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Kelly's Storm Retains Irish J109 Title at the National Yacht Club

8th October 2017
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First overall - Pat and David Kelly's Storm First overall - Pat and David Kelly's Storm Photo: Afloat.ie

Three wins from five races in conditions ranging from heavy to light winds kept the Irish J109 Trophy in Howth Yacht Club hands as Pat and David Kelly's Storm succesfully defended its title at the National Yacht Club today.

A strong performance from the Kelly family–boat saw the Rush and Howth crew finish the series on five nett points, six points clear of second placed White Mischief skippered by Richard Goodbody from the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC).

J109 Chimaera 3424Second overall – Richard Goodbody's White Mischief Photo: Afloat.ie

Goodbody's club-mates took the next three places with Andrew Craig's Chimaera third on 16 points, ICRA Class One Champion John Maybury in Joker II fourth and today's last race winner, Andrew Alego in Juggerknot rounding out the top five of the record–breaking 15–boat fleet.

J109 Chimaera 3424Third overall – Andrew Craig's Chimaera  Photo: Afloat.ie

After strong winds yesterday (pictures here), the J109 fleet got much softer conditions for the final two races on Dublin Bay today. 

J109 Chimaera 3424Fourth overall – John Maybury's Joker II  Photo: Afloat.ie

J109 Nationals 3183Fifth overall – Andrew Algeo's Joggernaut had Olympian Tom Fitzpatrick on board Photo: Afloat.ie

Today's victory is not the only success for the Storm crew this season either. In May, they showed the depth of their ambition in Scotland when they returned to Loch Fyne to claim the RC35 class. In June, the well known Howth boat was chartered for the 700–mile Round Ireland and rebadged as 'Euro Car Parks' and became a class winner and top Irish performance.

Full results are here.

J109 Nationals 3223Colm Buckley and Simon Knowles Indian from Howth had Laura Dillon on board

J109 Nationals 3223The North Sails Team checking out sail trim Photo: Afloat.ie

J109 Nationals 3303Dear Prudence (Patrick Cruise O'Brien) was sixth overall. The boat is currently for sale on Afloat.ie here

J109 Nationals 3312Liam Shanahan Jnr at the wheel of Ruth from the host club

Two J109s are currently for sale on Afloat.ie both priced at €95,000. Dear Prudence details here and Jedi details here.

Gallery of images from the J109 Nationals 2017 are here

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