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.