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#1720 – After two days of racing at the CH Marine 1720 National Championships and six races sailed the leader on 10 pts is Terry English and Mark Mansfield's Gut Rot crewed by Mike Budd, Bernard Fitzpatrick and Joe Bruen writes Claire Bateman.
Lying second is Anthony O'Leary's Wet n' Black crewed by Dan O'Grady, Derick Moynan, Eoin Leahy and David Whitaker. The Holyhead SC Ricochet of Steve, George and Tom Forester-Cole with Hannah Peters, Kelvin Matthews and Mark Lees in third place being very competitive and taking wins in two of the six races despite sailing in unfamiliar waters.
On a day when the weather was suited for sun hats and sun cream the wind much more benign with a steady southerly breeze 7 to 8 kts occasionally going to 10 to 11 kts PRO John Moynihan was able to set windward leeward courses a mile east of Roche's Point and got in four excellent races on the day.
At the conclusion of Race Six today the Racce Officer had an unenviable task when six of the flying 1720s bore down on the finish line, within seconds of one another in a tightly knit bunch more like the start than a finish of a race. Some spectacle to watch.
#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 Place||Sail No||Boat||Owner||Series Points|
|2||IRL1843||Wet n' Black||Anthony O'Leary||5|
|4||GBR1726||Gut Rot||Terence English & Mark Mansfield||6|
|5||IRL1790||T-Bone II||Tom Durcan & Clive O'Shea||8|
|7||IRL1807||Red Penguin||Robert O'Leary||14|
|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|
The Dutch have discovered team racing. They have become very keen on two boat team racing in keel-boats with 30 teams competing in their National Championships. Realising the potential for this version of the sport a major international event is planned in September this year, and there is a bid to run an official World Championships in 2013.
An international circuit is now emerging for this discipline – now known as 2k. Events are planned on the Clyde, in Italy, Poland, England and the Netherlands. The potential is considerable. In many countries sailing centres have fleets of small one design keel-boats already used for match racing. 2K racing increases the number of days these fleets are in competitive use. There is also a well established circuit in the USA, where the Sonar is commonly used. There are even events organised especially for the more mature sailor.
This should be good news for Irish sailors. We have a long tradition of team racing, with predominately university teams competing in Firefly dinghies. In Munster, the group based around Schull Community College has provided a base for schools team racing, and the whole town did a magnificent job of hosting the Worlds last year. In addition, the Royal Alfred Yacht Club has maintained a tradition of team racing in keelboats with the Patriots Cup, not to forget the Glen class in Dun Laoghaire who compete in the Millennium Cup, a 4 boat per team event. Many graduate sailors have moved on to match racing, using the Sailfleet J80s, with some success.
The development of 2k racing is an opportunity for clubs. Team-racing, in all its forms, creates a dynamic within the club, as teams train and compete and socialise. Graduates, who seem to find the Firefly gets smaller every year, can relive the exploits of their college days without breaking the bank. As events can be graded, adult trainees can experience the joys of competitive sailing at level suited to their ability. Sailing club boats will increasing look an attractive proposition to the negative-equity generation
The initial outlay to procure a fleet of boats may seem a considerable obstacle. However, if the right boat is chosen they can have a long and useful life. There is, for instance, in Brittany, a fleet of Beneteau Class 8s that have been raced hard for 20 years and are still in use for top class competition. The Dun Laoghaire 1720s also demonstrate that there is no need to buy new boats.
The cost of a day's sailing, including maintenance and depreciation, reduces rapidly the more boats are used. If a fleet can be used for match racing, 2k racing and adult training then the number of days sailed should sufficient to cover these costs.
With moves afoot to further develop junior and schools team racing this most social version of the sport is a true "Sport for Life" with the added advantage for sailors (and their parents!) of being able to compete at the highest level without the strain of owning a boat. It is now possible to envisage a career in sailing progressing from beginners sailing courses through junior team racing in Picos, then Fireflies or similar, with the prospect of travel to the UK, the USA or the Eurosaf Championships on the lagoon in Venice. After college racing and a foray in to the UK circuit (and further afield) a move to keel-boats would allow sailors to continue to race almost indefinitely.
All in all, the Dutch initiative to develop team racing in keelboats is to be welcomed. Irish team racers, and especially those whose college days are behind them, can look forward to rediscovering the joys of the squeeze, the mark trap and the sweet sound of the umpire's whistle! Anyone for a trip to the Low Country...?
Perfect sailing conditions off Sherkin Island yesterday with a steady 12-16 knot breeze provided champagne conditions for Mark Mansfield and Terry English and the crew onboard Gut Rut to secure the championship with a 10 point lead and a race to spare.
Denis Murphy from RCYC on Aquatack won the first race of the day and Gut Rot won the second while Nicholas O'Leary onboard T-Bone owned by Crosshaven duo Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea won the final race in the series.
Neil Angle from Brighton YC was the top UK boat finishing eighth.
1720s reaching in Baltimore on Saturday. Reader Richard O'Flynn has added more photos to Afloat magazine's facebook page here
Commenting on his win, Mark Mansfield said: 'It was a tremendous event with a very strong tough field sailed in ideal conditions and well organised by Baltimore Sailing Club. No quarter was given nor expected and I think everyone had great sailing over the three days. I have to pay special tribute to my part owner Terry English and the crew, Mike Budd, Joe Bruen and Bernard Fitzpatrick. It was a fantastic showpiece for the 1720 class which is building in numbers significantly.'
Mark Mansfield holds the lead after six races at the 1720 Corona Euro Championships in Baltimore, West Cork. Nicholas O'Leary onboard T-Bone owned by Crosshaven duo Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea is now in second place having discarded an ocs from yesterday and father Anthony is in third on the same number of points.
Testing conditions off Sherkin today with strong tides and 12-14 knot winds. Three further races in the series were completed despite a bit of a delay for resetting the course between Races 5 and 6.
Race Officer David O'Brien commented
'Races were longer than yesterday and that made racing more testing for the competitors. There were no black flags today although there was a general recall. Racing is on schedule to complete the championship tomorrow.'
Current 1720 National Champion Mark Mansfield leads the 1720 Corona Euro Championships in Baltimore after a long opening day of close sailing in steady 10-14 knot conditions.
The 28 strong fleet completed three races off Sherkin Island and Mark Mansfield started the day well with the first bullet.
Mark Mansfiled leads the 1720 Sportsboat Euros. Photo: Aidan Coffey
It was a reasonably good day for the O'Leary father and son who are competing against one another. Son Nicholas is onboard T-Bone owned by Crosshaven duo Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea, having been a close second in the first race he was ocs in the second but went on to win the final race of the day. Anthony meanwhile is lying second over night with a 3, 1, 11 record and local team Peter O'Flynn and John Crotty is second overnight with a consistent 4,4,5.
Race Officer David O'Brien commented on today's racing:
'Conditions were light with strong tides affecting the racing throughout the day. Thankfully wind held fairly steady and we were able to complete the three races with just one general recall'
First gun tomorrow and Saturday is at 1055 with nine races scheduled for the series.
After a break of five years, former class European champion Mark Mansfield returned to the 1720 class at the weekend and won the CH Marine sponsored national championships in Cork Harbour from a fleet of 14 boats.
The last race of the eight race championship decided the winner between Anthony O'Leary and Mansfield. In a fleet packed with previous owners the fleet also had all three helms from the winning 2010 Commodores' cup team sailing. Andrew Creighton was steering Aquatack, Nicholas O'Leary was steering T bone and Anthony O'Leary steering his own boat.
Although the sailing in 8-12 knots went according to plan a number of support boats were damaged in an incident unrelated to the racing.
Mansfield and his crew of Terry English, Mike Budd, Dave Meagher and Joe Bruen won half of the eight races and discarded a fourth to take the national title. Second overall was Anthony O'Leary and third Nicholas O'Leary.
The class hope that more crews can be attracted in to the sportsboat and the resurgence of the class in Cork Harbour continues.
The 1720 Sportsboat European Championships and the class national championships will be launched at a "Sailing By The Lee" event on Friday 29th April, 2011 where six 1720's will be raced on the River Lee adjacent to the Headquarters of the Port of Cork. The boats will be brought up river on the Thursday evening and racing will commence at lunch time on the Friday (see below for the Eddie English weather video) which say the class will provide photo and media opportunities at the new marina in the Port of Cork. Each boat will carry sponsorship flags.
In June up to 20 boats go back to their roots when the fleet gathers at Royal Cork Yacht Club for the CH Marine Sponsored National Championships.
A fleet of between 30-35 boats will contest the Corona sponsored Europeans when they set sail off Baltimore in September. There are already confirmed entries travelling from Scotland, Isle of Man, England and Wales while there is also interest coming from Holland where a fleet of eight boats is currently active.
The fleet is rapidly becoming the most popular one design keel boat in this part of Ireland. There are now established and growing fleets at Royal Cork, Crosshaven, Kinsale, Baltimore and Schull while Galway Bay also has a growing fleet, racing in Galway Bay. The 2010 Nationals attracted a fleet of over twenty boats,
The series itself will be sailed over a three day period starting on Thursday, 1st September and consisting of nine races in total, three per day. Notice of Race and Entry Forms will be available shortly from Baltimore Sailing Club.
Sailors from around Ireland are invited to submit a team comprising a crew of up to 5 people capable of handling a 27ft keel boat, to include at least 1 female, to represent counties in what organisers say will be the battle of the sailing tribes and colours of Ireland.
Racing in 1720 sportsboats will comprise a series of sprint flights (heats) of approximately 20 minutes leading to the semi-finals and finals to decide the winner.
With boats constantly in close quarters and potential crash situations both with each other and the solid quay walls, this event promises to be a testing and thrilling experience for the sailors crewing onboard and a highly entertaining spectacle with viewing areas for spectators on the quay walls and the Grand Canal Square.
The championship will take place on Sunday 26th June from 0900hrs – 1600hrs.
A fleet of one design boats 27ft in length is being provided so teams can compete on a level playing field. Ownership of a boat is not necessary, and sailors and clubs wishing to enter a team to represent their county should contact Waterways Racing below.
The Grand Canal Dock is part of Ireland's inland waterways system and comprises 44 acres of non-tidal freshwater in Dublin's Docklands. It has it's own marina, Waterways Interpretive Centre, Watersports Centre and is surround by a multitude of bars and restaurants and is overlooked by the recently opened Grand Canal Theatre.
This event will act as a centre piece in the Docklands Summer Festival 2011 which is being organised by the Docklands Business Forum (www.docklandsbusinessforum.ie) and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA, www.ddda.ie) to run from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June.
The event is sponsored by Waterways Ireland, an all island body set up to manage & promote all of Ireland's waterways. Commenting on their sponsorship of the event "We are delighted to be involved in this sailing championship which invites participation from the whole island of Ireland in keeping with our own remit as an inter-governmental agency. We are looking forward to welcoming teams, supporters and the general public to this historic dock in Dublin for the inaugural Waterways Ireland Inter-Counties Sailing Championship" Martin Dennany, Marketing Director, Waterways Ireland.