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International 12 foot Irish Championship at the Royal St George Yacht Club

by Vincent Delany 3 Sep 2018 17:03 BST 2 September 2018
Mark Delany in Cora © Vincent Delany

The term 'vintage' is rarely used in respect of racing dinghies, however in 1920 the Olympic Federation were felt that a suitable dinghy should be used in addition to the 40m.2, 30m.2, 15m., 12m., 10m., 8m., 7m., and 6m. keelboat classes. The International 12 foot dinghy was selected.

This class is still active in Ireland, in two forms, the original single sail rig, and the later Dublin Bay Sailing Club innovation of moving the mast aft and providing a jib, but with no increase in total sail area. The Royal St. George Yacht Club organised the fifth Irish Championship of recent years, on 2nd September 2018. Entries came from far and wide including one UK entry, one dinghy from Clew Bay and one from Lough Ree. Four races were held in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Race one was held in 6 knots and George Miller in 'Pixie' led from beginning to the end of two laps of the triangular course, with 'Scythian' second, and 'Cora' third. For race two the wind had increased to 10 knots, and Gavan Johnson in 'Albany' led initially, to be passed by Mark Delany in 'Cora' who took the gun. In this race 'Scythian' had a difficulty with her rig, and in solving that problem, she created another by capsizing!

A leisurely lunch was held in the clubhouse, at which point last year's winner 'Cora' held a small lead in the overall standings.

George Miller in 'Pixie' won race three from 'Scythian' in an unstable light wind, and in the final race Andrew Johnston's 'Scythian' took an early lead and won from 'Pixie'.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameCategorySail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st.PixieInternat.IRL 11George Millar RStGYC14128
2ndCoraInternat.IRL 8Mark Delany LRYC314311
3rd.ScythianInternat.AUS 1Andrew Johnston TBC272112
4thAlbanyDBSC9Gavan JohnsonTim VarianRStGYC523414
5thCalypsoDBSC37Paul GillespieGail VarianRStGYC435517
6th.DoradoInternat.5Billy BeddingtonAidan HenrySDC656623

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