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The Irish South Coast Squib Championship sponsored by Marine Motors Matthews of Cork, & Calco Ireland Ltd. takes place in Kinsale Yacht Club, in conjunction with the National Squib Owners Association, from Saturday 1st May to Sunday 2nd May with Monday 3rd May held as a reserve day.
Principal Race Officer is John Stallard accompanied by Bruce Matthews and his boat Anerika.
Races will be sailed in the waters outside Kinsale Harbour between the Old Head of Kinsale and the Sovereign Islands and the courses shall be Windward-Leeward with a maximum of 4 races per day.
Kinsale Squib Class Vice Captain, Neil J Prenderville is expecting a large turnout, with 6 entries confirmed already from the Dublin Bay Fleets, as the Class gears up for the The Squib National Championships 2010 to be held at the Royal St George Yacht Club in June.
The Spring Series at Kinsale Yacht Club, sponsored by Masts & Rigging Ireland Limited, took place last Sunday in near perfect sailing conditions. Competitors and Race Management could not have asked for more; with glorious sunshine and a 15 knot south westerly breeze.
This being the penultimate day, competition was stiff as boats jockeyed for position for a place in the top three of their respective classes. One discard was applied following the fifth race of the Series, so boats now have a good idea of what needs to be done to gain places or consolidate their position. Classes 3 & 4 and the White Sail fleet were on a Windward – Leeward course looked after by Alan Crosbie, while Classes 0, 1 & 2 were on a Round the Cans
course marshaled by Jeanot Petch.
Classes 0, 1 & 2 had a Round the Cans race giving the big boats a chance to stretch their legs on a long beat to Black Head. There was a general recall in the first as some were a little too enthusiastic on the start line. Anthony O’Leary’s Antix got off to a flying start and indeed won both races on handicap. This increases the pressure on Dave Dwyer’s Marinerscove.ie as he enters the last day with the overall lead, with a single point separation, followed by Freya in third. In ECHO 0 Conor Doyle’s Freya had a first and second to put him on top of the table jointly with Marinerscove.ie and Antix one point behind.
IRC 1 sees Derry Good’s Exhale move up the leader board into third positionoverall, thanks to a first and second in Sundays racing. Jelly Baby (Nagle & O’Malley) still lead, closely pressurised by David Scott’s Eos in second place.
In ECHO 1 only four points separate the top three boats with Eos leading from Exhale and Jelly Baby in third. This should lead to some exciting racing on the
Jelly Baby tops IRC Restricted with Freya hot on her heels in second and Eos in third.
In Class 2 IRC the McCarthy brothers on MacMagic II had a good day at the office with a second and first pushing them into contention for a top three finish.
First and second positions look like going to Jerome McCarthy’s Harmony and Denis Coleman’s Corby 25 Thunderbird. They are separated by two points going
into the last day with everything to race for. Class 2 ECHO is being led by the First 32 Y-Knot owned by Pat Barrett and Cathal Conlon. Clem McElligott’s Sea Hawk is in second with Leonard Donnery’s No Gnomes in third position. Again with only five points separating the top three boats, it could be a very close
In Class 3 Ian Traver’s Bandit was first off the line, but it was Powder Monkey, Liam Lynch’s Sigma 33, who led around the course reveling in the fresher conditions. Bandit managed a first and a second respectively though, leaving him in top spot overall and in an almost unassailable position. Alan Bateman’s Pathfinder lies in second overall with Powder Monkey just behind him in third position. In Class 3 ECHO Bill McConnell’s consistency is keeping Monkey
Business in pole position with Powder Monkey (Liam Lynch) in second and Tony & Alice Kingston’s Away On Business in third.
In Class 4 Mike Sexton’s Granny Knot is still leading overall followed by Sundancer (Alan Mulcahy) and Paul Swanton’s Go-Kart in third. The same three boats are also in contention in ECHO 4 with the top spot going to Go-Kart, Sundancer in second and Granny Knot in third.
The White Sail fleet sailed a triangular course using the Classes 3 & 4 windward-leeward with a gybe mark to complete the triangle and were given four rounds of this course. David O’Sullivan’s Cimarron VI won on handicap followed by John Whelan’s Wheels and Paragon (Dave Akerlind). This leaves Wheels in the lead overall being run hard by Cimarron VI and Spindrift (David Kelly) in third.
The Series concludes this Saturday, 1st May, with a First Gun at 10.55 hours followed by the prize-giving dinner in Kinsale Yacht Club on Saturday evening.
Bob Bateman's Photo Gallery from last Saturday here
Antix won both races today in Kinsale's April League with Marinerscove.ie second in both races and this leaves them just one point apart with Dave Dwyer’s Mariners in the lead writes Claire Bateman.
A magnificent days sailing was enjoyed by the competitors at the Kinsale Spring Series for Races 7 and 8 of the series today (Sun) Today’s racing was sponsored by Masts and Rigging. The bigger boats were on the round the cans course while Classes 3 and 4 had windward/leeward, the White Sail having their own course. Classes Zero and One had a general recall for the first race and got away on the second attempt, John Godkin on Godot getting the best start. They enjoyed a long beat with Antix in the lead followed closely by Marinerscove.ie, Gloves Off, and Godot who seemed to be very much on their tail but also seemed to have some difficulty in getting the spinnaker drawing.
Antix won both races today with Marinerscove.ie second in both races and this leaves them just one point apart with Dave Dwyer’s Mariners in the lead. Jelly Baby, Nagle and O’Mahony, are leading the Zero and One Restricted IRC with Conor Doyle’s Freya second. In IRC 2 Jermony McCarthy in Harmony leads from Denis Coleman’s Thunderbird. In IRC 3 Ian Travers’ Bolero, Bandit, has a good lead over Alan Bateman’s Pathfinder and in Class 4 Mike Sexton’s GK 24 Granny Knot is just one point clear of Alan Mulcahy’s Sundancer.
More Bob Bateman pics from yesterday's racing on the Afloat gallery here
KYC Results here
Action photos from this weekend's Kinsale Cruiser League by Bob Bateman are online now. Racing is on varied courses outside Kinsale Harbour. The event is an opportunity for training purposes for any boats looking to compete in the Commodores Cup later this year and May's ICRA Nationals in Dun Laoghaire.
They're away. Eight RIbs were escorted out of Kinsale harbour by Kinsale Life boat heading for Wales this morning on a perfect run to Aberystwyth. Afloat's Bob Bateman was there to capture the action on a perfect morning for a high speed dash across the Irish Sea. This flotilla has been raising funds for the RNLI for several years now and their exploits have gained national attention. An RTE News slip is also over the fold showing the 2007 run. Established in 2003, Kinsale Lifeboat station is one of the newest links in the RNLI safety chain ringing the coastlines of Ireland and the UK.
KYC was first located in two cottages opposite the slip at Scilly, across the harbour from the current location. By the mid 1950s, there were six boats racing in the club comprising of a dragon called Sleuth, two colleens, Pinkeen and Spalpeen, an Uffa Ace, Dick Hegarty’s cruiser Bedouin and a jollyboat sailed by the 70-year-old commodore Brig. Gen. Dorman. Jeanot Petch made an exotic addition to the already varied fleet when he built a Prout catamaran in 1957. Races started off the pierhead sailing to Bulman and back via the harbour marks.
The impressive period frontage of Kinsale Yacht Club. Photo: Bob Bateman
The fleet would leave Bulman to port or starboard according to the wind, as the commodore did not want to gybe that far out to sea. Later a 45 gallon drum was placed upriver and used as an upwind mark until the new bridge was built in the 1970s. All the boats at that time were kept on moorings in the harbour.
In the early 1960s, Dick Hegarty, in his capacity as the club’s solicitor, purchased the present clubhouse on behalf of the Club. Over time, fleets of Albacores, Mirrors, Flying Fifteens, Fireballs and Enterprises developed and junior sailing instruction began. The Cork harbour Dragon fleet also moved from the Royal Munster Yacht Club in Crosshaven, now the Royal Cork Yacht Club, to Kinsale.
In the 1970s, the Club started hosting Regional and National Championships and hosted the World Fireball Championships in 1977. In the same year, the Club also held the Dragon Gold Cup and started to develop it’s widely recognised race management teams. In 1978, the Club and its members funded and built the first marina.
The rear of Kinsale Yacht Club where dinghies and dayboats are stored. Photo: Bob Bateman
In the 1990s, the Club embarked on three separate extensions to the clubhouse. By this time, KYC had become one of the leading yacht clubs in the country. Junior sailing now encompasses Optimists, Lasers and 420s. One design racing takes in International Dragons and Squibs. The Club also supports three very strong Cruiser Classes (Class I, II and III) who now joined by a more relaxed White Sail Fleet.
(The above information and image courtesy of Kinsale Yacht Club)
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