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Irish National Waspz Championships at Royal St George Yacht Club

by Henry Start 5 Oct 18:28 BST 2-3 October 2021
Henry Start wins the Irish National Waspz Championships © Simon McIlwaine /

The WASZP nationals were held at RStGYC, Dunlaoighre, Dublin this weekend and 15 sailors participated, with three from UK travelling over to sail with us.

Henry Start, Event Chair, commented "We were delighted with such good numbers for this event and the standard was excellent, it was fantastic to have attracted three top UK sailors also."

It was hard fast sailing in heavy winds and choppy conditions where it was all to play for with many capsizing. The top six boats were very close and the final outcome often being decided in the last lap.

Four long races were held on the first day, and unfortunately racing was blown out by 30+ knot gusts and 1.5m waves on the second day. Barry O'Neill race officer and his team set good race courses in challenging conditions.

Overall winner in 8.2 m fleet was UK sailor Ross Banham followed by Arthur Fry, both from Hayling Island sailing club, UK. Henry Start RStGYC came a close third overall and was National Waszp champion in this fleet.

Max Goodbody RStGYC/RIYC and Marcus O'Leary RSGYC came second and third in the national 8.2 fleet. In the 6.9m fleet overall winner and national winner was Emily Conan RSGYC, followed closely by Kate Tingle RStGYC /RCYC in second and Tom Hogan RSGYC in third place. Tom was also first master.

Elysia O'Leary RStGYC was first Irish female in 8.2 fleet and Max Goodbody RSGYC/RIYC was first under 19 years in the 8.2m fleet.

The nations trophy went to the UK team and the First Traveller trophy to Hattie Rogers Royal Lymington YC.

Duncan Hepplewhite from Sailingfast UK came over to support and sponsor the event. Simon and Erin Mcllwaine took stellar photos of the event - thank you!

Overall Results:

PosNationSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stGBR2429Ross BanhamRSYC11‑313
2ndGBR2699Arthur FryHISC‑33137
3rdIRL2752Henry StartRSGYC‑64228
4thIRL3041Max GoodbodyRSGYC224‑58
5thGBR2932Hattie RogersRLYC55‑6414
6thIRL3150Marcus O'LearyRSGYC465(RET)15
7thIRL3031Elysia O'LearyRSGYC(DNC)87621
8thIRL44501Emily ConanRSGYC7‑1111826
9thIRL2Katie TingleRCYC(DNC)98926
10thIRL2408Tom HoganRSGYC(DNC)1010727
11thIRL14Chris BatemanRCYC(DNC)7RETDNC41
12thIRL3079Georgia GoodbodyRSGYC(DNC)DNC9DNC43
13thIRL2464Jemima OwensNYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC51
13thIRL3/3Alexander TrickettNCY(DNC)DNCDNCDNC51
13thIRL3061Cecile Van SteenbergeNYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC51

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