#gbsc – The final race of the GlenncahillCars.com April Series concluded last Wednesday with the final race a 'non-discard' to ensure it would all be up for grabs on the night. Eight boats were on the water to contest this first series of the year in a combined class at the Galway club and the weather delivered perfect racing conditions over five Wednesday evenings.
Liam Burke's Corby 25 'Tribal' came to the last race with a 2 point advantage over Glenn Cahill's 'Joie de Vie' but the J109 crew were clearly up for the challenge. They started well mid-line but an early cross with Martin Breen's Reflex 38 'Lynx', who returned on port from the obstruction of the South shore, leading to a strong verbal exchange. But the protest flags remained folded. This was Lynx's first evening race and her young crew performed admirably.
'Tribal' were caught in dirty air from 'Ibaraki', the GK34 formerly known as 'Joggernaut' with John Collins on the helm, forcing them to tack away as Rob Allen's Corby 25 'Smile' crossed ahead.
Approaching Cockle rock, a slight left shift favoured the leaders on that side and they hoisted to extend the lead on the run down to Oranmore mark.Barry Heskin's Dubois 32 'Now What' opted for the gybe set with Jim Grealish calling tactics. On the beat to Mutton Island the wind gusted to 18 kts and, as positions became established, boats focused on speed as it would all come down to corrected time.
Joie de Vie sailed nigh on the perfect race but ultimately it wasn't enough as Tribal took second place, enough to secure the series.
Racing continues at GBSC with the Western Surveyor Summer Series with a split in the classes as more boats come on the water. The White Sail Fleet also have their first outing.