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The Iniscealtra Sailing Club annual Gortmore Bell race took place on Lough Derg on Saturday 7th September. With very light wind forecast for the day, the usual 30-mile race was shortened to 20 miles, so the race turned at the Coose Bay mark rather than the usual Gortmore.

The class 2 boats started 30 mins earlier than class 1 with ‘Whisper’, a comfort 30, taking the early lead on the water. In class 1, it was ‘Sonic Boom’, an SB20, that led the fleet out. It was these two boats that ended up fighting for the overall win.

‘Sonic Boom’ caught up the 30-minute deficit just before the last turning mark. The northerly wind died out momentarily and was replaced with a Westerly enabling the two class leaders to reach the new breeze first and they stretched out on the rest of the fleet to take first in each class with ‘Sonic boom’, sailed by Andrew Deakin, Brian McElligott and Colm McElligott taking the overall win having gained a further 23 minutes on the shifting upwind leg to the finish.

The wind speed dropped again after the leaders finished, making it a long last leg for the remaining fleet. Second in Class 1 went to ‘Silk’, a First Class 10, with third going to ‘Zombie’, a Platu 25. In Class 2, second place went to ‘Celtic Charisma’, a Kelt 29 and third place went to ‘Serendipity’ a westerly Longbow.

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The Stefan Hyde steered Bád Kilcullen with crew Jimmy Dowling and Kieran Dorgan of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has won the SB20 National Championships on home waters after leading for the entirety of the eight-race series.

From an entry of 20 boats, 15 contested the Dubarry-sponsored sportsboat national title on Dublin Bay.

The host club trio lead Royal St. George's Ted skippered by Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook.

Third was Venuesworld skippered by Ger Dempsey, Chris Nolan, Tim Norwood and Damian Dion.

Overall results are below. 

Bad Kilcullen3rd - venuesworld.com Ger Dempsey, Chris Nolan, Tim Norwood and Damian Dion of the RIYC

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Dwyer sb20Sarah Byrne, Flore Dion, Hillary Mirray and Hazel Rae of the RStGYC

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James GormanJames Gorman Séamus O’Donnell Sheena and Robbie Bowers

Bád Kilcullen Stefan Hyde Jimmy Dowling Kieran Dorgan   RIYC 10 1 1 1 21 3 1 2 1
2 3544 Ted Michael O'Connor Davy Taylor Edward Cook   RSGYC 13 2 2 2 2 1 2 5 2
3 3739 venuesworld.com Ger Dempsey Chris Nolan Tim Norwood Damian Dion RIYC 27 4 5 3 6 5 9 1 3
4 3040 Provident CRM Graeme Grant John Malone Emmet Sheridan   LRYC 29 5 7 5 3 2 4 4 6
5 3426 LoFly Philip Doran Simon Doran Bella Morehead Niamh Doran NYC 37 6 4 21 4 6 3 10 4
6 3761 Carpe Diem Colin Galavan Kevin O'Rourke Aaron Jones   RIYC/RSGYC 40 3 8 8 9 4 10 3 5
7 3500 Team Ridgeway Andrew Baker Stephen Kane Emmet Ryan   SLYC/RNIYC 54 7 6 9 5 10 5 12 21
8 3737 Black James Gorman Séamus O’Donnell Sheena Bowers Robbie Bowers NYC 58 12 10 10 10 7 7 7 7
9 3449 Lia Sarah Byrne Flore Dion Hillary Mirray Hazel Rae RSGYC 64 10 9 11 8 9 12 8 9
10 3297 Sunday Brunch Dave Dwyer Chris Arrowsmith Conor Cleary   RSGYC 65 9 11 7 7 11 11 9 12
11 3343 Rubadubdub Nick Doherty Conor O'Regan Gareth Nolan   NYC 69 11 12 6 11 12 8 11 10
12 3323 Sea Biscuit Marty Cuppage Barry Glavin Niall O'Riordan   RSGYC 74 8 3 4 21 21 21 6 11
13 3717 So Blue Justin Burke Sean Cleary Analise Nixon   NYC/RSGYC 86 21 21 21 1 8 6 21 8
14 3475 Sneaky B Charlotte O'Kelly Alison Piggot Cecile Van Steenberg Derval Turbidy NYC 91 14 14 13 12 13 13 13 13
15 3320 Smoke on the Water Bob Hobby Paddy McGrath Owen Sinnott   RSGYC 122 13 13 12 21 21 21 21 21
16 3279 Monkey Keith Cassidy       HYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3314 Probably Ian Simington       RSGYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3322 Sbodikins Cian Cahill       RSGYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3433 Animal Origami Chris Chapman Richard Franke Fiannan Alt   RSGYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3490 Knowhowdo Shane Murphy       HYC 147 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
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The unbroken run of championship wins continues for  Bád Kilcullen (Stefan Hyde, Jimmy Dowling and Kieran Dorgan) who lead the SB20 National Championships on Dublin Bay.

After six races sailed, the Royal St. George Yacht Club trio of Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook stay second with Lough Ree entry Grant, John Malone and Emmet Sheridan in third. 

Two more races at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event are scheduled for Sunday.

Results below

 

Series Place

Sail No Boat Helm Crew 1 Crew Misc 3 Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
1 3741 Bád Kilcullen Stefan Hyde Jimmy Dowling Kieran Dorgan   RIYC 7 1 1 1 21 3 1
2 3544 Ted Michael O'Connor Davy Taylor Edward Cook   RSGYC 9 2 2 2 2 1 2
3 3040 Provident CRM Graeme Grant John Malone Emmet Sheridan   LRYC 19 5 7 5 3 2 4
4 3426 LoFly Philip Doran Simon Doran Bella Morehead Niamh Doran NYC 23 6 4 21 4 6 3
5 3739 venuesworld.com Ger Dempsey Chris Nolan Tim Norwood Damian Dion RIYC 23 4 5 3 6 5 9
6 3761 Carpe Diem Colin Galavan Kevin O'Rourke Aaron Jones   RIYC/RSGYC 32 3 8 8 9 4 10
7 3500 Team Ridgeway Andrew Baker Stephen Kane Emmet Ryan   SLYC/RNIYC 32 7 6 9 5 10 5
8 3737 Black James Gorman Séamus O’Donnell Sheena Bowers Robbie Bowers NYC 44 12 10 10 10 7 7
9 3297 Sunday Brunch Dave Dwyer Chris Arrowsmith Conor Cleary   RSGYC 45 9 11 7 7 11 11
10 3449 Lia Sarah Byrne Flore Dion Hillary Mirray Hazel Rae RSGYC 47 10 9 11 8 9 12
11 3343 Rubadubdub Nick Doherty Conor O'Regan Gareth Nolan   NYC 48 11 12 6 11 12 8
12 3717 So Blue Justin Burke       NYC/RSGYC 57 21 21 21 1 8 6
13 3323 Sea Biscuit Marty Cuppage Barry Glavin Niall O'Riordan   RSGYC 57 8 3 4 21 21 21
14 3475 Sneaky B Charlotte O'Kelly Alison Piggot Cecile Van Steenberg Derval Turbidy NYC 73 14 21 13 12 21 13
15 3320 Smoke on the Water Bob Hobby Paddy McGrath Owen Sinnott   RSGYC 80 13 13 12 21 21 21
16 3279 Monkey Keith Cassidy       HYC 105 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3314 Probably Ian Simington       RSGYC 105 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3322 Sbodikins Cian Cahill       RSGYC 105 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3433 Animal Origami Chris Chapman Richard Franke Fiannan Alt   RSGYC 105 21 21 21 21 21 21
16 3490 Knowhowdo Shane Murphy       HYC 105 21 21 21 21 21

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Three wins from three races gives Bád Kilcullen (Stefan Hyde, Jimmy Dowling and Kieran Dorgan) the perfect start to their SB20 National Championships campaign at the Royal Irish Yacht Club today.

20 boats are competing in the Dubarry-sponsored sportsboat event on Dublin Bay, two more than predicted.

The host club trio lead Royal St. George's Ted skippered by Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Edward Cook who runners up in each of today's blustery rounds. 

Third is venuesworld skippered by Ger Dempsey, Chris Nolan, Tim Norwood and Damian Dion.

Results after three races are below

Series Place

Sail No

Boat

Helm

Crew 1

Crew

Misc 3

Club

Series Points

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

1

3741

Bád Kilcullen

Stefan Hyde

Jimmy Dowling

Kieran Dorgan

 

RIYC

3

1

1

1

2

3544

Ted

Michael O'Connor

Davy Taylor

Edward Cook

 

RSGYC

6

2

2

2

3

3739

venuesworld.com

Ger Dempsey

Chris Nolan

Tim Norwood

Damian Dion

RIYC

12

4

5

3

4

3323

Sea Biscuit

Marty Cuppage

Barry Glavin

Niall O'Riordan

 

RSGYC

15

8

3

4

5

3040

Provident CRM

Graeme Grant

John Malone

Emmet Sheridan

 

LRYC

17

5

7

5

6

3761

Carpe Diem

Colin Galavan

Kevin O'Rourke

Aaron Jones

 

RIYC/RSGYC

19

3

8

8

7

3500

Team Ridgeway

Andrew Baker

Stephen Kane

Emmet Ryan

 

SLYC/RNIYC

22

7

6

9

8

3297

Sunday Brunch

Dave Dwyer

Chris Arrowsmith

Conor Cleary

 

RSGYC

27

9

11

7

9

3343

Rubadubdub

Nick Doherty

Conor O'Regan

Gareth Nolan

 

NYC

29

11

12

6

10

3449

Lia

Sarah Byrne

Flore Dion

Hillary Mirray

Hazel Rae

RSGYC

30

10

9

11

11

3426

LoFly

Philip Doran

Simon Doran

Bella Morehead

Niamh Doran

NYC

31

6

4

21

12

3737

Black

James Gorman

Séamus O’Donnell

Sheena Bowers

Robbie Bowers

NYC

32

12

10

10

13

3320

Smoke on the Water

Bob Hobby

Paddy McGrath

Owen Sinnott

 

RSGYC

38

13

13

12

14

3475

Sneaky B

Charlotte O'Kelly

Alison Piggot

Cecile Van Steenberg

Derval Turbidy

NYC

48

14

21

13

15

3279

Monkey

Keith Cassidy

     

HYC

63

21

21

21

15

3314

Probably

Ian Simington

     

RSGYC

63

21

21

21

15

3322

Sbodikins

Cian Cahill

     

RSGYC

63

21

21

21

15

3433

Animal Origami

Chris Chapman

Richard Franke

Fiannan Alt

 

RSGYC

63

21

21

21

15

3490

Knowhowdo

Shane Murphy

     

HYC

63

21

21

21

15

3717

So Blue

Justin Burke

     

NYC/RSGYC

63

21

21

21

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18 boats - with the possibility of a couple more - have entered the 2019 Dubarry sponsored SB20 National Championships to be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club this coming weekend.

After what was a fantastic Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with 16 SB20s competing for the silverware in July, the highlight of the SB20 season, the National Championships takes place this weekend.

As Afloat previously reported, crews must weigh-in for the championships and the combined upper crew weight limit is 270 kg.

Jerry Dowling, RIYC's Rear Commodore Sailing, and fellow RIYC Members Stefan Hyde and Jimmy Dowling are in top form in the fleet and were winners of an eight–boat Northern Championships fleet in May.

This weekend, the plan is to run eight races in total and it will be up to the RO to decide how many races are held each day, depending on the forecast. The forecast is looking really good for exciting championship racing.

The SB20 national championships fleet is below: 

Sail No

Boat

Helm

Crew 1

Crew

Club

3040

Provident CRM

John Malone

Emmet Sheridan

Graeme Grant

LRYC

3297

Sunday Brunch

Dave Dwyer

TBC

TBC

RSGYC

3314

Probably

Ian Simington

   

RSGYC

3320

Smoke on the Water

Bob Hobby

Paddy McGrath

Owen Sinnott

RSGYC

3322

Sbodikins

Cian Cahill

   

RSGYC

3323

Sea Biscuit

Marty Cuppage

Barry Glavin

Niall O'Riordan

RSGYC

3343

Rubadubdub

Nick Doherty

Conor O'Regan

Gareth Nolan

NYC

3426

LoFly

Philip Doran

Simon Doran

Bella Morehead

NYC

3433

Animal Origami

Chris Chapman

Richard Franke

Fiannan Alt

RSGYC

3449

Lia

Sarah byrne

Flore Dion

Hillary Mirray

RSGYC

3475

Sneaky B

Charlotte O'Kelly

Alison Piggot

Cecile Van Steenberg

NYC

3500

Team Ridgeway

Peter Kennedy

Stephen Kane

Hammy Baker

SLYC/RNIYC

3544

Ted

Michael O'Connor

Davy Taylor

Edward Cook

RSGYC

3639

venuesworld.com

Ger Dempsey

Chris Nolan

Tim Norwood

RIYC

3717

So Blue

Justin Burke

Alan Claffey

Chris Helme

NYC/RSGYC

3737

Black

James Gorman

Séamus O’Donnell

Sheena Bowers

NYC

3741

Bád Kilcullen

Stefan Hyde

Jimmy Dowling

Kieran Dorgan

RIYC

3761

CARPE DIEM

Colin Galavan

Owen Laverty

PJ Cully

RIYC/RSGYC

 

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After what was a fantastic Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta with 16 SB20s competing for the silverware, the highlight of the SB20 season, the National Championships is now on the horizon.

The three-day championship will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club on the weekend of the 30th August - 1st September. The NOR and online entry can be accessed on the following link here

Class President Colin Galavan says 'there will be a greater emphasis on acknowledging all those battles that take place throughout the fleet with prizes for lots of different categories'.

A crew weigh-in will form part of the registration process with a weight limit is 270 kg.

The class will endeavour to repeat the buoyant turn out of earlier this month to round off 2019 and put the cancellation of its Sprint Series due to lack of entries in June behind it.

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After an opening race win in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta SB20 Division today, the All-Ireland Sailing Champion Peter Kennedy helming Team Ridgeway could only manage sixth in the second race to place third overall in the 16-boat sportsboats fleet.

The lead is held by Jerry Dowling's Bad Kilcullen who scored 3, 1 In May, the on-form Dowling crew also won the class Northern title on Strangford Lough. Second overall is Alert Packaging, (Chris Helme, Justin Burke & Alan Claffey) of the National YC on five points. 

The 16-boat turnout at Dun Laoghaire is a shot in the arm for the class that last month was forced to cancel its Sprint Series due to lack of numbers. 

Alert Packaging 0803Justin Burke's Alert Packaging lies second Photo: Afloat

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Saturday's planned SB20 Sprint Series on Dublin Bay has been cancelled. 

The aim of the innovative sportsboat series was to run "lots of races back to back"  but Class President Colin Galavan said he had no option but to "cancel running the event" due to lack of support.

Thankfully, the class can revert to the regular two DBSC Saturday races scheduled this weekend.

In a communication to the membership, Galavan gave an insight behind the lack of take up for the event, "lots of sailors have just finished the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle race, others are off on holiday after the Leaving and Junior Certs and some are off to Sovereigns Cup".

Meanwhile, Royal Irish SB20 skipper Ger Dempsey (pictured above) finished seventh overall at the North Sea Regatta 2019 in the Hague a week ago. Dempsey sailing with Dublin Bay sailors Chris Nolan, Dion Labouret and Justin Burke were winners of race six in the 13-boat fleet. Results are here.

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Four wins from six sealed victory for the Royal Irish Yacht Club team Bád/Kilcullen at last weekend's Strangford Lough-based SB20 Northern Championships.

Jerry Dowling, RIYC's Rear Commodore Sailing, and fellow RIYC Members Stefan Hyde and Jimmy Dowling were in top form in the eight–boat fleet.

Second overall was Michael O'Connor in Ted, with national champion Peter Kennedy of the host club third.

Download results below.

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There were so many crew changes at the SB20 Easter Championships in Howth Yacht Club last weekend, the fleet was barely recognisable. Ridgefence, missing Peter Kennedy, was helmed by Emmet Ryan, Bad had Michael O’Connor on the back, venuesworld.com moved Ger Dempsey forward and gave Justin Burke the helm, the Dorans tried a four-man combination for the first time, John Malone was replaced by Alistair Kissane in his new boat, with Diana Kissane on the helm.

It was clear from the start that the podium at this seven-boat championship was open to all.

Race officer, Richard Kissane, delivered six races over the two days with incredible efficiency. Conditions were shifty, but the 20-degree shifts were consistent and the results at the end of the event would suggest the race course remained fair. If you wanted tight racing you got it, the first 4 boats finished within a point of each other after 6 races, with the podium decided on countback.

There is a theory that consistency is the key in a race series, however, this proved wrong for Ridgefence on this occasion. Despite 6 good race results and equal points with Bad and venuesworld.com, they were pushed off the podium on countback. Lofly (12), Bad (13) and venuesworld.com (13) shared the bullets with 2 each and took the prizes.

Thanks to ProvidentCRM and UK Sails Ireland for sponsoring the prizes.

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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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