Young Sailors master the Brassed-Off Cup 2024 at Howth Yacht Club

02 April 2024
Young Sailors master the Brassed-Off Cup 2024 at Howth Yacht Club

The annual Brassed-Off Cup for Optimists which has been running in Howth for 21 years, was held on Friday, 29th March in breezy south easterly conditions over a relatively flat sea with some strong gusts to test the boat handling of the fleet.

Eighteen enthusiastic sailors took part with the event being used by many as a final practice session before the Irish Sailing Youth National Championships in Royal Cork next weekend.

Given that the event schedule was three races without a discard, the PRO had hopes that the fleet might not be too aggressive on the start line and tried the first start on a Blue Peter. After a general recall, with at least half the fleet over, as promised in the briefing, the U flag was then broken out for all subsequent starts.

On the second race start, the tide under the fleet picked up pace and was a major factor in two general recalls. The race committee was beginning to anticipate a long day on the water and was relieved to get the race away on the third attempt. By the third race, the sailors seemed to have mastered the art of starting with tide under them and a clean start was achieved on the first attempt.

The Overall and Senior Fleet winner with three bullets was Juliet Ryan HYC/MYC/RStG who built a commanding lead in each of the races. The Junior Fleet winner was Juliet’s younger brother Ollie Ryan MYC/RStG who sailed consistently to finish 7th overall.