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There was an American Army General who pithily summed up the secret of success in old-fashioned wars as being a matter of victory going to “whoever gets the mostest there the fastest” writes W M Nixon
This takes on a new spin for tomorrow’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race from the National YC. For although the indications are for fair and reasonably fresh winds (albeit maybe with some rain) from somewhere between northwest and northeast, it looks as though things might be all over the place windwise down in West Cork and Kerry by Friday.
"With a quality fleet of 43 boats, any success racing to Dingle is going to be hard-earned"
Yet by that time Mick Cotter of Dun Laoghaire’s 94ft Windfall – undoubtedly the mostest and fastest boat in the fleet – should be comfortably through the finish line, with the 280-mile course record set very positively under the 24-hour level, which he so tantalisingly missed by 48 minutes with his 78ft Whisper back in 2009.
But other smaller speed machines also reckon that if they haven’t reached Dingle by Friday morning (having started at 1800hrs on Wednesday), then they’re getting something wrong.
One of these is Conor Fogerty of Howth with his fresh-out-of-the-wrappings foiling Beneteau Figaro 3 Raw. He got into Dun Laoghaire yesterday after a frustrating passage of light headwinds straight from the builder’s outlet in Biscay, and admits that he hasn’t yet been able to deploy the foils for real. But he is out in Dublin Bay this afternoon with two of his crew – Susan Glenny and Peter Freyne – testing the options in a northerly breeze which even this successful OSTAR veteran reckons to be indecently cold.
Raw will have an interesting gender-balanced crew, as noted helm Laura Dillon (ISAF Youth Bronze Medalist, all-Ireland Champion 1996 and renowned for her steering skills with Dutch owner Harry Heijst’s 41ft S&S classic Winsome) arrives in tonight to provide Raw with a balanced four-person lineup.
Meanwhile last night The Prof O’Connell was out on the bay with Chis & Patanne Power-Smith J/122 Aurelia testing a new North Sails Code 0, and as this vid reveals, he was delighted with the result.
We made no secret of our view here on Saturday that Aurelia is a consistently good performer which has been in the Bridesmaid’s role more often that is fair, and it’s her turn for the ultimate success. But with a quality fleet of 43 boats any success racing to Dingle is going to be hard-earned.
And the quality fleet in its turn has taken on extra talent to sharpen performance. The word is that RORC offshore star Kenny Rumball and 49er star Ryan Seaton will be joining the strength on Conor Doyle’s handsome Xp 50 Freya from Kinsale, while on Saturday we mentioned that the formidable talents of Mark Mansfield of Cork will be joining Johnny Treanor’s Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie of the host club.
Also on the move is Shane Hughes of North. Having worked round the clock to help in getting Conor Fogerty’s Raw race ready in France, he’s actually racing to Dingle on Rupert Barry’s JOD 35 Red Alert from Greystones, which seemed to be having a fun time before the start of the 2017 Race, but the presence of a serious sailmaker will in itself be a red alert for the crew.
Former Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year, Conor Fogerty arrived onto the dock in Dun Laoghaire from Les Sables de Olinges with “Raw”, a fresh out of the box, foiling Beneteau Figaro 3, Ireland’s first IRC foiling Figaro keelboat.
Howth Yacht Club-based Fogerty, along with co-skipper Susan Glenny, is competing in the Dun Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, starting on Wednesday the 12th of June. Glenny who grew up in the UK, is returning to her Irish roots as her mother’s side are from Kilkerley County Louth. Both have extensive offshore sailing CV’s including several transatlantic races and on some occasions competing against one another.
"The pair are looking at this venture as an intent to commit to becoming Ireland’s reps for the mixed two-person offshore keelboat event for the 2024 Olympics"
This is Raw’s first competitive race and it has been a very busy 36 hours for the team. Fogerty and Glenny are looking at this venture as an intent to commit to becoming Ireland’s representation for the mixed two-person offshore keelboat event for the 2024 Olympic Sailing in Paris.
This will be the first time mixed offshore racing will feature in the Olympics.
Glenny as a professional female racing skipper with an extensive proven track record including skippering four Fastnet campaigns, four Caribbean 600 races and more recently the Rolex Middle Sea Race. She is one of the only females skippering a mixed team competing 52 weeks of the year all over the world. Conor and Susan have teamed up to accompany one another for some of the bigger Irish and UK offshore races including last year's Round Ireland Race.
Fogerty has 350,000 nautical miles of racing and sailing, including two “Round the World’s” and 31 transatlantic races. Some of his latest wins include; 1st RORC Caribbean 600 2016, 1st OSTAR 2017, 1st RORC Caribbean 600 2018.
Mixed offshore keelboat racing has replaced the Finn class in the 2024 Olympics and has opened up a different style of competitive racing to the sailing community. It can take years to build the stamina and decision making criteria to operate in an offshore sailing environment where conditions and hurdles can be harrowing and diverse. The capability to operate competitively when extremely sleep deprived is key.
Cork sailor Noel Coleman always had a dream to do the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and when the family acquired the heavy displacement Oyster 37 – a yacht which has already done a Round Ireland race – this seemed the ideal time to give it a try writes Bob Bateman.
As a build up for next month' 300-miler, Blue Oyster is on her way to sail in Kinsale Yacht Club’s Fastnet Race this weekend and will then sail in the SCORA race the following weekend from Cork Habour to Dunmore East.
Commodore of SCORA, Johanna Murphy says that the Waterford race has attracted a lot of interest and up to 25 yachts could be on the line. It’s A Great Island Sailing Club organised event and the early morning first gun is 6.55 on June 1st.
Following that race, Blue Oyster will continue northwards to Dublin be on the start line for the D2D at the National Yacht Club on June 12th.
Noel’s daughter Karen is cutting short her round the World trip to join her father for the biennial offshore that is expected to attract 40 boats. Afloat's WM Nixon previewed the 2019 edition here.
Other members of the Blue Oyster crew will be daughter Louise and nephew Alan Coleman, John Molloy and Mark Murphy.