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VDLR day three - Short but Sweet

11th July 2009

ImageWeather cut into proceedings from both ends at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta yesterday (SATURDAY), with fog delaying the start and strong breeze, gusting to over 28 knots, bringing racing to a premature end. Most courses had two races scheduled but just one race was managed on most before wind and deteriorating visibility cancelled racing.

The curtailment did not make racing any less intense, with just seconds separating the top boats in IRC0. Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell, tactician on board Tiamat, said that it was nearly impossible to split the top boats on corrected time. "It was very close, we could have come first or fourth, we just don't know. It was that close." In the end, Tiamat did take fourth slot, with Plymouth-based Argie Bargie taking the gun. "Conditions were very good," said skipper Alan Hogg. "It was a steady 155 degrees wind direction, very steady breeze in the high teens into the high twenties, very fair race conditions." The win puts Argie Bargie on level first place with Howth boat Impetuous. "Yes, it's going very well, it's just pity we didn't get a second race today," said Hogg. With discards now coming into play, some class winners have already been decided. In IRC1 and IRC2, organisers can begin engraving the trophies, and both will go to Irish boats. Class One winner Paul O'Higgins spent the day trying to keep his closest challenger, English IRC Champion Waterjet, behind him to ensure the win. "I think we finished a place ahead of her on the water," said O'Higgins, "and I hope that finishes up the series from our point of view. "The breeze grew througout the race, and we probably had too much sail on the second beat, we were flying a number two and we probably should have had a number three, and that meant that we were beaten out of first place by an Elan 38 from England, but we hope we did enough to get through today." In IRC2, Kinetic have built up a cushion of seven points and can enjoy tomorrow safe in the knowledge that their title is secure, with discards now in play. Kinetic and Rockabill are both now contenders for the overall regatta trophy, along with Kiwi sailor Ben Duncan in the Laser SB3 class, all of whom have been supremely consistent in big fleets. Flying Fifteen leader Dave Gorman kept up his streak of wins, with a gun in every race so far. In the Interreg trophy, an Ireland v Wales team competition sailed in J80s, it was the visitors that got the upper hand today, with spinnaker issues putting one of the top Irish boats out of the running and allowed Wales take the lead. "We were a little frustrated, we didn't manage to get the spinnaker up at all, so Wales got the upper hand in the race today. Andrew [Fowler] led the whole way round and unfortunately had a problem at the leeward mark," said Irish skipper Laura Dillon. The Irish woes let Welshman Callum Edge through the gap into first. "Andrew let us in, and after following him around for the last couple of days, it was the first mistake he has made, so it was nice to capitalise on it for once, and Wales managed to get a win," said Edge. Wales go into the final, double-points day, with a four-point lead, but are already looking ahead to the return event, says Edge. "In Wales, we'd really like to try to reciprocate this. It would be great to have the event maybe in Holyhead or Abersoch with the local clubs there." Today sees the final races but also the homecoming celebrations of the Green Dragon, Ireland's Volvo Ocean entry, which comes into Dun Laoghaire after finishing fifth in the round-the-world marathon. Full results and further information available on Results Race One Saturday: Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Beneteau 31.7 IRC- 1. C'est La Vie (Staines), 2. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey), 3. 30 Something (Kavanagh et al) Beneteau 31.7 - 1. C'est La Vie (Staines), 2. Levana (Jean Mitton), 3. Magic (D.O'Sullivan/D.Espey) Class 0 Echo- 1. Tiamat (Tim Costello), 2. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 3. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell) Class 0 - 1. Argie Bargie (Allan Hogg), 2. Quokka 7 (Peter Rutter), 3. Impetuous (Richard Fildes) Class 1 - 1. Adrenalin (J.McDonald et al), Another Adventure (D. Cafferky) & Xtravagance (C. Byrne) Joint Second Class 1 Echo- 1. Animal (Debbie Aitken), 2. Rockabill V (Paul O'Higgins), 3. Waterjet (S.Northmore/C.Arscott) Class 2 Echo- 1. Dick Dastardly (Brian Cusack et al), 2. Red Rhum (J & C Nicholson), 3. Kamikaze (P.Nash) Class 2 - 1. Dick Dastardly (Brian Cusack et al), 2. Kinetic (R.Colwell/J.Murphy), 3. King One (David Cullen) Class 3 Echo- 1. Whistlin' Dixie (T.Keelan/O'Sullivan), 2. Two Step (Ross Doyle), 3. Small Wonder (Hugh Kelly) Class 3 - 1. Supernova (K.Lawless et al), 2. Alliance (Vince Gaffney), 3. Whistlin' Dixie (T.Keelan/O'Sullivan) Dragon - 1. Phantom (Williams), 2. Kin (S.Brien), 3. Diva (R.Goodbody/ Johnson) Etchell - 1. Crop Duster (D.O'Grady/P.Reilly), 2. Northside Dragon (J.Bourke), 3. Fetching (Stephen O'Flaherty) Fireball - 1. Zara (N.Butler), 2. Butlers Ball (A.Pearce/A.Broughton), 3. South Paws (Andy Scott) Flying 15 - 1. Hy5ive (David Gorman), 2. Snow White (Frank Burgess), 3. Rollercoaster (Tom Murphy) Glen - 1. Glenluce (D & R O'Connor), 2. Glenmarissa (F.Elmes/W.Higgins), 3. Glendun (B.Denham/D.Freedman) Howth 17 - 1. Oona (Peter Courtney), 2. Leila (Roddy Cooper), 3. Echo (Bryan Lynch) IDRA 14 - 1. Starfish (Alan Carr), 2. Dunmoanin (Frank Hamilton), 3. Chimaera (Killian Sargent) J109 - 1. Storm (Pat Kelly), 2. Christie Cancer Care (T.Hyland/N.Biggs), 3. Tigh Soluis 11 (Ken Grant) J80 - 1. DL Marina (Callum Edge), 2. Dyno Rod (Andrew Fowler), 3. Smyth Toys (Elizabeth Cole) Laser SB3 - 1. Modus (Ronan Collins), 2. Sharkbait (B.Duncan/B.Moran), 3. BKC (Tom Molloy) Mermaid - 1. Lively Lady (G.O'Neill/M.Hanney), 2. Tiller Girl (J.O'Rourke), 3. Jill (P.Smith/P.Mangan) Ruffian - 1. Diane 2 (Alan Claffey), 2. Alias (Andrew Moore), 3. Ripples (Frank Bradley) Shipman - 1. Malindi (A.Gray), 2. Euphanzel lll (John Simington), 3. Viking (F.Mason et al) Sigma 33 - 1. Sigmatic (Donald McLaren), 2. Rupert (R.Lovegrove/P.Varian), 3. Miss Behavin' (A.Bell et al) Squib - 1. Toy for the Boys (Peter Wallace), 2. Klipbok (Emmet Dalton), 3. Why Not (D & J Jago) Water Wag - 1. Moosmie (David McFarlane), 2. Tortoise (W & L Prentice), 3. Coquette (Seymour Cresswell) White Sail 1 Echo- 1. Persistance (Charles Broadhead et al), 2. Albireo (M.Murphy/D.Simpson), 3. Sandpiper of Howth (Andrew Knowles) White Sail 1 - 1. Gums'n'Roses (J & G Rose), 2. Persistance (Charles Broadhead et al), 3. Satisfaction (John Collins) White Sail 2 Echo- 1. Katanca (B.O'Connor/C.Ennis), 2. Jokers Wild (Gordon Knaggs), 3. Vespucci (S & K O'Regan) White Sail 2 - 1. Katanca (B.O'Connor/C.Ennis), 2. Arwen (Philip O'Dwyer), 3. Calypso (Howard Knott) Team

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