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Irish National Class Association
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Boat
Italico
TS2
Kite
Ericca
Widget
TS2
?
3 Dogs
Italico
SC4
Sail #
IRL 85
IRL 41
IRL 86
IRL 07
IRL 22
IRL 185
IRL 29
IRL 45
IRL 95
IRL 49
Skipper
R. Rowan
G.
Louis
O. Williams
F. Noonan
P. Newport
D. Dwyer
P.  Parsons
P. Merry
J.
Craig
K. Stanley
Pos
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Nett
9
17
26
44
45
47
51
64
64
85
Disc
6
10
19
26
24
22
24
30
30
30
Gross
15
27
45
70
69
69
75
94
94
115
Race 1
1
2
3
4
7
5
8
10
6
9
Race 2
2
4
1
8
6
5
3
9
10
7
Race 3
2
1
4
5
6
8
3
10
7
9
Race 4
1
2
7
4
5
6
8
10
3
10
Race 5
1
2
7
4
5
6
8
10
3
10
Race 6
1
3
2
8
9
4
7
6
5
10
Race 7
1
3
2
5
4
7
6
8
10
10
Race 8
1
2
3
6
7
4
5
8
10
10
Race 9
1
3
5
7
4
6
8
2
10
10
Race 10
1
2
4
3
8
7
5
6
10
10
Race 11
2
1
4
6
3
7
8
5
10
10
Race 12
1
2
3
10
5
4
8
10
10
10

Race report

Low tide and early Saturday morning. Most competitors decided to head to the yacht club for a coffee / tea to kick off the day. Everyone seemed in good form and looking forward to a good day racing.

 

Complementing the usual “Dublin” skippers, we had some skippers travelling from south-East of Ireland and from Scotland to compete at the National so thank you for making the effort to travel for the event.

 

Our race officer of the day was our trusty Paddy who managed to give us 12 race that day. This championships couldn’t have happened without the organisation of Phil Merry who contacted all potential skippers who may be interested and who compiled the results. So thank you Phil.

 

And of course we had all the skippers. In fact we had a good turn up with 10 skippers on the day. So thank you to all the skippers.

 

A rig was used throughout the day with at time becoming too much sail area for some. But it surely provided for some spectacular nose diving and near capsize. The wind varied quite a lot throughout the day with some usual “showers” (Were not on board but still got pretty wet still !!!).

 

It was clear from the first race that Richard didn’t make that trip from Scotland for nothing, taking the first race. Ollie, Gilbert, and other skippers tried their best to stop Richard to bring the trophy back to Scotland but once again we failed. Nevertheless it was a good day, particularly for Ollie who was racing with Richard’s Kite which he never raced before and did extremely well with no practice. Ollie we are counting on you and Paddy to set up a IOM fleet in Wexford !!!

 

One key skipper was missing though. Jeff couldn’t make it on time due to rigs issues and studies. Jeff you were missed that day.

 

Personally I was very happy with my performance always in the fight with Richard but not quite yet finding that little extra to beat him... Ah well I’ll keep working on it. But I have to give credit to a great set of sails from Blackmagick. For a light set it sure enabled me to get good results even if sometimes it was more B rig conditions.

 

The day ended with the prize giving in Howth Yacht Club with Phil Merry announcing the results.

 

It was overall a well organised day with good racing despite some tricky wind conditions. So thank you all for making that day successful.

 

Gilbert Louis

2004 National Irish
IOM Championships