BREEZY RYA NORTHERN IRELAND YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP WIN TO MORGAN LYTTLE/PATRICK WHYTE
For the first time in their domestic event season this year, the Irish 420s had some breeze to stretch their legs.
It has taken until September for an event to provide moderate to strong breezes and the 2018 Ulster Championships duly delivered some great breeze as part of the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships hosted by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club from 29-20 September.
The venue, Belfast Lough can provide some challenging conditions when the wind starts to build.Saturday provided a day with some early sunshine and a breeze in the 10-15 knots range with the occasional squall. Relishing the conditions, the partnership of Morgan Lyttle/Patrick Whyte scored three first places to lead overnight. Sunday promised more breeze which duly arrived and favoured the slightly heavier crews. Two races were contested on Sunday before the race officer called it a day.
Again Lyttle/Whyte thrived in the stronger 17-20+ knot breeze, although were pushed hard by the 2nd and 3rd place boats of Daniel Thompson/Dan Quaid and Lucy Kane/Abby Williamson. As the breeze strengthened to 20 knots and above the crews pushed the boats hard with some exhilarating sailing as the 420s planed both on the up and downwind legs of the course.
Final positions for the 2018 Ulster Championships were:
1. Morgan Lyttle/Patrick Whyte – Royal St George Yacht Club/ Lough Ree Yacht Club
2. Daniel Thompson/Dan Quaid – Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club.
3. Lucy Kane/Abby Williamson – East Antrim Boat Club