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Philip Doran's 'Lofly' Wins SB20 Easterns at Howth Yacht Club

10th May 2019
SB20 Eastern winners - Paul Doran, Bella Moorhead, Simon Doran, Neil Murphy HYC and Philip Doran (Helm) SB20 Eastern winners - Paul Doran, Bella Moorhead, Simon Doran, Neil Murphy HYC and Philip Doran (Helm)

There were so many crew changes at the SB20 Easter Championships in Howth Yacht Club last weekend, the fleet was barely recognisable. Ridgefence, missing Peter Kennedy, was helmed by Emmet Ryan, Bad had Michael O’Connor on the back, moved Ger Dempsey forward and gave Justin Burke the helm, the Dorans tried a four-man combination for the first time, John Malone was replaced by Alistair Kissane in his new boat, with Diana Kissane on the helm.

It was clear from the start that the podium at this seven-boat championship was open to all.

Race officer, Richard Kissane, delivered six races over the two days with incredible efficiency. Conditions were shifty, but the 20-degree shifts were consistent and the results at the end of the event would suggest the race course remained fair. If you wanted tight racing you got it, the first 4 boats finished within a point of each other after 6 races, with the podium decided on countback.

There is a theory that consistency is the key in a race series, however, this proved wrong for Ridgefence on this occasion. Despite 6 good race results and equal points with Bad and, they were pushed off the podium on countback. Lofly (12), Bad (13) and (13) shared the bullets with 2 each and took the prizes.

Thanks to ProvidentCRM and UK Sails Ireland for sponsoring the prizes.

Published in SB20, Howth YC Team

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