West Kirby Win Inaugural Elmo Team Racing Trophy at Royal St. George Yacht Club
West Kirby Sailing Club narrowly beat the RSGYC Green of the home club 2-1 in the final to win the first Elmo team racing Trophy. 8 teams of under 18 sailors took part, quickly getting to grips with the equally matched fleet of firefly dinghies. Blue skies and fresh breezes on Saturday saw Storm sails... View Article
West Kirby Sailing Club narrowly beat the RSGYC Green of the home club 2-1 in the final to win the first Elmo team racing Trophy.
8 teams of under 18 sailors took part, quickly getting to grips with the equally matched fleet of firefly dinghies. Blue skies and fresh breezes on Saturday saw Storm sails fitted as the teams got into their strides.
The experienced and fast team from Schull set the early pace and dominated the first round robin where each team sailed 7 races.
Joining Schull in the Top four and thus into the Gold League were West Kirby and RSGYC GREEN and RSGYC RED. Just missing out and into Silver were Sutton Dinghy Club who were new to Fireflies and to team racing – more to come from them in the Future.
Sunday morning saw gentle breezes and a chance for the young flyers from Bray to post wins on the scoreboard. The weather co-operated all day and allowed the completion of a second round of Gold and Silver racing to be completed.
RSGYC Green won a three way tie to finish as top seeds for the Semi Final knock-outs. RSGYC RED and RSGYC Blue battled it out for the fourth seed with RSGYC RED emerging victorious.
The first Semi Finals saw West Kirby eliminate Schull 2-0 and RSGYC Green knocking out RSGYC RED by the same score. The final was closely fought with WKSC taking the first race only for RSGYC Green to stack the favoured pin in Race 2 and use their speed to sail off with a 1-2 victory. West Kirby showed their experience in the deciding race by dominating the pre-start and establishing a 1-2 combination at the first mark which they would never relinquish. Schull went back to West Cork with the consolation of third place after winning the petit final 2-0.
Special thanks go to the Race Team and Umpires whose efficiency saw each team sail at least 13 races over the weekend.
1st West Kirby Sailing Club
Hollie Marston Tom James Ella Marston Henry Hughes Hannah Owen Alex Colquit
2nd RSGYC Green
Conor O’Beirne Molly Boyne Sean Donnelly Sarah Fogarty Patrick Cahill Emily Arrowsmith
Isaac Mccarthy-Fisher Rosa Lyden Noah Mccarthy-Fisher Harry Durcan Florence Lyden Anna O’Regan
4th RSGYC Red
5th RSGYC Blue
6th Sutton Dinghy Club
7th Bray Sailing Club
8th National Yacht Club