It was a case of third time lucky for Sunday's Greystones Regatta in County Wicklow. Despite a limp forecast, the full two race programme was sailed today in ideal sailing conditions, banishing the curse of the last two editions that have been cut short due to lack of wind.
Scroll down for a gallery of photos from the event by Alan Leddy
Overnight, it looked like little or no wind, but a surprise southerly of up to 24–knots produced perfect sailing conditions for the regatta that has proved an end–of–season hit for East Coast Sailing Clubs since it began in 2013.
101 boats entered, a little short of the anticipated 140, and racing began in 12–knots and built to 20 plus. Many boats had set up for light air sailing and the stronger breeze caught a few out, especially when it came from the SSE and brought a pronounced swell.
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A feature of the Greystones Sailing Club event was that it ran both on IRC/Standard ECHO and current ECHO.
Class One In 19–boat Class One, the north–Dublin based J109 Storm, that won the Scottish Series in May and skippered in Greystones by Marty O'Leary of Howth Yacht Club took two wins to beat Paul O'Higgins Rockabill VI of the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Frank Whelan's Eluthera of Greystones was third.
Class Two Ross Keating skippering the Half–Tonner Checkmate finished on equal points but first place in race one gave the Howth Yacht Club entry the overall win in 13–boat Class Two against Greystones Sailing Club's own Graeme Noonan in Virgin Triangle both on 4 points. Third was Jonathan Nicholson's DB II Red Rhum entry from the Royal St. George Yacht Club on eight points.
Class Three In the biggest class of the event, Paul Cunningham's Quest was the winner of 26–boat Class Three. The RIYC entry finished on the same three points as club mate Ken Lawless sailing Cartoon but was settled in Quest's favour thanks to the tie-break rule. Third was Brendan Foley's Impala Running Wild on seven points.
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