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Wessex Exempt won the Irish National Team Racing Championships with the George Knights, making a comeback in their home club, taking second place and the title of Irish Team Racing Champions.

The only Youth team in the competition, inevitably representing Schull, finished 9th overall, out of a total entry of 20 teams. In the process they managed to beat some of the leading Irish University teams. 

This event was the largest National Championships for many years, with 6 teams travelling over from the UK. 7 rounds of a Swiss League were sailed. Sailing was delayed on Saturday morning by too little wind, and by too much wind on Sunday morning!

Wessex Exempt won all their races, whilst George Knights were unfortunate to be lose against eventual 4th placed Royal Thames Vultures in the second round. If time had permuitted to sail the eigth round the result could have been very different, as the first race scheduled would have been a winner takes all competition between Exempt and the Knights. There was,  however, time for a  race to seperate the teams tied for second placed Irish team, the preferred option as they had yet to sail against each other. In a race somewhat marred by a large wind shift DOC beat Team Zephyr.

This event signalled a welcome return of team racing to the Royal St. George Yacht Club. The prize-giving took place in the very bar were the concept of team racing in one-design dinghies was originally conceived after race between the “George” and West Kirby SC. Amazingly, the boat chosen for  the first event was the Firefly dinghy, still the dinghy of choce for team racing. The links between the Royal St George and West Kirby S.C. Continue to this day One of the helms sailing for the victorious Wessex Exempt habitually sails for West Kirby, and one of the event's umpires is cheif umpire for West Kirby's prestigious Wilson Trophy.

Full results:
Irish Team Racing Championships

1. Wessex Exempt  7 wins
2. George Knights  6 wins
3. Royal Thames Red  5 wins
4. Royal T Vultures 5 wins
5. S Male Voice Choir 
6. Team Zephyr 5 wins (third Irish team after sail off with DOC)
7. DOC 5 wins
8. Univ. Limerick 4 wins
9. Schull 4 wins (First Youth team)
10. Wet Dream Team 3 wins
11. The Big Fun 3 wins
12. Univ. Southhampton 3 wins
13. UCD 1 3 wins
14 Shalumni 2 wins
15 Glitter Fingers 2 wins
16. UCD 2 2 wins
17. UCC 1 2 wins 
18. Trinity 2 wins
19. UCC 2 1 win 
20. UCD 3 1 win

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3rd November 2011

With only days to go before the Irish Team Racing Championships, 15 teams have entered. With the event returning to the Royal St  Yacht Club, the local team, the George Knights, will be faced with some stiff competition. Five teams are travelling from the UK and two of the Irish teams are based on sailors that represented Ireland in the recent Team Racing Worlds in Schull. Finally, the college circuit will be well represented, with teams from UCD, UCD and Trinity College.

Team racing is an umpired sport, and the Irish Team Racing Association has brought together a group of umpires including three International Umpires from the UK and the USA. The intention is to run racing as a Swiss League, in which teams are paired according to earlier results in the competition. In this way races should evenly matched, and exciting for both competitors and spectators. Racing will take place in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and can be followed from the East Pier.

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The Irish Team Racing Nationals will be sailed in Dun Laoghaire on 12th and 13th November, at the Royal St George YC.

On the Friday evening there will be a team racing clinic run by IUs Peter Johnson (GBR) and John Pratt (USA). They will then be joined by other International Umpires to make up a strong umpire team for the event.

Please find below the NOR and an entry form. As there have been problems in recent years caused either by teams not showing up or by late entries we do require a deposit. Irish teams are requested to send a cheque to the Irish Team Racing Association. UK and other teams may pay by electronic transfer. Please contact Gordon Davies, Hon Sec ITRA at gordondavies@eircom.net to arrange this.

The age limit for the youth competition is fixed so that the leading youth team will be qualified for any international events in 2012. This is a consequence of our decision to move the Championship to a date in November.
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