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All Three Laser Rig Prizes Decided With a Week to Spare at Howth Yacht Club  

10th December 2018
Big winds for Laser racing at Howth Yacht Club Big winds for Laser racing at Howth Yacht Club Photo: Brian Turvey

With one week to go in the Howth Yacht Club Laser Frostbites Winter Series, the winners of all three rigs have been decided. Ronan Wallace has claimed top spot in the Standard Rig Fleet, with Tom Fox winning the Radials and Sophie Kilmartin winning the 4.7’s. The weather cooperated again this week, after some mid-week concerns over forecasted winds above 30kts. In the end we had winds in the mid-twenties and bright sunny conditions.

The triangle courses were set perfectly to give fantastic downwind surfing conditions. For the past few weeks, the run was left out for each race as winds were deemed too high. Race Officials changed back to the traditional Olympic course this week, which caught out Dan O’Connell at one weather mark! Only for this error, Dan would have won both races on the day. Dan ended up with a first and second. Mike Evans continued his consistent form with a 3 and 4. Ronan Wallace had an uncharacteristic 5th place in the first race, which will give some of us some hope for the Spring Series, before winning the second race.

Next week concludes the Winter Series. There is the traditional New Years Day race, starting at 12pm, and all are welcome. The Spring Series starts on 5th January, and runs until Sunday 3rd March. The End of Season ‘Round the Island’ race is scheduled for Saturday 9th March.

Published in Laser, Howth YC
Dave Quinn

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David Quinn Started sailing Mirrors in Sutton on Dublin Bay aged 15, before moving on to Lasers. He campaigned the Laser for eight years, including European Championships and Grade One Regattas. He was Chairman of the Laser Class in 2001, coinciding with the Laser World Championships in Royal Cork. After a short time working as the Racing Manager for the Irish Sailing Association in 2004-2005, he bought an SB20 in 2006, and raced that on the Irish circuit with some success for a number of years. He also competed in UK IRC Nationals and Commodores Cup around that time with Tiamat. After a break from sailing when his first child was born in 2011, he recently started racing Lasers again in late 2017, inspired by the upcoming Laser Master Worlds which was held in September of this year.

At A Glance – Laser Dinghy Specifications

Designer Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce

Year 1969

Crew 1
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Hull weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 7.06 m2 (76.0 sq ft)

Racing D-PN 91.1 RYA PN 1088 PHRF 217

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