On The Water
17 May, 2010
The Laser Class travelled to Cushendall last weekend for the Ulster Championships. Conor Murphy, who just moved up from the Optimist Class and was participating in his first Laser Championship won the 4.7 Class.
In Class 1 IRC Dan Buckley and Justus is leading from the Carroll Bros in Chancer, closely followed by David Scott on EOS. In Class 1 Echo, things are very tight at the top with Godot, Godkin & O’Donovan in first place but on equal points with Justus, Dan Buckley.
Class 2 IRC has Sea Hawk, Clem McElligott, in front with Gemini, Salter, Minehan & O’Regan, in close second and Cirrus, G & M Campbell lying in third. Class 2 Echo also sees Sea Hawk in front with Val Kriss, Dann, Murphy & Hennessy, in second and Gemini in third.
Class 3 sees Shillelagh in front in both IRC and Echo. In IRC Paul Swanton on Go Kart and Richard Hanley in Saoirse are lying 2nd and 3rd. In Echo Padraig O’Donovan on Chameleon is 2nd.
The TGIF Fleet, white sails, got underway on Fri and saw the Y-Dream team of Murphy and O’Riordan in 1st place, with Elphin, Peter Kelly, in 2nd and Loa Zour, Gerard Grant in 3rd.Dragon racing for the early season league, 'The Galax Trophy', is currently nearing the midway point with seven races having being completed. Racing is taking place off Charles Fort on Thursday nights under the supervision of OOD John Stallard and on Saturdays courses are laid outside the harbour, sea conditions permitting. On week one, only three of the eight boat fleet made it to the start line with two races being completed on Thursday night and three on Saturday. Tenacious helmed by Anthony O'Neill won all five races from Sanuk (Paddy Bishop) and Grey Hare (Olaf Sorensen ) in 2nd and 3 place respectively. On Saturday last OOD Dave O'Sullivan set a windard/leeward course for six dragons which he started at Harbour Mark, off Lower Cove. In fresh conditions and battling a strong flood tide very close racing ensued as all the boats vied to be first around the windward mark which had been laid approximately 0.5 mile South West of the Bulman Buoy. In the first race of the afternoon, following a taking duel, Tatsu (Cameron Good) gained an advantage from Tenacious (Anthony O'Neill) and was first around the top mark, Tatsu held this lead for the rest of the race and took line honours, followed closely behind by Tenacious in 2nd position and by Mar J (John Twomey) in 3rd. Once the other One Design Classes had finished their respective races, Dave o'Sullivan got the Dragons away for Race No. 2. Following a very good start, Grey Hare (Olaf Sorensen) maximised its advantage by sailing close to the shore out towards Prehane Point, thus avoiding the flood time. At the top mark Grey Hare had pulled out a fifty yard lead over the rest of the fleet and retained this lead to the finish line. Thery were followed home in 2nd place by Jee (Tim Cronin) and Mar J (J.Twomey in 3rd position.