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Gallileo first home from Arklow

13th May 2009

Sean Lemass's Galileo was the winner of a windy Lee Overlay Offshore race to Arklow last Saturday where westerly breezes gusting to over 35 knots greeted the Dublin fleet at 10am. Buoyed up by the sponsor's own recent performance in the Caribbean 15 boats came to the line in Scotsman's bay, a significant increase in numbers now participating in this coastal and offshore league hosted by the Royal Alfred YC.

In a mix of new and old craft, Gallileo led to Sandycove point on their way out of Dublin bay hugging the coast in a flooding tide to Arklow followed by the little Jeanneau Sunfast 3200 Big Hillie style.

Rules for the series include the stipulation that the boats must be skippered, helmed and crewed by her regular Corinthian crew one of the reasons perhaps for some to opt out of DBSC round the cans format and take off for a day passage to Arklow instead.

Second overall was Tsunami and third the Royal Alfred's Vice-Commodore Peter Beamish in Aztec.

Off Wicklow head, there were big waves for the return trip to Dublin and there was a good surfing encounter between Aztec and Big Hillie style.

Mick Creedon's Sarnia, the oldest and slowest boat in the fleet, finished ninth on RAYC's IRC result sheet.

League Sponsor Adrian Lee's own performance in the Caribbean this Spring is described in May Afloat. There is also a review of the Jeanneau Sunfast 3200. Magazine in the shops now!

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