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FORMULA ONE 2010 Nationals

The 2010 Nationals were held in the picturesque village of Killyleagh in Co Down Northern Ireland over the weekend of 18th -20th June. The weather could only be described as Mediterranean and this coupled with the super welcome from Killyleagh Yacht Club and well run event all led to a memorable Nationals

The racing began in light winds on Friday 18th with two races scheduled. In the first race sailed in about 5-6 knot North Easterly winds and a medium tide, Jibberish (Mike Jones) almost pulled off the perfect start only to be pulled back by the race officer for being on the course side, J Ni Mac (Bob Sherriff) managed to get out in front from the first mark and held on grimly in the fickle conditions to record the first victory. In race two again the light winds saw the fleet converge and contract with Apocalypse ( Nick Bett) )setting the pace building a commanding lead only to see his margin wiped by a big wind shift. In the end line honours went to Kingfisher (Chris Wright). The fleet retired to the clubhouse and were treated to a superd barbeque compliments of Julie Chambers whose culinary excellence and all out enthusiasm added hugely to the overall success of the weekend.

Saturday arrived with much better winds greeting the sailors and wind speeds ranged from about 12 knots to a high of 18 knots on a flat sea again from the North East. Race three saw two boats Kingfisher (Chris Wright) and High Fly (Paul Doran) really showing an increase in pace in the new breeze In a close race between the two Kingfisher managed the win with Hi Fly second. Race 4 again saw the two boats battle it out for top spot again in ideal formula one racing conditions with Hi Fly this time managing the win with Kingfisher coming in second. In race six another boat, Jou Jou (Dermot O’Morchoe) came into the frame and in a close battle with Hi Fly around the entire course where the lead changed a number of times, Hi Fly eventually prevailed at the finish to record another victory to make it two victories on day two of the event. This meant that positions one and two were tied between Hi Fly and Kingfisher on Saturday evening with all to play for on the final day and indeed only a point separated positions three and four with J Ni Mac and Jou Jou fighting out the third spot. The evening’s social calendar included a special talent show which required each boat’s team performing a ‘party piece’ as part of the entertainment. This turned out to be a highly amusing and enjoyable performance well done to all ‘actors’.

Sunday’s racing started with very little breeze which decided to shift hugely every time the race team tried to commence a race. In fact race 6 was rightly cancelled during the start sequence due to a large wind shift. The breeze then all but disappeared and returned again around 12 am when a sea breeze kicked in. In a tight race Hi Fly managed a win against Kingfisher to leave then in pole position with only a point to spare going into the final race. In Race 7 and final race a new winner emerged in Jou Jou which secured third spot overall and Hi Fly held off the challenge of Kingfisher to record Paul Doran and his family crew of Jan ,Philip ,and Simon secure their first overall win of the Formila One trophy. Second overall went to Crhris Wright and hic crew of Nick, Mark and Nick on Kingfisher.

Special thanks must go to Graham Chambers and his wife Julie for all ther efforts in organising a truly enjoyable weekend and event. Also to race officer Dave and his super team on the race boat and mark boats. To the bar and support staff in Killyleagh Yacht Club for their well run event. Also a big thanks to the visiting English boats for making the considerable investment to travel to Ireland for the Nationals. Nationals 2010 Results