Weather imposes its will on race fleet

WRETCHED weather forced the cancellation of racing on the second day of the Kevin O’Leary Nissan April League series at Kinsale.

The mix of very strong winds, a gale warning and, to cap it all, torrential rain ruled out any prospect of a day’s sport. The series resumes this coming Monday when the fleets will have an 11.55 first gun, with the possibility of a second race being fitted in.

Ashore, the South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) organisation is driving ahead with its plans for the coming months. Much encouragement was drawn from the fact that 41 boats took part in their first race of the campaign, incorporated into the opening race of the Kinsale club’s April League. SCORA are now actively urging all boat owners to participate in both their league and championships.

This year they have added an additional race to the leagues, the Ballycotton Race on July 5 while it has also been decided to hold the Cork-Dingle race on alternate years. That event will start on July 24 from Crosshaven but, in the meantime, the next SCORA race will be incorporated into the RNLI Series at the Royal Cork YC on Saturday, May 17.

SCORA has arranged a series of meetings with boat owners, or their representatives. The meeting with Class One will be at Kinsale YC on Wednesday, April 23, and the meeting with Class Two will be at the Royal Cork the following evening. The Class Three meeting will be at Cove SC and will be held at the Commodore Hotel in Cobh on Thursday, May 1.

The Mitsubishi Sailing Club of the Year Award has been won by Coiste An Asgard.

The award will be presented to the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources, Michael Smith, in his capacity as chairman of Coiste An Asgard. It will be handed over at a reception scheduled for the Coachhouse in Dublin Castle on Wednesday, April 23.

Two years ago the scope of this award was expanded to include all organisations involved in the development of sailing and boating in Ireland. Now it goes to recognise the great work of the National Sail Training ship and its team.

A good variety of entries, clustering on the French 32’s in size and IRC number indicate that the first Class 2 Irish National Championship will provide a very exciting and close competition at Kinsale this June. The Class 2 National Championship will be held as part of the Sovereigns Cup Regatta at Kinsale Yacht Club. Boats currently featuring on the entry list include First 31.7, Sunfast 32, Dufour 32, First 32s5, First 300S, X302, half tonners, MGhs 30, Elan 31, Elan 295, Sunrise 34, Contessa 33, Sigma 33, First 32, Formula 38. The winner will have the double honour of becoming National Champion and the first Cruiser National Champion.

“Having the National Championship has certainly added interest to the Class 2 fleet,” says Regatta Director Pat Pyne. “The way the fleet is panning out, if you’re in Class 2 and you don’t make it to Sovereigns Cup you won’t have really raced this season.”

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