Optimist Irish National & Open Championships 2016

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David Mc Sweemey in action Pic by Deirdre Horgan
Lough Derg Yacht Club hosted the Irish National & Open championships last week in Dromineer and was well represented by MBSC junior members.  Harry, Simon & George Pritchard, Richard & David McSweeney, Patrick & Ellen Bruen, Kate Horgan and Ryan Nolan.
The event began on Sunday with a pre-event practice race followed by the Opening Parade which saw the children gather in Domineer village an parade into the Yacht Club for the opening ceremony.
It was a week of extremely mixed conditions from lots of wind to no wind and back to lots of wind again however under the control of  PRO John Leech the race management team managed to get in full series of 10 races.  With Wednesday set as a lay day & Thursday looking like a “no wind” day the decision was made to run a race ahead of schedule on both Monday & Tuesday in what was described as Champagne Sailing conditions by the PRO himself.  Friday saw the launch time brought forward to 0830 in anticipation of poor weather filling in again and the need to complete three races.
The junior fleet start line comprised of 92 boats which included overseas competitors from Bermuda, USA, Australia, Greece and Great Bitian. The senior fleet had 65 boats on the start line and the regatta fleet saw 50 competitors learning to race with coaching support. MBSC had four sailors in regatta fleet with Ryan Nolan finishing top placed club boat with David Mc Sweeney very close behind him and a huge congratulations to Ellen Bruen & George Pritchard who participated in their first event on the Irish circuit.
Richard Mc Sweeney was the top placed club boat in the Junior Fleet finishing 9th Irish boat (26th overall) and had a superb performance in the final race of the series with a result of 9th.  Hot on his heels was Patrick Bruen who also sailed an incredible final race with a result of 6th putting Patrick finishing 12th Irish boat (30th Overall) followed by Simon Pritchard, sailing in his first main fleet nationals finishing 19th Irish boat.
Senior fleet saw two of our sailor participate in a very tough fleet and well done to Harry Pritchard who produced three top ten results over the series making him finish 8th Irish sailor (11th overall) and Kate Horgan finishing up 30th Irish boat in the fleet and 3rd Senior Silver.
A huge congratulations to all our sailors on wonderful results all round, and many thanks to LDYC for hosting an excellent event in their fantastic club.   The next IODAI event will be the Munsters which are being hosted by RCYC on 10/11 September.
The next event for our sailors is the RCYC At Home this weekend coming which is an Open event so all MBSC sailors are invited to participate in either Main Fleet or Regatta fleet.  RCYC supported our At Home event this year so it would be good to see the numbers being reciprocated.  Its a fun filled family event with crab fishing competitions, parents oppie race on the river, face painting and much more on the shore for all to enjoy – its not all just about racing !! This is a two day event with racing on both Saturday & Sunday – registration & briefing will take place ashore on Saturday.
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