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RNIYC Fleet Captain: Mark Brien


The Irish Fleet Annual Report 2014

Early in the year we had the news that the Strangford fleet had grown to three, this was good news as Strangford was to host the 2014 RS Elite Irish Nationals. This would also be the first time that the Irish Nationals had been hosted outside Belfast Lough.

On a sadder note we learned of the passing of our dear friend Shaun McClean, Shaun and his Elite "Elixir" was always a welcome competitor on the circuit and Shaun knew how to change gears on a boat like no-one else. For an old fella, Shaun could still teach the young pups new tricks.

Farewell Shaun.

Royal North hosted a Spring Series of Bullet Races, even "Storm" form Bangor came up to play with us. The races were hard fought, very close racing between the Marks "Fullmarks",  the Kelso/ Gunning / Polly "Storm", and the Vaughan's "Toucan". But our former Chair took the final win by 2 points.

Club sailing was a tad down this year with many of our owners having other commitments but we had a respectable showing at the Cardinal Analytics's Irish RS Elite Nationals. This turned out to be a fantastic event very well run by the Strangford yacht club with 15 Elites on the start line. Great weather, great sailing and great craic. It was little wonder that Mark Brien recommended that Strangford host the UK Nationals in 2016. (He was bit biased as it was "Fullmarks" who won!)  it was with regret that only 3 boats made the trip to Burnham. But there always next year in Lymington.

By the Season end Royal North again hosted an Autumn series again this was also hard fought and it all came down to the last race, this time it was Jeff Ralston who took the honours.

More news came through that Strangford had got another Elite, Jack Irwin being the latest recruit brining the Strangford Fleet to 4.

Immediately this was followed with an announcement from Carrick, Roy Younger had Purchased Barney Isherwood's Elite taking them to 3! With success comes difficulties. There are no second hand boats available here, and practically none in England. Now this all augers well as we head into next season. Enthusiasm abounds with many boats having already booked accommodation in Dublin for the 2015 Irish and Dublin Super Regatta, also lots of talk of the Irish again going after the  biggest visiting fleet title for the Uk's in Lymington.

The English fleet especially the founding fleet in Hayling all looking forward to Ten years in 2015 and while we prepare for our Ten years in 2016. I have to say to part of this fantastic RS Elite family is something I am very proud to be part of and the future looks bright on both sides of the Irish Sea. Long may it continue!