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O'Tiarnaigh Challenge

Notice of Race

Mullingar Sailing Club

September 24 & 25




Mullingar Sailing Club have provided the Notice of Race for the upcoming O'Tiarnaigh Challenge which is available on their website along with Online Entry. They are also providing BBQ and have asked that tickets be pre-booked by Thursday 23rd.


Stuart has reminded me to mention that all fleets sail together in the 5 or 6 qualifying races on the Saturday so there will be no one left hanging around. 3 longer races on Sunday.


There is space for Camping and toilets will be available overnight in the Clubhouse.


Autumn Open Report

Michelle Rowley




Another win for Ger and Mel

Sutton Dinghy Club - GP14 Autumn Open 11th/12th September


The weekend's GP14 Autumn Open took place at the Dublin home of the GP14, Sutton Dinghy Club. A total of 24 boats competed, with a great mix of lads and ladies, young and older!

As the forecast predicted, conditions were quite light 5-10 knots and very shifty. Sailors also had to contend with looking for the breeze, it was very elusive at time - coming and going throughout the day.  PRO, Jim Lamkin had no easy task but got the fleet off as scheduled.

After one restart, the first race was led from the start by Keith Louden and Brendan Brogan, with Katie Dwyer and Michelle Rowley in second. The ladies pulled right into Keith and Brendan on two of the off-wind legs. However they took a few unlucky shifts on the beat, allowing the lads to get a good lead. The race finished up with a win for the Louden/ Brogan pairing, followed by Katie and Michelle in second, with Ger Owens and Melanie Morris in 3rd.

Race 2 began with some of the fleet heading out to the right, due to a right shift just after the start. Sadly the author was not one of those, but anyone who did take a hitch right greatly benefited. With much place changing during the race, Ger and Mel got the win, followed by the very strong partnership of Curley Morris and Richard Street. Coleman Grimes with Ross Gingles came in third, after being chased by a very fast Sam Street and Josh Lloyd in fourth.


With renovation work due to start shortly in Sutton, the Club had organised access to Howth Yacht Club for some outdoor dining after racing. Katier Dwyer and husband Michel arranged some pre-drinks in their garden before about 20 GP14 sailors headed for Howth. A great evening was had, and thank you to Howth Yacht Club for their generosity.

On Sunday, once the Youth event was completed, race 3 of the Autumn Open was able to start, followed promptly by race 4.  With a very light northerly breeze off the land, PRO Jim Lamkin did a stellar job getting the two races going. Both races were very light, where looking for breeze was just as important as looking for windshifts. Ger and Mel took the honours in race 3. Keith Louden consolidated his overnight position with a 2nd and then after much place changing, the husband and wife team of Jane and Ross Kearney came 3rd. Race 4 was another tight race with multiple place changing between the first five. Eventually it was a 1, 2, 3 for Ger, Keith and Katie!

Final Results
Gold fleet
1st  Ger Owens/ Melanie Morris   RSt.GYC
2nd Keith Louden/ Brendan Brogan    Lough Foyle YC
3rd Katie Dwyer/ Michelle Rowley     Sutton Dinghy Club
Silver Fleet
1st  Sam Street/Josh Lloyd   Blessington Sailing Club
2nd Sam Wray/ Ossain Geraghty Sligo YC
3rd  Mark Bolger Blessington Sailing Club
Bronze Fleet
1st John Greer/ Jessica Greer     Sligo YC
2nd David Evans/Jonathan Evans  Sligo YC
3rd  Matthew Cotter/ Jane Hunter   Sutton Dinghy Club

Youth Championships

Sam Street



Blessington one - two with Lily Thorup taking top Youth Prize

Sutton Dinghy Club - GP14 Autumn Open 11th/12th September


Over the weekend, racing was as good as it gets, atmosphere was excellent and hospitality was unbeatable, so massive thanks to Sutton Dinghy Club and all its members for showing us such a good time.


Over both days there was a light but consistent breeze laying the groundwork for a lot of close, competitive sailing to be had. All sailors were kept on their toes throughout the races and the finishes were kept tight.

Lily Thorup took home the Youth trophy, bringing glory to Blessington, with Colman Grimes in the front of the boat. Also great to see mirror fleet sailors, David Evans and Jessica Greer coming down all the way from Sligo, and David winning the u16 prize.

To have so many youths at the event, and to be able to have a laugh with them off the water was unreal, and if they could keep coming to events maybe the rest of the clubs would be as alive as Sutton was last weekend. So massive thanks to all the youth sailors who turned up to the event for making it so enjoyable and also congratulations to the older sailors in the fleet for getting them (and us) involved and being so welcoming and helpful.


Full results on home page of Sutton Dinghy Club.

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