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O'Leary Wins 17-Boat 1720 East Coasts at Royal Irish Yacht Club

26th May 2019
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Conor Clancy's Merlin was dismasted in the heavy wind conclusion of the 1720 East Coast Championships. There were two dismastings and two reported as 'bent' Conor Clancy's Merlin was dismasted in the heavy wind conclusion of the 1720 East Coast Championships. There were two dismastings and two reported as 'bent' Photo: Mark McGibney/RIYC

A strong 17-boat 1720 sportsboat fleet bore witness to Anthony O'Leary's dominance of the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted East Coast Championships on Dublin Bay today.

In strong and gusty north-westerlies averaging 18 to 20 knots that gusted to over 35, Royal Cork's O'Leary won the final two races of the six-race series to pull clear ahead of Howth Yacht Club's Dan O'Grady and wrap up the title in a much-reduced fleet of nine boats.

Anthony Oleary 1720In winning form – Anthony O'Leary on one of the high speed reaches at the 1720 East Coasts. O'Leary's championship-winning Antix was clocked at 16-knots on one of the downwind legs Photo: Mark McGibney/RIYC

O'Leary head up a strong travelling Cork contingent that included third-placed Ben Cooke sailing under both the Baltimore Sailing Club and Royal St. George YC burgees. 

AOL RIYCPat Shannon Rear Commodore Sailing of the Royal Irish Yacht Club (left) with 1720 East Coast winner Anthony O'Leary (centre) and UK Sailmakers Ireland's Graham Curran Photo: Mark McGibney/RIYC

Johnny Durcan sailing T-Bone from RCYC was fourth with the Irish National Sailing Club's Alexander Rumball fifth.

In a further boost for 1720 sailing, three under 25 teams competed.

1720 East Coast Championships Results

Series PlaceSail NoBoatHelmClubSeries PointsRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6
1 184 Antix Antony O'Leary RCYC 8 14 1 3 2 1 1
2 1443 Wet N Black Dan O'Grady Howth YC 11 10 3 1 3 2 2
3 1722 Smile n Wave Ben Cooke BSC / RSGYC 17 2 5 18 1 4 5
4 1790 T-Bone Johnny Durcan RCYC 26 11 9 7 4 3 3
5 1775 INSC Alexander Rumball Irish National Sailing Club 30 7 7 5 5 8 6
6 GBR1791 Full Bernard Mark O'Reilly Baltimore Sailing Club 34 9 15 8 8 5 4
7 GBR1770 Luvly Jubbly James Peters PSC/SCYC 39 5 8 11 9 9 8
8 1793 Big Bad Wolf Andrew Creighton RIYC 43 1 2 4 18 18 18
9 17221 Wolfe Elizabeth Conway RSGYC 44 8 11 10 10 7 9
10 1780 Mini Apple David Love RCYC 45 12 14 18 6 6 7
11 2800 Elder Lemon Robert Dix Baltimore SC 48 6 4 2 18 18 18
12 1818 Merlin Conor Clancy RIYC 48 4 10 9 7 18 18
13 1595 What did he break Adam Hyland RSGYC 51 3 6 6 18 18 18
14 RIYC2 Toute Si Delaney McCourt RIYC 65 17 17 18 11 10 10
15 1540 Zelus Conor Maguire RIYC 74 15 16 13 12 18 18
16 11793 Wow Tim Kane RIYC 76 16 12 12 18 18 18
17 RIYC3 RIYC U25's Alex Conway RIYC 76 13 13 14 18 18 18
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