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Supernova shines brightest

Finely balanced scores from half a dozen classes presented a challenge to the organisers at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta yesterday and when the overall trophy was awarded to Syb McCormack, Ken Lawless and Pat Shannon's Supernova from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, it was only after tie-breaks and complex calculations had been applied.

The Dun Laoghaire quarter-tonner beat defending title holder Flor O'Driscoll's Hard on Port from the neighbouring Royal St George YC following six races in Class 3 under IRC-handicap but only after the third tie-break was applied. Both boats had equal points plus three wins and two second places apiece. Both had also discarded a second place and so the class, and the event, was decided on who had the most recent race win.

Other boats in the 420-strong fleet were also contenders for the top prize. Class Zero winner Crazy Horse actually had lower points than Supernova but as the division had half the turnout, it was the Class 3 boat that was judged the best performance.

John Hall's modified J109 Something Else was another close contender as the overall winner of Class One with two race wins and a second place, while a third on Friday morning proved very costly overall.

Amongst the one-designs, Ben Duncan and Brian Morans' Sharkbait from Howth surprised few by emerging overall winners of the Laser SB3 class. The winning sportsboat crew faltered briefly on Saturday but the series discard took care of their premature start penalty and a string of second places and race wins followed.

Dave Gorman's HyFive won the Flying 15s easily, while Peter Wallace's Toys for Boys won the Squib class.

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Irish Independent