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#RS - Dublin-Cork duo Neil Spain and John Downey put in a commanding performance in the RS400 class at the 2018 Inland Championships at Killaloe Sailing Club — the Co Clare club’s first ever RS event — earlier this month.

The forecast was one of extremes, with big breeze promised on the Saturday and virtually nothing expected on Sunday. PRO Robin Gray sent the fleet out in the building breeze with a prospect of four races in light of Sunday’s forecast.

Indeed, it was an arduous day on the water, with the rescue crews kept constantly busy by many thrills and spills in the windy conditions for 38-strong fleet of 400s, 200s, and Fevas contesting their own class Westerns.

Racing got underway amid gusts of up to 25 knots, and Neil Spain and John Downey (Howth/Royal Cork) stormed away to show the fleet how it’s done.

Chris Penny and Jessica Rutherford (Carrickfergus) were chasing hard but couldn’t disrupt the speedsters in front. However, total dominance was not guaranteed, with relative newcomer Sam Pickering and Matt Lloyd — the latter’s first time crewing in a 400 — securing second in race 2, and they eventually secured fourth place behind Robert O’Sullivan and Phil McGlade.

In the RS200s, Frank O’Rourke and Emma Hynes (Greystones) dominated, revelling in the conditions for three bullets and shaking off a disappointing sixth place in the race 1.

Aaron Jones and Rosemary Tyrell were not far away with three seconds and a first, but were destined to be bridesmaids against Frank and Emma’s consistency.

Greg Arrowsmith and Grace O’Beirne (Royal St George) fought hard securing the last spot on the podium against some fierce competition from Helen Rutherford & Katie Kane.

Positions five, six and seven were secured by the top juniors — Joseph Griffiths and Fionn O’Connor (Baltimore), home pair Thomas Drayton and Tadhg O’Mara, and Rosa Lyden and Jane Bolger (Baltimore) — and it proved exciting to see the younger talent shining through.

In the Fevas, Elysia O’Leary and Lily Dwyer (Royal St George) nearly sailed a perfect series, dominating the first three races with three bullets.

The most intense competition was from the smallest and youngest in the fleet. Three boats were tied on seven points after four races with Lily Thorup and Sibeal Nic Giolla Coda (Blessington) taking second place with a win in the last race. Orla Imhoff and Mila la Mignon (Killable) secured third from local rivals David Schutz and Eanna Coleman.

RS Ireland gave great credit to PRO Robin Gray and the race committee for their hard work with the blustery conditions on the Saturday. Tribute was also paid to the organisers, shore teams and catering for keeping the fleet content.

Special mention also went to the sailors of Killaloe who made up nearly a third of the fleet, with 12 entries across 400s, 200s and Fevas.

This fourth event of the 2018 RS season was sponsored by Lyons of Limerick and Waterways Ireland. The next and final event in the 2018 calendar this year the RS Southerns on 15-16 September at Baltimore Sailing Club.

RS400
1st Neil Spain & John Downey (HYC/RCYC)
2nd Chris Penny & Jessica Rutherford (CSC)
3rd Robert O’Sullivan & Phil McGlade

RS200
1st Frank O’Rourke & Emma Hynes (Greystones)
2nd Aaron Jones & Rosemary Tyrell (GSC/RIYC)
3rd Greg Arrowsmith & Grace O’Beirne (RStGYC)

RS200 Junior
1st Joseph Griffiths & Fionn O’Connor (Baltimore)
2nd Thomas Drayton & Tadhg O'Mara (Killaloe)
3rd Rosa Lyden & Jane Bolger (Baltimore)

Feva
1st Elysia O Leary & Lily Dwyer (RStGYC)
2nd Lily Thorup & Sibeal Nic Giolla Coda (Blessington)
3rd Orla Imhoff & Mila la Mignon (Killaloe)

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#RS - Killaloe Sailing Club is hosting the RS Inland and RS Feva Western Championships this weekend, starting today Saturday 11 August.

The RS sailing community will be out in force on Lough Derg for the weekend, with full camping facilities available at the club and a barbecue set for this evening at 6.30pm.

For more details on the event see the RS Ireland website HERE.

Published in RS Sailing

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)

 

ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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