The RS400, RS200 and RS Feva traveller series kicked off this weekend in the idyllic surrounds of Lough Ree Yacht Club.

A brisk North-Easterly blowing down the Lough greeted the RS teams on Saturday morning. The conditions were made tougher with a sharp chop, heaped up by the gusty conditions. Not “ploughing the bow” into the waves was the key to upwind speed. Remaining in full planning mode and keeping the show on the road in the gusts was the order of the day downwind.

Race officer Vincent Rafter and event organiser Donal Herraghty did a fantastic job to squeeze four windward leeward races in on Saturday in anticipation of the gale-force winds that led to Sunday’s racing being cancelled. The quick turnaround between races was greatly appreciated by everyone on the water.

In the RS400’s former 49er campaigner Robert Espey and crew Michael Gunning from Ballyhome Yacht Club took the top stop. The pair finished level on points with Simon Hutchinson and Trevor Darcy from the Royal North but took top spot with a lower discard. The Royal St George pairing of Emmet and James Ryan finished in third place.

The level of quality in the RS400 fleet has certainly risen with some high calibre additions to the class. The strength of the Northern fleet which had fourteen RS400’s competing in the Ballyhome Icebreaker Series this winter was certainly evident in the testing conditions.

In the RS200’s it was Sean and Heather Craig from the Royal St George who came up trumps with a perfect score card of four firsts. The battle for second place was tight, with Clive Coffey and Helen Cassidy from Newcastle Yacht Club edging out the Royal St George father and son pairing of Ian and Tom Simington on count back. 

In the ever popular RS Feva’s the top spot went to Dan and Conor O’Bernie of the Royal St George who piped local Lough Ree sailors Tiarnan Dickson and Caolan Croasdell on count back. Third place went to Blathnaid and Rosanna Cassidy of the Royal St George.

Photos of the event will be posted this week at Visit for details on upcoming Irish RS Traveller events. 

Top three results in each class:
RS400: 1st Robert Espey & Michael Gunning (BYC)
2nd Simon Hutchinson & Trevor Darcy (RNIYC)          
3rd Emmet Ryan & James Ryan (RStGYC)

RS200: 1st Sean & Heather Craig (RStGYC)
2nd Clive Coffey & Helen Cassidy (NYC)                                    
3rd Ian & Tom Simington (RStGYC)

RS Feva: 1st Dan & Conor O’Bernie (RStGYC)
2nd Tiarnan Dickson & Caolan Croasdell (LRYC)      
3rd Blathnaid & Rosanna Cassidy (RStGYC)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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The Irish RS Dinghy Class Association Inland Championship is set to take place at Lough Ree Yacht Club on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of April.

This will be the first time the Feva class will join up the RS200’s and RS400’s for a regional event. It will also be the inaugural RS Inland Championship.

No doubt the ever popular Feva’s will be sharp following on from The ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals.

The RS200’s and 400’s classes have seen very strong growth over the past season and are sure to be hotly contested.

The RS200 which is seen as the natural progression from the Feva has seen the class starting to emerge in new areas along with the traditional stronghold of Greystones. Dun Laoghaire is now home to five 200’s. Newcastle YC in Co. Down now boasts a fleet of five 200’s and Howth YC recently saw the arrival the first 200 to the club.

The RS400 has seen similar growth with five Dun Laoghaire based 400’s, the continually growing fleet in Greystones and a very strong showing in the North were no less than fourteen RS400’s contested the Ballyhome Icebreaker series. 

With such a strong calendar it all bodes well for the upcoming season and the continued growth of all three classes.

2012 RS Events

28-29 April 2012



Lough Ree YC

30 June & 1 July 2012




23-27 July 2012


RS classes

Lake Garda, Italy

17-19 Aug 2012



Howth YC

19-23 Aug 2012

UK Nationals

RS 200

Exe SC

8-12 Sept 2012

UK Nationals

RS 400

Royal Torbay YC

15-16 Sept 2012



Strangford Lough

6-7 Oct 2012




20 Oct 2012


RS 200/400


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