Dutch J/24 European champs

Following a windy final day of racing in Ireland

Friday August 30th 2002, Author: David Brannigan, Location: United Kingdom
Albert Kooijman's Just 4 Fun convincingly won the Alfa Romeo J/24 European Championship at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland this afternoon following a windy finale to the nine race series.

A 20 point winning margin was suitably rounded off by a fifth race win for the Dutch team. The title joins their J/22 European Championship won earlier this season.

German national champion Leif Tom Loose edged out his Italian counter-parts on Guardia di Finanza, the Revenue Police crew, to take second overall on the final day thanks to a first and a third today.

Barry O'Neill and the crew of Jazz from the Royal St. George YC were best of the home fleet in eighth overall. Club-mate Desmond Fortune with Hard On Port took ninth plus the honour of being just one of five race winners in the 52 boat fleet.

Conditions on Dublin Bay gusted to gale force winds for most of the two races today. The weather took its toll on the fleet including a dismasting and one man-overboard incident. PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) were mandatory for all crews today.

Meanwhile, Italian entry Korus is to complain to the FIV, their national governing body about the two disqualifications they received during the regatta under Rule 42.

Co-owner Giovanni Pinelli claimed that they had not been pumping their spinnaker but legitimately trimming it. The International Jury disqualified the boat from Monday's opening race after warning the crew.

Korus received a second warning on Thursday and was subsequently disqualified in Race six. A third offence would have resulted in automatic expulsion from the event. Korus had been eighth overall when they withdrew on Thursday evening.


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