Bandit comes away with the spoils in Autumn Series

LAST Sunday at Crosshaven more than 70 boats participated in the Autumn Series, Whitesail 1 and Whitesail 2 together with Classes 3 and 4 raced in the harbour.

After a quiet start, the wind built from the south-west and remained steady throughout racing. With the enthusiasm now evident for Whitesail racing it is obvious the Classes are going to have a major part to play in future events.

In Class 3 the rivalry between the Dorgan family in No Half Measures and Ian Travers’ Bandit was renewed with Bandit getting the better of this duel.

Visitors to Cork Harbour are making a clean sweep and are leading six of the 15 divisions going into the penultimate day of racing in the Royal Cork Autumn Regatta sponsored by O’Flynn Exham Solicitors.

Kinsale boats are leading Class Zero Echo with Conor Doyle’s Freya, Class 1 IRC is dominated by David Scott’s Eos, Class 2 IRC by Brian Goggin’s Allure, Class 2 Echo by Pat Salter’s Gemini, Class 3 IRC by Ian Travers’ Bandit and Class 4 IRC by Alan Mulcahy’s Sundancer.

Fleets 0, 1 and 2 were sailing windward/leeward courses with the wind building to 18-20 knots and causing some of the yachts to change to their No 2 headsails.

Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice had two wins in IRC 0 and now leads Kieran and Brian Twomey’s Gloves Off.

In Class 2 IRC a protest hearing resulted in Vinny O’Shea’s Yanks & Franks being disqualified from the first race, leaving Ted Crosbie’s No Excuse lying second overall in Class 2 having scored a second and first on the day.

Racing continues on Sunday with first gun at 11.55am.

Cork Institute of Technology’s sailing team departed yesterday to represent Ireland at the 31st Student Yachting World Cup.

The regatta, which takes place in Britanny from Saturday until October 30, will see CIT compete to regain the title they first won in 2008.

CIT were victorious at the Student Yachting Nationals in October 2010 which earned them the right to represent Ireland at the World Student Championships.

The team consists of Skipper George Kenefick, Joe Bruen, Donagh Good, Kevin Goulding, Maria Connolly, Gemma Twohig, Judy O’Brien and Aidan McLaverty.

Skipper Kenefick of RCYC, has high hopes of making history by bringing the cup back to Ireland for the second time in five years.

One of Ireland’s best known sailors, Kenefick was guest helm on Michael Kershaw’s Chimp, the overall winner of the 2011 classic Half Ton Cup at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Cowes in August. Earlier this month he was crowned Irish Sailing Association All-Ireland champion.

Meanwhile, George’s brother David and Dun Laoghaire sailor Brian Matthews will be sailing on Germany’s AOC Rockall in Class 4 of the Rolex Middle Sea Race commencing in Malta on Saturday.

AOC Rockall is the former well known and very successful Corby 36 Rosie that sailed out of Dun Laoghaire.

Meanwhile, A prestigious appointment to one of the world’s biggest sail-making firms is a lifetime reward for a member of a Cork sail-making family.

Crosshaven-based Des McWilliam has been appointed president of world sail-making group UK-Halsey, one of the top three sailmakers in the world, with Crosshaven becoming centre of operations.

Irish Cruiser Racing Association Commodore Barry Rose is seeking interested parties with a view to forming an Irish team for the 2012 Commodores Cup.

The event takes place from July 21-28 and will be based in Cowes.

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