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Atara Ropes In Another 1720 Title At Baltimore, West Cork

12th September 2022
The 2022 1720 Sportsboat Champions  from Atara skippered by Ross McDonald at Baltimore Sailing Club prizegiving
The 2022 1720 Sportsboat Champions from Atara skippered by Ross McDonald at Baltimore Sailing Club prizegiving

The march of the revived 1720 Sportsboats goes on despite their design origins at least thirty years ago. But even with all the fresh talent in the class, it was as if you were in the weekend's Championship at Baltimore, with the Crosshaven-Howth squad of Aoife English and brother
Rob, together with husband/brother-in-law Ross McDonald in Atara, winning overall as smoothly as they did in the super-championship at Cork Week in July.

They would have started as favourites. So just to lull the opposition into a deluded sense of new possibilities, Atara threw a 16th in the first race while the bullet was taken by local boat MO (Rory and Aidan Lynch). But thereafter, Atara showed her true colours and got all the
guns blazing to knock up a steady and sometimes sparkling scoreline which gave them the title by 18pts to the 22 of Royal Cork's Dave Kenefick in Full Irish.

Dave Kenefick's Full Irish crew finished second overallDave Kenefick's Full Irish crew finished second overall

Julian Hughes from Dunmore East racing Root 1 (we're told he's big in carrots, no comment) cooked it up nicely to place third overall and help give a healthy spread to the top places.

Julian Hughes's Root 1 crew finished third overallJulian Hughes's Root 1 crew finished third overall

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Published in 1720, West Cork
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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At a Glance - 1720 Irish Sportsboat 2023 Calendar

  • 27-28 May - Open event at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
  • 21-24th June - European Championships /Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club
  • 21st-23rd September - Irish Nationals at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club 

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