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.
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Visit the event landing page here.
Learn more about the Cork 1720 here.
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