Seven IDRA 14s made the trip North over the weekend for their annual Northern Championships, with the usual entourage of “camp followers” young and old to enjoy the hospitality and beautiful scenery for their 22nd consecutive year at Carlingford Lough Yacht Club, at Killowen Point near Rostrevor. Carlingford Lough lived up to its reputation for Day 1 of the event, with wind coming over the Cooley Mountains wreaking havoc on the race course. Continual mark moving under the guidance of Philip O’Conor and Colin “The Haircut” Matthews did however mean the two schedules races were successfully completed, with Ronan Melling and Louise Coulter in 14/160 “Dragon” being the only ones to capsize!

Day 2 on Sunday – yet again everything was thrown at sailors today as two races were completed under the watchful eye of Tim Gibbons. The second race incorporated the traditional Glenny Cup race to Warrenpoint and back, with local CLYC boats racing alongside the visiting IDRAs. What started out as a light shifty beat to the first mark finished with an exhilarating sleigh-ride reach from Warrenpoint all the way back to Killowen.

IDRA 14 Results:

  1. 14/134     Alan Henry/Simon Revill                         Sutton Dinghy Club
  2. 14/38        Alan Carr/Dana Kilroy                         Sutton Dinghy Club
  3. 14/140     Frank Hamilton/Jenny Byrne                  Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club
  4. 14/126     Charles Sargent/Caoimhe Fleming       Sutton Dinghy Club
  5. 14/160     Ronan Melling/Lorraine Smith               Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
  6. 14/71        Donal Heney/Louise Coulter                  Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
  7. 14/124     Stephen Harrison/Stephen Johnston      Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club

Warrenpoint Trophy (Handicap):    14/126     Charles Sargent/Caoimhe Fleming   Sutton Dinghy Club