After a good few years building up their fleet Carrickfergus Sailing Club decided it was time to host an Irish 2.4mR National Championship. Seventeen boats made the trip from far and wide across the Irish Sea, from North and South, and even Germany. Special mention to George and Ann Taylor for organising and making everything happen.
It was so nice to get back on open water and Belfast Loch didn’t disappoint with the weather. After a rather complicated briefing which included disappearing marks the fleet left the dock in bright sunshine and a nice 9 to 13 knots. Everyone settled into the tidal conditions of the first race with most heading up the shore. Local John Patrick mixing it up from the first mark with the old hands of Ulli Libor, Steve Bullmore and Megan Pascoe. Megan and Ulli escaped from the fleet with Kate Hedley reeling in Steve. These two spent the next few races stuck together at the finish even with a tie in the last race.
The fleet was tight for the following two races with Nev Millard joining the party with 2 second places. Adam Billany back in the boat after his A levels ended the day with a 3rd.
The fleet retired to the club for the evening with a great meal and spectacular view. Sunday despite a light forecast the fleet woke to a 12 knot Northerly. It was great to see quite a few sailors under the age of 20 and a mix of able bodied and disabled.
The Irish fleet has some new sailors in the fleet. Especially great to see Kevin Conway in his pretty blue boat which was getting faster and faster as the weekend went on.
Sunday decided the prizes. Ulli and Nev were battling it out with few points to split them in the shifty conditions. There was little gap from the front of the fleet to the back with everyone having really good racing.
The weekend ended with a barbecue on the club lawn and prizes. Megan won the event, Ulli held onto 2nd and Nev picked up his first major podium in 3rd. John Patrick won the Irish National trophy in 7th. Georgina Griffin was first Irish disabled in a hotly contested battle. Gina is also off to compete for Ireland at the Disabled World Championships later in the year.
The fleet had a great time at Carrickfergus SC, true Irish hospitality and a perfect piece of sailing water. Thanks to everyone who volunteered for the event, definitely one of the best venues I’ve been to in a long time. Now with the inauguration of an Irish class association 2019 Nationals look like being held in Kinsale.
|1st||GBR 163||Megan Pascoe||‑1||1||1||1||1||1||5|
|2nd||GER 6||Ulli Libor||2||3||‑4||2||3||2||12|
|3rd||GBR 144||Nev Millard||‑7||2||2||4||2||3||13|
|4th||GBR 143||Kate Hedley||3||‑5||5||3||5||4.5||20.5|
|5th||GBR 159||Steve Bullmore||4||4||‑6||5||4||4.5||21.5|
|6th||GBR 155||Adam Bilany||5||‑7||3||6||7||6||27|
|7th||GBR 121||John Patrick||6||‑8||7||7||8||8||36|
|8th||GBR 161||Jonny Barker||10||6||10||‑13||6||7||39|
|9th||SWE 315||Kevin Conway||8||10||9||8||9||‑13||44|
|10th||IRL 906||Georgina Griffin||‑14||13||8||10||12||11||54|
|11th||IRL 906||Judy Moynihan||9||‑15||14||9||13||9||54|
|12th||GBR 30||Garry Crothers||‑13||12||12||11||10||10||55|
|13th||GBR 137||Kerry Mussen||15||9||13||12||14||(DNS)||63|
|14th||IRL 601||Patrick Hassett||12||14||‑15||14||11||12||63|
|15th||GBR 54||Jonny Harvey||11||11||11||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||69|
|16th||GBR 695||Sean McCullagh||‑17||16||16||15||15||14||76|
|17th||IRL 1||Shane Barker||16||‑17||17||16||16||15||80|