Ten 420 Dinghies Contest Leinster Championships at Howth

The Howth Yacht Club hosted the Leinster Irish 420 Dinghy Championships over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

As Afloat previously reported, the Leinster Championships are the second regional event of the year for the class, with the Connaught Championships having already been completed at the Galway Bay Sailing Club and also taking part in the excellent biennial Double Ree Regatta organized by Lough Derg Yacht Club. .

Saturday at the Leinster Championships dawned with an unpromising drizzle and light winds for the boats returning from the 420 European Junior Championships as they disembarked the ferry in Dublin and headed early to Howth for the first day of race. The weather improved steadily throughout the morning as the fleet launched and headed for the race course. A series of windward-leeward courses were laid out and with the wind increasing steadily throughout the day the race committee was able to raise the ‘O’ flag allowing rule 42 to be suspended so that 420 crews could pumping, rocking and ooching the boats when the breeze was regularly above 13 knots to deliver excellent races.

After a break of a few weeks since the last event, the fleet was eager to start racing, which led to a few ‘U’ flags in the first race for those pushing the line a bit too hard. Race one, after some close racing, eventually went to the local Malahide/Howth pairing of Hauer and Micka. Subsequently, the Galway Bay Sailing Club duo of McGrady and O’Sullivan continued their fine form from the start of the year to win the next three races on Saturday. It gave the Galway duo a clear lead overnight with the first gap after three races. The decision to run an extra race on Saturday proved to be a visionary move by PRO Scorie Walls. The wind proved elusive on Sunday and the fleet was sent ashore early when any hope of a breeze materializing evaporated.

Howth Yacht Club again provided excellent race management and organization for the event on Fingal’s sailing waters. The next 420 races will take place at the Munster Regional Championships which will be held on August 13-14 at the Waterford Harbor Sailing Club and will be followed by the 2022 National Championships from August 26-28 at the Rush Sailing Club.

Leinster Championships 2022 Gold Fleet Ranking:
1st – Adam McGrady/Alistair O’Sullivan – Galway Bay Sailing Club
2nd – Jack McDowell/Henry Thompson – Malahide Yacht Club/Wexford Harbor Boat and Tennis Club
3rd – Kate Campion/Amelie Soffe – Malahide Yacht Club

Golden 2nd Fleet – Jack McDowell/Henry Thompson – Malahide Yacht Club/ Wexford Harbor Boat and Tennis Club

Silver Fleet Ranking at Leinster Championships 2022:
1st – Jack McNaughton/Keelan Darby – Blessington Sailing Club/Howth Yacht Club
2nd – Karina Ryan/Sarah Whyte – Sligo Yacht Club/Lough Ree Yacht Club
3rd – Cora McNaughton/Amelia O’Donnell – Blessington Sailing Club/Malahide Yacht Club

1st Place Silver Fleet Jack McNaughton and Keelan Darby of Blessington Sailing Club/Howth Yacht Club1st Place Silver Fleet Jack McNaughton and Keelan Darby of Blessington Sailing Club/Howth Yacht Club

2nd Place Silver Fleet Karina Ryan/Sarah Whyte of Sligo Yacht Club/Lough Ree Yacht Club2nd Place Silver Fleet Karina Ryan/Sarah Whyte of Sligo Yacht Club/Lough Ree Yacht Club

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