The Angel Group SB3 National Championships were hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club from the 16th to the 18th of September. Race officer Jack Roy did a superb job getting a full schedule of three races in on Friday and three on Saturday. Unfortunately he wasn't as lucky on the Sunday as racing was abandoned due to winds gusting in excess of 30 knots.

The young pretender Ross Vaughan (RNIYC) took line honours in race one. But it was the experience of Peter Kennedy who lead after day one with two wins. Hot on his heels going into Saturday were Mel Collins (RCYC) sailing Sibelus, and last years Champion Gareth Flannigan (Ballyhome YC). 

Day two which ended up as the final day, included the first two races in the north of  Dublin Bay. Jack Roy moved the fleet towards Dalkey Island for the final race.

A second place by Alan McGettigan’s Defiant (RIYC) in race four skippered by Colin Galavan, was the hosts club best result over the weekend. Andrew Algeo sailing Flutter was the best placed  Dun Laoghaire boat with some very consistent results finishing sixth overall.

But it was Sharkbait sailed by Ben Duncan, Brian Moran and Ric Morris representing Howth YC who prevailed with some excellent results including two wins and two seconds brought them over the finishing line to win from Ridgefence by one point. The Howth team sailed superbly all weekend and thoroughly deserved their victory.

“This was a very well run regatta by Paul McCarthy (RIYC) and Mark McGibney sailing manager. Another very successful year for the SB3 class, with 39 entries for our Nationals, and the quality throughout the fleet, making it the most competitive class on the island “ quoted Jerry Dowling, SB3 National Chairman and organiser of this years National Championship.

See here for full results.

The last SB3 Regatta will be in the Midlands, hosted by Lough Ree Yacht Club on the 15th and 16th of October.
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