The National Yacht Club launched its inaugural match racing league over the weekend with 12 teams competing over 2 days.
Saturday kicked off with light winds which suited the ‘intro to match racing’ participants. RO Alan Daly took full advantage of the conditions to get everyone familiar with the format and the boats. Niall Meagher of the Flying 15 Class showcased well oiled starting tactics to lead the Saturday series going into week 2. James Gorman of the SB20s performed very well in his first match races, only to be edged out by Niall in the final race. Jack Hall’s youth team of Instructors managed 1 win sailing with his father and J109 expert Brian Hall.
The Sunday Series saw glamour conditions prevail. The 6 ‘pro match racing’ teams managed to get a full complement of races away in 10-12 knots of breeze and bright sun. Baltimore SC’s Mark Hassett currently leads with a 100% win rate going into week 2. The league has been getting rave reviews, with Howth YC sailor Scott Flanigan who currently sits in second overall overheard saying “Raging to be missing this Sunday, yesterday was class”.
As Afloat reported previously, the National Yacht Club recently acquired a fleet of Elliott 6m sportsboats and is hosting a series of match racing events throughout the autumn. Six teams will compete in one series across 6 Saturdays 2nd November – 7th December, with a further six youth teams competing on the corresponding Sundays. The top three teams from each series will then compete in a Grand Final weekend on 14th/15th December.
There is still room for 2 'intro to match racing' teams in the Saturday series. If interested, don’t hesitate to sign up at our new pro-rated and cheaper price here
Race schedules and results can be found below: