A fleet of up to 50 sailing boats from 10 clubs is a strong possibility for the Investwise SB3 Irish National Championships at Howth YC on September 3rd-5th, with ‘McCready Sailboats’ (Gareth Flannigan, Ballyhome) and ‘Sharkbait’ (Ben Duncan of the host club) among the pre-racing favourites.
The two crews have been regular front-runners in the Irish fleet, with wins at the Southerns and Northerns respectively, and they sit on top of the ranking ladder this year. Peter Kennedy (RNIYC), who won the title last year in Cork, and former All-Ireland Champion Sean Craig are also expected to be among the leading contenders.
The Western Championships in Galway a fortnight before the Nationals will give a further indication of form although such is the high level of competition in the SB3 class that any one of 10 crews has the potential to lift the title. The Nationals, under the control of PRO David Lovegrove, will involve 8 races over three days, with the fleet being split into gold, silver and bronze divisions after the second day, based on overall positions at that time. The sponsor is Investwise, a financial planning firm based in Dublin’s docklands whose managing director David Quinn is an active SB3 sailor in Howth.