There were so many crew changes at the Easter Championships in Howth this weekend, the fleet was barely recognisable. Ridgefence, missing Peter Kennedy, was helmed by Emmet Ryan, Bad had Michael O’Connor on the back, venuesworld.com moved Ger Dempsey forward and gave Justin Burke the helm, the Dorans tried a 4-man combination for the first time, John Malone was replaced by Alistair Kissane in his new boat, with Diana Kissane on the helm. It was clear from the start that the podium at this championship was open to all.
Race office, Richard Kissane, delivered 6 races over the 2 days with incredible efficiency. Conditions were shifty, but the 20 degree shifts were consistent and the results at the end of the event would suggest the race course remained fair. If you wanted tight racing you got it, the first 4 boats finished within a point of each other after 6 races, with the podium decided on countback.
There is a theory that consistency is the key in a race series however this proved wrong for Ridgefence on this occasion. Despite 6 good race results and equal points with Bad and venuesworld.com they were pushed off the podium on countback. Lofly (12), Bad (13) and venuesworld.com (13) shared the bullets with 2 each, and took the prizes.
Thanks to ProvidentCRM and UK sails for sponsoring the prizes.
RESULTS: Full results here