Kinsale's Grand Soleil Nieulargo was fourth in the third race to be 11th overall Photo: Afloat

Gringo 2060Dublin Bay local IMX38 Gringo (Tony Fox) from the National Yacht Club won race three and is sixth overall Photo: Afloat

Jelly Baby 2022Seventh-placed Jelly Baby (above) - Despite her advertised tactician being Olympic skiff campaigner Seafra Guilfoyle, the 49er crew was spotted otherwise engaged on Dublin Bay (below) Photos: Afloat

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Read all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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There is a  new half-ton leader in division two of the ICRA national championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club as overnight leader Johnny Swan's Harmony from Howth Yacht Club drops to fourth overall but optimised Irish Half Tonners continue to dominate proceedings on Dublin Bay and occupy the top six places overall.

The Royal Irish Yacht Club's Nigel Biggs, who is based in North Wales, is now four points ahead in Checkmate XVIII. 

Half tonners Start 2939Half Tonners jostle for position at the start of race four that was recalled and restarted under a black flag by race officer David Lovegrove Photo: Afloat

As regular Afloat readers will know, Biggs has been working up this latest Checkmate over the last two seasons. The boat is the old Emiliano Zapata, ex Dick Dastardly, ex French Beret, ex Concorde from 1985. As with his previous two successful half–tonners (Harmony and Checkmate XV) she has been 'breathed on' by Wicklow yacht designer Mark Mills with a revised sailplan and keel. 

The brand new Howth Yacht Club Half-Ton campaign of the Wright Brothers is second overall and Royal Cork visitor Miss Whiplash skippered by John Downing lies third. 

"It's an exceptional event with very close racing, just seconds between the boats only," said Kieran O'Connell, Rear Admiral for Keel Boat Racing at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Miss Whiplash.  That comment was a reference in particular to the third race of the day, the windiest when six or seven half-tonners were lined-up on the downwind leg, almost close enough to walk across.

Mata Wrights 2277The Wright's Mata (IRL 2794) from Howth Yacht Club is second Photo: Afloat

Miss Whiplash 2303Royal Cork's Miss Whiplash skippered by John Downing is lying in third place

Defending champion Dave Cullen in Checkmate XV lies fifth with only 9.5 nett points separating the top six and two races left to sail in the championships tomorrow.

Checkmate Dave Cullen 2320Half Ton Classics World Champion – Dave Cullen's Checkmate XV Photo: Afloat

Half tonners 2129The X332 Equinox sandwiched between the top performing Half Tonners in the tight approach to a leeward mark Photo: Afloat

1720 Antix Beag 2437The well-sailed 1720 Antix Beag is two points outside the top ten in 11th Photo: Afloat

Raptor Mills 2177Fintan Cairns and Denis Hewitt's Mills 31 Raptor is eighth Photo: Afloat

Rationel J80 2825Two RStGYC J80s are competing for U25-honours in Class Two Photo: Afloat

Results are here The final two races are scheduled tomorrow from 11 am with breeze forecast to be westerly at eight knots on Dublin Bay

Read all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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John Maybury's Joker II staked her claim to the class one title in the opening day of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championships sponsored by Frank Keane BMW on Dublin Bay today with two wins.

A full schedule marked the opening day of the Championships where back to back winners featured in five out of six divisions sailed.

Organised by the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, 93 boats from 24 clubs and venues around Ireland are competing for five national titles, the overall trophy and an Under 25’s competition.

Division Zero had a four-hour coastal course that saw Paul O’Higgins from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Rockabill VI emerge as winner as the first of three races for the series. “We’re definitely not counting our chickens, for sure,” he said afterwards. “Tomorrow could start with stronger breeze but finish lighter going by the forecast - that wouldn’t suit us at the lower end of the handicap range.”

The remaining divisions completed two scheduled races split across two-course areas on Dublin Bay, both of which managed to deliver a flicking breeze (from 010 degrees) ranging from eight to 14 knots at times though easing inshore as the afternoon progressed.

ICRA Class one Start 1909A great turnout in class one where J109s hold the top three places. The class had two windward-leeward courses with a one mile beat from a 390-metre long start line Photo: Afloat

Defending Division One champion John Maybury on Joker II, who completed a hat-trick of titles in 2017 opened his 2019 defence with two back to back to wins with three J109’s taking the overnight lead.

Joker II 1548John Maybury's defending champion Joker II, with 2004 Olympian Killian Collins, calling tactics leads after the opening races Photo: Afloat

ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell on Outrageous from Howth Yacht Club leads the pursuing pack in second overall on just the second event for his new boat. Tactician Mark Mansfield is also looking forward to fresher weather to upset the standings: “If there’s a bit more breeze, tomorrow might be quite different,” the Olympic veteran said.

Division Two saw Johnny Swan’s Half-tonner Harmony from Howth Yacht Club take an early lead, again with two back to back wins for the day.

Harmony 1682Johnny Swan's Harmony is the Division two leader Photo: Afloat

Once again, a fresher breeze on Saturday will be welcomed. “It’s really tough competition - the half-tonners are being sailed really well,” commented Rob O’Leary, skipper of the modified 1720 Sportsboat Antix Beag from Baltimore Sailing Club. “We’re expecting more breeze tomorrow so we’re hoping our recent modifications will pay off.”

Fngr8 1982Rory Fekkes on F’n Gr’8 from Carrickfergus Sailing Club Photo: Afloat

Not only did the leader in Division Three manage to continue the back to back theme for the day, but the top four boats in the 20-strong fleet repeated their results in the second race of the day that sees Rory Fekkes on F’n Gr’8 from Carrickfergus Sailing Club lead the field.

Second-placed is Brendan Foley’s Running Wild from the host club. “We’re (also) looking forward to more breeze tomorrow and we’ll have an extra person on board so we’ll be fully powered up in 12-15 knots,” said crew-member Mark Hennessy who is Rear-Commodore (Sailing) of the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

Only four out of the six entries in Division Four competed on the first day, the smallest turnout of the event that was nonetheless won with back to back wins by Philip O’Dwyer’s Supernova from the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Division Five is a White Sails event competing for the ICRA Corithian Cup and the opening day was won, for good measure with back to back wins, by Windsor Lauden and Steffi Ennis on Demelza from Howth Yacht Club.

Full results here  

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