Frostbites Day 1

25 January, 2015

Sunday 25th Jan. Day 1 ASM Marine Frostbite Series 2015

Photos by Seamus McLaverty of ASM Marine HERE

The 2015 Sailing season kicked off today at Kinsale Yacht Club. The annual ASM Frostbite Series commenced in lighter winds than forecasted.  Race Officer John Stallard succeeded in running 3 races for each fleet. He described conditions as being ideal with an average wind speed of 11 knots in the first race with gusts of 15 knots, the second race averaged 13 knots gusting to 18 knots; however the wind died significantly for the final race. Wind direction was consistently from West South West. The Race Committee introduced separate start and finish lines which proved very successful in enabling a rapid turnaround between races.
The Squib Class once again proved to be most popular with 9 entrants and more are expected next week. There were a total of 15 entrants across the 3 Laser fleets of Full, Radial and 4.7m.
KYC’s Colm Dunne and Rob Gill (Allegro) dominated in the Squib Class finishing with 3 bullets followed in second place by husband and wife team, Victor Fusco and Ruth Ennis in their Squib Espresso.
Both the Standard and 4.7 Laser fleets also produced leaders with 3 bullets at the end of the day’s racing. Monkstown’s Ronan Kenneally leads the field in the Standard Laser fleet, with a 4 point lead over KYC’s Ian Travers.  The 4.7 Laser fleet is very much an RCYC affair with 7 out of the 8 entrants hailing from the Crosshaven Club. Richard McGinley finished with 3 bullets and 4 points ahead of fellow club mate Luke McGrath. RCYC’s Jamie Tingle and Tom McGrath tie for leadership of the Radial Fleet with both on 5 points after the initial 3 races.