The Denis & Mary Ryan Citroen Motors White Sail “TGIF” series wrapped up in spectacular fashion on Friday night, June 14, 2024.  With sunny skies and a brisk westerly wind punctuated by many gusts, the racing was nothing short of exhilarating, keeping crews on their toes throughout the evening.

Race Officer and Vice Commodore Anthony O’Neill set challenging courses for White Sail fleets 1 and 2.  Competitors battled fiercely upwind and downwind, seeking every possible advantage from wind shifts and the ebbing tide as they raced for the finish at the Harbour mark.

Intense Competition in White Sail Class 1

In Class 1, the competition was particularly fierce. David Riome’s Valfreya and John Stallard’s Siboney engaged in a heated duel for the top spot, with Dave O’Sullivan’s Cimarron continuously challenging them.  The intensity of the racing meant that Valfreya and Siboney had to work hard to secure first and second places.

Rising Stars in White Sail Class 2

Class 2 saw some impressive performances as well.  Patrick Beckett’s Miss Charlie dominated, winning both  IRC 1 and Echo categories.  Albert O’Neill’s (former White Sail Class Captain) Starlet, a new addition to the fleet, showed promise and secured second place in both categories.  Martin Hargrove’s Deboah, another noteworthy contender, won the last two races of the series, finishing third overall and marking herself as a yacht to watch.

Newcomers also made their presence felt in Class 2. Yacoub Belica and Maurice Power’s Guinness Kann, a GK 24, demonstrated potential and is expected to be a frequent podium finisher in future races. Alan Mulcahy’s Apache, an Albin Express, set early standards in the series, while Padraig O’Donovan’s Chameleon, a Fastnet 34, and Tom Davis’s Crème de la Crème, a Sun Odyssey 32, added excitement by joining the competition in the final race.

Celebrations and Awards

The series concluded with a lively presentation ceremony at the Club, attended by sponsors Denis and Mary Ryan and their daughter Grace.  A huge shout out to our terrific sponsons Denis & Mary Ryan Citroen Motors.

Overall Prizes for Class 1:

  • IRC
    • 1st: Valfreya – David Riome
    • 2nd: Siboney – John Stallard
    • 3rd: Cimarron – David O’Sullivan
  • ECHO
    • 1st: Siboney – John Stallard
    • 2nd: Valfreya – David Riome
    • 3rd: Cimarron – David O’Sullivan

Overall Prizes for Class II:

  • IRC
    • 1st: Miss Charlie – Patrick Beckett
    • 2nd: Starlet – Albert O’Neill
    • 3rd: Apache – Alan Mulcahy
  • ECHO
    • 1st: Miss Charlie – Patrick Beckett
    • 2nd: Starlet – Albert O’Neill
    • 3rd: Deboah – Martin Hargrove

The first series of the Denis & Mary Ryan Citroen Motors White Sails TGIF was a resounding success, setting the stage for more thrilling races to come.  As the sun set on this chapter, anticipation builds for the next series, promising more intense competition and memorable moments on the water.

Race Report  by Tom O’Connor – White Sail Class Captain 

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & Frank Hill, crew member Valfreya (1st in WS 1 IRC & 2nd in WS 1 Echo)

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & Frank Hill, crew member Valfreya (1st in WS 1 IRC & 2nd in WS 1 Echo)

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & John Stallard, Siboney 2nd in WS 1 IRC & 1st in WS 1 Echo)

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & John Stallard, Siboney 2nd in WS 1 IRC & 1st in WS 1 Echo)

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & David O’Sullivan 3rd in WS 1 IRC & 3rd in WS 1 Echo)

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & Dave O’Sullivan (Cimarron) 3rd in WS 1 IRC & 3rd in WS 1 Echo

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & Patrick Beckett, Miss Charlie, 1st in WS 2 IRC & 1st in WS 2 Echo)

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & Patrick Beckett, Miss Charlie, 1st in WS 2 IRC & 1st in WS 2 Echo)

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & Albert O’Neill, Starlet, 2nd in WS 2 IRC & 2nd in WS 2 Echo

Grace Ryan (sponsor), Anthony Scannell (KYC Commodore), Mary Ryan (sponsor) & Martin Hargrove, Deborah 3rd WS 2 Echo