HYC Laser sailors at both the Munsters & Ulsters
Author: Troy Hopkins Posted on: 15/5/09 Print Version

Photos by Brian Tyrell

Munster Championships at Baltimore

Lining up for one of the starts
Easter in Baltimore west cork with your boat - what more could a laser Sailor wish for? Yes we're easily pleased especially if it's windy. The traditional Baltimore Easter Weekend always has a big turnout of Laser Frostbite Sailors before the boats go into retirement once again.

Saturday was a pleasant day with moderate to fresh winds. The sailing was great in the spectacular scenery of Baltimore Bay.

Busy Mark Rounding
Sunday brought a misty day with little wind, Sailors waited both on land and afloat for the wind to come in and wind direction to stabilize. Racing finally started in 10 kts of wind.

The après- sail craic is always great in the bars and restaurants around Baltimore Harbour.

The Howth Standard Rig Sailors were Paul McMahon (3rd overall) , Ronan Cull, Colm Cunningham, Paul Derham (Laser Frostbite Class Captain), Dave Mulligan, Troy Hopkins, Brian Jackson, Harry O'Reilly, John Malone, Joe Cull, Michael Delaney and Eoin Delap.

Andrew Tyrell having a blast
Radial Sailors were Alan Ruigrok, Alistair Kissane, Andrew Tyrell, Ross Darmody, Shane Diviney, Brendan O'Reilly, Kate Malcolm and Conor Hopkins.

The 4.7 Sailors were represented by Mark Condy who came an impressive 4th position despite his boat taking on water.

Beautiful Scenery at Baltimore

Ulster Championships at Lough Erne

Howth sailors at Lough Erne
The Ulster Championships incorporating the Ladies Championship were held in the beautiful setting of Lough Erne Yacht Club.

Saturday was a Beautiful Fresh day and very windy with winds gusting to 40 kts.
Sunday after the overnight rain cleared also brought a bright breezy day.

Dave Mulligan

Joe Cull
The Howth Standard Rig Sailors were Ronan Cull (4th overall), Colm Cunningham, Dave Mulligan, Troy Hopkins and Joe Cull.

Radial Sailors were Andrew Tyrell, Kate Malcolm and Conor Hopkins.

The 4.7 Sailors were represented by Mark Condy (6th overall ) and Diane Kissane (7th overall).

The hospitality shown by the Lough Erne Yacht Club was truly exceptional and the terrific meal on Saturday night was greatly appreciated by all the Hungry Sailors.

At this stage I would like to point out that I would have definitely won the competition if 22 other boats hadn't been in my way!