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Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships – Report

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Visiting helmsman Charles Apthorp from Hayling Island Sailing Club crewed by Alan Green of the National Yacht Club picked up the flying fifteen East coast championship at the National Yacht Club at the weekend.

With 29 boats on the start line Jack Roy and his team (Rosemary, Eddie and more) set three races on Saturday. With marks set by the experts Mal, Gearoid and David and with the full scope of the Bay the wind died just as the last race finished. After racing a BBQ was provided and the Leinster v Munster match on the TV in the JB Room. Regretfully there was no wind on Sunday with the fleet taking the opportunity to run the AGM on the balcony in the sunshine and voted in favour of a retrun to the NYC for the East Coasts in 2013.

Charles Apthorp in his prize acceptance speech mentioned how it is always a pleasure to visit and sail from the NYC where there is a warm welcome, excellent facilities and race management. Ten boats travelled to the event from as far as Dunmore East and Whitehead Co Antrim with a strong “Strangford squadron”. Chris Doorly dropped in from his desert posting for the event to crew with David Gorman.

Second overall were Ben & Mary Jane Mulligan with Strangford Lough’s Brian McKee & Steve Martin third.

The National boats were well represented in the prize list with silver prize won by Niall Meagher and Nicki Matthews, bronze Frazer Mitchell & Gabriel Grier. Adrian Cooper and Joe Corrigan took the classic.