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Dempsey Leads Irish Hopes at SB20 Europeans at Royal Irish Yacht Club

29th August 2018
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47 SB20s start race two of their European Championships on Dublin Bay with IRL 3737 Black (James Gorman) pictured centre 47 SB20s start race two of their European Championships on Dublin Bay with IRL 3737 Black (James Gorman) pictured centre Photo: Afloat.ie

Ger Dempsey of the host club is the top Irish boat of 22 home entries in an international fleet of 47 after two races sailed at the SB20 European Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club yesterday.

Russia's Victoria Sailing Team of Vadim Pushev, Ivan Gromov and Aleksey Kolobanov lead overall from Australia's Porco Rosso, Elliott Noye, Paul McCartney and Edward Snowball. Third overall is RUS3708 Melston Team Kirill Frolov, Egor Ignatenko and Egor from Terpigorev Yacht Club from Saint-Petersburg.

Dempsey sailing with Chris Nolan, Rory Groves and Tim Norwood is seventh overall and three places ahead of Howth Yacht Club entry Binn Eadir sailed by Cillian Dickson, Sam O'Byrne Gordon Stirling and Diana Kissane in tenth place.

SB20 RIYC 1542Overall leaders Russia's Victoria Sailing Team of Vadim Pushev, Ivan Gromov and Aleksey Kolobanov Photo: Afloat.ie

Three races were scheduled but just two sailed under International Race Officer Jack Roy in some very variable southwesterly winds on Dublin Bay.

SB20 RIYC 1526This race two start (above) was abandoned but the one (below) got away under the 'U flag' Photo: Afloat.ie

SB20 RIYC 1562

SB20 RIYC 1599Race Officer Jack Roy (left) with RIYC's Peter Fleming (centre) and John 'Hammer' Veale Photo: Afloat.ie

Full results are here

Racing continues today.

SB20 RIYC 1624SB20s raft up at the RIYC Photo: Afloat.ie

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