ASM-Marine Frostbite League 2009

08 February, 2009

The inner harbour at Charles Fort provided a spectacular show of colour as the various fleets of mixed dinghies, 505s, Squibs, 420s and Lasers raced on a variety of courses throughout the afternoon.

The weather Gods had indeed been smiling that day, the event having seen the previous three Sundays blown out, with gales.  The sea state was flat and the wind held true from the Northwest at 12 knots freshening to 17 knots.

The race officer, Bruce Matthews, and his team had their work cut out for them with multiple rolling starts for 45 boats.

At one stage, the enthusiasm and competitiveness of the sailors forced a general recall for the classes of the 505s and the Mixed Dinghies.

The tough beat to the weather mark saw positions change constantly and made for great racing.  The planing hulled boats attained high speeds as they reached downwind to the leeward mark.

In the Laser Full rigs, the French entry, Thomas Chaix battled hard to stay ahead of Emmet O’Sullivan and James Matthews, and had 2 firsts and a 2nd.

In the Laser Radials, Peter Bermingham of KYC, had a fine days racing with 3 firsts under his belt.

In the Laser 4.7, Isobel Forde of KYC had 2 firsts and is leading on points.

Denis Kieran and Mike Walsh, in their Squib, came out on top with 2 firsts, warding off strong competition from the Dungarvan entry, Alex Ballot and Michael Hickey and the Kinsale Duo of Pat Salter and Sean O’Riordan.

The Monkstown 505 fleet excelled in the face of strong opposition from the Kinsale entry of  Matthias Hellstern and Harvey Tucker.  Almost nothing separated the boats but victory went to Brian Goggin and Brendan Dwyer.

The Mixed Dinghy class was made up of 420s, Fevas, Topaz, Fireflys and Laser 2 which led to very interesting racing.  The overall victors on the day were Niamh Connolly and Emma Geary on their 420 with 2 firsts and a 2nd.

First Gun next week is at 11.55 am.
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