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Close Racing to End Schull Sailing Season in West Cork

13th September 2021
The O'Brien family on Excelsior are competing in Schull Sailing Club's final Autumn League this Saturday
The O'Brien family on Excelsior are competing in Schull Sailing Club's final Autumn League this Saturday

Close racing is expected at Schull Harbour Sailing Club in West Cork on Saturday when the final league racing of the season takes place.

Sean Norris, Commodore at Schull Sailing Club, says: "We are wrapping up our season here this week with junior sailing having concluded at the end of August, while this Saturday will see the end of the club's "on-the-water" activities for 2021 with the sixth and final race of the Autumn league. The Cruiser fleet will have completed 14 club races during the season."

Closest finishing will be in Division 2 IRC and Standard ECHO where the leader is Raffles (Kirby/Norris) on 6 points; 2nd Witchcraft (Simon Nelson) 8 points; 3rd Le Perle Noir (Deborah Crowley) on 10 points. Sittelle (Tom Newman) has 11 in 4th place and Excelsior (T.O'Brien) 12 in 5th. It should be an interesting finishing situation there. In Division 1 IRC and Standard ECHO, the advantage is to Flor O'Riordan's 3 Cheers which leads on 4 points. But there will be close contest for 2nd and 3rd. Brazen Huzie (Tadg Dwyer) is 2nd on 11 and Mackey G (John McGowan) just one point behind in 3rd.

Sean Norris, Commodore at Schull Sailing ClubSean Norris, Commodore at Schull Sailing Club

Women at the Helm

Also on Saturday, for the first time, the club will have an Under 25 All-Female team comprising Caoilainn O'Regan Helm, Tarah Fleming Tactician along with crew of Gabby Hogan, Aoife Nash & Eimear O'Regan, All former pupils of Schull Community College, sailing in a 1720 at the Women at the Helm Event at Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Published in West Cork, Racing
Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a column for He is former RTE Marine Correspondent/Presenter of Seascapes and now has a monthly Podcast on the Community Radio Network and Podcast services

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