Irish Trio win 2005 National 18 Foot Dinghy Class European Championship at Britain's Olympic Sailing Centre
Happy Days (National 18 number 358), sailed by Colin Barry, Andrew Moynihan, and Colin Galvin of Monkstown Bay SC, won the Cork Harbour Trophy for the best eight of the ten races by a margin of only two points at the National 18 Foot Dinghy Class European Championship at Britain's new Olympic Sailing Centre at Portland from Monday 1 to Friday 5 August. They clinched their victory by beating fellow club members David O'Connell, Kevin Horan, and Shane O'Connell, sailing Ball n'chain (331), by 21 points to 23. Happy Days counted only one first but had three seconds, two thirds and two fourths against Ball n'chain's two firsts, three thirds and three fourths.
Three Blind Mice (372), sailed by Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow, and Mark O'Donovan, of the Royal Cork YC, was third overall with 25 points.
This was the first major international dinghy championship to be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy since the selection of Britain as the host country for the 2012 Olympics ensured Weymouth and Portland will be the venue for the Olympic yachting.
The 31 boats and 93 crew members enjoyed some excellent sailing in Portland Harbour over the five days with winds ranging in strength from a light westerly zephyr on the Monday, when only one round of one race was sailed, to a moderate to fresh gusty south westerly wind on the Tuesday, when three races were sailed back to back, and again with two back to back races on the Friday, and what the competitors described as ideal conditions in more moderate WSW winds with two races on both the Wednesday and Thursday.
The National 18 was designed by Uffa Fox in 1936 as a clinker-built wooden boat. The first glass fibre 18 was built in 1970 to a design by Ian Proctor. This basic design was gradually improved and the latest shape is now wider and shallower, with the weight down to a minimum of 200kg. The most recent boats were built on the west coast of Eire and are equipped with a trapeze for one of the three crew members, and provide fast, exciting sailing in windy weather. The racing is organised to give each of the three types of National 18 - the modern "ultimates", the older "penultimates" with glass fibre hulls, and the heavy wooden "classics" an opportunity to share in the prizes, with all starting together and sailing the same course, but the classics sailing about two thirds of the distance sailed by the faster glass fibre boats.
The racing was organised by Tamesis Club with the help of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, at Osprey Quay, Portland, and Portland Castle SC. The use of both windward-leeward tiangular and windward-leeward trapezoidal courses in the 2-mile wide Portland Harbour gave the competitors some interesting tactical options on the beats to the first mark and some challenging spinnaker work on shy reaches and runs. John Gluckstein's X412 Double J was the Committee Boat and the Race Officers were Simon Vines and Donald Forbes. Jeremy Vines chaired the Tamesis Committee which organised the event and former Tamesis Commodore Roy Doughty was Regatta Chairman. A team of 14 Tamesis members helped with the organisation both on and off the water.
Held in Scotland, Eire, the Isle of Man and England on a four year rotational basis, the championship poses a problem for Tamesis as the only inland club involved in that it has to be sailed at sea. The other three clubs, the Royal Findhorn YC, the Royal Cork YC and the Isle of Man YC, are all located on the coast and can run the event from their own premises. The competitors were so enthusiastic about the WPNSA that Tamesis has booked the centre for the 2009 championship. Next year's event will be held in the Isle of Man.
Happy Days (358) and Three Blind Mice (372) fight for the lead (Photo: Simon Vines)
The WPNSA safety boat prepares for any downwind capsizes (Photo: Simon Vines)
The National 18 Champions: Colin Barry, Andrew Moynihan and Colin Galvin
More pictures from the championship can be seen on the Pictures from Portland and National 18 Class pages of the Tamesis website.
A list of all the clubs sailing National 18s and of the boats and their owners can be seen on the National 18 Class Association website.
National 18 Championship Trophy Winners 2005
Trophy Races Sail no. Boat Helm Crew Club
|Cork Harbour Trophy||All races||358||Happy Days||Colin Barry||Andrew Moynihan||Colin Galvin||Monkstown Bay|
|Cock of the North||Races 1 to 6||358||Happy Days|
|Medway Bowl||Races 5 to 10||372||Three Blind Mice||Nick Walsh||Rob Brownlow||Mark O'Donovan||Royal Cork|
|Overland Trophy||Races 1 and 2||358||Happy Days|
|Whitford Cup||Races 3 and 4||347||Das Boot||Tom Dwyer||Brendon Dwyer||Rowan O'Connor||Royal Cork|
|Hurricane Cup||Races 5 and 6||358||Happy Days|
|Yachting World Trophy||Races 7 and 8||370||Aquaholics||Colin Chapman||Martin Almond||Morgan O'Sullivan||Royal Cork|
|Findhorn Sterling Trophy||Races 9 and 10||337||Jafiica||Martin Cruden||Phil Hermiston||Alistair Davis||RYA Scotland|
|Orion Trophy||Classic Boats||253||Thumbelina||Chris Morris||Chris Pollard||Steve Katz||Tamesis|
|Anna-Purna Trophy||Classic Boats||253||Thumbelina|
|Penultimate Prize||250+ Kg hulls||316||Ocatillo||Charles Fox||Hugh McLaughlin||John Adams||Tamesis|
|Handicap Prize||Most improvement||359||Dream Team||Wietse Buwalda||Jo O'Brien||Bruce Hanah||Royal Cork|
|Ton plus prize||Based on ages||266||Geniveve||Roy Doughty||Steve Osgood||Ted Neal||Tamesis|
|Foden Cup||Best Scottish boat||337||Jafiica|
|Swansea Bay Trophy||Best not having won||358||Happy Days|
|Thames Trophy||Best family||352||Raffles||Dominic Long||Cillian Low||Mattiu Peretti||Royal Cork|
|Uffa Ace Trophy||Practice race||331||Balln'chain||David O'Connell||Kevin Horan||Shane O'Connell||Monkstown Bay|
|Ladies prize||Best all-girl crew||330||Fat Girl Racer||Jess Berney||Alicia Mellish||Kim Waterfield||Blackwater|
|McWilliam Spinnaker||Luck of the draw||346||Muc Dhoo||Will Berney|
Overall results 2005
|Series Place||Sail No||Boat||Class||Owner||Crew||Crew 2||Club||Handicap||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Race 7||Race 8||Race 9||Race 10|
|1||358||Happy Days||U||Colin Barry||Andrew Moynihan||Colin Galvin||Monkstown Bay SC||100||21||2||4||3||2||1||3||4||9||7||2|
|2||331||Ball n' chain||U||David O'Connell||Kevin Horan||Shane O'Connell||Monkstown Bay SC||100||23||3||9||1||5||4||4||1||3||4||3|
|3||372||Three Blind Mice||U||Nick Walsh||Rob Brownlow||Mark O'Donovan||R Cork YC||100||25||1||6||5||10||6||1||2||4||5||1|
|4||337||Jafiica||U||Martin Cruden||Phil Hermiston||Alistair Davis||RYA Scotland||100||34||6||1||7||4||2||11||9||DNF32||1||4|
|5||370||Aquaholics||U||Colin Chapman||Martin Almond||Morgan O'Sullivan||R Cork YC||100||38||11||12||4||8||5||2||3||1||6||9|
|6||373||Wone||U||Peter O'Donovan||Colm O'Connell||Sean Cotter||Cove SC||100||41||7||3||6||7||3||6||7||OCS32||2||8|
|7||347||Das Boot||U||Tom Dwyer||Brendon Dwyer||Rowan O'Connor||R Cork YC||100||42||5||2||2||1||7||DNF32||11||8||10||7|
|8||363||Hat Trick||U||Edward Rice||Emmer O'Sullivan||James Donnelly||R Cork YC||100||46||10||7||10||17||8||5||5||2||3||6|
|9||332||Gorrum||U||Mick Kneale||Jenny Kneale||Phil Hardisty||I.O.M YC||100||63||4||13||8||6||9||7||12||7||11||11|
|10||348||Antedote||U||A. Ellis||James Bareham||Stuart Brew||I.O.M.YC||100||71||16||10||11||9||10||9||8||6||8||13|
|11||375||Rhapsody||U||Jeremy Vines||Robin Davis||Mark Vines||Tamesis||100||73||8||8||9||3||RET32||16||14||12||14||5|
|12||350||Muchado||U||Alexander Barry||Andrew Lane||Alexander Rimmington||Monkstown Bay SC||100||78||13||5||16||11||14||10||6||10||9||14|
|13||344||Don't Worry||U||Stuart Urquhart||Ally Summers||Ross Young||R.Findhorn YC||100||81||17||DNF32||13||12||11||8||10||5||12||10|
|14||345||Ta - Ticul - Us||U||Gregor Davidson||Kevin Davidson||James Gibb||R.Findhorn YC||100||101||12||25||14||15||12||12||13||11||17||12|
|15||346||Muc Dhoo||U||Will Berney||Oli Southgate||Sarah||Blackwater SC||100||119||19||11||19||13||16||15||20||13||13||OCS32|
|16||359||Dream Team||U||Wietse Buwalda||Jo O'Brien||Bruce Hanah||R Cork YC||100||127||18||19||15||18||19||13||15||14||16||18|
|17||330||Fat Boy Racer||U||Jess Berney||Alicia Mellish||Kim Waterfield||Blackwater SC||100||133||9||15||20||16||22||17||18||DNF32||21||17|
|18||349||One Over The Eight||U||David Vines||Ian Handley||Peter Vines||Tamesis||100||135||14||14||12||14||18||DNF32||16||15||DNF32||DNF32|
|19||323||Eastern Promise||U||Claire Davidson||Sheila Rendall||Nicola Horn||R.Findhorn YC||100||137||20||18||21||21||17||14||23||16||15||16|
|20||360||Minerva||U||Edmond Coban||Donal Burke||John Burke||R Cork YC||100||144||15||17||17||20||15||DNF32||21||DNF32||19||20|
|21||352||Raffles||U||Dominic Long||Cillian Log||Mattiu Peretti||R Cork YC||100||151||23||20||RET32||19||13||DNF32||19||17||18||22|
|22||345R||Red Eye||U||Roy Cowie||Heather Cowie||Gary Randall||R.Findhorn YC||100||151||22||16||22||24||21||DNF32||17||18||20||15|
|23||305||Miss C'Meanour||U||Peter Barlow||Adam Beighton||Tony Randle||I.O.M.YC||100||168||24||21||23||23||20||18||22||DNF32||22||19|
|24||316||Ocatillo||P||Charles Fox||Hugh McLauglin||John Adams||Tamesis||100||179||26||23||24||25||23||19||25||19||23||23|
|25||334||Trojan||P||Peter Adams||William Adams||Greg Pomorski||Tamesis||100||189||25||22||26||27||24||DNF32||24||20||24||24|
|26||374||Zephyr||U||Ian Burnett||Ben Luddington||Emma Luddington||Tamesis||100||210||21||DNF32||18||22||DNS32||DNF32||DNF32||DNF32||DNF32||21|
|27||340||Tangerine Dream||P||Mike Adams||Gill Tickle||Lizzie Tickle||Tamesis||100||210||27||24||25||26||28||DNF32||27||21||DNF32||DNF32|
|28||338||Wavebreaker||U||Jenny Bursill||Frank Bursill||Julian Bursill||R.Findhorn YC||100||217||29||26||27||29||26||DNF32||26||22||DNF32||DNF32|
|29||253||Thumbelina||C||Chris Morris||Chris Pollard||Steve Katz||Tamesis||100||226||30||27||29||28||27||DNF32||28||DNF32||25||DNF32|
|30||266||Geniveve||P||Roy Doughty||Steve Osgood||Ted Neal||Tamesis||100||236||28||DNF32||28||30||25||DNF32||29||DNF32||DNF32||DNF32|
|31||314||Woodstock||U||Colin Murray||Neil Marsden||Graham Nelson||Invergordon||100||256||NYF32||DNF32||DNS32||DNS32||DNS32||DNF32||DNF32||DNF32||DNF32||DNF32|