Light winds and thundery downpours failed to dampen performances on the second day of racing at Volvo Cork Week where the bulk of the action took place offshore along the Coastal Race course.
While the opening day’s Beaufort Cup race was decided over 24 hours in the Fastnet and back race, won in convincing fashion by the Irish Defence Forces on Joker 2, most of the cruiser-racing divisions were competing between Roche’s Point and the Sovereigns off Kinsale in a single race day.
Despite the change of racing style from short to long races, there was little significant change to the overall standings in most classes.
Nevertheless, yesterday was Jay Colville’s Forty Licks from East Down turn to shine with a solid win in Class One after more than seven hours at sea.
That bumps him up the standings to second overall behind Tony Ackland’s Welsh entry Dark Angel.
Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice is tied with Colville on equal points but a fifth place in the race in home waters means much work ahead to close the three point-gap to Ackland’s lead.
Paul O’Higgins’ new Rockabill VI has opened a comfortable ten point lead in Class Two with a third place yesterday after eight hours at sea. The Royal Irish Yacht Club team delivered a hat-trick of wins on Monday’s opening slalom course series so a podium place will be welcomed.
Ian Nagle’s RCYC crew on Jelly Baby, one of the main challengers in the class, was obliged to sit out the long race ashore after a black flag disqualification for early starting yesterday.
The Crosshaven boat was on the losing end of a protest on Monday night involving Waterford’s Fool’s Gold and Rush entry Storm and ended disqualified from the third race of the opening day.
Nagle and his crew had scored a third and a second and were in prime contention to challenge O’Higgins’ dominance of the class.
Meanwhile, Fool’s Gold, skippered by Rob McConnell, lies tied for second place with Tim Goodbody on White Mischief for the class.
Paul and Deirdre Tingle’s Alpaca from the Royal Cork glided across the finishing-line just below the Roche’s Point lighthouse in near windless conditions with a very solid 20-minute lead on the water in Class Three.
The X-Yachts 34-footer won the race on IRC handicap corrected-time after almost six hours at sea, beating John Swan’s half-tonner Harmony from Howth YC into second place. The Dublin boat was another of the Monday winners with hat-tricks and yesterday’s result tightens the standings in the class leaderboard to just four points with three races planned for today.
After suffering at the hands of Howth’s Under 25 crew on Ireland’s Eye Kilcullen on Monday, Paul Gibbons’ RCYC entry Anchor Challenge drew level in Class Four after winning yesterday and the two boats are tied for the lead with the host club entry leading on countback only.
Clem and Wendy McElligotts’ Sigma 33 Sea Hawk leads a trio of Crosshaven entries all chasing the runner-up places in the class that is starting to look like a two-horse race for the overall win.
In the smallest of the fleets racing, Tony Langley’s TP52 Gladiator romped home from the Coastal Race a full hour ahead of Anthony O’Leary’s Antix to win Class Zero and take the overall lead.
However, the three-boat class are separated by a point each and while O’Leary lies second overall, Eric de Turkheim’s Teasing Machine will relish the conditions on today’s Olympic course so the class remains wide open at this early stage of the regatta.
Amongst the Sportsboats, Alice continues to hold sway in their unexpected appearance in the event following the accidental unavailability of both their original and replacement entries last weekend. And in the Non-Spinnaker IRC classes, Clive Doherty Phaeton leads a quarter of RCYC entries in their 12-strong class with a second win of the series to date.
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