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Irish E Boat Class Association:
National Championships 2006 (Clontarf 14th - 16th July)
The 3rd Irish E Boat National Championships, this year sponsored by Chubb Irl. were held in Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club, Dublin between 14th – 16th July. The 3-day, 6-race event attracted 21 E Boats from the two clubs of Skerries and Clontarf. This was the largest fleet ever and was an increase of 8 boats over last year’s 13 entries.
The weather for the first race in Dublin Bay was glorious. Sunshine, flat sea conditions and a steady 10 – 12 knot breeze. The sight of 21 E Boats vying for position on the starting line is impressive. No recalls, all clear and the boats surged for the weather mark on the first offset course. OctopussE got to the weather mark first and Wyle E Coyote in second and Eagle Eye in third could make no gains on the course and the boats finished in that order.
The PRO, Ian Sargent, does not believe in wasting time and the flag for the second race was raised minutes after the last boat crossed the line. The weather remained constant for the second race and what followed was nearly a repeat of the first race, with OctopussE first around the weather mark and Wyle E Coyote second followed by last year’s winner, Escapade in third place. The downwind leg was hard fought but the result remained the same, OctopussE first, Wyle E Coyote second and Escapade third, the rest of the fleet close behind. Eala, the newest Clontarf boat, suffered her mast collapsing after the furling gear failed. A quick trip to the nearest chandlers luckily sorted the problem and Eala was quickly ready to race again.
Day two saw weather conditions remarkably similar to the previous day and the boats assembled for the start of race three. The course set was Olympic and Wyle E got a flyer of a start and led the race for the first triangle but failed to sail through the start line on the way to the weather mark and retired to leave Escapade in front. At the finish Escapade led from Easy Rider in second and the Skerries boat E-ejit in third.
Again a quick turnaround for the forth race, another Olympic course, OctopussE and Eagle Eye fought hard and at the finish OctopussE crossed the line less than one second ahead of Eagle Eye, Easy Go from Skerries a good third. The Skerries boat E-ejit was disqualified after protest (the only protest of the event) for not wearing life jackets. We adjourned to the Yacht Club for a steak bar-b-q and a few pints, much needed after the heat of the day out on the water.
Day three and the weather was as good as the previous two days, slightly more wind and slightly more swell. The fifth race produced another win for OctopussE after some very close racing, with Escapade second and E-ejit in third. The sixth race saw a repeat of the forth race with OctopussE and Eagle Eye battling it out for the lead. This time Eagle Eye denied OctopussE the win and finished ahead by four seconds with Escapade in third place.
The prizegiving was held in the clubhouse and OctopussE was declared the overall winner, helm Pat O’Neill and crew picking up an impressive haul of trophies for their four wins out of six. Pat also picked up the gold medal from the Irish Sailing Association and hopefully will go on to represent the E Boat class at the National Helmsman’s Championships.
The event was declared a great success and enjoyed by all the participants.
E-Boat Class Captain.
|No.||Name||Club||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Discard||Points||Place|
|152||Wyle E Coyote||CY&BC||2||2||DNF||7||6||4||20||21||4|
|2144||Smile E too||CY&BC||7||OCS||6||8||9||5||20||35||7|
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