David McDowell writes:
The 420 Munster Championships were held at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East last weekend in conjunction with the South Coast Championships of the Flying Fifteens. The sailors enjoyed an excellent weekend of racing that started in bright sunshine with a breeze of 15-20 knts that moderated as the racing progressed. Four races were completed on the Saturday with Geoff Power and James McCann winning all four races. Sundays racing provided a contrast in weather with a constant drizzle and a switch in wind direction bringing a large swell into Dunmore East to add further excitement to the downwind legs with plenty of surfing in evidence. The speed of the 420 crews around the course, both upwind and downwind, provided an exciting spectacle for those watching from the harbour wall. Two races were completed on Sunday with Geoff Power and James McCann completing a perfect series in the Gold fleet by also winning the final two races. Silver fleet was won by Sarah Levie and Emily Whitaker.
The results of the Gold and Silver fleets are as follows:
1st – Geoff Power WHSC / James Mc Cann RCYC
2nd – Gemma Mc Dowell / Emma Gallagher MYC
3rd – Nicola Ferguson / Fiona Ferguson NYC
1st – Sarah Levie LDYC/ Emily Whitaker RCYC
2nd – Lucy Bell SLYC / Emma Greer SLYC
3rd – Dara Donnelly NYC / Cliona Coyle NYC
The 420 Class Association congratulated Waterford Harbour Sailing Club on both the excellent organisation and race management on the water and the hospitality of the host club off the water.