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12 June 2003, 04:12 pm
Fleet arriving in Dun Laoghaire
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Alfa Romeo Sigma 33 European Championship
Dun Laoghaire

With just three days remaining before the Alfa Romeo Sigma 33 European Championship begins, the Dun Laoghaire fleet is being swelled by visiting boats arriving for pre-event checks and registration.
Currently 46 boats and more than 300 competitors are entered for the championship that starts on Sunday afternoon (15th June) with a practice race.

More than half the fleet will be Irish led by well-known Dublin sailors such as Dermot Baker on Shillelagh, Rupert skippered by Paddy Varian with Dick Lovegrove and Howth's Tom Fitzpatrick on Boojum. Cork's Neill Love War Dance is also based on the East Coast and is highly rated for the event.

Of the visiting competitors, David PALMER on Princess Jalina returns to race on Dublin Bay where he was a regular sailor while based in Ireland and is certain to have an advantage. Other top contenders include defending champion Alan MILTON on Pepsi from Scotland along with previous winners Ben RICHARDS and Mike EWART-SMITH on Lucent from The Solent.

Racing begins on Monday at 11:25 local time with two races scheduled per day until Friday's single race finale at 11.00am. The Sigma 33 footer is one of the most popular one-design cruiser/racer yachts in Irish and British waters and a European championship previously held in Cork sparked a large following based mainly on the east coast.
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