#dragon – The 2012 season saved the best for last for the Irish Dragon fleet. Ten crews enjoyed moderate breezes, warm sunshine, and sparkling flat water as they competed in Lough Derg YC's Freshwater One Design Keelboat Regatta. Martin Byrne, crewed by Anthony Shanks and Olympian James Espey, won the Jack Craig Memorial Bell with a race to spare with a tally of five firsts in the eight races sailed.
The fight behind was intense on the sprint courses expertly set by the LDYC team. Eventually Garry Treacy crewed by Paul Maguire and Don O'Dowd secured second place, with third place going to Richard Goodbody and Tim Pearson sharing the helm on Diva, and crewed by the Johnson brothers, Rick and Rob, and fourth taken by Maeve Cotter with sons Daniel and Sean.