On 20 points apiece after five races on Saturday at the Hamilton Shipping Irish Sigma 33 Championships at Royal Ulster were Tim Goodbody’s White Mischief from Royal Irish and Donald and Anita McLaren’s Sigmatic from Helensburgh. Another Helensburgh entry, Mayrise (James Millar) was close behind on 21. Of these three only Mayrise clocked a first, demonstrating that consistency pays.
Friday’s racing had been cancelled due to very high winds gusting to 43knots, which caused the Committee boat to drag repeatedly and as there was also the possibility of boat damage, Principal Race Officer Robin Gray cancelled and ran five windward leeward races today (Saturday). Winds were around 11 knots from the North West to start with but half way through the breeze shifted 180deg.
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The Hamilton Shipping Sigma 33 Irish Championships take place at Royal Ulster Yacht Club over the weekend of 17th, 18th and 19th June with the fleet based in Bangor Marina.
The event has already attracted yachts from Scotland, Dublin Bay, Isle of Man and Strangford Lough and they will join the locals for eleven races over the three days. At present seventeen have entered.
Among the entries is the current champion, Tim Goodbody in White Mischief from the Royal Irish at Dun Laoghaire as well as five boats who took part in the recent Scottish Series including the class winner Donald McLaren in Sigmatic.
Locals gearing up for the competition are great rivals, Blues (Hamilton/Milne) and the Taylor/Sherwood team in Sula as well as Gerry Bell’s Cariad and Chris and Michael Johnston’s Impulz.
Gordon Hamilton, Managing Director of Hamilton Shipping, is pleased to be involved with the event. “This is the third time we have sponsored the Sigma Irish Championships and we are delighted to be associated with the competition”, he said.