The combined Class 2 and 3 boats had a more direct route to the Sovereigns and back.
The McCarthy Brothers on Checkmate took Class One IRC but Echo went to Donal O’Leary on D-Tox. Jerome McCarthy on Le Big Mac won IRC in classes 2-3 with Echo taken by Rom Hyde’s Eytheen 24.
The fifth race of the August-September cruiser league had 27 boats in bright sunshine and a moderate breeze and it began with a hotly contested start line where Barry Rose’s new Obsession and Checkmate had the best of the battle.
Obsession was very fast downwind but it was Checkmate which emerged winner, with only 57 seconds separating the first four boats in IRC. In Echo nobody got near John and Fiona Murphy on Fast Buck.
There were no major changes in the lead positions in the Phelan’s Pharmacy Mid-week Superleague where Checkmate continues to lead IRC from Mischief, but where Fast Buck moved into second behind Pat Vaughan’s Bedlam.
Kinsale YC held their Mary P. Trophy Race to Crosshaven at the weekend and it brought triumph for Eamon Rohan who sailed Blondie to victory in both handicaps, the O’Brien-Hanley partnership on Saoirse second in each.
The club’s Robert Acton Ltd Autumn Week and League series had its fourth race with Padraig O’Donovan and Chameleon winning both handicaps in Class Two, beating Clem McElligott’s Sea Hawk into second in each. Saoirse won both handicaps in Class three, IRC from the McCutcheons on Time Trap, Echo from Mike Sexton’s Granny Knot. On the Sunday Kinsale held the Kist All In Short Handed Race and yet again Saoirse came out on top, winning both handicaps.
Midweek, Kinsale staged the RNLI Spalpeen Trophy All-in Race and in IRC John O’Regan brought Jascah victory over the McCarthys on MacMagic 11.
Echo saw Sea Hawk triumph, with X-Dream second. In the Kinsale Brideview Developments Autumn Midweek Series race four saw the O’Riordan-Murphy team take Class One Echo, with the overall leaders in his wake.
But overall here Conor Doyle’s Freya still leads from Dave O’Connell’s Canterbury. In IRC John Godkin had a fine win and leads overall with Freya second.
In Class Two IRC John O’Regan’s Jascah won to move into third overall with MacMagic taking second on the night to remain overall leader from Pat Salter’s Affica. In Echo Sea Hawk was the winner, but MacMagic still leads overall, with Affica second and the Nicholsons' Silver Shadow third.
In Class Three Saoirse won the both handicaps, with Alan Bateman’s Pathfinder second in IRC, Ann Boyd’s Bay Tiger second in Echo. Overall in IRC Saoirse leads from Mike Sexton’s Granny Knot, while in Echo overall is led by Bay Tiger and her all female squad of Ann Boyd, Gillian Harris, Ann Kelly, June McCabe, Polly Renshaw, Sheila Keen and Carmel Cadogan.
Cove SC's revitalised five race September John McCarthy Motorpoint League had an excellent first race at the weekend with 25 boats out in superb conditions, sunshine and a steady ten knots of southerly.
They started in Cuskinny, beat out the harbour and returned in parade under spinnaker along the Cobh road, after which there was much fun at the presentations in Clippers. Frank Clarke’s Sapphire won both Class One handicaps while in Class Two the Dorgan family on Merlin did the same, with Pat Barrett and Cathal Conlon second in both IRC and Echo.
In Class Three Richard Marshall’s Woody won IRC and Damien Ahern’s Re Eile won Echo. In Class Four Alex Gibson triumphed in Olga.
Glandore SC raced their Dragon Fleet for the Mary Ann Shield over to Castletownshend in very light conditions. It was close all the way but after leaving High Island the fleet bunched again and Phyloon was first out of the hole and away.
Cormac O’Carroll chased on Phoenix and in an exciting finish held off Phyloon and Gypsy at the finish. The fleet raced back home next day with Phoenix beating Gypsy and Alphida. Cruisers also raced on Saturday and Maurice Leahy’s Haraka got the better of John Cooney’s Southern Celtic, the first time all summer.