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Irish Eastern Champs - Howth YC, Ireland
28/10/2023 - 29/10/2023


Irish Eastern Champs - Howth YC, Ireland, 28/29 Oct

Thanks to Daragh Sheridan for his report;
The Irish RS Aero fleet completed its 2023 Summer Season at the KODC Advisory sponsored RS Aero Eastern Championship held at Howth Yacht Club over the weekend. The sixteen competitors enjoyed classic Howth conditions with an Easterly breeze and waves providing challenging but exhilarating racing.

A key part of the Irish RS Aero class events has been providing a coaching or training session on the afternoon before the event with the goal of improving the levels of all sailors. At the session on Friday afternoon, the Irish fleet got to benefit from the expertise of top UK RS Aero sailors Noah Rees and Jack Miller who were fresh from coming second and third at the RS Aero World Championships held in Sardinia in August. The two lads were so generous with their time and knowledge with go faster tweaks, tips, and tricks which the Irish fleet would put into practice in the racing over the weekend.

On Saturday three excellent forty-minute races were completed under the guidance of PRO Harry Gallagher. The efficiency and quick turnaround between races meant the fleet adjourned to HYC to enjoy some excellent food and drinks before all retired to watch the Rugby World Cup final. Only one race took place on Sunday as the race committee made the sensible decision to call it a day following a large squall and wind-against-tide conditions.

The event was won by HYC’s Daragh Sheridan, enjoying “home court” advantage in his local waters. The win by one point from Jack Miller in second and Noah Rees a further two points back in third was testament to the close nature of the racing.

The Howth event concluded another successful season for the Irish class. Alongside the choice of rigs for sailors of all sizes and abilities, a popular attraction of the RS Aero Class is the training and generos sharing of knowledge as mentioned. Also, the ease of being able to travel to international events in interesting venues where charter boats are available has seen Irish RS Aero sailors travelling far and wide. Next year will see plenty of Irish participation at the easily accessible Europeans in Carnac, France, and the Worlds in Hayling Island in the UK. Next year will also see a full calendar of regional events and a return to Howth for the Irish Nationals in June 2024 which will again be generously supported by KODC Advisory.

If you would like to get involved there are a number of second-hand boats available currently and you would be assured of a warm welcome by all in the class. Contact: [email protected] or checkout the Irish RS Aero Class Website to find out more.


4 races, 1 discard

Rank Sail Helm Club Class PY R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 4179 Daragh Sheridan Howth YC RS Aero 6 1105 1 -3 1 2 7 4
2nd 3926 Jack Miller Felpham / Paignton SC RS Aero 7 1063 -4 1 3 1 9 5
3rd 4295 Noah Rees Torpoint Mosquito SC RS Aero 7 1063 2 -4 2 3 11 7
4th 3289 Noel Butler National YC RS Aero 6 1105 3 -5 4 4 16 11
5th 3844 Robert Howe Monkstown Bay SC RS Aero 7 1063 5 2 6 (17DNF) 30 13
6th 3822 Roy Van Maanen GreystonesSC /RStGYC RS Aero 6 1105 6 -9 5 5 25 16
7th 1067 Stuart Harris Waterford Harbour SC RS Aero 6 1105 8 6 8 (17DNF) 39 22
8th 3291 John Phelan Howth YC RS Aero 6 1105 9 7.5 -11 7 34.5 23.5
9th 3187 Darragh O'Connor Howth YC RS Aero 7 1063 11 -12 9 6 38 26
10th 3433 Sarah Dwyer Royal St. George YC RS Aero 6 1105 7 7.5 12 (17DNF) 43.5 26.5
11th 3365 Emmett O'Sullivan Monkstown Bay SC RS Aero 7 1063 10 10 7 (17DNF) 44 27
12th 3644 Mick McCambridge National YC RS Aero 7 1063 13 11 13 (17NC) 54 37
13th 4230 Paul Phelan Greystones SC RS Aero 7 1063 12 (17UFD) 10 17DNC 56 39
14th TBC Kenneth Rumball Irish National SC RS Aero 7 1063 (17DNC) 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 68 51
14th 1321 Abby Kinsella Howth YC RS Aero 6 1105 (17DNC) 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 68 51
14th 1022 Mark Brodie Ramor Watersports RS Aero 7 1063 (17DNF) 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 68 51

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