WITH the nights getting shorter, racing started at 6.25pm at RCYC this week. Race officers Stephen and Rebecca O’Shaughnessy with Jonathan Horgan sent the fleets out into a light south-easterly breeze on Course 93 up to No 3, then a dead run back to Cage, before a reach down to No 12 and then a beat back to Corkbeg where the wind shadow of Ft Carlisle created a few problems rounding the mark.
While Class 1 managed to sneak in a round two, it was enough for the remainder just to make one round of the five-mile course. Finishing as the sun set and autumnal mists descended on the harbour was a nice end to the evening.
In IRC Class 1 it was Coleman Garvey and Martin Darrer’s True Pennance taking first, ahead of Frank Doyle’s Endgame with Ria Lyden’s Ellida taking third. In Echo, however, it was the two other X332s which came first and second, with Mary O’Keeffe’s Tux just ahead of Michael Wallace on Felix, with True Pennance third.
Class 2 was hotly contested as usual with Ted Crosbie’s No Excuse taking IRC ahead of the Desmond, Deasy and Ivers’ Bad Company, with Pat Barrett and Cathal Conlon’s Y-Knot in third. In Echo Y-Knot was first, with Neill McPhillips and Martin Fitzgerald’s Magic Formula and No Excuse third.
Class 3 IRC and Echo went to Sara Hyde’s Junebug ahead of Paul Murray’s Prometheus, with Jimmy Nyhan and Marita Buwalda’s Outrigger third in IRC and John and Fiona Murphy’s Fast Buck third in Echo.
The light conditions saw a bit of an upset to the run of straight wins for Eric Hickey’s Cavatina, with Tom McNiece’s Minx III taking IRC ahead of Pat Vaughan’s Aramis, Wan and Eric Waterman’s Saxon Senator in third. In Echo it was a win for Aramis ahead of Peter Webster’s Thistle with Minx III in third.
Friday also saw south easterly winds for Race 17 of the Masts and Rigging series with race officer Donal O’Leary (D-Tox) opting for the same course as the previous night. Slightly stronger winds and different tides combined with the departure of two outbound liners meant that the choice of line to No 3 was critical.
Those who crept up the Camden shore were less impeded than those who opted for the shelter of White Bay. It was a similar story on the beat back to Corkbeg by which time the wind had veered more southerly. Those boats that opted for stronger winds straight down the incoming tide seemed to fare slightly better than those who opted for the refinery side where winds and tide were light.
But all had difficulties rounding Corkbeg. In the end if was Thistle, who fared best just winning by three seconds from Martin Kiely’s Jenny K with Roy Hanan’s Plumbat only 10 seconds behind them.
The CH Marine Irish National 1720 Championships are being held in Baltimore again and commence today, concluding on Saturday, a seven race series planned under race officer Peter Crowley. This is the third time in a row the event will be at the West Cork centre, one of the strongholds of a class revival which has continued to buck the trends of the recession.
This year some 25 boats are expected and growth is assured with strong fleets now beginning to emerge in Cork, Galway, Baltimore and Schull. In addition to the strong local fleet there will be a number of UK visitors including the 2009 UK champion, Steve Forrester Coles and the 2000 Cork Week champion, Michael Wilson. Daily prize-giving will be after racing each day at the club house.
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