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27 August 2002, 08:41 am
Win for Azure
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Azure prepares to blows her spinnaker during race 3, photo: David O'Brien

Bank of Scotland Challenge
Dublin Bay

A win on home waters for Bob and Bairbre Stewart's Azure was a sweet way to end the summer season, but perhaps more importantly it underlined the potential of the Dubois design for next year's Admiral's Cup series to be raced on Dublin Bay.
In a sea-breeze climax to a hectic cruiser class season, titles in four classes were decided on Dublin Bay as part of the ninth outing of Bank of Scotland's Challenge run by Dublin Bay Sailing Club.

The defending cruiser challenge holder Gloves Off (Colm Barrington) lost out to Stewart's Azure for IRC handicap honours and Barrington spent several hours spent in the protest room to boot following an incident in race two where there was a mix up over weather marks.

In the 19-boat Sigma 33 class Tim Goodbody continues to build on his second overall at the British national championships and won with a comfortable margin of 7 points ahead of Neil Love's Wardance.

Love, however, could be content in the knowledge that his second overall helped to secure the team prize with team-mates Errislannan (Patrick Kirwan) and Blue berret pie (Terry Madigan) and Azure.

Attended by an entry of 65 cruiser racers drawn from Ireland, England, Wales and the Isle of Man with the prospect of racing on the waters of the 2003 AC very much in mind.

Britain's Checkmate (Nigel Biggs) from Budworth Sailing Club was the best of Class two's 18 boat fleet and in class one Paul O'Higgins Rockabill III won out.

David O'Brien/News Editor
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