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Sharkbait Sails in to the Lead at SB3 Eastern Champs

1st May 2011
Sharkbait Sails in to the Lead at SB3 Eastern Champs
Four points separate the top four boats going into today's second day of sailing in the SB3 Eastern Championship at Howth Yacht Club. Yesterday's opening races were sailed in fresh (but later moderating) north-easterlies, big swells and lumpy seas which contributed to several retirals during the three-race schedule writes Graham Smith.

The conditions didn't seem to bother the 30-strong fleet in Race 1 with all bar one boat crossing the finishing line, the honours going to Andrew Algeo's 'Flutter' from the Royal St.George YC. Another visitor, 'Sibelius' (K.Dorgan) from Carrickfergus took second ahead of another northerner, former Olympian Peter Kennedy of RNIYC in 'Ridgefence.com'. Local interest was maintained by 'Sharkbait' (Duncan/Moran/Morris) by finishing 4th, a promising start for what would become an even better day.

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Heavy going at the SB3 Easterns. More photos on the gallery here. Photo: Brian Carlin

Race 2 saw HYC's 'Sharkbait' take line honours ahead of Sean Craig's 'Yeti' (RSt.GYC) while 'Sibelius' came home third to keep the pressure on the leader. 'No Name' (Darren Martin of Strangford Lough) took 4th and Andrew Algeo's 5th kept him in touch after two races. Kennedy in 'Ridgefence.com', however, was one of six boats forced to retire but unlike four boats which could not continue racing, he was able to return to the action for the third race.

In fact, he bounced back rather well with a 5th in that last race so he is not out of contention yet. Sean Craig's 'Yeti' went one better than in Race 2 with a bullet, this time changing places with Howth's leading contender 'Sharkbait'. 'Sibelius' and 'Flutter' continued to demonstrate admirable consistency, finishing 4th and 5th respectively.

It doesn't get much closer at the top of the leaderboard after PRO Harry Gallagher and his team got the three races completed and as the Championship reaches its half-way stage, HYC's 'Sharkbait' (Duncan/Moran/Morris) has the narrowest of margins over 'Sibelius' (K.Dorgan), with 'Flutter' (A.Algeo) two points adrift and 'Yeti' (S.Craig) another point behind, the reward for consistency so far.

Placings after 3 races at Howth Yacht Club

SB3 Easterns
Plc. Boat Owner Club Gross Disc Nett
1 Sharkbait Duncan/Moran HYC 7.00    
2 Sibeluis K Dorgan CSC 8.00    
3 Flutter A Algeo RStGYC 10.00    
4 Yeti S Craig RStGYC 11.00    
5 Pattersonlifts G Patterson RNIYC 28.00    
6 Seriously Bonkers Cuppage/Lee RStGYC 29.00    
7 Bad G Dowling RIYC 31.00    
8 Bluebird C MacAleavey NYC 31.00    
9 No Name D Martin SLYC 32.00    
10 Shockwave E Quinlan HYC 32.00    
11 Toucan 3 A Vaughan RNIYC 33.00    
12 Dinghy Supplies S Murphy HYC 36.00    
13 Ridgefence.com P Kennedy RNIYC 39.00    
14 Investwise May/Quinn HYC 41.00    
15 Sin A Bhuifl Guinness/Costigan HYC 43.00    
16 Lupi D'Irlanda M Sorgassi RStGYC 47.00    
17 Monkey Cassidy/Others HYC 53.00    
18 Mr Bump D Taylor CSC 60.00    
19 Ruby Blue A O'Connell RStGYC 61.00    
20 Quantitative Easing P McMahon HYC 62.00    
21 Kick'er Off Cook/Dicker RStGYC 62.00    
22 No Name D MacCauley CSC 66.00    
23 Sunday Brunch R Tate RStGYC 67.00    
24 Smoke on the Water B Hobby GISC 70.00    
25 Bomchickawahwah J O'Dricsoll RStGYC 72.00    
26 Seriously Blonde J Toettcher RStGYC 72.00    
27 Mahanama R Downing KYC 75.00    
28 Sirius Black Hudson/Leech ASC/LRYC 77.00    
29 Rubadubdub N Doherty NYC 90.00    
30 Sandy Bottom G Judge RStGYC 93.00
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