Lavery and O'Brien take Southerns at Carlingford Lough

John Lavery and David O'Brien of Dun Laoghaire's National YC are 2014's Flying Fifteen Southern Champions, after victory in Carlingford Lough at the weekend (May 17, 18th). 

A first and two seconds, out of four races sailed, won them the title, ahead of Killyleagh YC's Andrew McCleery and Colin Dougan, who took second place after a tie-break with Roger Chamberlain and Hamo Baker of Strangford Lough YC. 

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Mathews and Poole top off brilliant season with Easts trophy

Ian Mathews and Keith Poole of NYC sailed to the narrowest of victories over visiting ace Charles Apthorp with Alan Green on board, over the two days of the Kia East Coast Championship at the weekend. Both teams finished on 11 points after discard, with Killyleagh's Andrew McCleery and Colin Dougan agonisingly close behind on 12. 

The event, hosted by the National with the help of a superb team of volunteers from all parts of the club, led by Jack Roy, attracted 33 boats in all, with the tightly competitive quality of racing this one-design class showing through in the results sheet.  

Pictures below by Francis Burgess and Robin Hilliard:  


Mathews, Poole are Champions of Ireland

Ian Mathews and Keith Poole of the National YC Dun Laoghaire emerged as victors after the final race of the Championship of Ireland at Dunmore East at the weekend (August 30 - September 1). 

 The pair's steady success, without an individual race win, edged Strangford Lough team Roger Chamberlain and Charlie Horder into second place.

British visitors Andy and Anthony Osman, from Poole, scored a third overall in the 30-boat event hosted by Waterford Harbour SC.  

Full results    |    On-the water pictures by Rodney Regan    |    Clubhouse pictures by Ronan Beirne




Strangford Lough boats dominate Southern Championship

Killyleagh Yacht Club played host to the Southern Championship last weekend, with 24 Flying Fifteens turning out to compete in the five-race championship held on Strangford Lough.  The local fleet of 15 boats were joined by nine visiting yachts, with sailors arriving not only from the National Yacht Club, Dublin Bay, but from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club as well.

The consistency of their results saw Portaferry Sailing Club’s Final Fling, under Shane McCarthy and Jeremy Rodgers, lift the Southern Championship Cup, with the host club’s partnership of McCleery and Dougan in second place in 2 Fast’n Furious.  Portaferry stepped up to the mark again with Friggit, under Peter Lawson and Jo Bridges, taking third overall, leaving overnight leader Art Gekko pipped into fourth place. 


Reilly, Quail shine in Northerns

Gerry Reilly and Tony Quail in Over The Moon are Northern Champions after a close-fought race series sailed in strong winds at CAYC at the weekend.