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CH Marine League Second Day Lacks Breeze in Cork Harbour

8th October 2017
Peter O'Leary and crew search for wind in a 1720. Scroll down the story for more photos Peter O'Leary and crew search for wind in a 1720. Scroll down the story for more photos Photo: Bob Bateman

Drifting conditions in Cork Harbour may have appeared beautiful to the onlooker but to the crews of the 52 boats competing in Royal Cork Yacht Club's CH Marine Autumn League it was very frustrating writes Bob Bateman.

Outside Cork Harbour Race Officer Peter Crowley managed to get one race for classes 1, 2 and 3 completed.

Inside the harbour it was a different story with the whitesail fleet getting a start outside White bay giving the fleets a beat into number 10 buoy.

CH MArine D2 2483Cork Harbour stalwart Michael Murphy (flask in hand) who is sailing in the same boat for 38 years. Photo: Bob Bateman

Bandit sailed by Richard Leonard got a great pin end start and led as far as Fort Carlisle where the Foul spring tide coupled with the fickle north west breeze put a stop to progress for everyone and Race Officer John Downing abandoned racing for the day.

The sportboat fleet fared no better using a laid windward leeward course and they also had to abandon racing.

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