#CORBYCUP – Richard Fildes Pwhelli based Corby 37 Impetuous was the winner of Howth Yacht Club's Corby Cup today.
Originally built by Corby Yachts for Royal Cork's Eamonn Rohan in 2006 and known as Blondie, the now Welsh based yacht was twice winner of Irish IRC Championships and also a top scoring yacht out of 174 entries in Scottish Series.
Second was Dun Laoghaire Corby 33 Rockabill skippered by Paul O'Higgins of the Royal Irish YC. Third was the Kinsale based Corby 25 Allure.
Sailed in tough conditions on Saturday in 16-22 knots with heavy seas, sailors were glad to finish the third race and retire to the bar after three tough windward leewards.
Although there were just nine entries there was a good representation of the Corby designs as follows: Impetuous - Corby 37; Rockabill - 33; Eazi Tiger - 29; Ruthless - 26; Allure - 25; Tribal - 25; Smile - 25; Impetuous - 25 and Will2Win - 25
Sunday was altogether a different affair with two round the cans races, the second one with a downwind start. Everything was to play for in the last race with all but one boat, Impetuous owned by Fergal Noonan doing the right course and once spotted by the rest of the fleet, the overall result hung in the balance. Eventually Impetuous (Corby 37) owned by Richard Fildes snatched victory with the No Retreat decanter for the smaller fleet going to Allure owned by Brian Goggin.
Race officer Derek Bothwell who is also in action at next weekend's BM Championships in Howth commented that as the Corby's had worked through many early season glitches, they should be a potent force next weekend at the BMW ICRA Nationals.
Full results below:
HOWTH YACHT CLUB. CORBY CUP (O'ALL) 20/05/2012 Class 1 IRC: 1, Impetuous R Fildes SCSC (6.00); 2, Rockabill V P O'Higgins RIYC (6.50); 3, Allure B Goggin KYC (11.50); 4, Wil2win W Partington PSC (15.00); 5, Impetuous Noonan/Chambers HYC (20.00)