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Shannon Estuary Cutter 'Sally O'Keeffe' Leads Non-Spinnaker Class in Combined Clubs October Series in Kilrush

15th October 2018
Shannon Estuary Cutter 'Sally O'Keeffe' in winning mode Shannon Estuary Cutter 'Sally O'Keeffe' in winning mode

The largest fleet to have gathered for an October Series along the west coast in a number of years came together this Sunday on the Shannon Estuary in the Combined Clubs October Series being hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland and sponsored by Kilrush Marina, Shannon Ferries, Clifford’s Cash & Carry and Aster Yachting.

The opening races last weekend were cancelled due to the weather but the sunshine and steady winds today made up for it in droves.

Sailing Shannon estuaryPart of the big fleet on the Shannon estuary for Sunday's October series at Kilrush

With 34 provisional entries, 23 boats sailed yesterday under the guidance of race officer Peter Moore from Tralee Bay Sailing Club. Three races were sailed for the spinnaker fleet with two races for non-spinnaker.

corby 35GBR6655 Daffodil Stonehaven Racing, a Corby 25 from the Royal Western Yacht Club Of Ireland

In the spinnaker class, the J24’s and Corby 25’s had it all their own way in a light to moderate southerly breeze. It was smiles all round for Rob Allen & crew in their Corby 25 winning race one with Simon McGibney’s J24 Lady J winning race two and Diarmuid Donovan sailing Peter Clifford’s J24 Gala Racing winning race three.

In the Non-Spinnaker division, it was boat builder Steve Morris with his traditional Shannon Estuary Cutter, Sally O’Keeffe, taking the honours in race one and local Darin McGibney on Jacks Sparrow winning race two.

Results are here

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