Thanks to Lough Derg Yacht Club, Andrew and John for organising this year’s IOM Irish
National Championships. I would also like to thank all the competitors who made the
trip to Dromineer. Not forgetting an assisting rib driver who kept a close watch
on the racing and helped moving the marks.
We had 9 skippers who came from Dublin, Wexford and Cork.
After a quick briefing from Andrew Crosbie about the layout of the course, a reminder
of the essential rules of sailing and checking the frequency we got underway.
In order to get a good course the race area was at the end of the pier - Andrew had
laid 2 weather mark to cover wind shifts and after a few minutes of tuning we got
underway. We had a Swedish race officer (thanks to John) and after the usual 2 mins
countdown the serious racing started. So serious that it was difficult to get a good
clean start but we eventually got off on the second start.
John Morehead was showing very early his intentions and went on to win the first
3 races while the running champion Gilbert Louis only managed 3 third places. Andrew
Crosbie and Ollie Williams also in the heat of the battle in these early races. Joe
who never helmed a IOM before was showing potential and went from strengths to strengths
through the day. For Chris it was an opportunity to see how his new 3-Dogs was going
against other IOM boats. Tony, Des and Laurent were also close to the battle.
The wind that day had a mind of its own and coming to the 5th race it just disappeared
so we took this opportunity to grab a quick bite to eat before starting round 2.
But here again despite coming back to its original position it was getting weaker
by the race and at the end we could only get 9 races out of the 16 scheduled - and
this was enough to validate the championships.
Andrew Crosbie and Gilbert Louis who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively though winning
the odd race just could not contain John behind and he went to win 5 out of the 9
races, brining home the National trophy - our congratulations to John our 2008 IOM
Irish National Champion.