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Fog Cuts Short 1720 European Championships Handing the 'McBearla' Crew the Title at Dunmore East

25th September 2021
1720 European Champions: 'Team McBearla' (from left) Killian Collins, Ross McDonald, Conor English, Aoife English and Paddy Good
1720 European Champions: 'Team McBearla' (from left) Killian Collins, Ross McDonald, Conor English, Aoife English and Paddy Good Credit: WHSC/Facebook

On Saturday, fog cut short the final day of racing of the 1720 European Championships at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club, handing the overall title to Ross McDonald and the McBearla crew. 

Although the stage was set for a thrilling final three races to decide the podium places, overnight scores stood, meaning McDonald and his RopeDock Atara crew won by an impressive margin of 16 points.

A 27-boat fleet, one of the biggest in recent years, had gathered at Dunmore East for the three-day event.

As Afloat reported earlier, McDonald took an early lead in Thursday's first races. It's a return to the performance that McDonald found in July when he won the Eastern Championships on his home waters at Howth.

A 27-boat 1720 fleet, one of the biggest in recent years, had gathered at Dunmore East for the three day Euros eventA 27-boat 1720 fleet, one of the biggest in recent years, had gathered at Dunmore East for the three day Euros event

Thanks to a win and a sixth-place scored on Friday afternoon, another Howth helmsman, Robert Dix, finished second place by a point at the helm of Elder Lemon.

Baltimore's Mark Hassett skippering Live Wire finished third. 

The host club's Cian Finnegan won the Under-25 trophy. The 1720 top rookie prize also stayed with the hosts as Rob McConnell took the award in tenth place.

The interclub trophy, based on the top three aggregate scores, went to Baltimore Sailing Club.

1720 Europeans Top Ten Overall

1 1720 Rope DocK Atara 1720 2000 HYC/RCYC McBearla's 7.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 (17.0) 1.0 32.0 15.0
2 1720 Elder Lemon 1720 2888 BSC Robert Dix 2.0 (28.0 DSQ) 5.0 17.0 1.0 6.0 59.0 31.0
3 1720 Live Wire 1720 1755 BSC BSC 4.0 (16.0) 14.0 6.0 4.0 4.0 48.0 32.0
4 1720 Probably Legal 1720 1804 RCYC Mia Murphy 5.0 7.0 12.0 7.0 (19.0) 3.0 53.0 34.0
5 1720 Dutch Gold 1720 2020 BSC Rob O'Leary 1.0 10.0 10.0 (28.0 OCS) 8.0 7.0 64.0 36.0
6 1720 Spiced Beef 1720 184 BSC Fionn Lyden 9.0 11.0 4.0 3.0 (13.0) 11.0 51.0 38.0
7 1720 True worth 1720 1812 WHBTC Ben Scallan/Doireann Lawlor 17.0 (23.0) 7.0 13.0 10.0 2.0 72.0 49.0
8 1720 The Connor K 1720 1722 RIYC Kenneth Rumball 8.0 6.0 11.0 18.0 6.0 (28.0 BFD) 77.0 49.0
9 1720 Smile 'n' Wave 1720 1722 BSC Ben Cooke 3.0 8.0 15.0 14.0 (16.0) 10.0 66.0 50.0
10 1720 Fools Gold 1720 1749 WHSC Rob McConnell 22.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 (24.0) 21.0 75.0 51.0

Results here

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