GLORY FOR DOUGLAS ELMES/COLIN O'SULLIVAN AS THEY MOVE ON IN THEIR SAILING CAREERS
Douglas Elmes/Colin O'Sullivan ended their sailing career in the 420 Class on a high, by winning the Irish 420 National in convincing style.
A record 25 boats contested the Irish 420 National Championships at Howth Yacht club, from 9-11 August, with four British teams joining the line-up. With fresh South Westerly breezes the race officer Derek Bothwell managed to sail the full schedule of races, however gusts of 20+ knots on the last day meant that only gold fleet were allowed to launch.
Douglas Elmes/Colin O'Sullivan, from the host club, led the Championship from the outset counting 4 wins and three 2nd places in their final tally. They were met with challenges from Geoff Power/James McCann who won race 2, and British pairing Katie Davies/Madeleine Watkins who won races 3 and 5.
Elmes/O'Sullivan reported afterwards that this will be their last race in the 420 as they will be progressing beyond the class next year. They thanked the class for their tremendous support over the past 3 years, during which they won bronze at the Youth Sailing World Championships earlier this year.