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Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary will welcome one design visitors back to Dromineer for the Keelboat regatta on the weekend of 15th to 17th of October.

Four fleets are expected to the lake, with the biggest likely to be the Squibs, according to Derg's Joe O'Byrne.

The distinctive mace-colour sailed fleet expects a 30 boat entry to include Northern Ireland, England, Kinsale and Howth boats to compete against a growing local fleet.

The SB20s who recently competed on Lough Ree are moving to Derg for their final event of the year, and a fleet of 18 is expected in the last event of 2021 before staging the world championships in Ireland on Dublin Bay in 2022.

LDYC PRO John Leech - two race areas for the keelboat regattaLDYC PRO John Leech - two race areas for the keelboat regatta

Lough Derg Yacht Club says it expects the Flying Fifteens will also be travelling, and estimates from the Dun Laoghaire fleet say up to a dozen will attend.

Up to a dozen Flying Fifteens are expected on Lough DergUp to a dozen Flying Fifteens are expected on Lough Derg

The Dragons will have competitors from Kinsale and Dublin.

The club has arranged a lift in/lift-out on-site, and, O'Byrne says, this will significantly assist the logistics for competitors.

LDYC PRO John Leech and his team have split the four fleets over two separate race areas.

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On sea and lake alike, the wonderful weekend's summery weather may sometimes have produced frustrating wind conditions. But at most centres and through multiple events, the breeze obliged at various stages to bring superb sailing and a glimpse of what life used to be like as a matter of course. It was enough to encourage a genuine festival atmosphere, no more so than at the three-day Provident CRM/Dubarry SB20 Nationals in Lough Ree with the notably hospitable Lough Ree YC. It has inspired this lyrical account of a great regatta by Eoin Leahy, Ted Laverty and Class President John Malone, while the photos are by Edel Kellegher and Joanne Leavy. More photos of this successful and colourful event will appear in Sailing on Saturday with W M Nixon on Afloat.ie on Saturday 25th September :

Long after the boats have been finally stowed for the winter off-season, this edition of the SB20 National Championships is certain to keep the fleets' fires burning for what promises to be an even more exciting season ahead with Ireland hosting the SB20 World Championships in 2022. While the winds were variable throughout the weekend with plenty of breeze on the Sunday, both the hospitality shown by Lough Ree Yacht Club (LRYC) and the performance of the championship winners (Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cooke on 'Ted') was anything but. Nineteen entries made up the fleet from Dublin, Cork, Lough Ree, Lough Derg and Carlingford.

Perhaps it was a result of the pent-up anticipation post-lockdown, or something else, but from the off this event had an almost festival-like feel to it. Complete with mobile coffee trucks, a post sailing BBQ and a superb Gala dinner with sumptuous local produce and local music performances – it's hard to remember such an enjoyable and relaxed event off the water, even with the physical distancing restrictions in place. Ably planned and executed by the LRYC community, special mention goes to Kevin Fenton, John McGonigle and John Malone (SB20 Class President) for ensuring all competitors were so well catered for at all times.

Whether the wind was light or fresh, the racing was close and often colourfulWhether the wind was light or fresh, the racing was close and often colourful

Friday's racing kicked off in a tricky 8 to 10 knots of breeze, putting a premium on keeping on top of shifts and positioning in the fleet. International race officer Con Murphy and team put on a masterclass which demonstrated the style with which they'd cope with varying circumstances to give us nine races over thee days, providing excellent courses and directing the team of mark layers to get the most from the conditions. After Day 1, Michael O'Connor and the crew 'Ted' finished with two first places and a 4th, to put them two points ahead of Philip Doran & Crew on 'LoFly' (Dorans Family) and Colin Galavan & Crew on 'Carpe Diem'. Mel Collins & Crew on 'Gold Digger' threatened the lead briefly with a bullet in race 2, but in reality, reigning Irish Sailing All Ireland Senior Sailing Champion Michael O'Connor sailed a near flawless opening day with his team to lay down a marker to the rest of the fleet.

Saturday morning sunshine greeted the competitors at LRYC. Day 2 saw even more trying lake conditions, with massive shifts and holes appearing all over the course in light breezes. In a fleet as competitive as the SB20's, one mistake was hard to recover from - with many crews going from 'hero to zero' in the space of just one leg. The results continued as they finished from the previous day, with the crew of 'Ted' posting an early win to extend its lead. Strong sailing from 'Carpe Diem' and 'Lofly' kept them on the podium, but they were being closely stalked by Ger Dempsey & Crew aboard 'Venuesworld.com' who posted a 2-7-1 to get themselves into contention and the crew of 'Gold Digger' one place back.

Any bite to the breeze was a reminder that Lough Ree is an inland seaAny bite to the breeze was a reminder that Lough Ree is an inland sea

LRYC hosted a class dinner on Saturday night with some great footage of the days racing playing on the big screen in the dining room followed by new crews to the fleet getting to know the season campaigners in the bar.
After being suitably refreshed at the superb Gala dinner on Saturday night, the crews emerged to more promising conditions on Day 3 with fresher winds and the promise of more stability. It proved to deliver some of the most exciting racing, even providing a taste of planing conditions for the first time in the event.

Ted started the day with a bullet followed by an uncharacteristic 8th but a 2nd in the last race sealed the deal for them. However, the chasing pack were sailing consistently from behind and the competition for the remaining podium places was intense. The crew of 'Carpe Diem' posted hard earned results of 4-7-4 on the day but were ultimately pipped for second place overall by 'Venueswold.com' who bloomed late in the event to post a 2-10-1 to lead 'Carpe Diem' by a single point and push them into 3rd place. 'Lofly' finished in 4th place, with Gold Digger in 5th. Local boat 'Strictly Business' with Eoin Leahy, Donnie Heragahty and Alex Leech won the Silver Fleet in 9th position overall.

SB20 Prizes galore – and several with a local flavourSB20 Prizes galore – and several with a local flavour

With a strong and growing SB20 fleet in place in LRYC, tired travellers departed reluctantly from their warm glow on Sunday afternoon having experienced a truly special event. All the organisers can be proud of their achievements – and even slightly afraid that they might be invited to repeat it all over again for many years to come!

As the dust settles after a great three days of racing on Lough Ree, the fleet is preparing for the season-closing event in Lough Derg YC next month. The class is in good health heading into 2022 and the SB20 worlds in Dublin Bay.

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Jerry Dowling's SB20 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club continued his overnight lead in the nine-boat class Southern Championships to win overall at Royal Cork Yacht Club from the National Yacht Club's Philip Doran.

Aidan McSweeney's Gold Digger from the host club was third. 

Four of the sportsboats travelled from Dun Laoghaire Harbour (the venue for the 2022 World Championships) and two from Lough Ree for the weekend event in Cork Harbour, but the top boat Ted skippered by Michael O'Connor did not compete.

Results are here 

SB20 Southern Championships Photo Gallery By Bob Bateman 

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Jerry Dowling's SB20 from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads a nine-boat class Southern Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club from Aidan McSweeney's host club entry, Gold Digger. 

Four of the sportsboats have travelled from Dun Laoghaire Harbour (the venue for the 2022 World Championships) and two from Lough Ree for the weekend event in Cork Harbour, but the top boat Ted skippered by Michael O'Connor is not competing.

In third place is Dowling's clubmates, Colin Galavan and Richard Hayes in Carpe Diem.

Racing continues today.

Results are here

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There is a hectic weekend ahead in Cork Harbour with four events scheduled.

Cobh People's Regatta, the 1720 National Championships, the SB20 Southerns and the National 18's Lowflo Trophy are to be sailed.

Cobh People's Regatta will be held at Cove Sailing Club with racing for cruisers and dinghies. The packed schedule includes a commemorative event for the revived Rankin dinghy fleet on Saturday, for which the First Gun is at 1245.

Cruisers racing for the Titanic Trophy on Friday night are the first regatta event, with First Gun at 7 p.m. The Rankin dinghies will begin the racing on Saturday with their commemorative event for the Rankin Brothers Cup.

This will be followed by the Optimist Spit Bank Challenge starting at 1300 and followed by the Fast Dinghies fleet racing at 1330 and the Lower Handicap Dinghies at 1400. Cruiser Racing involving other harbour clubs will be on Sunday, with First Gun at 1330.

National 18's are racing for the Lowflo Trophy at Royal Cork Yacht ClubNational 18's are racing for the Lowflo Trophy at Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

As Afloat reported previously, the 1720 National Championships, organised by the RCYC and the Sportsboat Class Association, start this Friday afternoon with two races. Four are scheduled for Saturday and three on Sunday.

The SB20s, also to be raced out of the Crosshaven club, have three races planned for Saturday and the same number on Sunday.

Colin Galavan and Richard Hayes from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire are sailing their SB20 Carpe Diem in the Southern class Championships at Royal CorkColin Galavan and Richard Hayes from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire are sailing their SB20 Carpe Diem in the Southern class Championships at Royal Cork

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In a new championship setup which reflects the pared-back post-pandemic situation as sailing re-finds itself in 2021, the two Tony Castro-designed Sportsboats – the 1720 of 1994 vintage and the newer SB20 – will be sharing course arrangements for championships at Royal Cork in Crosshaven this weekend, where the National 18s – the daddy of them all - will also be racing.

In the 1720s, Rob O'Leary of Baltimore was the most consistently successful in 2020, but in 2021's Easterns at Howth in July, it was the Howth-Crosshaven team of Ross McDonald and Aoife English who emerged as champions ahead of clubmate Dan O'Grady, with O'Leary in third.

the Howth-Crosshaven team 1720 team of Ross McDonald and Aoife EnglishThe Howth-Crosshaven 1720 team of Ross McDonald and Aoife English

The SB20 Southerns this weekend meanwhile have an added significance, as they are also the in effect the class's selection trials for the All Ireland Championship, that historic battle for the crème de la crème in which the SB20s have had a notably good record in recent years.

In 2021, Team Ted led by Michael O'Connor from the Royal St George YC have been setting the pace with a convincing win in the Northerns at Carlingford. Twelve boats are expected at Crosshaven, the lineup being:

  • Shambles
    Roger Smith / Kate
  • Slippery Nipple
    John Malone / Emmet Sheridan
  • Bango
    Ben Graff / Kevin Fenton
  • Strictly Business
    Eoin Leahy / Donie Herraghty
  • Bad
    Stefan Hyde / Dowling Bros
  • Carpe Diem
    Colin Galavan / Richard Hayes
  • SoBrr
    Ron Finnegan / Declan Murphy
  • Lofly
    Doran Family
  • Sea Biscuit
    Marty Cuppage / Barry Glavin
  • Ted
    Michael O'Connor / Davy Taylor
  • Sharkbait
    James Delaney / Jude Kilmartin
  • Goldigger
    Mel Collins / Aidan MacSweeney
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"We'd an amazing weekend at Carlingford Marina for the SB20 Ireland Northern Championships", reports Irish SB20 President John Malone of Lough Ree YC

Conditions were perfect on the very beautiful Carlingford Lough. There was wall-to-wall sunshine and a good enough breeze to make for some very competitive racing, and the wind direction even made it possible for the Start/Finish line to be right in front of the Marina to give everyone ashore a great view of the racing on both days.

We want to say a massive well done and heartfelt thanks to Carlingford Sailing Club for their organisation of the racing. Carlingford Marina worked closely with Carlingford Sailing Club in the months leading up to the event, and the Carlingford Marina involvement included everything from the lifting and launching operations for the SB20s, towing the boats to their berths, reserving wet berths for competitors, and providing storage for the road trailers in the Boat Yard.

"Welcome to Carlingford" – Carlingford Marina provided an ideal base."Welcome to Carlingford" – Carlingford Marina provided an ideal base

On the hospitality side of things, there was festive Pig on the Spit (thank you Jonathan) for the competitors, and a Guinness and Oysters (Carlingford of course) reception by Harry Jordan as crews came off the water. As well, the lovely staff in Rabelo Restaurant kept the racers fed and watered at other time all weekend in a gargantuan effort, for not only were they looking after the race competitors and spectators, but they did it while still providing their exceptional café and bar service to their regular weekend customers.

Carlingford SC Commodore Ainne Gorman, Race Officer Pat McCormick, and Ron Finegan on Sailing Club/Marina liaison kept everything running smoothly afloat and ashore in a shared vision with the Class Association, and the resulting accomplishment was even better than we'd fondly imagined in anticipation.

As to the sailing, a weekend of Lake Garda style-weather and racing was experienced with the steady Southeastly kicking in as forecast each morning after overnight northerly or variable breezes.

Although there were spring tides, race officer Pat McCormick set courses inshore as much out of the stream as possible, making the racing user-friendly for competitors and spectators alike.

Michael O'Connor from Dun Laoghaire initially had it all his own way for three wins on Saturday, but Day 2 saw the chasing pack unlock the O'Connor dominance, with the Wexford-based Doran family on LowFly (Doran Family) taking two bullets in Races 4 & 6. In Race 5, it was Cork's turn, with Mel Collins on Gold Digger taking the bullet.

The Doran family from Wexford took two wins on Sunday, and finished third overall.The Doran family from Wexford took two wins on Sunday, and finished third overall.

But despite everyone else's best efforts, the O'Connor squad in Team Ted did enough on Sunday to retain their overnight overall lead – in fact, they did it in in some style, as their discard as a third.

El Presidente John Malone had managed a personal race best in the second contest on Saturday to get a second, and this contributed to his winning of the Silver Fleet As for the class's future, this is one tough and experienced challenge for young helms to contemplate, but the bare scoreboard doesn't tell it all – 18-year-old Ben Graf of Lough Ree with Glasson Farm Bango was often right there even if his race best in the final tally was a fourth, and 13-year-old Lucy Ives seemed set to take second in Race 6 before being cruelly caught in seaweed.

Despite the inevitable individual instances of personal setback, this was an idyllic event in perfect conditions in one of the loveliest sailing locations in Ireland, and the SB20 class will cherish the memory of a very complete sailing hospitality package.

The final scorecard revealed overall winner Michael O'Connor (Royal St George YC) as having the luxury of discarding a thirdThe final scorecard revealed overall winner Michael O'Connor (Royal St George YC) as having the luxury of discarding a third

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Six straight wins handed the SB20 Eastern Championships title to Ted crew, Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and John O'Driscoll at the Royal Irish Yacht Club this afternoon. 

15-20 knot south easterly breezes proved to be testing championship conditions for the 12-boat fleet in a good chop, though the sheltered Seapoint racecourse protected the 20-foot keelboat class from the bigger waves on the Bay.

In the fight for second place overall, the National Yacht Club's Philip, Simon and Paul Doran leapfrogged Royal Cork's Mel Collins and Aidan Mac Sweeny in Gold Digger (in second place overnight) and Royal Irish's Ger Dempsey and Chris Nolan on the final day to take second by a single point from Dempsey who took third overall.

As regular Afloat readers will know, the Irish SB20 fleet is gearing up for next year's world championships on Dublin Bay, a year earlier than originally planned.

It's a change that also sees the Irish hosted World Championships switching venues at Dun Laoghaire. The event now moves from the National Yacht Club to the Royal Irish Yacht Club, which is hosting this weekend's Eastern Championships as part of its world's build-up.

Results are here.

SB20 Easterns Photo Gallery

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Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and John O'Driscoll lead the 2021 SB20 East Coast Championships by eight points after three races sailed off Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Dublin Bay presented 12 to 18-knot breezes from the southeast with a mist and fine drizzle.

Testing championship conditions for the 12-boat fleet were completed with a good chop, though the sheltered Seapoint racecourse protected the 20-foot keelboat class from the bigger waves on the Bay.

Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and John O'Driscoll lead the 2021 SB20 East Coast ChampionshipsMichael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and John O'Driscoll lead the 2021 SB20 East Coast Championships off Dun Laoghaire Photo: Afloat

The Dublin trio is well clear of Royal Cork's Mel Collins and Aidan Mac Sweeny in Gold Digger who is just one point ahead of Royal Irish's Ger Dempsey and Chris Nolan in third place on 12 points.

As regular Afloat readers will know, the Irish SB20 fleet is gearing up for next year's world championships on Dublin Bay, a year earlier than originally planned.

It's a change that also sees the Irish hosted World Championships switching venues at Dun Laoghaire. The event now moves from the National Yacht Club to the Royal Irish Yacht Club, which is hosting this weekend's Eastern Championships as part of its world's build-up.

Racing continues on Sunday. 

Results are here.

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The countdown is now most definitely on for the SB20 World Championships that have been moved from 2023 to 2022 on Dublin Bay. 

The Irish hosted World Championships will be held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour from 5-9 Sept 2022.

The change in year 'was due to a number of factors and thankfully Ireland has managed to retain the worlds, albeit one year earlier, " says the Irish class president John Malone.

The planned Worlds in Singapore and the Europeans in St Petersburg, Russia are cancelled and the Netherlands will host the Worlds in 2023.

The 2022 World Championships sees the event return to Dublin Bay some 14 years after the inaugural world championships were sailed at the NYC in 2008.

That event attracted 136 SB3s drawn from 13 countries and was won by Britain's Geoff Carveth, Roger Gilbert, Roz Allen & Sarah Allan.

More recently, Dun Laoghaire's Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted the successful SB20 European Championships in 2018 when a final race win for Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, the 2017 SB20 Corinthian World Champion, allowed him to produce the goods again for Ireland by taking third overall.

More immediately, however, the Irish class gets its season underway next weekend (July 3) with the Eastern Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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