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Race Results... 2007

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Round the Island 2007

Well, the 2007 RTI was sailed in some great E-Boating weather, and for all of you that didn't take part, you missed out on a good one!

Of the three of us that did, we had a great time, and now the aching has reduced, I can confirm that the ISCRS Group 6 was the place to be.  I can still see Martin's (E178 Easy Tiger) grinning face as he crossed the start line. He was watching me (E-175 Egret) sail back over the line to avoid a blatant OCS. Kevin's (E258 Craz-E-Shark) previous best time was also well and truly broken.

It was true: I was an RTI virgin. One thing not recommended is to cut the corner at the Needles... Of course I did! (But the swirl of water about 3 metres to my port side spoke volumes!)

The truth is spoken on: http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk Good elapsed time or bad, it was a great day out in the boat. Yes, YOU want to do it next year - see you there!

Adam


Irish E Boat Class Association:
National Championships 2007
(Poolbeg Y.C. 6th - 8th July)

The 4th Irish E Boat National Championships were held in CY&BC, Dublin between the 6th and 8th July 2007. Poolbeg Y.C. offered the use of their marina for the event and this was greatly appreciated by all the competitors. The Event this year was sponsored by Chubb Ireland and AIB Bank.

Due to adverse weather conditions leading up to the event, the numbers were down to 16, from last years high of 21 boats.

After a short briefing ashore, the 13 E Boats from Clontarf and 3 from Skerries, gathered in Dublin Bay for the start of racing, directed as usual by NRO Ian Sargent. The weather as quite settled with 14 – 16 knots of wind, little swell and a mix of overcast and sunny conditions.

The first race was an Offset (Windward / Leeward) course and the fleet made a clean start and headed for the weather mark. The boats were well spread over the course and the first boat around the mark was last year’s winner, OctopussE, closely followed by Wyle E Coyote and Escapade. The wind strengthened while the boats were on the down-wind leg and both OctopussE and Wyle E broached leaving Escapade a clear path to the leeward mark. Escapade held on to the lead for the second round and finished first, ahead of OctopussE a close second and Wyle E Coyote third.

The second race was signalled minutes after the last boat crossed the line. Again the course was an Offset course and the boats started against a dark, brooding skyline. It was not long before the conditions worsened dramatically, driving rain and squally winds soon made even the most experienced crews work hard to keep the boats under control. All the boats were over-canvassed and struggled with the worsening conditions. We were all overjoyed when the course was shortened and the first boat across the line was Eagle Eye followed by Wyle E Coyote and Escapade. End of day one, thankfully. We all adjourned to Poolbeg for light refreshments!

Day two started fine, light to moderate winds and clear skies.

The third race was Olympic. 15 boats started and Escapade led from the early stages. Once the boats got around the weather mark on the second triangle, the wind increased and several boats broached badly when hit by severe squalls. Wyle E Coyote, a strong contender, unfortunately had to retire with gear failure. Escapade, Eagle Eye and OctopussE were neck and neck heading for the finish line when disaster struck and OctopussE’s mast collapsed leaving her 50 mts short of the line. Last year’s winner, OctopussE was out of the event. Escapade got the finish, with Eagle Eye a very close second and Skerries boat Le-jit third.

The forth race was also Olympic and the fleet was now down to 14 boats.

The boats that went to the left of the course got the advantage of shifting winds and Eagle Eye made the weather mark first. She defended her lead around the remainder of the course and finished first ahead of Escapade in second and Smile E too fought it out with Easy Rider for the third place. Racing was again very close with seconds separating the boats.

Day two racing ended and we returned to Poolbeg for a steak BBQ and pints.

Day three. The weather was fine. A bit of everything, wind, rain, sun cloud, typical Irish weather. One point separated the first two boats Escapade and Eagle Eye and three boats were in contention for third place. All to play for.

The fifth race was Olympic. Eagle Eye was late for the start and took a flyer wide on the left side of the course. Eagle Eye rounded the weather mark first, ahead by 10 mts. The Skerries boats Easy Go and Eejit rounded second and third with Escapade in fourth. Eagle Eye held her nerve and sailed for the finish well ahead of the rest of the boats. Easy Go, Eejit and Escapade were neck and neck rounding the leeward mark. Eagle Eye got the gun with Easy Go second and Escapade third.

The sixth and final race was Offset. Eagle Eye led the series by a mere 2 points from Escapade in second. Three boats were fighting it out for the third position. All down to the last race.

The race went well for Escapade, who led from the start and rounded the weather mark well ahead of the rest of the fleet. Eejit was second around and Eagle Eye was in sixth. The wind faded as the boats neared the leeward mark and by the rounding had all but disappeared. Escapade wallowed, totally becalmed, with Eejit and Easy Go close behind. The fleet sat becalmed and drifted helplessly, not a breath of a breeze. Eejit somehow picked up a puff and Escapade watched helplessly as she slowly ghosted away.

Eagle Eye meantime had drifted to the leeward mark and she also picked up the gentlest breeze to drift by Escapade 50mts away. Minutes later the wind filled in and the course was shortened at the weather mark. Eejit from Skerries got her first gun of the event, Eagle Eye was second and Le-jit from Skerries got the third position, Escapade finished fourth.

The prize giving was held in Clontarf and Eagle Eye sailed by Peter O’Hara CY&BC was declared the winner of the 2007 Irish National Championships, Escapade, sailed by Pat Gilmour, was second and Skerries boat Le-jit, sailed by Richie Peel, was third.

 

Ray Wall.

No

Name

Skipper

Club

Race
 1

Race
 2

Race
3

Race
4

Race
5

Race
6

Disc.

Points

Place

242

Eagle Eye

Peter O’Hara

CYBC

4

1

2

1

1

2

4

7

1

155

Escapade

Pat Gilmour

CYBC

1

3

1

2

3

4

4

10

2

255

Le – jit

Richard Peel

SSC

5

7

3

6

4

3

7

21

3

128

Easy Go

Paul Hick

SSC

10

8

7

5

2

5

10

27

4

252

Easy Rider

Kieron O’Gorman

CYBC

7

5

5

4

6

7

7

27

5

118

Eejit

Anthony Horrigan

SSC

6

6

DNF

8

7

1

17

28

6

2144

Smile E too

Paul Cooper

CYBC

8

10

4

3

5

11

11

30

7

85

Eepaneema

Killian Sargent

CYBC

9

9

6

7

11

8

11

39

8

19

Heatwave

Peter Duggan

CYBC

13

12

8

9

9

9

13

47

9

12

Echinus

Peter Denham

CYBC

12

13

9

10

DNF

6

17

50

10

7927

Eagre

Larry Meeney

CYBC

11

11

11

13

10

10

13

53

11

152

Wyle E Coyote

Shane O’Flaherty

CYBC

3

2

DNF

DNS

DNS

DNS

17

56

12

127

OctopussE

Pat O’Neill

CYBC

2

4

DNF

DNS

DNS

DNS

17

57

13

280

Elle

Mark Flanagan

CYBC

DNS

DNS

10

12

8

DNF

17

64

14

151

Epli

John Fitzsimons

CYBC

14

14

12

14

13

12

14

65

15

202

Chancer

Ian Hickey

CYBC

DNF

DNS

DNS

11

12

13

17

70

16

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