Cantor Fitzgerald Laser Leinster's

27 July, 2015

Cantor Fitzgerald Laser Leinster’s Report:

Espey King of Kinsale; an overall fleet of 76 lasers arrived in Kinsale this weekend for the Cantor Fitzgerald Laser Leninster’s. Although the event clashed with an international Radial event, Kinsale still attracted some of Ireland’s best laser sailors and it was also a privilege to see a fleet of almost forty 4.7 sailors compete, highlighted that the future of laser sailing in Ireland is very strong indeed.

Saturday morning the sailors were greeted to beautiful sunshine but little in the way of wind, so principle race officer Jack Roy and his team postponed the start to allow the light south westerly build. Jack at the briefing announced that he was conscious of getting three good races in for all fleets on Saturday as he was nervous that racing could be cancelled on the Sunday given the forecast for gusts in excess of 25 knots. In the end it was a very prudent decision as Sunday did unfortunately prove too windy, meaning therefore that the three races sailed on Saturday would constitute the regatta.

First to start were the standard fleet and it was incredible to see how tight the racing was between the top four of James Espey, Finn Lynch, Fionn Lyden and hometown favourite Darragh O’Sullivan. Although places regularly changed between the four in the end in was Espey who showed his experience to win all three races with Lynch in second, Lyden in third and O’Sullivan in forth. The masters also had their battles but in the end Ian Travers from Kinsale lived up to his pre-race favourite tag to claim victory by one point from William Duane with Paul Swanton in third.

The Radial fleet was dominated by Johnny Durcan who comfortably won the class with three bullets. The next three boats we all tied on 11 points demonstrating the competitiveness of the class but it was Conor Murphy from Kinsale who was awarded second on countback from Patrick Cahill third and Billy Duane forth.

Another Durcan appeared on the podium of the 4.7 fleet although this time in second place by a point to Henry Higgins from the Royal St George Y.C.. Not to be out done by the boys, Evie Byrne and Heather Spain were third and fourth respectively with Heather winning the last race.

An early decision was taken on Sunday to abandon racing for the day after Jack Roy and his team travelled out to the race area. Although before this decision, a discussion had ensued to try and establish if racing could be held inside the harbour. Unfortunately however given the westerly wind direction, the windward mark would have been under a headland, creating very shirty breeze and therefore it was decided that this simply wouldn’t have been fair racing for the competitors.

Prize giving was scheduled for 11am to allow people get on the road as quickly as possible. Rear Commodore Tom Roche opened the prize giving by thanking all the competitors for travelling in such numbers and gave a special thanks to the sponsors Cantor Fitzgerald without whom the event could not have taken place.

Daniel Murphy head of Cantor Fitzgerald in Cork, commented that the event had been a great success for them. “We have spent the last two years rebranding from Dolmen to Cantor Fitzgerald and I am delighted that our company has been part of this laser championship.”

James Espey added during his speech upon receiving first prize in the standard fleet, that the race area was one of the best he had raced in a long time and gave specific thanks to Ron Hutchieson from the laser class for the new style of course which he thoroughly enjoyed

prize giving photos (all photos courtesy of Shane Goggin photography) 

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