05 April, 2011


The Spring series in Kinsale Yacht Club commenced on Sunday April 3rd in glorious spring sunshine and a light to moderate breeze. What should have been perfect conditions for most competitors to blow away the winter cobwebs was unfortunately marred by an extremely shifty breeze. This made for a very demanding day on the water for everyone, none more so than the race officers and the mark laying boats. Both should be highly commended for their efforts, in laying the courses and adjusting them according to the vagaries of the wind. Alan Crosbie and Jennot Petch and their teams did a superb job in very trying conditions. A big thank you must also goes to the day sponsor for the first round of races, North Sails.

Classes 0,1 and 2 were on a windward leeward course for both races marshaled by Alan Crosbie and his team. A 1.3 mile beat with a good flat sea, was the perfect length for most crews to find their sea legs after the winter layoff! Classes 0 and 1 started together with all boats making a clean start. The bigger boats quickly made their size advantage count and rounded the weather mark in a fairly tight bunch. From there spinnakers were set for the leisurely run downwind.

In Class 0 IRC, Gloves Off owned by Twomey & O'Mahony had a clean sweep in both races. Godot owned by Godkin & O'Donovan scored a third in the first race and a second in the second race, with Connor Doyle's Freya having a second and a third respectively. In Class 0 ECHO Godot made it two wins out of two, with Freya getting two seconds on the day. Tom Roche's Meridian had a third in the first race, with Gloves Off third in the second race. 

In Class 1 IRC Anthony O' Leary's modified 1720 Antix Beag heads the leader's board after the first day's racing with a third and a first. Second place went to Eos owned by David Scott, with Chancer (Carroll brothers) scoring a fourth and a second to see them lying in third place overall. In Class 1 ECHO Aidan Heffernan's Dehler 36 leads the way with two consistent second places on the day, followed by Chancer in second place, and Eos in third overall.

Class 2 had the same course as 0 and 1. In Class 2 IRC Shane Statham's Slack Alice had two seconds which sees them top of the standings after the first day. Brian Goggin's Corby 25,Allure is in second place overall with a sixth and a first, and Bad Company(Desmond- Ivers- Deasy) in third place with a win in the first race, and a sixth in the second race. Class 2 ECHO Allure leads the way with a third and a first. Barret & Conlon's Y-Knot is in second place overall with a second and a third, followed by Dennis Coleman's Corby 25,Thunderbird in third place.

Classes 3 & 4 were on a laid around the cans course. The course for race one was Hake Head, Black Head, Centre Pt. by two rounds. Unfortunatley the wind for this race was extremely shifty causing the race to be shortened after one round at hake head. In Class 3 IRC Eammon Rohan's new boat Anchor Challenge got off to winning ways with a first in race 1, followed by John Twomey's Shillelagh, with Impacunious owned by Eddie Rice in third place.
The course for the second race was Black Head, Centre Pt, Hake Head by two rounds. Shillelagh gained first place in this race leaving her in first place overall after two races. Anchor Challenge is in second overall with a fourth in the second race, followed by Impacunious and Liam Lynch's Powder Monkey tied on points for third place. In Class 3 ECHO it's Powder Monkey, with two impressive firsts, that leads overall, from Impacunious in second place overall with two thirds, and Stagefright the Formula 28 in third place after the first day of racing.
In Class 4 IRC Alan Mulcahy's Sundancer leads the way in the overall standings with two firsts, Shelly D Mick Murphy's Moody 30 is in second place with two seconds. Third place overall goes to La Maraquita owned by Eddie Higgins and Kevin Morrisson.

Class 4 ECHO sees a complete reversal off the positions with La Maraquita leading from Shelley D,and Sundancer in third place.

The White Sail Class, with Donal Hayes officiating as OD, was yet again very well attended with 11 entries. As with previous years, this class has only one race a day. Val Criss, owned by Murphy, Hennessy, Dann won the first race of the series, followed by Kinsale Yacht Club's newest addition, Windrose, owned by Billy Joyce in second place. Third place went to another seasoned campaigner in the White Sail fleet, Dave O' Sullivan on Cimarron VI.

A heartfelt thanks must again go to the organisers as well as the competitors, who make the spring series possible. Hopefully Mother Nature will continue to co-operate and the weather will stay fair for the rest of the competition!