The RS Feva Irish National Championships from 1-3 July attracted 26 entries from Dun Laoghaire, Howth, Malahide, Greystones and the UK to Dublin Bay.
The NYC team of 9 boats and 18 heros, making us the largest club at the event, trundled across to the west side of the harbour ready for battle.
Three days of racing out of the Royal Irish Yacht Club saw all weather conditions for the 52 sailors, many new to the Feva class — making the championship both challenging and a test of skill and learning.
Day one on Friday 1 July saw three races completed, in varying conditions from zero to 25 knots of breeze — a challenging opening day.
The Saturday brought light and variable Dublin Bay conditions and despite numerous attempts to start, no races were finished.
There was patience, persistence and a considerable amount of non-racing fun on and between boats — a glimpse of the benefits of two-handed sailing.
Sunday’s final day saw the 25-knot squalls settle down to a steady 15-20, allowing three solid races and a full result.
An Irish family entry from the UK, the O’Halloran sisters, became convincing Irish National Champions with six bullets and are planning to represent Ireland at the RS Feva Worlds in Weymouth.
Royal St George pair Patrick Foley and Seth Walker came second, while club mates Thea Daly and Ava Ennis came third. The National Yacht Club’s Lizzie and James Hall took the Silver fleet, Senan Corry and Peadar Doyle finished 3rd in the Silver Fleet, while the George’s Amelie Hennessy and Molly McGlew took the Bronze fleet.
It seemed to the race officers that fleet separation reduced dramatically throughout — meaning essentially that everyone was a winner, with happy faces and broad smiles all round.
The return trundle, exhausted and happy to some jumping in on our home dock completed the weekend wonderfully.