ASM-Marine Frostbite League 2009

18 February, 2009

With a further three races being completed bringing the total so far to six, overall results were additionally amended by the application of the first discard.

Last weeks leading pair in the 505 Class, Monkstown’s pairing of Brian Goggin and Brendan Dwyer slipped dramatically to third place overall as they recorded untypical individual results of two sixths and a fifth. Being penalised with an OCS at the start of the second race and having boat-on-boat problems at the leeward mark in the last race, they presented others with an unexpected opportunity. Ewen Barry and crew Brendan Dwyer eased comfortably into the top position holding strong results of three wins and two seconds, with one discard applied. Colin Barry substituting for the absent helm Michael O’Brien, with a win in the second race, moves into second place overall. With a second and third recorded on the day, the third competing Barry brother Alex moves up to fourth place overall displacing the Kinsale pairing of Matheus Hellstern and Harvey Tucker. As expected the competitive 505 fleet continues to excite with a series of very close racing.

The 2008 Squib Class winners Alex Ballot and Michael Hickey (Dungarvan) improving steadily, moved up from second to take the top spot in the league to date with two firsts and a second. Two Kinsale boats follow in second and third place overall; as Denis Kieran and Michael Walsh last week’s leaders slip to third, with Pat Salter and Sean O’Riordan moving up a place to second overall helped by an excellent win in the second race. Despite a second placing and improved finishes overall, Mathilde Campbell and Sylvia Curtis remain in fourth overall.

The absence of the 420 fleet – attending an ISA training week in Schull – allowed a renewed shake-up of the competition for the top places in this league. The Firefly of Alan Bateman and Keith O’Riordan (KYC), troubled last week with a leaking hull, returned hopefully repaired and came out top boat in the fleet on the day with a second and two firsts. Ciara Fenton and Stephan Graef (KYC) in their RS Feva, with consistent scoring of three thirds to add to their previous results have managed to leap to first place overall. New entrant James Quealy in his Topaz Uno, with a win and two seconds finds himself already in fourth place overall.

Alan Kingston (KYC) and John Flynn (Dungarvan) continued to contest the right to lead the Laser 4.7 Class, with Alan managing to retain pole position on 6.25 points overall to John’s 7.5 points. His win and two seconds just enough to head off John despite his two wins on Sunday. Isobel Forde (KYC) retains her third position after a second and two thirds.

In the Laser Radial Class, Peter Bermingham (KYC) continues to dominate the class with a further three wins, ahead of younger brother Neil (KYC), following his example with three excellent seconds. David Kenefick – another absent youth sailor due to ISA training courses in the South of France – slips to third place overall.

Thomas Chaix (TBSC) in the Laser Standard Class did not have it all his own way with James Long (Monkstown) and Donagh Good (RCYC) each taking a win. With everyone having mixed results, the order of merit remained unchanged at the top as Emmet O’Sullivan (RCYC) and James Long (Monkstown) retain their second and third positions.

Séamus McLaverty

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