Peter Kennedy sailing Ridgefence won the 2011 SB3 Midland Championships held at Lough Ree Yacht Club on the 15th & 16th of October. This was Peters third Midlands victory in a row and his crew were Bob Espey and from RNIYC. Six races were sailed over two days with everything from light airs and blue skies to heavy rain and squalls. PRO Vincent Rafter and his team did a great job to get all races sailed in tricky conditions. Ben Duncan was on fire on Saturday scoring a 1,2,1 with Peter Kennedy scoring a very solid 2,3,2. The conditions on Saturday were mixed with the day starting with 10 to 12 knots of breeze gradually dropping during race 2 & 3. Sunday morning dawned with clear blue skies and sunshine but the breeze built all day to over twenty knots but the last race. Ridgefence started the day with a 1st but Ben was 7th so it was game on for Kennedy. Doug Smith, sailing with Killian Collins & Mary Creedon on Sacre Bleu, did very well in the breeze scoring a 2,2,4 on Sunday. The building breeze made for some great downwind action as the SB3’s took off sailing hot angles. The black flag had to be used on Sunday to put manners on the eager fleet with Ruby Blue (Aidan O’Connell) being caught OCS in race 5 thus pushing him out of the top 5.
Peter Kennedy completed the series with a 1st, and discarding a 5th place, he finished 8 points clear of Ben Duncan on Sharkbait. Ben didn’t have his regular crew onboard for the weekend instead sailing with Andrew Vaughan and Joe Turner. Daragh Sheridan, Shane Murphy & John Phelan on Dinghy Supplies had a poor first race but really got going after that with all top 5 places and a first in Race 5. Dinghy Supplies finished joint on points with Doug Smith on Sacre Bleu but Dinghy Supplies got the 3rd place on countback. Darren Martin on Soda Bread from Strangford Lough completed the top 5 positions.
The Silver fleet was decided by removing the top ten boats after the first three races. Colin Galavan on Defiant was 1st, Guy O’Leary was 2nd and Rob Howe on Milvus Milvus was 3rd.
The first lady helm was Selina Dicker on Kicker Off and the 1st Master was Justin Burk on Alert Packaging.