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E-Boat Match Racing at the Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club

by Richard Morris 17 Jun 2009 13:27 BST 14 June 2009

E-Boats go head to head on the Liffey

The E-Boat class association resurrected its class match racing challenge on Sunday with 7 boats taking on each other in head to head competition hosted by Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club. Shane O’Flarthy, Aidan Cronin and Billy Collins on Wyle E Coyote lived up to her name and, although not the fastest, took her chances well to lead after the round robin with 5 wins from 6. 3 teams finished on 4 wins with the head to head results required to split Escapade, Aoife and Euro 1.

In the best of three final Escapade took the first race before Wyle came back strongly to take the second. In the final race of the day Wyle E Coyote stormed off the start line and, with a sharp luff on the final run to hold off a hard charging Escapade on the run into the finish, inched home for a very popular win.

With the support of Ailbe Millerick, Gordon Davies and Scorie Walls as umpires, Ian Sargent and team were able to get though a damage free program of 24 races with minutes of the 4 hr tide window at Clontarf to spare. Thanks must also go to Sutton Dinghy Club, the Royal St George and Royal Alfred for their support for this event.

With the event qualifying for ISAF recognition it just remains to be seen where the teams enter the World Match Racing Rankings!

Overall Results: (top three)

1st Wyle E Coyote, Shane O’Flarthy, Aidan Cronin and Billy Collins
2nd Escapade, Pat Gilmour, Ray Wall, Clare Mallon and Linda Ryan
3rd Aoife, Barry Linnane, Sue Andrews, Peter Bruem and Imo Hawes

The next event on the Irish match racing calendar is the Dublin Match Racing Open at Howth Yacht Club on the 25th and 26th of July.