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J109 Nationals Won By Maybury's 'Joker II'at Royal Irish Yacht Club

6th October 2019
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Big gusts  for the second day of racing at the J109 Nationals on Dublin Bay Big gusts for the second day of racing at the J109 Nationals on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

John Maybury's consistent Joker 2 has won the J109 National Championships after six races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club today. 

Maybury won half of the six races in the series but counted all six results in the top three.

This year's championships was not contested by the defending champion Andrew Algeo in Juggerknot who has moved to the new J/99. Also not competing was Tim and Richard Goodbody in White Mischief due to crew issues.

J109 Joker II 9702Total control - Joker II steered by John Maybury is the 2019 J109 National Champion Photo: Afloat

Racing in northwesterly winds gusting to 20-knots, there were plenty of shifts on Dublin Bay to keep crews on their toes in the nine-boat fleet.

Pat Kelly's Storm was runner up Photo: AfloatPat Kelly's Storm with Cork Harbour's Rob O'Leary (second from right) as tactician was runner up Photo: Afloat

As it turned out, the overnight standings after three races here remained despite three further windward-leeward tests today. Second overall, and equally consistent, was Pat Kelly's Storm II from Howth Yacht Club on nine points. 

Third, on 12 points, was Maybury's clubmate Andrew Craig, the Scottish Series champion sailing Chimaera. 

J109 Chimaera 9791Andrew Craig's Scottish Series Champion Chimaera was third overall Photo: Afloat

Maybury who sailed to his fourth consecutive ICRA national title back in June on the same race track now adds the J109 national title in an impressive season for the RIYC team.

Results here

J109 Outrajeous 0065Fourth overall - Outrajeous (Richard Colwell and John Murphy) Photo: Afloat

J109 Something Else 9719Fifth overall - John and Brian Hall's Something Else Photo: Afloat

As part of the championships, Maurice O'Connell of North Sails Ireland was on the water coaching with video de-brief ashore after racing as below here in a sequence from race three on Saturday.

J109 Chimaera 0146J109 Chimaera 0146J109 Chimaera 0146J109 Chimaera 0146

J109 Chimaera 9925J109 Chimaera 9925

J109 9943

J109 Outrajeous 0058

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