Irish National Championship 2019 Royal Ulster YC

27 August 2019

Close racing, tight finishes & plenty of place changing were the order of the day over the two days of the Charles Hurst, Jaguar Land Rover sponsored RS Elite Irish Championship.

Day 1:

With light airs forecast for Sunday four excellent races were held on Saturday under the expert eye of Race Officer Colin Loughead and his team.

Three boats Kin, Upfront & Storm dominated the day.

Kin (Simon Brien) showed a welcome return to form winning the first race and scoring a couple of seconds and a fourth to end the day in second place overall. Upfront (Jeff Ralston)  was at the top of the leader board with two firsts, a second and a third. Storm (Stephen Polly) completed the podium places with three thirds and a first place.

Outside the top three our furthest travelled visitor Swallow (John McRobert), together with Tuppence (Brian Corry), Toucan (Mike Vaughan) and Illegal (Phil Anderson) all showed form at various stages competing hard for 4th place.

Janice McCrudden's recently acquired Bamboozled  (helmed by John Simms) stood out with an excellent performance  in race four when they lead round the first weather mark. Having been passed by Storm they held off the challenge of Upfront to score second place at the finish.

An excellent Class Dinner in Royal Ulster Yacht Club rounded off the day with nearly 50 competitors and guests enjoying superb food and the atmospheric surroundings of the Club house.

Day 2:

After a short period  drifting round Belfast Lough,  Race Officer Colin Loughead managed to get the fleet away first time for a 50 minute race in what turned out to be the last breeze of the day.

Conditions were fairly steady and the wind solid with Storm leading from start to finish followed home by Toucan and Illegal. In the dying breeze Tuppence came through in fourth place with Merlin (Angus McRobert) and Usain Boat (Richard Moore)  having their best results of the Championship in fifth & sixth.

Despite the best efforts of the Race Officer the breeze proved too variable and hard to find and the correct call was made to abandon race six.

In the end only three points separated the top three with Upfront (7 points) taking the Charles Hurst,  Jaguar Land Rover sponsored RS Elite Irish Championship from Storm (8 points) and Kin (9 points).

Toucan, Tuppence & Illegal all sailed very consistently with again only three points separating fourth to sixth place such is the competitive nature of the fleet.

An alfresco prize giving on the patio of Royal Ulster Yacht Club was enjoyed by competitors and club members alike with a display of Charles Hurst supplied Jaguar and Land Rover cars and  magnificent views of Belfast Lough the backdrop.

All eyes now turn to 2020 when Ballyronan Boat Club on Lough Neagh will be hosting the RS Elite Irish Championship for the first time.

1stUpfront56RNIYCJeff Ralston,John Patterson & Robin Flannigan2113-9167
2ndStorm37RUYC & BYCStephen Polly, John Gunning & David Kelso-33311118
3rdKin111RNIYCSimon Brien, Jack Brien & Stephen Milne1224-7169
4thToucan64RNIYCMike Vaughan, Gavin Vaughan & TBC-774522518
5thTuppence19SLYCBrian Corry, Karen Corry and Henry Greer546-742619
6thIllegal36SLYCPhilip, Clive Corry & Ben McKelvey665-1033020
7thSwallow49Ballyronan Boat ClubJohn McRobert, Jonny McBride & Bill Fulton4598-103626
8thBamboozled17SLYCJohn Simms, Janice McCrudden & Dave Anderson-12882114129
9thMerlin93SLYCAngus McRobert, Keith Maxwell & Margie Crawford8-117954029
10thFullMarks83RNIYCMark Brien, Mark Ennis & TBCMark Ennis & TBC-10910684333
11thUsain Boat82RNIYCRichard Moore, Colman Byrnes & Gavin Briggs-1110111164938
12thb'Have52SLYCMark Hunter. Dave Eccles & Rory Graham9(14.0 DNF)14.0 DNS14.0 DNS14.0 DNF6551
13thProdical61RNIYCGreg Bell, Sally Bell & Jony Millar(14.0 DNF)14.0 DNS14.0 DNS14.0 DNS14.0 DNS7056

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