The Iniscealtra Sailing Club annual Gortmore Bell Race took place on Lough Derg on Saturday, 5th September. With a forecast of 15 to 20 knots westerly and sunshine, it promised to be a good day sailing for the 28-boat fleet.
The class 2 boats started 30 mins earlier than class 1 with ‘Sea Saw, a Halberg Rassey 352 leading on the water in the nice reaching conditions. In class 1, it was ‘Sonic Boom’, an SB20, that led the fleet out and enjoyed the fast reaching conditions to overtake class 2 and reach the turning mark off Gortmore point in just under 1hr 45min.
The fleet enjoyed a long forereach south from Gortmore and it was Passet Partout in class 1, a Dufour Classic who made big gains on this leg. As the wind rose from the west it led to a challenging beat from Mountaineer buoy back to Mountshannon, especially for the smaller boats in the fleet.
It was See Saw helmed by Ken O’Farrell in class 2 that won out, in the end, to claim the Gortmore Bell trophy with Passet Partout, sailed by Joe Gilmartin winning Class 1 and Sonic Boom the first home of the SB20 fleet.