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Impala European Championship 2024 at East Down Yacht Club

by Ben Meakins 10 Jul 14:34 BST 25-26 May 2024

Ten Impalas took part in the European Championships, held at EDYC in the beautiful surroundings of Strangford Lough in late May. Conditions were perfect for Impala racing, with 14 knots 17 knots from the South East, if a little brisk at 12 degrees and feeling chilly with the breeze.

The race team at EDYC set a Windward/Leeward course with an offset mark, and a Leeward finish, which led to some very close racing among the closely matched One Design fleet.

After two days and five races, only three points separated the top three boats - Vela, Mipaal and Wild Mustard. Each had a smattering of first places which kept the overall results in the balance until the final leg.

Michael Molloy's Vela discarded a third to take the event by two points from Stephen Lynn's Mipaal. A point behind was McRobert and Maxwell's Wild Mustard.

Thanks go to the race team and the organisers at EDYC for a fantastic weekend's racing in a close One Design fleet.

Details of the 2025 event will be shared in the next few months. There are a few boats currently for sale - come and join the fleet for close racing and versatile cruising for unbeatable value, and there are fleets in the Solent, Strangford Lough, Falmouth and Plymouth as well as others all around the UK and Ireland.

Event website:

Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoOwnerR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1Vela9565Michael Molloy2‑31216
2MipaalK 9604Stephen Lynn11‑4338
3Wild MustardIRL 9547A McRobert / K Maxwell3‑53129
4Whistlin' DixieIRL9516Rob McDowell522‑9514
5Jiminy Cricket9507 6‑1054419
6AlcyoneGBR 9531Peter Thompson & Michael Watson4465‑919
7MaverickGBR 9599John Patterson(DSQ)677727
8Imp9518Philip McIlvenna & David Maxwell88‑96628
9Chorus LineGBR9530Colin Patterson778‑10830
10Romper9605Margie Crawford(DSQ)91081037

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