Saturday - Howth Start

A contender for tomorrow's (Sunday) top prize of the Volvo boat of the regatta trophy is Checkmate XV, the Nigel Biggs skippered vintage half­tonner that has a perfect score line of five wins from five races in IRC class two. A promising 6 to 8 knots of winds got racing for all 393 boats in 25 classes off to a solid start this morning and the hope was that the breeze ­ like the sunshine ­ would build during the day but instead the wind had died across most of the eight courses by lunchtime.

  Sigma 33s  
  Beneteau 31.7s  
  IRC Cruiser 2s  
  Non Spinnaker 1  


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