Category: 1720

It’s a wrap! And here are your Audi Waterford 1720 Euro Championships winners…

1720 European Champions: ‘Team McBearla. Left to right: Killian Collins, Ross McDonald, Conor English, Aoife English and Paddy Good

The Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships wrapped up on a disappointingly foggy Saturday September 25th in Dunmore East, which meant no sailing on the final day. But there were smiles all around after a really well-organised event that offered some highly competitive sailing in beautiful conditions that showed Dunmore East at its very best over the first two days of the championship.

Photos from day two. Credit: David Kenealy.

In first place overall was the McBearlas team with Rope Dock Atara, with an impressive 16 point lead. Rob Dix’s Elder Lemon was in second place, while Baltimore’s Live Wire skippered by Mark Hassett placed third.

Among the clubs, Baltimore came first winning the interclub trophy — based on aggregate scores — and the Inbetweeners 2nd.

There were some great results for the home club too.

WHSC’s Ciaran Finnegan Green Diesel was the top placed under 25 skipper.

The first WHSC boat was Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold. Rob – who came tenth overall – also won the Rookie Skipper award.

Dave Kenefick came 2nd and WHSC’s Ciaran Finnegan was third.

See the full final Sailwave results here.

 

The event attracted spectators from Waterford city and further afield and was covered by WLR local radio, giving a huge boost to the club. Many thanks to the sponsors, Audi Waterford and Kustom Workwear.

Special thanks too to the organising committee, the hard-working protest committee and jurors, the committee boat, the crews providing rescue cover, the team craning boats in and out, David Kenealy for his beautiful photography, the club team who kept everyone fed and watered and everyone who pitched in and helped out in any way. Full list of acknowledgements to follow!

Our biggest thanks goes to the unstoppable Julian Hughes, who not only organised the event, overseeing every detail, but also competed with his own boat Root 1.

Read Afloat’s report on the 1720 European Championships here.

 

 

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“It’s rare that we get to see the calibre of sailors that will be around this weekend”: WHSC’s Julian Hughes tells WLR about the Audi Waterford 1720 Euros

1720 fleet

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.”

The event is sponsored by Audi Waterford with the generous support of Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear.

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Countdown to Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships is on … Here’s everything you need to know

The countdown is on… with just three days to go until the Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships get underway at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club Dunmore East, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you don’t miss out on the action.

With up to 30 1720 sportsboats registered and some of the best sailors in the country attending, it’s going to be an exciting weekend for both participants and spectators.

The boats will be competing individually and in teams representing WHSC, RCYC, Baltimore Sailing Club and The Rest.

Sailors, please see the document below for all the key information you need for the weekend.

Racing schedule

Nine races will be sailed in all over three days.

Thursday 23rd: Up to 4 races. Warning signal 12:30

Friday 24th: Up to 4 races. Warning signal 10:55

Saturday 25th: Remaining races to complete the series. Warning signal 10:55

Volunteers Wanted

A small number of volunteers are still needed to help out on the water on Thursday, Friday and over the weekend. We’re ideally looking for experienced crews who can help on the committee boat, laying marks and rescue and ferrying sailors to and from their boats. Please contact Mark Kettle (+353 86 604 6828) or Julian Hughes (+353 86 813 4336) via WhatsApp if you’re available to crew.

Dining and entertainment

The clubhouse will be open from Wednesday morning through the weekend until late serving breakfast blaas, pizzas and toasties. On Thursday and Friday, hearty meals including curry and stroganoff with rice, spicy potatoes and naans will be served – no prebooking necessary.

On Saturday night, there will be a celebratory three course evening meal served in the club for members as well as competitors. Please keep an eye on the site and our social media for the full menu and booking details.

All are welcome, so please drop in over the weekend. We can’t think of a better way to finish off a brilliant season of sailing than having front row seats to experience the action this weekend.

Key info for Sailors

1720 Europeans Key Info Doc

More information

Download a copy of the Notice of Race here.

Visit the event landing page here.

Learn more about the Cork 1720 here.

Media enquiries to prwhsc@gmail.com. The event is sponsored by Audi Waterford with the generous support of Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear.

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Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships coming to Dunmore East on September 23

Up to thirty 1720 sportsboats are expected to arrive in Dunmore East on September 23 2021 for the Audi Waterford 1720s European Championships, hosted by Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.

The planned nine-race event, which will run from September 23 to 25, promises to be an exciting spectacle attracting some of the best sailors in the country.

Within the first 24 hours of registration, ten boats had already entered and by last weekend, that number had risen to 27. “It’s turned out to be an even bigger event than we ever imagined,” said WHSC cruiser captain Julian Hughes of the event, which has attracted strong contigents from RCYC (seven boats) and Baltimore Sailing Club (six boats). Six WHSC boats — including Hughes’s own boat — will also take part.

RCYC, home of the Cork 1720, recently hosted twenty 1720s for the class national championships.

Registration for the event opens at 5pm on Wednesday September 22. The first gun is on Thursday September 23 at 12.30pm. Four races will be held on Thursday and Friday, with any remaining races scheduled to take place on Saturday. Prize giving will be held afterwards.

Thanks to our sponsors

WHSC Commodore Roy Power thanked Audi Waterford and Waterford provider of uniform and safety specialists Kustom Workwear for their support. “The event would not have been possible without the generous support of Audi Waterford,” he said. “We’re also really grateful to Waterford-based company Kustom Workwear.”

About the 1720 Sportsboat

The term “sportsboat” emerged in the 1980s and 1990s to describe boats optimised for high performance at the expense of accommodation and ballast. Unlike traditional yachts, sportsboats have no or very little on-board accommodation and the uniformity of design means the competition is all about the skill of the helmsman or woman and crew.

The Cork 1720 was designed by Tony Castro in 1994 after he was approached by members of RCYC who wanted “a boat that would deliver affordable competitive keelboat racing to a helmsman and crew, some of whom would be in the thirty or forty-something age bracket.”

The boat that evolved out of this brief is a robust, stable 5 to 6 person keelboat capable of achieving speeds in excess of 20 knots, while, at the same time providing the basis for a controlled, close racing, one design class.

More information

Download a copy of the Notice of Race here.

Visit the event landing page here.

Learn more about the Cork 1720 here.

Media enquiries to prwhsc@gmail.com.

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‘Catch me if you can!’ – Race Sailing Instructions

Course :

You can download and print the below instructions here.

  • Start : Between Curran and Outer green buoy at Harbour
  • Mark 1 : Red Marker at Creadan ( To starboard)
  • Mark 2  : Around the Hook Head
  • Mark 3 : Of Baginbun Head  ( To starboard )  (Martello tower on Wexford side of the Hook Pensinsula )  Position 52.09.54 N     06.49.53 W
  • Mark 4 : 3 Mile Rock  ( To starboard ) 189 Degrees South of Mark 3 approximately  4 miles)  Position  52.05.29 N    06.51.01 W
  • Mark 5:  Flat Rocks racing Mark ( to starboard)
  • Finish  : Between Curran + Outer green Buoy at harbour

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Audi Waterford 1720 Europeans 2021

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Welcome

Waterford Harbour Sailing Club is delighted to host the 2021 Audi Waterford 1720 European Championships from September 23th to 25th 2021.

 


Race Information

Crane in 2pm to 8pm Wednesday 22nd and 8am to 11am Thursday 23rd. Crane out immediately post racing Saturday (will have 2 cranes on the dock to speed up lift out)

Notice of Race – Download a copy of the Notice of Race here.

Sailing instructions will be available at Registration.

For more information and updates please join the event notice board: WhatsApp Group.

Event Sponsors

Main Event Sponsor

Event Kit Sponsor


Registration & Entry Fee

The entry fee for the event is €275. This fee includes boat lift fees (in & out).
Click here for event entry and payment form.

Registration will take place at the WHSC Clubhouse between 5pm and 8pm on Wednesday 22nd of September and 9am to 11am on Thursday 23rd of September.

Crew weighing will take place during the same periods as registration and will be carried out to complete crews at one time.

 


Health & Safety Information

COVID assessment form to be filled at registration.

Please do not attend the event if you or a close contact has exhibited any COVID symptoms.

 


Venue Information

Berthing will be predominantly on moorings but pontoon space available at a small cost (payable to the harbour) if required.

Race area will be 5 mins outside the moorings.

 


Accommodation

  • Strand Hotel
  • Haven Hotel
  • Shirley Pepper 0872799265
  • Trident Holiday Homes
  • Dunmore East Escapes (check facebook)
  • Air BnB
  • Daft holiday homes Dunmore East (lots of options)

 


 

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WHSC Keelboat Regatta and Club Championship Winners’ Gallery

 

Congratulations to all sailors who participated in the 2021 Open Keelboat Regatta and Cruiser Club Championships.

If you’re reading this in email, click ‘Read More’ to see a gallery of the winners.

Full Sailwave results here:

https://www.sailwave.com/results/WHSC/WHSC%20Keelboat%20Regatta%20&%20Club%20Championships%202021.htm

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In pictures: 2021 WHSC Club Championships and Open Keelboat Regatta

 

The annual Club Cruiser Championships and Open Keelboat Regatta took place this weekend at WHSC. We were delighted to welcome so many visitors from other clubs who travelled to participate in the event. A total of seventeen boats, including seven 1720s, took to the water for a great two days’ racing in near-ideal conditions.

The coastal race on Sunday made for a spectacular sight for those on land.

Commodore Roy Power paid tribute to Cruiser Captain Julian Hughes for organising the Championships and everyone who helped to make it happen, including Dave Marsden and Paddy Power for stepping in as officers on duty; Mark Kettle for managing the results; David Kenealy for photography; Maria Kelly for helping with prizes and making sure everyone got fed, and everyone who helped on rescue and other duties.

He also wanted to thank everyone who helped with other events on a busy weekend for the club, including Maria Walsh and Trish Power, who helped raised a record sum for the RNLI, and dinghy captain Conor Cronin, who ran the more popular than ever fun family Dale Morris and Harris Trophy events, and to all members who showed up, baked cakes, helped out and enjoyed the fun.

And, of course, all the sailors who participated, especially the 1720s who travelled for the event. We hope to see the 1720 sailors back at the club in September.

Congratulations to all the winners and their crews.

IRC Overall Fleet:

1 – Rob McConnell (Fool’s Gold)

2 – Tom Murphy (Glance)

3 – John & Suzie Murphy (Outrajeous)

1720 Fleet Winners:

1 – Rob McConnell (Fool’s Gold)

2 – Julian Hughes (Root 1)

3 – Ciaran Finnegan (Green Diesel)

Class 1 Fleet Winners:

1 – Tom Murphy (Glance)

2 – John & Suzie Murphy (Outrajeous)

3 – Bob Tait (Nero)

Class 2 Fleet:

1 – Eoin Hegarty (Shockwave)

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