Rush hosts big national tournament
THE headline sailing event to mark Rush SC's 60th anniversary year is ongoing this week as the club plays host to the Mermaid National Championships.
With nine races in total, the action got under way on Saturday and contenders faced challenging conditions over the last couple of days as the former Hurricane Bertha arrived in the Irish Sea.
These prestigious championships are held annually at clubs around the country and is eagerly anticipated by participants, their families and various support groups. It's quite apt that Rush - founded in 1954 - is staging the event this year as mermaids were the first boats to be sailed at the club and remain the dominant class racing on a regular basis at Rogerstown.
Without sponsorship it is very difficult for clubs to host events of this scale and AES waste disposal, Evode adhesives and Junkers flooring have supported Rush SC in undertaking the event and this endorsement is greatly appreciated.
Last year's champion, 20-year-old Mark Boylan, has returned especially to the country in order to defend his title won last year in Galway Bay. A grandson of five-times champion Joe Boylan of Skerries Sailing Club, he will pit his considerable skills against past champions such as veterans Jim Carthy and Patrick Dillon from Rush and Frankie Brown, Jim Dempsey and Sam Shiels of Skerries.
All of these helms, along with a number of other very likely contenders, are battling long and hard this week, with the victor being acclaimed on Friday night in the newly-refurbished clubhouse at Rogerstown.