Friday 17 November 2017

Sailing: Biggs streaks to clear success

A general view of the boats competing in the Beneteau 31.7 Class in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta yesterday
A general view of the boats competing in the Beneteau 31.7 Class in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta yesterday

James Hall

ANOTHER clean sweep for Nigel Biggs on Checkmate XV delivered Class 2 and the overall winners' trophy for the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta as clear skies and another day of light to medium conditions rounded off the four-day series.

Biggs' scoreline was unmatched in the 390-boat fleet – six race wins with the luxury of using the single event discard to 'throw out' one of those victories. His class was also the largest single turnout of any of the 25 divisions taking part.

The result continues his winning form in Ireland that started with his 2012 Class 2 National Championship win in Howth just over a year ago, which he successfully defended in Fenit last month.

Bon Exemple – skippered by Colin Byrne of the Royal Irish Yacht Club – won Class One in Dun Laoghaire, continuing his excellent form on the new X-Yachts 33-footer that won the Irish title at the combined event in Kerry.

Byrne collected the overall trophy for best boat under IRC handicap yesterday in addition to winning the Class 1 prize.

Amongst the one-design classes, Jean Mitton won the overall prize after she emerged top boat in the Beneteau 31.7 fleet that is preparing for its national championships on Dublin Bay next month.

The J109 class used this Dun Laoghaire regatta to stage its own national event that saw 14 boats contest the title.

In the end, a match-race duel in yesterday's single race day saw John Maybury's Joker II edge out Pat Kelly's Rush Sailing Club entry on the finishing line by just two seconds to win the class.

Elsewhere in the 25-event regatta, the Northside versus Southside challenge in the ISA Sailfleet J80s saw the hosts narrowly defeat the visitors by half a point over six races.

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