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Pengy Wins Iniscealtra Sailing Club's Gortmore Bell Race on Lough Derg

12th September 2021
Brendan Watson, left (winner of the Gortmore Bell), Dan O’Donnell (Racing Captain of Iniscealtra Sailing Club)
Brendan Watson, left (winner of the Gortmore Bell), Dan O’Donnell (Racing Captain of Iniscealtra Sailing Club)

The Iniscealtra Sailing Club annual Gortmore Bell race took place on Lough Derg on Saturday 11th September. With a forecast of only 5 to 7 knots, the course was shortened considerably to round Coose mark rather than Gortmore and return home to Mountshannon via Garrykennedy.

The Class 2 boats started 30 mins earlier than class 1 but with the wind shutting down at regular intervals it wasn’t long before class 1 caught up with a becalmed fleet at Hare Island. In class 1, it was ‘Sonic Boom’, an SB20, that led the fleet around Coose mark and managed to extend the lead further on the water to finish over 1hr ahead of the fleet on elapsed time.

The Gortmore Bell and race prizesThe Gortmore Bell and race prizes

The battle for the win on corrected time was firmly within the class 2 fleet with the wind filling into a steady 10 knots for the latter stages. Pengy helmed by Brendan Watson and Ali Baba helmed by Brendan Sheppard managed to keep their boats whispering along at all times through the light and incredibly variable conditions, challenging the class 1 boats all day.

It was Pengy, a Beneteau First skippered by Brendan Watson that won out, in the end, to claim the Gortmore Bell trophy with Maybee sailed by Philip Despard winning Class 1 and Sonic Boom helmed by Andrew Deakin taking line honours.

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