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420 Class Celebrate Special Week of Sailing at Howth Yacht Club

6th August 2018
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The GBR team of Alex Colquitt/Rebecca Coles show off their impressive speed at the Howth Championships The GBR team of Alex Colquitt/Rebecca Coles show off their impressive speed at the Howth Championships

420 week concluded today at Howth Yacht Club with the third day of racing in the 2018 420 Open and National Championships. And what a week it was, it kicked off with a three-day training module followed by a second one-day training module prior to the start of championship racing. 

The first two days of racing were in moderate winds. Day one produced a nine-point spread covering first to fifth positions and this spread increased to eighteen points at the end of day two when a pattern emerged with the GBR team of Alex Colquitt/Rebecca Coles putting together a string of race wins to carry a score of 6 points ahead of Grace O’Beirne/Kathy Kelly of the Royal St. George on 13 points and Gemma Mc Dowell/Emma Gallagher on 17 points of Malahide Yacht Club. Tied on 24 points each, fourth overall and third Irish boat were Micheal O’Suilleabhan/Rob Keal of Kinsale Yacht Club and Morgan Lyttle/Patrick White of the Royal St. George Yacht Club and Lough Ree Yacht Club respectively. 

"It is never over until it is over and a lot can happen in the final downwind leg followed by a mark rounding to the finish"

So it was all to play for on the final day with two races held in a freshening but challenging breeze that was oscillating through 60 degrees and ranging from 6 to 14 knots. Alex Colquitt and Rebecca Coles had enough cushion to all but have wrapped up the open title so the real contest was going to be for the Irish National Champions title and the Irish Sailing medals. Race 8 allowed the leading GBR boat to nail down the Open Champions title with another win but the chase to be Irish Champion hotted up with Mc Dowell/Gallagher closing the gap on the leading Irish boat of O’Beirne/Kelly to three points. So all to play for in the last race and the title was won between the final weather mark and the finish. With Mc Dowell/Gallagher rounding the final weather mark in first place hotly pursued by Colquitt/Coles it looked as if they may have done enough to close out the 420 National Championship title with O’Beirne/Kelly rounding in fifth. But it is never over until it is over as the saying goes and a lot can happen in the final downwind leg followed by a mark rounding to the finish. The tight battle between the two leading boats in the final race ended with Colquitt/Coles claiming another win (see attached image) and the first two boats were able to then wait to see how the race was unfolding behind them. The next three boats were closely spaced and O’Beirne/Kelly were able to reel in the two boats ahead of them so that when a luffing duel started they were able to surge through to take third place in the final race and with it the title of Irish National Champions and first ladies crew.

The 420 Association congratulated Howth Yacht Club on their excellent hosting of the event, both the top quality training and the race management led by PRO Larry Power.

420 Nats 1st Gold and 2018 Open Champions Alex Colquitt and Rebecca Coles West Kirby Sailing ClubAnnadale Sailing Club420 Nats 1st Gold and 2018 Open Champions Alex Colquitt and Rebecca Coles of West Kirby Sailing Club and Annadale Sailing Club

420 Nats 2rd Gold Irish National Champions and Irish Sailing Gold medailists Grace OBeirne and Kathy Kelly Royal St George Yacht Club Yacht Club420 Nats 2nd Gold Irish National Champions and Irish Sailing Gold medalists Grace O'Beirne and Kathy Kelly Royal St George Yacht Club Yacht Club

420 Nats 3rd Gold and Irish Sailing Silver medailists Gemma Mc Dowell and Emma Gallagher Malahide Yacht Club420 Nats 3rd Gold and Irish Sailing Silver medalists Gemma Mc Dowell and Emma Gallagher Malahide Yacht Club

420 Nats 4th Gold and Irish Sailing Bronze medailists Micheal OSuilleabhain and Rob Keal Kinsale Yacht Club420 Nats 4th Gold and Irish Sailing Bronze medailists Micheal OSuilleabhain and Rob Keal Kinsale Yacht Club

Gold fleet:

1st – 2018 420 Irish Open Champion – Alex Colquitt and Rebecca Coles of West Kirby Sailing Club and Annadale Sailing Club respectively

2nd – 2018 420 Irish Champion and first ladies crew plus Irish Sailing Gold medal winners – Grace O’Beirne and Kathy Kelly of the Royal St. George Yacht Club

3rd - Irish Sailing Silver medal winners – Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher of Malahide Yacht Club

4th - Irish Sailing Bronze medal winners – Micheal O’Suilleabhain and Rob Keal of Kinsale Yacht Club

420 Nats 1st silver Daniel Hopkins and Robert OBrien Howth Yacht ClubClontarf Yachting and Boating Club420 Nats 1st silver Daniel Hopkins and Robert OBrien Howth Yacht Club and Clontarf Yachting and Boating Club

420 Nats 2nd silver Cian Lynch and Daniel Thompson Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club420 Nats 2nd silver Cian Lynch and Daniel Thompson Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club

420 Nats 3rd silver Louis Mills and Harry Ingram Holyhead Sailing Club420 Nats 3rd silver Louis Mills and Harry Ingram Holyhead Sailing Club

Silver fleet:

1st – Daniel Hopkins and Robert O’Brien of Howth Yacht Club and Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club respectively

2nd – Cian Lynch and Daniel Thompson of Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club

3rd – Louis Milla and Harry Ingram of Holyhead Sailing Club

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At A Glance – 420 Dinghy Specifications

Crew 2
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction GRP
Rig Bermuda
Keel Centerboard
Trapeze Single
LOA 4.2 metres (13 ft 9 in)
Beam 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in)
Draft 0.965 metres (3 ft 2.0 in)
Hull weight 80 kilograms (180 lb)
Mast height 6.26 metres (20 ft 6 in)
Main & Jib area 10.25 square metres (110.3 sq ft) [1]
Mainsail area 7.45 square metres (80.2 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 2.8 square metres (30 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 8.83 square metres (95.0 sq ft)

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