#foynes – The last long race of the Foynes Yacht Club season took place last Sunday to the Clare coastal village of Cappa for members of Foynes Yacht Club writes Gerry Ryan.
The Officer of the Day, Ger Reidy sent the fleet from Cooleen Point racing at 10am.
A total of nine yachts took this scenic race on the Shannon Estuary, where as you near Cappa, the monastic Scattery Island, Loop Head and Carrigaholt can be seen.
Crews were mixed on the different vessels, with teenagers from the sailing school and adults competing.
Crew member of Alpara, Mary McCormack receives the Sean Keating trophy
Unfortunately, skippers had to contend with light south-westerly winds, which took the vessels that bit longer to reach their destination.
The trophies that were raced for were the Galleon Cup and the Sean Keating trophy.
The yacht Battle were victorious on corrected time to win the Galleon Cup; second was John Conway on Golden Kopper and third, Team Foynes on Dexterity.
For the White Sails division, who were racing for the Sean Keating trophy, James McCormack on Alpara took line honours with closely followed in second by Pat Finucane on Marengo and third, Jessica Leigh.
At the presentation of prizes in the Galleon Inn, sailing captain, Liam Madden thanked all the participants who took part in the first race of the September series.
Racing continues every Sunday for the month with first gun at 2pm. Crews are asked to be at the marina at 1pm.