A slightly reduced turnout for the strongest winds of the Winter series so far saw some fine J109 spinnaker handling in race six of DBSC's Citroen South Dublin sponsored Turkey Shoot.
With northerly winds gusting to well over 25-knots, the well–reefed fleet had a start off Dun Laoghaire Harbour Mouth before a short upwind to the outfall mark off Dun Laoghaire's West Pier, then a long broad reach across Scotsman's Bay down to the Muglins Rock at the Southern tip of Dublin Bay and ending with a tough beat back in big seas to the harbour finish line.
Race organiser Fintan Cairns reminded competitors via VHF radio to steer clear of Leac Buidhe, a notorious outcrop of rocks at Dalkey Island that, although now buoyed, still represent a hazard to the Turkey Shoot fleet.
The overall series leader, Vespucci, Sean O'Regan's Dehler 31, was well set–up and sailing fast in the blustery conditions but a lot of the smaller boats in this class opted for white sails only on the long downwind leg.
That wasn't the case for the bigger boats such as the Sunfast 3600, the J109s and the big Beneteau 50, Mermaid V, that all set kites but with varying levels of success.
There were a number of retirals across the fleet with a 1720 sportsboat losing its rudder and requiring a tow back to harbour.
Race six results and overall positions going into next Sunday's final are expected to be calculated by Tuesday and will be available on Afloat.ie
Overall leader Sean O'Regan's Dehler 31 Vespucci doing their utmost to hold on to pole position Photo: Afloat.ie
(Above and below) Big breeze for the Sportsboat start Photo: Afloat.ie
A tow home for a rudderless 1720
A hotly contested start in the big boats with J109 Dear Prudence (above and below) with Prof O'Connell onboard winning the pin end. FF ace Alan Green was steering "Hot Cookie" (owner John O'Gorman was away at Paris Boat Show). Fellow FF sailor Ian Matthews was on mainsheet with brother Brian trimming the kite. They started one up from the pin (GBR 7536R) Photo: Afloat.ie
The bulk of the fleet played it safe and opted for white sails only on the long downwind Photo: Afloat.ie
The Beneteau 50 Mermaid to weather of J109 Juggerknot Photo: Afloat.ie
Tight racing down to the Muglins Rock with the J109 White Mischief to leeward leading this pack Photo: Afloat.ie
The Sunfast 3600 Yoyo under spinnaker at the back of the West Pier Photo: Afloat.ie
Former Turkey Shoot winner Mermaid V in the foreground with J109 Jalapeno astern Photo: Afloat.ie
In perfect balance - the Juggerknot crew cross Scotsman's Bay. Andrew Algeo's Juggerknot had Star crew and 1720 sailor Ben Cooke (standing in white) trimming the kite. They passed rival J109 White Mischief on the run to Muglins Photo: Afloat.ie
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