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Day two: Tralee bay produces the goods

13th June 2009

After the frustration of light winds for the opening day of the ICRA Championships on Thursday, resulting in a five hour wait for wind, and  with just one race completed, yesterday turned out to be a much better day writes Claire Bateman. The overall prize in all divisions remains open going in to today's final races. Results here. Photos over the fold.

Sparkling water greeted the competitors with winds from six to twenty knots providing splendid racing conditions in complete contrast to the previous day. To date four races have been sailed with one days racing left to-day (Sat) to complete the series. In Class Zero Royal Cork’s Dave Dwyer in his Mills 39 Marinerscove, with Olympian Star Class sailor  Peter O’Leary on the helm, is leading Eamon Rohan’s King 40 Blondie RCYC ,who has Olympic 49er competitor Tom Fitzpatrick on the helm, followed by George Sisk’s Farr 45  WOW of RIYC and TBSC.

In Division One Paul O’Higgins’  Rockabill V, a Corby 33 and sailed by Mel Collins of RCYC, is leading closely followed by Anthony O’Leary RCYC in his modified 1720 and with Royal Cork Admiral Mike McCarthy in his Ker 32 ,Checkmate, following closely in third position.

In Division Two the Colwell/Murphy Kinetic a Corby 25  is just two points ahead of  Sligo’s Conor Ronan’s Corby 26, followed by F. O’Connell’s Sigma 33 ,Treyona, from the host club in third place. In Division Three joint leaders are Vincent Gaffney’s Albin Express, Alliance, from Howth  tied on seven points with Jackie Ward’s Parker 27, Hallmark, from BBC, followed in third place by J.P. Buckley’s Shamrock, Battle, from Foynes.

Coming in to to-day’s racing (Sat) it is all very much to play for and with protests pending in Division Zero the competition is still wide open.

Race Officers for the event are Alan Crosbie, Rob Lamb and Liam Dineen.

Day two photography below:

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