The National Yacht Club was the theatre of the ballet of ‘flying boats’ with the annual lift-out last Saturday.
The very windy forecast did not fully materialise, allowing the operation to run smoothly.
If sailing activities from the club stopped, it certainly did not prevent many National YC sailors from going away and competing at various regattas around the country.
Flying Fifteen LDYC keelboat regatta
Saturday was a very windy day on the lake, and only the Flying 15s launched for two insane races in big breezes. Only nine boats completed both races and despite four capsizes, no major gear failures were recorded. NYC sailors Tom Galvin and Keith Poole took the lead on the night with a 3-1 score.
Sunday was certainly a more manageable day, and four races were completed to bring the tally to 6. With three wins and a second, John Lavery and crew Alan Green dominated the day climbing right back to 4th overall despite their two DNC collected on day one.
NYC results from the Flying Fifteen LDYC keelboat regatta
- 2nd Tom Galvin & Keith Poole
- 4th John Lavery & Alan Green
- 7th David Mulvin & Ronan Byrne
- 11th Niall Meagher & Nicky Matthews
- 13th Peter Murphy & Cira Mulvey
- 17th R Hilliard & Dasha Hilliard
Malahide Dinghy Regatta 2022
The Malahide Dinghy regatta 2022 was at full capacity, and it made for a great Sunday afternoon on the water on the Broadmeadow. 3 races were completed for all series (Optimist, ILCA4, ILCA6, ILCA7, Topper and a PY class).
The National YC team was composed of nine Optimist sailors and five RS Feva partnerships.
The 28 boats Optimist fleet proved very competitive, and it is eventually local sailor and reigning National champion Conor Cronin who took the win. NYC sailors were solid all around, with six sailors in the top 12, Gemma Brady being the club’s best finisher in third overall and top lady. Not far off in 5th was nine-year-old fast-progressing Aurèle Dion, who had led the initial race but was unfortunately outpaced by Cronin just before the finish.
NYC results from Optimist at the Malahide Dinghy Regatta 2022
- 3rd Gemma Brady
- 5th Aurèle Dion
- 8th Felix Dion
- 10th Louise Hanley
- 11th Basile Dion
- 12th Grace Keating
- 17th Alex Butcher
- 21st Jacob Browne
- 23rd Lucas Browne
NYC PY class results
- 6th Hannah & William Walsh
- 8th Theo Madigan & Cathal O Regan
- 9th Zara Whelan & Caitlin Bennett
- 13th Charlie O’Neill & Alex Byrne
- 15th Sam Bennett & Cillian Hainbach
Nathan Van Steenberge competes at 49er U23 Europeans in Hungary
Further afield, NYC skiff ace Nathan Van Steenberge competed at the 49er U23 Europeans in Hungary. He was crewing in a multi-country partnership under the Belgium flag, taking a superb Bronze medal just missing silver on countback. He now has just a few days to catch up on college work before heading to Garda for the 29er Eurocup finals with his sister Clementine. They will be joined by two other NYC partnerships Ben O’Shaugnessy / Ethan Spain and Lauren O’Callaghan / James Dwyer. The event will prove very competitive, with 160 boats confirmed and the nearest thing to a 29er world ranking (overalls in the Eurocup 9 events circuit 2022) at stake.