Just the ticket for Coveney as Wavetrain takes victory in Autumn series

THE HM Yachts Autumn series continued at RCYC. In a brisk north westerly breeze Race Officer Roy Hanan (Plumbat) and his team opted for course 74.

In 15kts of wind, with gust of up to 20kts, the fleets beat up to No 8 before reaching across to No 9 and then across the Spit Bank to No 20 where the lightening breeze veered northerly giving the boats a run down to Corkbeg from No 13 before picking up for a fetch to Cage.

IRC Class 1 went to Simon Coveney’s Wavetrain with Frank Doyle’s Endgame second and Martin Darrer and Coleman Garvey’s True Pennance third. In Echo Endgame pipped Wavetrain with Wan and Eric Waterman’s Saxon Senator in third. Class 2 was hotly contested with IRC going to Ted Crosbie’s No Excuse with Kieran and Liz O’Brien’s Magnet second and the Desmond, Deasy, Ivers Bad Company third.

In Echo Derry Nash’s Catalpa finished first ahead of Mark Mendell’s Wicked with Len Donnery’s No Gnomes third. With some of the Class 3 boats still down west it was a two-boat race with John and Fiona Murphy’s Fast Buck taking both divisions from Richard Lord’s Blue Peregrine. The largest fleet was Whitesail where Ian Hickey’s Cavatina took IRC from Pat Vaughan’s Aramis with Paul O’Shea’s Elegance in third. Michael Lynch’s Lady T took Echo with Seamus Gilroy’s Split Point second and Elegance third. Race 14 of the Masts and Rigging Series took place with Race Officer John Rice (Eagle) providing competitors with excellent racing selecting course 65 in the light northerly breeze. Rounding the mark the next leg was a beat up the harbour to No 13 at Cuskinny and by the time they reached the buoy the leaders were tightly bunched. A run down to 11 followed by a reach to 10 than a run to Corkbeg split the fleet with the larger boats still tightly grouped and the smaller boats some way behind. In the end it was JJ and Marie O’Keeffe’s Slo Mo Shun who took first with Arthur Baker’s Irish Mist 1 close behind.

The annual Glandore Regatta began with the traditional feeder race from Schull in which the Ocean Cup went to Pádraig O’Donovan’s Chameleon. It was the first time for years that a 1720 took part and the effort by Michael McKenna paid off with second place ahead of Vincent Tubb on Kyachtic. Next day all the cruiser race starts were in the harbour with the finish line in the heart of the village.

Class 1 went to Michael McKenna’s Slainte with Kyachtic second. Chameleon took the Class 2 win. Tony McCarthy on Juno won the White Sail while Sonata won the Dragon Class Lar Casey Cup from Taranaki and Phoenix.

Bright sunshine marked the first day of the 3 Irish Optimist Nationals at Dunmore East with 234 boats competing. Provisional results after two races. Senior 1: P McCann (RCYC); 2 A Hollowell (UK). Junior D Cournane (RCYC-KYC); 2 F Flood (Howth).

Regatta: 1 M O’Suilleabhain (KYC); 2 A Carroll.

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