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O'Leary's Baltimore Crew Take 1720 Eastern Title at Howth Yacht Club

1st May 2023
The 1720 Eastern Championships winners at Howth Yacht Club with Ross O'Leary (left) are (from L-R), Mark Hassett, Rob O Leary, Brian Leonard, Johnny Durcan and Fionn Lyden (Baltimore Sailing Club)
The 1720 Eastern Championships winners at Howth Yacht Club with organiser Ross McDonald (left) are (from L-R), Mark Hassett, Rob O Leary, Brian Leonard, Johnny Durcan and Fionn Lyden (Baltimore Sailing Club)

Rob O'Leary and his Baltimore Sailing Club crew from West Cork returned to their winning ways at Howth Yacht Club when the North Dublin Club hosted the resurgent 1720s for the class’ first regional event of the 2023 season on Saturday and Sunday (29-30 April).

Conditions were challenging for the two-day event, and, as the ISORA fleet also found out off Dun Laoghaire during its coastal race, the light easterly Dublin breeze moved around a lot.

Second overall was Dun Laoghaire's Kenny Rumball, just one point behind O'Leary on ten points after five races sailed. Third was a second Baltimore boat, Aidan and Rory Lynch on 11 points.

See full results below

The 1720 Easterns saw a relatively small field of 13 boats competing, but they included past champions that punched above their weight in terms of action on the water.

Valuable ranking points will be up for grabs towards the new Joe English Cup, donated by the English family, which will go to the top-performing boat at the end of the season.

Professional coach Mike Richards was on hand to provide coaching throughout the weekend — including nuggets of wisdom during racing itself. The debrief was streamed live on the 1720 Facebook page.

Race Results

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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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  • Thursday 17 July Registration / Measurement
  • Friday 18 July Registration / Measurement
  • Saturday 19 July Inshore Races
  • Sunday 20 July Inshore Races
  • Monday 21 July Inshore Races
  • Tuesday 22 July Spare Day
  • Wednesday 23 July Short Offshore Race
  • Thursday 24 July Short Offshore Race / Admiral's Cup Dinner
  • Friday 25 July Lay Day
  • Saturday 26 July Rolex Fastnet Race
  • Friday 1 August Prizegiving

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