The last event of the IMA Championship series took place last weekend in Blessington Sailing Club outside Dublin and was severely disrupted by weather conditions. Due to the forecast for very heavy winds, the final number of catamarans attending the regatta was 18, with sailors from Northern Ireland, Cork, Swords, Blessington and Galway.
GBSC’s Kevin Thornton received the Best Dart 2011 award and the Team Traveller TrophyOn Saturday, immediately prior to departure from the beach, the wind rose to over 20 knots, gusting 28/30 knots and for the safety of sailors and boats the race officer decided to cancel racing for the day.
By Sunday morning the wind had dropped to about 18 knots and the first race started at 10.25am. 17 boats braved the elements and the rescue boats were kept busy helping capsized vessels on the lake. Race two was started quickly as the wind again increased, averaging about 22 knots and gusting even more.
At this stage many crews decided to call it a day and did not finish the second race, just trying to sail back without any personal injuries or boat breakages. The results after two races saw Adrian Allen and Richard Gunning, F18 class, Ballyholme Yacht Club, take first place, followed by Dermot Mangan and Frank Kelly, Dart class, Blessington Sailing Club and Tom Murphy and Eric Cullen, Dart class, Galway Bay Sailing Club.
The final IMA 2011 rankings saw Adrian Allen and Richard Gunning, Nacra F18 class, BYC, take first place, with Wyatt Orsmond and Patrick Billington, Hobie Wildcat F18 class, Blessington SC, in second and Tim Breen and Ger Murray, Hobie Tiger, F18 class, Galway Bay SC, in third.