Glandore, June Bank Holiday Weekend — Five boats seized the chance to race in our annual pilgrimage to Glandore, blessed with loads of sunshine and flat seas.  Once again, Dave and Michele Arkerlind generously sponsored the race, offering many generous prizes.

The fleet of five starters included Michael Carroll’s Chancer, Gavin and Grace Lawlor’s Genesis, Commodore Anthony Scannell’s Hansemer, Ted Power’s Atlantis II, and Paul Cotter and Dominic Falvey’s Swift.

With little to no wind at the start and a weak tide in our favor, progress to the Old Head was sluggish.  Hansemer and Atlantis II decided to retire early, opting to motor down to Glandore.  By the Old Head, Chancer and Genesis managed to break away, leaving Swift to contend with a light breeze on the nose and a rising tide.

Chancer reached Glandore at 17:30, with Genesis following at approximately 18:10. Unfortunately, Swift, after a prolonged struggle against the elements, finished just outside the cut-off time.

A special thank you to the Glandore Harbour Sailing Club for their stellar hospitality.  Their ferry service and a delightful barbecue and bar provided the perfect conclusion to a splendid day on the water.  The evening saw a vibrant gathering, as seven boats from the KYC cruising group joined the festivities, ensuring a memorable night for all involved.

With camaraderie, competition, and community spirit in abundance, this year’s race to Glandore was an undeniable success.

Race report from Class Captain Paul Cotter.