27 April, 2011

The sunny weather and light airs continued unabated in Kinsale this Sunday,for the penultimate round of this year's Spring Series. It was a far cry from normal April racing..namely heavy showers and blustery conditions,which most competitors seem to be enjoying. Classes 0,1 and 2 were on the around the cans course this week,set by Jennot Petch.

The first course of the day saw the weather mark at Bulman Buoy, the gybe mark at Soverign mark and the leeward mark at South East mark.


Classes 0 and 1 had two rounds of this, and Class 2 had one round. In Class 0 IRC it was Gloves Off, owned by Kieren Twomey, who once again led around the course taking line honours and also the win on handicap. Tom Roche's Meridian, hampered by a poor start, never the less fought back into second position, with Godkin & O'Donovan's Godot in third position. In race 2 IRC Gloves Off once again took first position, thus placing her in an unassailable position in the series. Godot took second place, with Connor Doyle's Freya in third. The overalls in Class 0 IRC show Gloves Off leading, followed by Freya with Godot in third spot. In Class 0 Echo Meridian still leads the way overall with a first and a fourth on the day, although she is being chased hard by Gloves Off in second and Godot in third position.

Class 1IRC saw Dan Buckley's Justus taking two firsts this week, to keep the pressure on David Scott's Eos, who had two second positions. Aidan Heffernan's Indulgence also had a good outing with two thirds. This leaves Eos at the head of the leader board overall, with Justus in second, having leap-frogged Anthony O'Leary's Antix Beag, who now lies in third spot overall. Class 1 Echo sees Indulgence leading overall with a second and a first this week. Justus is in second position with a first and a third, while a fourth and a fifth this week is good enough to keep Eos in third position overall. John Downing's Samba had a third and a second leaving him in fourth place overall. The overalls in Class 0 & 1 Restricted haven't changed with Eos leading from Freya in second, and Justus in third position.

In Class 2 IRC Vincent O'Shea's Yanks & Franks had another great week winning both the days races. In race one second place went to the Desmond-Ivers-Deasy owned Bad Company, with Denis Coleman's Thunderbird in third spot. In race two, second place was taken by Thunderbird, followed by Shane Statham's Slack Alice in third place. With one week of racing remaining, Yanks & Franks looks unbeatable at the top of the overall results. Brian Goggin's Allure is in second overall with Bad Company in third. In Class 2 ECHO Sammy Cohen's Gunsmoke11 won race one, from Lennord Donnery's No Gnomes with Bad Company in third. In race two Yanks & Franks managed to take first place, with Slack Alice and Thunderbird in second and third respectively. The overall results to date in Class 2 ECHO show Clem McElligot's Sea Hawk in first, with Thunderbird in second and Mark Mendell's Wicked in third place.

Over on the windward-leeward course, Classes 3 & 4 saw Alan Crosbie and his team officiating. Class 3 & 4 started both the days races together.
In Class 3, race one, Eammon Rohan's Anchor Challange, led at the top mark and pulled away to take line honours and also the win on handicap. Eddie Rice's Impala, Impacunious took second place, with John Twomey's Shillelagh in third. In race two Anchor Challange again took the win from Shillelagh with Impacunious in third position. The overall results in Class 3 IRC show Anchor Challange leading by a point from Shillelagh and Impacunious in third spot. In Class 3 ECHO Anchor Challange again took two firsts on the day. In race one
Impacunious took second, with Liam Lynch's Powder Monkey in third. In race two Powder Monkey gained second position, with Stagefright in third. The leaderboard in Class 3 ECHO shows Impacunious in pole position, from Powder Monkey, with Shillelagh in third place.

In Class 4 IRC Alan Mulcahy's Sundancer took two firsts on the day, leaving him in command overall. Shelly D owned by Mick Murphy had two seconds leaving them in second place overall, from the Eddie Higgns & Kevin Morrisson owned La Maraquita, who had two thirds and lies in third position overall. Class 4 ECHO sees Sundancer in the lead overall,having scored a second and a first. Shelly D is in second overall, with a first and a second on Sunday, with La Maraquita in third place overall.

The White Sail Class again only had one race, with Donal Hayes as the OD. Billy Joyce's Windrose took first place this week, with Objection, owned by Kevin & Celia Murrey in second and Dave Cullinane's Delos in third place. This still leaves Val Criss owned by Murphy-Hennessy-Dann in first place overall with one week of racing remaining. Objection stays in second overall followed very closely by Windrose in third place.

Just a timely reminder that racing is on Saturday this weekend coming, followed by the prize giving dinner in Kinsale Yacht Club on Saturday night. A big thank you also to the Easter Bunny who was this week’s sponsor.