Champions' extra gear sees off the local challenge

Dun Laoghaire visitors John Lavery and David O'Brien spoiled the party for Strangford Lough's finest with an emphatic victory at the Irish Flying Fifteen Championships at Whiterock over the weekend August 17-19, writes Marcus Crichton.


Lavery and O'Brien score five wins to take Irish title in style

The National Yacht Club's John Lavery and David O'Brien won five races out of five at Strangford Lough to win the Championship of Ireland in emphatic style.

Strangford sailors Brian McKee and Steve Martin scored a consistent set of results just behind the Dun Laoghaire pair, to finish second overall in the 23-boat fleet, with Roger Chamberlain and Charlie Horder placed third. The title was not defended by 2011 champions, Dave Gorman and Chris Doorly, also of NYC.
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Chamberlain, Baker take Southern honours at Carlingford

Two wins in the last two races brought Strangford Lough YC's Roger Chamberlain and Hammy Baker overall victory in the 2012 Southern Championship at Carlingford.

Second place went to Gerry Reilly and Tony Quail, of Strangford SC, with clubmates Brian McKee and Steven Martin very close behind. Top of the small fleet travelling from Dun Laoghaire's National YC were Dave Mulvin and Ronan Beirne, who came in seventh overall. Full results.

Lavery and O'Brien pipped to fourth at UK Nationals

The National Yacht Club's John Lavery and David O'Brien finished an unlucky fourth overall in the Allen UK Flying Fifteen Nationals today, after wind conditions saw racing cancelled for the second day. 


Getting back to former glory

Paul Matthews, of Lurgan, Co. Armagh, is restoring an old Copland/McIntosh Flying Fifteen. Here's his progress so far. See Paul's Wanted ad: he's looking for a rudder and stock in any condition to finish the job.