The wind gods are still playing games with Ford Cork week resulting in some classes only being able to sail one race to-day
There was also some controversy when the race Committee had to seek redress on behalf of boats in IRM and IRC Class 0 boats. Some boats had been recorded as non finishers because they were out of time in accordance with the Sailing instructions. This prejudiced the boats through no fault of their own.
The redress was granted and boats with finishing times but scored as Did Not Finish were awarded points equivalent to the finishing positions the would have achieved based on their corrected times. The scores of boats already recorded with finishing positions remains unchanged.
The scenes on the water to-day certainly provided entertainment for the spectators. On the harbour course three classes were sailing, IRC 5, IRC 6 and the Hunter 707s. They started with very little wind and sailed to Ringabella Bay, then the breeze filled in all three classes came together
resulting in close action and much shouting between boats who were too close together.
The breeze kept dying and rising and as the fleets were approaching Roche's Point the breeze suddenly filled again and the boats presented a kaleidoscope of colour. Once more the wind died but as the boats reached the Ford Focus mark off Cobh it filled again resulting in all the boats accelerating and fighting their way around the mark in a melee of boats five to seven deep with spinnakers dropping, crews dropping and the air filled with many salty dog expletives!.
The skippers were glad to reach home base with their sunburned and exhausted crews satisfied after their exciting day.
The other classes all suffered in varying degrees from the light winds but all completed a least one race and to-morrow when discards start to apply the competition will intensify even more.
The newly arrived entrant class for this event, the Salcombe Yawls, raced windward/leward courses on the Curlane Bank with a wonderful display of top class seamanship. They showed how traditional one design boats can bring out the qualities required as they are found in to-day's latest dinghy designs without having to resort to the excesses found in the Olympic classes.