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Wind Shifts Pay Dividends at Howth Yacht Club Laser Dinghy League (Video Here!)

18th February 2019
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Wind Shifts Pay Dividends at Howth Yacht Club Laser Dinghy League (Video Here!)

What a change a week makes! There was a certain sceptical air in the Howth Yacht Club Laser dinghy pen as sailors took off coats and searched their bags for baseball caps in very mild and sunny conditions. The breeze was perfect, with a steady 16kts, gusting in the mid-20s. However, with the gusty breeze coming from the South West and a residual swell rolling in from the East, it was tricky to keep a consistent level of heel and good boatspeed. There were plenty of 20-degree shifts, which meant a conservative and flexible strategy up the middle generally paid off.

Start line videos shows Ronan Wallace and Dan O’Connell both timed their starts to perfection to lead off the line. Dan lead at the first mark but had a couple of incidents, letting Ronan Wallace and Daragh Kelleher through. They had space to extend their lead, especially on the fast second reach. Kelleher overtook Wallace on this reach, but was passed again downwind by Wallace to take the race. Dan O’Connell finished third, with Dave Quinn in fourth and Mike Evans in fifth. The second race saw a significant lull and shift just at the gun which made for a confused start.

The breeze quickly settled back into the steady shifting pattern though. The race played out in a smilar fashion to the first, with Ronan Wallace taking the gun, from Daragh Kelleher and Dan O’Connell. Mike Evans passed Dave Quinn at the last gybe mark to reverse their positions from the first race.

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David Quinn Started sailing Mirrors in Sutton on Dublin Bay aged 15, before moving on to Lasers. He campaigned the Laser for eight years, including European Championships and Grade One Regattas. He was Chairman of the Laser Class in 2001, coinciding with the Laser World Championships in Royal Cork. After a short time working as the Racing Manager for the Irish Sailing Association in 2004-2005, he bought an SB20 in 2006, and raced that on the Irish circuit with some success for a number of years. He also competed in UK IRC Nationals and Commodores Cup around that time with Tiamat. After a break from sailing when his first child was born in 2011, he recently started racing Lasers again in late 2017, inspired by the upcoming Laser Master Worlds which was held in September of this year.

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