Thanks to everyone who helped make last weekend’s two-day 2022 Port of Waterford Laser Connaught Championships such a resounding success. Seventy four boats from 20 clubs around the country travelled to WHSC for the event. The breeze picked up nicely to between 10kt and 12kt for day two of the event, which was held in glorious sunshine over the weekend of May 7 and 8.
Eight WHSC sailors were among those who sailed in the championship, with three races held on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Some of Team WHSC who competed in the event
Laser 4.7 Winners
In the ILCA 4’s (formerly Laser 4.7 class), Daniel O’Connor of the RStGYC won first prize, followed by Daniel Palmer of BYC and Krzysztof Ciborowski of RStGYC. The first girl in the fleet was Ava Ennis of RStGYC, followed by Megan O’Sullivan of RCYC and Lucy Ives of CSC. Four of the top ten places went to young women.
Massive congratulations to our own Fionn Lynch, who was the top WHSC sailor in the 4.7 fleet, coming in 11th place, just two points ahead of Max Passberger at 12th. Congratulations to you both. Well done too to Rosa Ivory and Matthew Plant, who also sailed in the fleet and each had a top 20 placing in one of their races.
Radial class winners
Rocco Wright and Luke Turvey of HYC took home first and second in the ILCA 6 (formerly Laser Radial fleet), while Sam Ledoux of NYC took third. Just four points separated the three of them. Sean Craig won top Master.
Well done too to WHSC’s Ian Kelly, who had a top 20 placing in one of his races the fleet, and to Sarah Doolan, Catherine Cullinane and Ian Doolan — all ably representing WHSC amidst tough competition.
Main fleet winners
The main fleet was a series of close fought races, with Rory Lynch of BSC and Chris Bateman of PWWC ending with an equal share of points. Lynch won on count-back. RCYC’s Nick Walsh came third and was first placed Master.
Our winners’ gallery and more photos from the event will be posted here shortly.
“First class performance of volunteer co-ordination”
The event was an unparalleled success, with Afloat.ie reporting: “Although the wind God didn’t deliver the usual breezy/wavy conditions that is standard to this region, the sun shone on this glorious venue for the entire weekend providing for a beautiful setting. Waterford Harbour Sailing Club put on a first class performance of volunteer coordination and support ashore making it a truly magical weekend of sailing and socializing for all, topped off with a superb barbeque on the Clubhouse balcony on Saturday night as the sun set.”
Many thanks to the huge team of organisers and volunteers who made it all possible, with special credit to Mark Kettle, who organised the weekend which ran superbly from start to finish.
Mark also wanted to thank the following people: “Thanks to the small army of volunteers who make events possible. David Marchant for preparing RIBs and marks; Maria Kelly and Sean Morton for house and the all-day service; Joe Teesdale for parking; Sean for getting club, boat shed and dinghy park ready; Pat Power for getting RIBs, engines and fuel organised; safety boat crews and mark boat crews for great job and for making their boats available; Eoghan Hegarty for having Shockwave available as committee boat; Donal Dunne for getting results done efficiently; Rene Wubben, our beach master, and all his helpers for the great job on the slipway and keeping account of all sailors; David Kennealy for his absolutely superb photography and members who made their RIBs available.
“Thanks also to guest race officials, race officer Con Murphy of NYC, safety leader Philip Scallan of WHBTC and judge Derek Moynan of RCYC for giving their time and helping throughout.”
One parent of visiting sailor wrote to WHSC to express their gratitude: “I simply want to congratulate and thank EVERYONE involved in the running of this event. I’m not being critical of any other event but this was exceptional. From the ladies at registration, Philip as Lead Safety Officer whose knowledge and advice about cutting short the last race on Saturday to ensure our sailors returned safely with the incoming sea mist, and in particular Dr Sheenagh …made me feel so much more at ease as a parent… these are only some of the many volunteers who made this event happen. The welcome and friendliness of everyone was ‘above and beyond’. Thank you so much for a great weekend of racing, and a great weekend of fond memories. This was truly a ‘Carlsberg’ moment!! (probably the best!) Thank you again and I look forward to returning to WHSC and Dunmore East in the future.”
The comms team would like to thank David and Conor for the exceptional photography and video, and everyone who shared and liked our social media coverage, helping to spread the word.
And of course, grateful thanks from everyone at WHSC to our sponsors Port of Waterford for their generosity.
See the full results here: https://www.sailwave.com/results/whsc/Port%20of%20Waterford%20Laser%20Connaught%20Championships%202022.htm