RS400 winners Conor Galligan and Zack Harden O’Connor being presented by Simon Herriot’s father with the memorial trophy at Greystones Sailing Club
The RS400 and RS200 Eastern championships were held at Greystones Harbour Sailing Club, and it was a thrilling day for the 24 RS 400s and other boats that participated. The Simon Herriot Memorial trophy was also incorporated into the event, adding an extra layer of significance to the competition.
The first race was marked by several lead changes between Galligan/Zack and the current national champions, Andy Verso and Tom Moran. Race two was intense as a strong gust of wind came in off the land pre-start. Rumball and Sam Hunt took first place in this race, making it their moment to shine.
In race three, Dara McDonagh and Trish Clancy claimed the victory, making it a different winner in each race. It all came down to the final race to decide the overall winner. Galligan and Zack tried to port tack the fleet off the start line but didn’t quite pull it off. However, they managed to do some damage limitation and rounded the top mark first. After holding off the fleet, Galligan emerged as the winner and claimed the Eastern Trophy and the coveted Simon Herriot Memorial Trophy.
GCSC’s Alex and Martin Roe Crowned Champions at RS 200 Easterns
The RS 200 Easterns saw twelve top-class sailors take to the water, including seven junior and four lady helms. The event, held on a flat sea with gusty offshore breeze of up to 25 knots, saw the competition on the water get intense as a three-boat fleet from Greystones was joined by visiting boats from Galway Bay, Cullaun, Killaloe, and Wicklow.
Despite the gusts coming through the downwind causing many a capsize and flat-out hiking on the upwind, the pace of racing was electric. GCSC’s son/father duo Alex and Martin Roe ultimately took home the top honours, with a 1st, 3rd, 2nd, and a final 1st in the fourth race.
Wicklow SC’s Alex Costello and Charles Heather came in second place, with third place going to Greystones juniors – and twins – Cian and Caoimhe Swan. The RS200 fleet has been building over the last few years, with juniors feeding in from the Feva fleet.
PY Dinghy Sailors Brave Stiff Winds
The Greystones Sailing Club (GSC) held a sailing event last weekend, but unfortunately, none of the expected two-man boats showed up. The PY fleet, consisting of an Aero 6 and 11 ILCAs, sailed singlehandedly with 6 and 4-foot rigs. Despite the strong offshore winds and a forecast that may have deterred other sailors, the fleet launched after the beach master gave the signal.
The races were turned around quickly by the Race Officer (RO), Michael Conway, who had to abandon several races during the starting sequence and move the windward mark several times throughout the day. The wind fluctuated in strength, with the local keelboat fleet recording a gust of 28 knots at one stage.
Several boats capsized, and one broke its mast during the races, but the sailors remained undaunted. The conditions favoured the Aero 6, sailed by Roy Van Maanen, who outperformed the ILCA 6’s. Matthew Lawless, Donal Walsh, and Gareth Giles posed formidable challenges, with the lead positions changing constantly.
After an exhausting day of sailing, the fleet returned ashore to enjoy a BBQ and hospitality at the GSC.
All in all, it was a successful event that showcased the sailors’ resilience and determination in the face of challenging conditions.