Victory for Mansfield and English
Perfect sailing conditions off Sherkin Island with a steady 12-16 knot breeze provided exhilarating conditions for Mark Mansfield and Terry English and the crew onboard Gut Rot to secure the championship with a 10 point lead and a race to spare.
Denis Murphy from RCYC on Aquatack won the first race of the day and Gut Rot won the second while Nicholas O’Leary onboard T-Bone, owned by Crosshaven duo Tom Durcan and Clive O’Shea, won the final race in the series. Neil Angle from Brighton YC was the top UK boat finishing 8th.
Commenting on his win, Mark Mansfield said: "It was a tremendous event with a very strong tough field sailed in ideal conditions and well organised by Baltimore Sailing Club. No quarter was given nor expected and I think everyone had great sailing over the three days. I have to pay special tribute to my part owner Terry English and the crew, Mike Budd, Joe Bruen and Bernard Fitzpatrick. It was a fantastic showpiece for the 1720 class which is building significantly in numbers."
1. Mansfield/Terry English 17 pts
2. Tom Durcan/Clive O’Shea 27 pts
3. Anthony O’Leary 30 pts
4. Peter O’Flynn/John Crotty 37 pts
5. Ben Cooke/Jim Griffith 46 pts
6. Denis Murphy 51 pts
7. Robert O’Leary 52 pts
8. Neil Angle 64 pts
9. Finbarr Jeffers 66 pts
10. Andrew Brook 84 pts