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PRO Vincent Rafter and his team did a great job to get all races sailed in tricky conditions.
Ben Duncan was on fire on Saturday scoring a 1,2,1 with Peter Kennedy scoring a very solid 2,3,2. The conditions on Saturday were mixed with the day starting with 10 to 12 knots of breeze gradually dropping during race 2 & 3. Sunday morning dawned with clear blue skies and sunshine but the breeze built all day to over twenty knots but the last race. Ridgefence started the day with a 1st but Ben was 7th so it was game on for Kennedy.
Doug Smith, sailing with Killian Collins & Mary Creedon on Sacre Bleu, did very well in the breeze scoring a 2,2,4 on Sunday. The building breeze made for some great downwind action as the SB3's took off sailing hot angles. The black flag had to be used on Sunday to put manners on the eager fleet with Ruby Blue (Aidan O'Connell) being caught OCS in race 5 thus pushing him out of the top 5.
Peter Kennedy completed the series with a 1st, and discarding a 5th place, he finished 8 points clear of Ben Duncan on Sharkbait. Ben didn't have his regular crew onboard for the weekend instead sailing with Andrew Vaughan and Joe Turner. Daragh Sheridan, Shane Murphy & John Phelan on Dinghy Supplies had a poor first race but really got going after that with all top 5 places and a first in Race 5. Dinghy Supplies finished joint on points with Doug Smith on Sacre Bleu but Dinghy Supplies got the 3rd place on countback. Darren Martin on Soda Bread from Strangford Lough completed the top 5 positions.
The Silver fleet was decided by removing the top ten boats after the first three races. Colin Galavan on Defiant was 1st, Guy O'Leary was 2nd and Rob Howe on Milvus Milvus was 3rd.
The first lady helm was Selina Dicker on Kicker Off and the 1st Master was Justin Burke on Alert Packaging.
The organisers would like to thank Galway Maritime and English Braids for their kind sponsorship of prizes of sheet sets for the top 3 boats and the winner of the silver fleet.
3500 Ridgefence Peter Kennedy 2 3 2 1 5 1 14 5 9 1
3287 Sharkbait Ben Duncan 1 2 1 7 6 5 22 7 15 2
3490 Dinghy Supplies Daragh Sheridan 15 4 5 4 1 2 31 15 16 3
3164 Sacre Bleu Doug Smith 5 9 3 2 2 4 25 9 16 4
3501 Soda Bread Darren Martin 7 1 8 3 7 8 34 8 26 5
3072 Ruby Blue Aidan O'Connell 3 5 7 9 20 6 50 20 30 6
3548 Flutter Andrew Algeo 6 7 20 6 4 10 53 20 33 7
3323 Alert Packaging Justin Burke 8 6 4 17 9 7 51 17 34 8
3313 Defiant Colin Galavan 11 16 20 10 3 3 63 20 43 9
3226 Quantitive Easing Paul McMahon 4 10 13 12 13 11 63 13 50 10
3281 No Name Guy O'Leary 13 14 12 8 8 9 64 14 50 11
3338 Milvus Milvus Rob Howe 20 11 14 5 10 12 72 20 52 12
3257 Kicker Off Selina Dicker 12 12 6 11 11 13 65 13 52 13
3297 Sunday Brunch Richard Tate 9 8 10 14 14 14 69 14 55 15
3241 Indecision Martin McNamara 10 18 11 16 12 15 82 18 64 15
3165 Sinabhuill Gillian Guinness 16 15 9 13 15 17 85 17 68 16
3320 Smoke on the Water Bob Hobby 14 13 15 15 16 16 89 16 73 17
3315 Sirius Black Ken Hudson 17 17 16 19 17 18 104 19 85 18
3532 Bumble B Fionnuala Loughrey 20 20 20 18 18 19 115 20 95 19
Up to 25 boats are expected for the Irish SB3's end of season bash this weekend at the Midland Championships at Lough Ree Yacht Club. This event was first run in 2007 as part of the first SB3 national circuit. The idea was to run a midland event that would rotate between Lough Ree and Lough Derg Yacht Clubs. The event rotates every two years and has been a huge success each year.
Downwind action in good breeze at the SB3 Midlands on Lough Ree. Photo: Oona Herraghty
Peter Kennedy on Ridgefence will return to defend his title and try to make it a hat trick having won the 2009 and 2010 event on Lough Derg.
The competition is expected to be stiff with Ben Duncan and Brian Moran (Sharkbait) on fire after their National Championships win. Ben also came fourth in last weekend's All Ireland Sailing Championships in Dromineer. A number of the top 10 boats from the Nationals will also be in attendance with Andrew Algeo and Rob Howe both competing.
The event, supported by Galway Maritime, is used to unpredictable weather conditions and over the last few years the fleet has experienced everything from flat calm and blue skies to wet and windy.
The young pretender Ross Vaughan RNIYC took line honours in race one. But it was the experience of 1988 and 1992 Olympian Peter Kennedy who lead after day one with two wins. Hot on his heels going into Saturday were top Irish performer at this year's worlds, Mel Collins of RCYC sailing Sibelus, and last year's Champion Gareth Flannigan from Ballyhome YC.
Day two which ended up as the final day, included the first two races in the north of Dublin Bay. Jack Roy moved the fleet towards Dalkey Island for the final race.
A second place by RIYC Alan McGettigan's Defiant in race four skippered by Colin Galavan, was the hosts club best result over the weekend. Andrew Algeo sailing Flutter was best placed Dun Laoghaire boat with some very consistent results finishing sixth overall.
But it was Sharkbait sailed by Ben Duncan, Brian Moran & Ric Morris representing Howth YC who prevailed with some excellent results. Including two wins and two seconds brought them over the finishing line to win from Ridgefence by one point. The Howth team sailed superbly all weekend and thoroughly deserved their victory.
"This was a very well run regatta by Paul McCarthy RIYC and Mark McGibney sailing manager.
Another very successful year for the SB3 class, with 39 entries for our Nationals, and the quality throughout the fleet, making it the most competitive class on the island " said Jerry Dowling, SB3 National Chairman and organiser of this year's National Championship.
The last SB3 Regatta is the Midlands hosted by Lough Ree YC 15 -16 th 2011.
|Sharkbait||Ben Duncan||Brian Moran||Ric Morris||Howth Yacht Club||13||1|
|Ridgefence||Peter Kennedy||David Cheyne||Stephen Kane||RNIYC||14||2|
|Sibelus||Mel Collins||Killiian Collins||Donal Hegarty||RCYC||21||3|
|Toucan 3||Ross Vaughan||Andrew Vaughan||Ben Lynch||RNIYC||23||4|
|Gill Race Team||Gareth Flannigan||Jeremy Tomalin||Brian Spence||Ballyhome YC||23||5|
|Flutter||Andrew Algeo||Gary Haughton||Richard Knatchbull||RSGYC||30||6|
|Bomchickawahwah||John O'Driscoll||Joe O'Reilly||Owen Laverty||RSGYC||43||7|
|Hutton's||Ben Williamson||Nick Wright||Mike Wright||West Riding SC||50||8|
|Milvus Milvus||Robert Howe||Dan O'Connell||Joanne Sheehy||Royal Cork||50||9|
|Shockwave||Michael Evans||Eoin Quinlan||Peter Freyne||Howth Yacht Club||51||10|
|Defiant||Colin Galavan||Alan McGettigan||Ger Walsh||RIYC||52||11|
|Dinghy Supplies||Daragh Sheridan||Shane Murphy||John Phelan||Howth Yacht Club||66||12|
|Odin||James Gorman||Neil O'Toole||Ted Laverty||NYC||71||13|
|Jumpin Jack Flash||Geoff O'Donoghue||Jonathan Foley||Michael McCarvey||LDYC||71||14|
|Monkey||Graham Elmes||Aidan O'Connell||Marty O'Leary||RSGYC||73||15|
|Alert Packaging||Justin Burke||Ronan Haughey||Alistair Kissane||National Yacht Club||74||16|
|Soda Bread||Darren Martin||Simon Murray||Rodger Pannell||SLYC||76||17|
|Splash Gordon||Gordan Patterson||Ross Nolan||Colm Jones||RNI Yacht Club||78||18|
|Sinabhuifl||Gillian Guinness||Colm Costigan||Mark Wheeler||Howth Yacht Club||97||19|
|Quantitable Easing||Paul McMahon||Paul Devlin||Davie Coll||KYC||97||20|
|Mephisto||Ronan Downing||David Sweeney||Catriona O'Reilly||KYC||97||21|
|Le Bateau de Bang Bang||Guy O Leary||Conor Roche||Chris Andrews||RIYC||102||22|
|Mr Bump||David Taylor||Steve Ferres||Conor Brennan||Carrickfergus SC||104||23|
|Venuesworld.com||Ger Dempsey||Chris Nolan||Craig Matthews||RIYC||107||24|
|Sacre Bleu||Doug Smith||Adam Winkelmann||Breffni Jones||RIYC||113||25|
|Sandy Bottom||Gordon Judge||David Stewart||Patrick O'Reilly||RSGYC||113||26|
|Kicker Off||Selina Dicker||Michael Donolly||Ed Cook||RSGYC||114||27|
|Bad Kilcullen||Stefan Hyde||Jerry Dowling||Paul Baker||RIYC||119||28|
|Smoke on the Water||Bob Hobby||Glenn Fisher||Ted Byrne||GISC||120||29|
|Investwise||Garrett May||Jim Freyne||Bevan Ritchie||Howth Yacht Club||130||30|
|Rubadubdub||Nick Doherty||Robert Gavin||David Hammond||NYC||136||31|
|Probably||Ian Simington||Rory Byrne||Billy Riordan||RSGYC||139||32|
|Sunday Brunch||David Dwyer||Jonathan Carroll||Richard Tate||RSGYC||144||33|
|Seriously Bonkers x 3||Marty Cuppage||Peter Lee||Michael Galvin||RSGYC||151||34|
|Bumble B||Fionnuala Loughrey||Katy Kelly||Cathy Booth||National Yacht Club||151||35|
|Monkey||Keith Cassidy||Michael McCormack||Murrough Kavanagh||Howth Yacht Club||160||36|
|White Noise||Stephen Montgomery||Edward Doyle||Donal Hegarty||RSGYC||164||37|
|2fryedeggs||Liam Shanahan||Ben Shanahan||Will Shanahan||NYC||171||38|
|No Name||Domhall MacAuley||Carrickfergus SC||184||39|
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club has completed its keelboat fixture sponsored by Brewin Dolphin consisting of three fleets; RS Elites, SB3s and Squibs, racing six races over two days. The RS Elites was the joint largest fleet this year made up mostly of local boats and two visiting Elites from Ocean Youth Trust. The Squibs were next in numbers, followed by The SB3s.
RS Elite Class Winners Simon Brien, Jack Brien and Ryan Seaton
Simon Brien on "Kin" was to rule the Elite class, and he found he was going to have to fight for it. On Day one, his brother Mark on "Full Marks" was covering him tack for tack and very little separated them on all three races. John McDowell' "Sea Breezes" [From Carrick] was also on the pace and finished the day one point behind "Kin". Bob Espey and Matt McGovern [Ballyholme] on an Ocean Youth Trust Boat was also consistently at the top of the fleet.
SB3 Class Winners Gareth Flannigan Ross Nolan and James Espey
The SB3 fleet also had it tight, day one saw a battle between Gareth Flannigan on "Splash Gordon" with James Espey and Ross Nolan on board match race with Peter Kennedy on "Ridge Fence" both boats finishing the day on equal points, followed closely by Trevor Darcy and Andrew Vaughan on "Bullet" on 8 points. On the Squibs, Greg Bell was out to flex his mussels on his new Squib "Prodigal" against him was Sam Lyness on "Worm" and Peter Wallace on "Toy for the Boy". The first race went to "Worm" with "Toy for the Boy second and "Prodigal" third, however a later protest was to knock "Worm" of her top spot and allowed everyone else to slide up one place. Race two also went to "Worm" followed by "Prodigal" and "High Flyer" in third. The third race again saw a change in the top spot this time "Toy for the Boy" taking pole. By the days end yet another fleet had two boats tied on points for the top spot, "Prodigal" and "Toy". Sundays racing was postponed for an hour to allow for the wind to fill in, and this was welcomed by many of the competitors due to lots of revelry the night before.
A fresh southerly breeze filled in and allowed Principle Race Officer Neale McCullough to get racing under way. Royal North's Commodore Mike Vaughan took race four in the Elite Fleet with "Kin" second and "Full Marks" third.
The fifth race "Kin" was back to her number one slot with the Vaughan's second and Andrew Allen's "No Match" third. The last race in the Elite fleet had to be seen to be believed as each boat tacked up the beat, each boat having to dip a boat that had dipped them on the previous tack and vice versa, by the top mark an d spreader mark they were bumper to bumper only a few inches separating them they looked like a train!
Eventually Simon Brien's "Kin" took the line honours and the series followed by Mike Vaughan's 64 and John McDowell's "Sea Breezes" in third overall.
In the SB3 fleet the second days racing saw no let up in fierce competition between Gareth Flannigan and Peter Kennedy in the end the series went to Flannigan's "Splash Gordon" with Kennedys "Ridge Fence" one point behind and Trevor Darcy's "Bullet third over all.
Squib Winners Greg Bell and Leah Anderson
Race Four for the Squibs gave Greg Bell his first win of the series with Des Clayton on "Inishmara" second and "Worm" third. All change again for race five this time the Anderson brothers "Born Wild" took the bullet followed by the worm and Gordon Patterson's "Quickstep" third. All was to play for in the last race as the series top three places was wide open.
In the end Sam Lyness won the race and secured him a second place overall. "Quickstep" took second giving them a fourth overall. Johnny Parks "Gizmo" finished third in that race quite satisfactory for the Squib newcomer. But the Series top spot went to Greg Bells "Prodigal" on twelve points one point ahead of "Worm" and "Toy for the Boy" third overall on 16 points.
The Commodore of Royal North Mike Vaughan thanked the sponsors Brewin Dolphin and all those who had been involved in the event, he commented on the extremely close racing in all fleets but especially in his own fleet the
Elites which were extraordinary!
Plans for an SB3 flotilla to escort Volvo Ocean Race Chinese entry, Team Sanya in to Dun Laoghaire harbour today were scuppered when winds reached gale force for a time this afternoon.
Regular Dun Laoghaire fleet Sunday racing was to feature the Sanya arrival at 4.30pm but the SB3 club race was cancelled following squalls and torrential rain that also drew a halt to the Star European championship on Dublin Bay.
The Mike Sanderson skippered yacht is berthed alongside the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Team Sanya is a refurbished version of the Telefónica Blue boat from the 2009 race.
The yacht will be engaged with promotional work on Dublin Bay tomorrow with sponsor Discover Ireland.
Howth's Ben Duncan sailing Sharbait has etched another victory in the SB3 class following a weekend of very up and down conditions with some sizeable shifts and changes in pressure at the SB3 Northern Championships at Royal Ulster Yacht Club.
But the PRO team were well able and a full schedule of racing was completed on the Lough. Three of the top four Irish boats from the Worlds took three of the top four spots and had pace on pretty much every one, a further indication that going to Torbay has definitely given these boats a lift.
The Vaughan brothers continued their upward trajectory with a very solid second place. Andrew Ageo had a win in race 2 and pretty steady results to finish third. Dave Cheyne had an up and down regatta. The local sailors was very fast in patches but got buried a couple too many times to challenge.
Sharbait was lucky enough to not have to make too much of the conditions and sailed the fleet to produce another overall win.
Highlights of the weekend for the winners were winning the first race by 2:30 minutes and getting caught up in a match racine with Dave Cheyne for race 3. Cheyne pipped the Howth boat on the line by about a foot.
The next event in the SB3 calendar is the national champs in four weeks time. Flipper and Mel Collins are expected to be back in the fleet along with plenty of further competition.
2nd Toucan 3
4th Team Cheyne
Royal Ulster presents Sharkbait their winning prize. Photos: Ken Hunter
In the RS Elite fleet defending Irish Champion John Patterson with crew David Kelso and Stephen Polly in Momentary Lapse will be up against some of the highest scoring boats from the recent National Championships at the Royal Forth Yacht Club, namely Simon Brien's Kin who finished third at that event and John McDowell's Sea Breezes who came fifth.
John Patterson, David Kelso and Stephen Polly who will be defending their Irish RS Elite title. Credit Thomas Anderson
In the SB3 Class local sailor Peter Kennedy and his crew in Ridgefence will be looking for revenge after Howth's Ben Duncan in Sharkbait beat them into second place at the Western Championships in Galway in June this year. Sharkbait is the boat in form, having won the Best Small Keelboat trophy at the recent Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta when she topped the 33 strong SB3 Class.
Royal Ulster Yacht Club is delighted to bring BT Infinity on board as event sponsor and with their help the event will be "bringing it all together" for two days of great racing.
"It is really a great opportunity for BT Infinity to support the major sailing championships this year at Royal Ulster", says Peter Morris, Consumer Director, BT in Northern Ireland. " Effective communication through the use of the latest technology is at the very heart of our business and as we rollout Superfast fibre optic broadband speeds, not just in Bangor, but across Northern Ireland, slow down, as in racing, just isn't a factor. The best of luck to all the crews and have a safe and successful competition".
Royal Ulster YC also acknowledges the support of North Down Borough Council and Quay Marinas, Bangor Marina in the running of this event.
Howth's Ben Duncan and the crew of Sharkbait were the winners of the SB3 Western championships on Galway bay.
The weather gods delivered some rip roaring racing with 25 boats taking to the race course in conditions varying from 15kt southerly to 29kt westerly.
The Howth crew beat Southern championship winner Peter Kennedy (Ridgefence)from Strangford for the top slot in the six race wind-leeward series. Although hosted by the local sailing club the unofficial race HQ was McSwiggin's pub near the city docks with sponsorship from Captain Morgan. Third was Brian Reilly's Boomsticks. 26 competed.
Teaming up for the first time since Mays world championships the Sharkbait team of Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Ric Morris seemed to have an extra gear at crucial points in each of Saturday's first two races popping well clear. The 2009 national champions Peter Kennedy, Dave Cheyne and Stephen Kane on Ridgefence held on doggedly nipping at their heals before taking the last race of the day leading from gun to gun. The BWM liveried Boomsticks of the Reilly brothers and Johnny O'Dowd separated the pair with Sharkbait finishing third.
Sharkbait and Ridgefance have been here before at recent inland championships and on day 2 they began to mark each other on the race course from the first race. Starting next to each other both boats ended up mid fleet at the first mark. After pulling through on the run the two boats went to the right hand side of the course on the next beat with Sharkbait holding Ridgefence past the layline as both boats climbed into 3rd and 4th by the windward mark. By the end of the run Sharkbait was up to second behind Darragh Sheridan, Johnny Phelan and John Malone in Dinghy Supplies. Rob Howe, Paul McMahon and Joanne Sheehy 3rd with Ridgefence in 4th. All 4 team held these places to the finish.
The days second race was a near repeat with Sharkbait and Ridgefence rounding the windward mark together in mid pack before pulling through the fleet to finish 1st and 3rd, this time separated by Boomsticks. Having won the regatta with a race to spare Sharkbait headed to shore leaving Ridgefence and Boomsticks to close out 2nd and 3rd overall with a win and a 2nd in the final race. Andrew Algeo in Flutter finished 4th overall. Rob Howe followed up his 2nd place at the Southerns with a 5th place overall at the Westerns. Dinghy Supplies finished 6th.
Action from Galway Bay. Photo: Cian Gallagher
The Howth crew collected their prize from Galway harbour master, Brian Sheridan (wearing red jacket)