Flying Mustang Sally and Dis-a-ray tops in April League

HEAVY fog was a dampener, but it did not affect the final race in the Kevin O’Leary Nissan April League series at Kinsale YC and had no effect on the celebrations by the overall class winners.

Eamon Rohan’s flying Mustang Sally came away with the overall wins under both handicaps in Class 1 and Raymond McGibney on Dis-a-ray did the same in Class 2.

The Class 3 overall winner was Kevin O’Regan on Huntress in both handicaps. The White Sail fleet saw veteran Johnny Godkin on Elixir back on the winners’ list again, this time as overall winner.

So now the fleets move along the coast to Crosshaven where the Royal Cork will host this weekend’s two-day South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) Championships for Classes 1, 2 and 3.

There will be five races over the weekend for Classes 1 and 2 and four races for Class 3 in this UK McWilliams-sponsored weekend.

All racing is scheduled to be on Olympic courses outside the harbour, with round the cans in the harbour the fallback in case the weather decides to bite.

The principal race officer will be Richard Leonard of the host club, assisted by Neil Prendeville of Kinsale. Scora decided this week to put on the back burner for the time being the issue of having a Class Zero included, until they know what other new boats arrive on the scene in the coming weeks.

But back to the April League at Kinsale, where OOD Alan Crosbie apologised to the fleets for having a shorter start line, to enable him to see the pin end, which was barely visible through the fog.

The sea was relatively flat in a light eight-knot southeasterly and a strong ebb tide.

Windward mark was Centre Point, leeward mark Sandy Cove and while the Class 2 boats had a further beat to Black Head, Class 2 went to Hake Head.

A good position at the start was going to be critical in the final shakedown and so it proved.

Class 1 got away cleanly with Mustang Sally and Mariners Cove in top

positions, while Mary O’Keeffe’s Tux was the windward boat.

Mustang Sally went on to almost sweep the boards, winning the race in IRC and taking second in Echo, to Simon Coveney and Paul Hyde, and taking both overalls, pushing Anthony O’Leary on Antix into second in IRC with the Phelans on Endeavour second in Echo.

Class 2 split immediately after the start with most the majority favouring the starboard tack. But Raymond McGibney on Dis-a-ray, Clem McElligott on Sea Hawk and the Donnery- Murphy team on No Gnomes chose port and made gains on the western shore. MacMagic was first round the weather mark, with Pat Barrett and Cathal Conlon on their tails.

A beam reach to Sandycove changed little, then a beat to Hake and spinnakers again to harbour mark and a battle against the tide. Then a gybe on to port for the final leg, at the end of which Sea Hawk won IRC from Bad Company and was second in Echo to the same boat. Overall, Dis-a-ray won IRC from Sea Hawk and Dis-a-ray won Echo from Eddie Nicholson’s Silver Shadow.

In Class 3, Kevin O’Regan’s Huntress won overall in both handicaps, with Mike Sexton’s Granny Knot second in both.

Conditions could not have been worse for the start of the PC Scaffold May Midweek League at Kinsale, with torrential rain, a large swell and heavy winds creating a rollercoaster ride back under spinnakers with MacMagic taking line honours and wins in IRC and Echo.

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