420 TEAMS RELISH THE SPRING LIKE CONDITIONS AT LEINSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS
The sunny south-east delivered a fabulous weekend of racing for the 2019 420 Leinster Championships held at Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club, 30-31 March 2019.
Whilst the forecast for Saturday was pessimistic with regards to the likely wind strength the race management team managed to deliver two quality races in a breeze of up to 7 knots before wrapping it up for the day as the wind died in the early afternoon. Ben Graf/Alexander Farrell proved to be the masters of the lighter winds and they led the fleet at the end of day 1.
The change in the hour on Sunday morning (to British summer time) combined with an early first gun at 0925 hrs meant that sailors hit the race course in a building breeze that provided excellent racing with gusts up to 20 knots. Four races were scheduled for the day and the race management team were able to set big courses that allowed for extremely competitive racing with the top positions in the fleet changing throughout the races. Several races were tight with opportunities for a number of boats to take victory in individual races. In the end, the winning crew should a strong determination to win, to battle it out in every single race, to move on from the lows and take opportunities when they arose so that no matter what position they were in during the race they were in the one that counted at the finish line. Lucy Kane/Emma Gallagher took the title with four race wins on the second day of the event ahead of Morgan Lyttle/Patrick Whyte in second and Ben Graf /Alexander Farrell in third.