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King One flew HYC flag high at Half Ton Classic Cup in Belgium

3rd September 2009
King One flew HYC flag high at Half Ton Classic Cup in Belgium
Eventually finishing fourth at the Half Ton Classic Cup in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, out of a fleet of 23 comprising boats from the UK, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Spain and Holland, the crew confirmed the myth having won the initial practice race. With the last two days blown out due to 30+ knots, Howth Yacht Club's King One’s chances of a podium place disappeared. The event was eventually won by a semi-pro crew on General Tapioca from the home port.

Sailed in winds of between 10 and 25 knots and in 25 degrees and sun, King One excelled both off shore and on shore.

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Pictured above: David Cullen, Commodore Baudoin Meyhui and Deirdre Cullen

Bringing home a haul of overall and day prizes, they were particularly proud of receiving the Half Ton True Spirit Trophy for the crew that epitomized the spirit of combining competitiveness with camaraderie amongst participants.

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Above: Belting out a chorus of Molly Malone at the Prizegiving, the crew of King One – (from left) Grainne Beggan, Colm Daly, Dave Cullen, Andy George, Rob Kerley and Aidan Beggan.

The King One crew were commended for combining great results with late nights, their fine version of Molly Malone and a U2 rendition (sabotaging the band), their lending of spare sails to a crew in need, and, finally and most importantly, for demonstrating to the Belgians what beer drinking is all about!

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The event was heavily sponsored and Belgacom TV covered the event daily and are also making a documentary on the event.

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Left: Dave Cullen being interviewed by Belgacom TV

The Commodore of KYCN was presented with a HYC burgee and he has was happy to present a HYC burgee to Dave Cullen.
 
Next event will be in the UK in two years.

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