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Wahoo Leads in Big Wind Start to CH Marine 1720 Nationals

9th June 2012
Wahoo Leads in Big Wind Start to CH Marine 1720 Nationals

#1720 –A single point separates first and fourth place overall after two high speed races of the CH Marine sponsored 1720 National Championships writes Claire Bateman.

Defending champion Mark Mansfield, who is always formidable in strong winds, lies fourth overall after counting a 2 and a 4 in the 15-boat fleet while Finbarr Jeffers leads from Anthony O'Leary on an equal five points. Scroll down the page for more photos and results.

It was well worth waiting for the winds to abate in Cork harbour yesterday because by 5pm the first race of the championships got off to a cracking start in blustery high winds

Racing over windward leeeward course on the Eastern Bank off Aghada and with the weathermark close to the Spit the fleet enjoyed two great races and provided plenty of thrills and spills with even the heavy weather experts, Anthony O'Leary and defending champion Mark Mansfield both experiencing broaches inspite of the use of smaller jibs and kites. Photos of the action below.

Series PlaceSail NoBoatOwnerSeries Points
1 IRL1750 Wahoo Finbarr Jeffers 5
2 IRL1843 Wet n' Black Anthony O'Leary 5
3 GBR1722 Ricochet Steve Forester-Coles 6
4 GBR1726 Gut Rot Terence English & Mark Mansfield 6
5 IRL1790 T-Bone II Tom Durcan & Clive O'Shea 8
6 IRL1804 Aquatack Denis Murphy 13
7 IRL1807 Red Penguin Robert O'Leary 14
8 IRL1785 Primeline John Crotty 15
9 GBR1771L Cosmic David Townend 20
10 IRL180 Bad Company F Desmond/M Ivers/P Horgan 21
11 IRL1797 Dark Side Bryan Hassett 21
12 IRL1722 Smile N Wave Jim Griffiths / Ben Cooke 22
13 IRL1724 Boomerang Tom Hegarty/Bob Stokes 26
14 IRL1760 Let the Good Times Roll Robin & Ben O'Mahony 28
15 IRL1755 Live Wire James & Mick McKenna 30
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