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Irish RS400 Inland Championship at Killaloe Sailing Club

by Luke McIlwaine 25 Sep 2023 15:56 BST 23-24 September 2023
Irish RS400 Inlands at Killaloe © Ryan Wilson

With the tail end of hurricane Lee sweeping the Island we saw numerous sailing events cancelled this weekend across Ireland. The team at Killaloe Sailing Club decided to go ahead as planned with the hope of getting some racing for the 33 boats entered across the three classes.

Saturday saw the fleet launch in 20kts of southerly breeze with the first race getting under way in strong but manageable conditions. Govan Berridge and David Coleman dominated the first race and held the lead throughout. Luke McIlwaine/Ryan Wilson and Chris Helme/Alan Claffey followed closely taking 2nd and 3rd.

Race two saw the wind increasing to survival conditions for the second lap, with the maximum gust recorded sitting at 38kts. A similar result sheet followed with Govan/David taking the win followed by Jocelyn Hill/Rowan Berry and Luke/Ryan.

Saturday evening commenced with news that racing would be moved forward an hour on Sunday to try and get 3 races in before the breeze built in the afternoon. The evening entertainment began with a BBQ, which saw a great attendance due to the majority of sailors camping on site. Later in the evening many enjoyed the rugby and stayed around until the early hours before retiring for an early start the next morning.

Sailors woke to a pleasant sunrise and winds of 12-15 kts. Race 3 saw an incident at the windward mark which removed Govan/David from the race following a protest. This meant Rob Hastings and Dan Sherriff (this time using a kite without missing panels!) were promoted to 1st place.

Luke/Ryan took the win in race 4 closely followed by Govan/David and Jocelyn/Rowan as they headed into the final race of the championship.

Race 5 saw the lightest conditions of the weekend as the heavens opened and the rain fell. Chris and Alan built an impressive lead over the fleet with Jocelyn/Rowan in 2nd and Dara McDonagh and Kevin Brazel in 3rd.

A closely fought championship saw Luke/Ryan take the win with Govan/David in 2nd and Jocelyn/Rowan 3rd with Jane McMeekin taking first masters.

Thanks to Killaloe Sailing Club for hosting a fantastic event and the 400 fleet look forward to returning in the future!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1245Luke McIlwaineRyan WilsonNewcastle YC / Carrickfergus SC2321‑58
2nd1549Govan BerridgeDavid ColemanKillaloe Sailing Club11(DSQ)2610
3rd741Jocelyn HillRown BerryCounty Antrim Yacht Club‑7263213
4th1111Chris HelmeAlan ClaffeyBlessington SC / National YC35‑75114
5th1076Andrew MullallyLeon MullallyKillaloe Sailing Club5444‑817
6th1509Dara McDonaghKevin BrazelGreystones SC / DHSC4(RET)57319
7th877William FindlayBen McMeekinStrangford Sailing Club663‑8419
8th1353Robert HastingsDan SheriffStrangford Lough YC / Ballyholme YC8(RET)16722
9th762Patrick McMeekinJane McMeekinStrangford Sailing Club10(RET)99937
10th1138Thomas DraytonDave TarrKillaloe Sailing Club9(RET)8101138
11th1035Brian BrycePat O'DonnellKillaloe Sailing Club‑13710111341
12th581Paul CullinaneEanna ColemanKillaloe Sailing Club11(RET)12121045
13th1207Canice KeaneDaniel IonkeuBlessington Sailing Club12(RET)11131248
14th1514Paul PhelanAlan LeddyGreystones Sailing Club(DNS)RETDNCDNCDNC64
14th1436John CallananEoin EnrightKillaloe Sailing Club(RET)DNFDNCDNCDNC64

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