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Good outing at Scotland bodes well

27th May 2008

Ireland's fleet may not have taken the top prize in Tarbert, but with six of the nine podium spots in the top three fleets going to the Emerald Isle, Ireland's cruiser racers are still there in numbers.

Silk Glove, sailing as Antix Eile, is crossed by George Sisk's Farr 42 WOW

And they're turning heads as the Commodores Cup approaches, too. Colm Barrington's Ker 39 Silk Glove, chartered out to Anthony O'Leary as Antix Eile, has been earning praise from all quarters, with results to match.

The boat won its first outing, the Red Funnel Easter Challenge in the Solent, posted a third in Tarbert, and managing a fourth at the Saab ICRA Nationals in Howth in between.

Fourth may seem disappointing, but when you look at it in terms of Commodore's Cup prospects, it all seems fairly rosy. Ahead of Antix Eile lay team-mate Jump Juice and Blondie IV, which is the middle boat on Ireland's green team.

Likewise, in Scotland, Jump Juice sat one place behind O'Leary's team.

Although Tarbert was seen as a serious warm up for the Commodores cup there is some irony that neither of Ireland's top two peformers on the Lough, namely Mariners Cove and Rosie are members of any Irish cup team. It begs the question: is there still time for Ireland orange?

Image makes her way downwind at Tarbert Team

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