Light winds and a hopeful atmosphere welcomed the visiting sailors to the scenic surrounds of Sheephaven Bay Downings on Saturday for the 32nd annual windsurfing event. Over 70 entrants made for a competitive yet fun atmosphere.
The juniors managed a total of 12 races over the weekend with outright winner being 10 year old Moya Louet Feisser from Carlingford.
The senior Novices managed a challenging 17 races over the weekend and 12-year-old James Hutton from Newtownards came out the final leader with Josh Louet Feisser a close second and Eoghan Rooney from Strabane coming third.
The Silver fleet was very competitive with a range of talented sailors all vying for pole position. There were 24 sailors on the water sailing a slalom course across Sheephaven Bay. Outright winner of this fleet was James Toland from Belfast, Conor Fletcher from Downings coming in a close second.
The Gold Fleet overall winner Chris Loughridge from Belfast.
The local branch of RNLI held a fund-raising dinner and disco in the Downings Bay hotel for all competitors and their families.
The Downings Windsurfing Event committee would like to thank all helpers, sponsors, Mulroy Coast and Cliff Rescue, and Ciaran and John from GetWet.ie.