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Blessington Sailing Club 420 Duo are Munster Champions at Kinsale Harbour (Photo Gallery)

17th February 2024
Blessington Sailing Club's Cora McNaughton and  Sean Cronin (left) were the overall winners of the 420 dinghy Munster Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club
Blessington Sailing Club's Cora McNaughton and Sean Cronin (left) were the overall winners of the 420 dinghy Munster Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club Credit: Bob Bateman

Blessington Sailing Club's Cora McNaughton and Sean Cronin emerged as the victorious duo, clinching the top spot with a lead of four points in the 420 Munster Championships held at Kinsale Yacht Club on Saturday.

The championships, which attracted a fleet of 20 boats, were largely youth-based and were raced over six races with one discard on Friday and Saturday. The competitors had undergone intensive mid-term coaching sessions at the West Cork harbour in preparation for the event.

The 420 Munster Championships held at Kinsale Yacht Club attracted a fleet of 20 boats Photo: Bob BatemanThe 420 Munster Championships held at Kinsale Yacht Club attracted a fleet of 20 boats Photo: Bob Bateman

Second place was secured by Waterford Harbour Sailing Club's Max Sweetman and Fionn Lynch, who finished the championship with nine points. Galway Bay Sailing Club's Sean Lemonnier and Killian Mathieu had to settle for third place with a score of 16.

The races were held in some challenging conditions with heavy rain squalls, but the participants navigated the quad courses set by Kinsale Principal Race Officer John Stallard with great skill and precision.

Overall, it was a thrilling and competitive event that showcased the best sailing talent from across eight Irish yacht clubs.

420 Munster Championships held at Kinsale Yacht Club Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman

Race Results

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Published in 420, Youth Sailing, Kinsale
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At A Glance – 420 Dinghy Specifications

Crew 2
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction GRP
Rig Bermuda
Keel Centerboard
Trapeze Single
LOA 4.2 metres (13 ft 9 in)
Beam 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in)
Draft 0.965 metres (3 ft 2.0 in)
Hull weight 80 kilograms (180 lb)
Mast height 6.26 metres (20 ft 6 in)
Main & Jib area 10.25 square metres (110.3 sq ft) [1]
Mainsail area 7.45 square metres (80.2 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 2.8 square metres (30 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 8.83 square metres (95.0 sq ft)

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