All changed at the top of the leaderboard of the Combined Club October Series being hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland on the Shannon Estuary.
Last Sunday the 21st of October, the fleet of twenty-six boats were met by a moderate northwesterly breeze which was building as they left the safe haven of Kilrush Marina.
Race officer Peter Moore from Tralee Bay Sailing Club set up a windward/leeward course for race one for the Spinnaker fleet, and a triangular course for race one for the Non-Spinnaker fleet. With the wind building further to 17 - 20 knots for the second race, for the Spinnaker fleet, the race officer decided to run an Olympic type course which was greeted with smiles all round with some very fast reaching legs.
"Race three for the Spinnaker fleet was a long coastal race"
Race three for the Spinnaker fleet was a long coastal race with the wind now in excess of 20kts finishing at Cappa Pier a short distance from Kilrush Marina. Race two for the Non-Spinnaker fleet the race officer set a long coastal race and again finishing at Cappa Pier.
Overall, leading the Non-Spinnaker Class is local sailor Darin Mc Gibney on his Beneteau 26 Jack Sparrow, ahead of local club member’s Gerry Cusack's GK 24 Mojo and Fintan Keating's Hallberg Rassy Passade in third.
Overall, leading the Spinnaker Class is Tralee Bay Sailing Club sailor Tadgh O'Loinsigh on his J24 Janx Spirit, with local club Rob Allen's Corby 25 Smile in second and Foynes Yacht Club sailor Simon McGibney with his J24 Lady J in third.
With one more days racing to go on Saturday 27th October it is all still to play for the top positions. Results are here