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Ten 420 Dinghies Contest Leinster Championships at Howth

4th August 2022
2022 Leinsters - 1st place gold fleet for Adam McGrady and Alistair O'Sullivan of Galway Bay Sailing Club
2022 Leinsters - 1st place gold fleet for Adam McGrady and Alistair O'Sullivan of Galway Bay Sailing Club

Howth Yacht Club hosted the Irish 420 dinghy Leinster championships racing over the August bank holiday weekend.

As Afloat reported previously, the Leinster Championships are the second regional event of the year for the class, with the Connaught Championships having already been completed at Galway Bay Sailing Club and attendance also made at the excellent biennial Double Ree Regatta hosted by Lough Derg Yacht Club.

Saturday at the Leinster Championships dawned with an unpromising drizzle and light winds for those boats returning from the 420 Junior European Championships as they rolled off the ferry in Dublin and headed to Howth early for the first day of racing. The weather improved steadily through the morning as the fleet launched and headed to the race course. A series of windward-leeward courses were set and with the wind steadily increasing through the day the race committee were able to raise the 'O' Flag allowing the suspension of Rule 42 so that 420 crews could pump, rock and ooch the boats when the breeze was steadily above 13 knots to provide some excellent racing.

After a break of a few weeks from the last event, the fleet was eager to get the racing started, and this did lead to some 'U' flags on the first race for those pushing the line a little too hard. Race one, after some close racing, eventually went to the local Malahide/Howth pairing of Hauer and Micka. Thereafter the Galway Bay Sailing Club pairing of McGrady and O'Sullivan continued their fine form from earlier in the year to win the next three races on Saturday. This gave the Galway pairing a clear overnight lead with the first discard kicking in after three races. The decision to run an extra race on the Saturday proved a visionary decision by the PRO Scorie Walls. The wind proved elusive on Sunday and the fleet were sent ashore early when any hope of a breeze materialising evaporated.

Howth Yacht Club again provided excellent race management and organisation for the event on the Fingal sailing waters. The next 420 racing will be at the Munster regional Championships to be held on the 13th and 14th August at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club and this will be followed by the 2022 National Championships on the 26th to the 28th August at Rush Sailing Club.

Gold Fleet placings at the 2022 Leinster Championships:
1st - Adam McGrady/Alistair O'Sullivan - Galway Bay Sailing Club
2nd - Jack McDowell/Henry Thompson - Malahide Yacht Club/ Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club
3rd - Kate Campion/Amelie Soffe - Malahide Yacht Club

2nd gold fleet- Jack McDowell/Henry Thompson - Malahide Yacht Club/ Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club2nd gold fleet- Jack McDowell/Henry Thompson - Malahide Yacht Club/ Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club

Silver Fleet placings at the 2022 Leinster Championships:
1st - Jack McNaughton/Keelan Darby - Blessington Sailing Club/Howth Yacht Club
2nd - Karina Ryan/Sarah Whyte - Sligo Yacht Club/Lough Ree Yacht Club
3rd - Cora McNaughton/Amelia O'Donnell - Blessington Sailing Club/ Malahide Yacht Club

1st place silver fleet Jack McNaughton and Keelan Darby of Blessington Sailing Club/Howth Yacht Club1st place silver fleet Jack McNaughton and Keelan Darby of Blessington Sailing Club/Howth Yacht Club

2nd place silver fleet Karina Ryan/Sarah Whyte of Sligo Yacht Club/Lough Ree Yacht Club2nd place silver fleet Karina Ryan/Sarah Whyte of Sligo Yacht Club/Lough Ree Yacht Club

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At A Glance – 420 Dinghy Specifications

Crew 2
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction GRP
Rig Bermuda
Keel Centerboard
Trapeze Single
LOA 4.2 metres (13 ft 9 in)
Beam 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in)
Draft 0.965 metres (3 ft 2.0 in)
Hull weight 80 kilograms (180 lb)
Mast height 6.26 metres (20 ft 6 in)
Main & Jib area 10.25 square metres (110.3 sq ft) [1]
Mainsail area 7.45 square metres (80.2 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 2.8 square metres (30 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 8.83 square metres (95.0 sq ft)

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