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15 June 2004, 12:13 pm
Tough Racing On Lough Neagh
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Irish J/24 Northern Championship
Lough Neagh

The final race decided Ireland's Northern J/24 Championship by bringing Andrew ALGOE and Ben COOKE in Scandal just ahead of Barry O'NEILL in Just 4 Fun, both from Royal St George YC, Dublin Bay.
In turn the front two were well clear in points from club-mate Desmond FORTUNE who finished third overall. The Kinnego Plate, a perpetual trophy for best Westerly built boat in this event, went local to Stuart HARRISON in 'Jay' from Lough Neagh SC, for a very creditable seventh place.

100 sailors took part in 20 boats, including 9 old Westerly built J/24s, from Loughs Erne, Neagh and Ree, inland, and from Belfast, Strangford and Carlingford Loughs, Coleraine and Dublin Bay, on the coast. It was an Irish debut for Andrew MANNION'S Jeb Stuart, fresh in from Holland to bring the number of J/24s in Ireland up now to 64.

This fourth of six 2004 events for Ireland's most widespread and active international keelboat class had 8 windward-leeward races on Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the British Isles. Winds were light to moderate but often very shifty.

Eight race prizes to mark good places in individual races went to Stephen BRADSHAW'S Jibberish, Tim SHEARD'S Jay Kay, Robin EAGLESON'S Luder Too, James BYRNE'S Gossip, Anthony CLENDENNING'S Jezebel, David TAYLOR and Paul BARBOUR'S Taz, Joey KELLY'S Dandy Rocker and Andrew MANNION'S Jeb Stuart.

Results selected across the season's six event circuit will decide the award of a new set of Champion of J/24 Championship trophies and choose six Irish helmsmen to be at next year's 2005 World J/24 Championship which, in world-wide rotation, will be back in Europe, and in Britain, conveniently nearby. Top scoring helms and boats overall so far include Andrew Algeo, Scandal, Barry O'Neill, Just 4 Fun, Joey Kelly, Dandy Rocker, Lough Erne YC, David Taylor, Taz, Carrickfergus SC, Tim Sheard, Jay Kay, LNSC, and Stephen Bradshaw, Jibberish, Strangford SC.

Finally, to show there is fun for all at Irish J/24 events, a mention of the three women who helmed each race in turn in Jeriatrix, Judie ANDERSON, Michelle DOHERTY and Edwina TERNAN. They made 15th overall, fourth among the nine Westerly boats, and beat each of four LEYC club mates in at least one race, Jorvik, Virjin, Dandy Rocker and Jigalo.

Full results are available on the class website at the address below.

Overall Top Ten

Place Club Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot
1 RStGYC Andrew Algeo 2 1 2 3 5 1 1 2 12
2 RStGYC Barry O'Neill 1 2 1 1 2 2 6 7 15
3 RStGYC Des Fortune 4 6 5 10 7 7 9 1 39
4 LEYC Joey Kelly 5 4 7 20 14 4 2 4 40
5 CSC David Taylor 12 7 6 6 12 10 3 3 47
6 LNSC Tim Sheard 7 3 4 13 9 6 7 ocs (21) 49
7 LNSC S. Harrison 9 8 8 19 1 13 4 14 57
8 D&CSC Ron Finegan 8 5 10 15 11 14 5 8 61
9 D&CSC James Byrne 13 11 12 2 13 3 17 9 63
10 LRYC Andrew Mannion 10 14 11 4 4 8 15 12 63
Michael Clarke (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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