The 1720s are arriving in Dunmore East today ahead of the Audi Waterford European Championships which kicks off tomorrow.
Our Cruiser Captain Julian Hughes told WLR’s Geoff Harris what makes the class so special and what to expect over the weekend.
“They’re a cheap and cheerful boat to own and run but you get the best sailors in the country sailing them. It’s a class that would be stacked with Olympians and professional sailors,” Hughes said.
“They’re essentially for all the world like a big dinghy, but they’re faster than most of the yachts people would be used to” seeing on the water, he told WLR.
“Because Dunmore is new venue for the class, people are pretty pumped up about it and we have the guts of 28 boats going to show up between today and tomorrow. That’s a record fleet, and a great indictment of Dunmore and what Dunmore has to offer. It’s a great place to sail because you come off the moorings, you travel 100 metres, and you’re in the race area.”
Conditions over the weekend mean “we’ll be relatively close to the breakwater in terms of people being able to view it.” The view from the golf course would also be stunning, he predicted.
“It’s rare in Dunmore and Waterford that we get to see the calibre of sailors that will be around. It’s unique in that sense and there’s a bit of excitement around the area if people want to get out and see what’s going on.”
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