Patience Pays for Puppeteers

29 August 2023
Patience Pays for Puppeteers

Great things take time.

The 2023 Puppeteer nationals were claimed by class stalwart Trick or Treat (Pearson and Blay). Trick or Treat is a regular at the sharp end of the fleet, however the national title has eluded them…. until now.

Trick or Treat took their time in winning the trophy, I suspect it will be a hard one to take off them next year.

Trick or Treat sailed a remarkably consistent regatta, 6 races never finishing outside the top 2, with 3 firsts. Defending champions on Shiggi-Shiggi could not match that level of consistency and finished runner up (also counting 3 firsts). Rounding out the top 3 was the Murphy Costello partnership on the ever-present Yellow Peril.

The HPH handicap fleet was won by Nefertari, Dylan & John Murray, second was Garret May on Honeybadger and third was Tim Chillingworth on Gannet. Interestingly Tim brought Gannet to Howth 40 years ago, Gannet was one of the 3 founding boats of the Howth fleet arriving in 1983. What a statement to still be racing under the same ownership!

For the first time, the class presented a prize to the top under-25 team, this was claimed by Matthew Knowles on Interscreptre.

An event like this can’t run without a lot of work behind the scenes, we are very lucky to have the support of Sutton Cross Pharmacy, access to a top-class race management team led by Harry Gallagher, a great rescue team and the support of Howth Yacht Club.

---Report by Paul McMahon

Please click here for the prizegiving photo gallery.