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'Moosmie' Beats 'Pansy' in 128th Water Wag Club Season Race

22nd August 2015
'Moosmie' Beats 'Pansy' in 128th Water Wag Club Season Race

#waterwag – On 19th August the Water Wags competed in Dun Laoghaire in the second of three races to commemorate the Wags who died in 1915. 24 boats took part. The wind was about 10 knots from the west. The first attempt at starting had many boats over the short start line, so, Tom Hudson called the Wags back for a second attempt. Half way through the preparation period the wind changed again and racing was postponed. On the third attempt the fleet got away.

At the first mark, the leaders were Barbara sailed by Ian and Judith Malcolm and Adam Winkleman in the newly built No. 46, Mademoiselle and Guy and Jackie Kilroy in Swift. However Mademoiselle she could not lay the mark on starboard tack and was forced to put in an extra tack to reach the windward mark. During this manoever she clipped the boom of Pansy which was sailed by Vincent Delany and Herby Fowler, so Mademoiselle was forced to take a penalty turn which opened up space for Tim and Marcus Pearson in Little Tern. On the offwind leg most Water wags opted to gybe onto port tack.
At the leeward mark Barbara opted for the southerly mark while most of the others took the northerly mark.
At the end of the second beat it was Swift in the lead from Little Tern and Pansy.
These three were in close proximity at the next leeward mark where Pansy headed to the middle of the harbour and found favourable wind shifts to bring her to the lead.
At the end of the third beat it was Pansy in the lead from Moosmie and Swift. The wind reduced in strength and became more shifty. At the end of the fourth beat positions were reversed with Moosmie ahead of Pansy and Swift. Thus it was to remain for the next lap.
At the windward finish the order was:
1st. 'Moosmie', David and Sally MacFarlane. (div.1A)
2nd. Pansy' Vincent Delany and Hereby Fowler. (div. 1A)
3rd. 'Swift' Guy and Jackie Kilroy. (div. 1A)
4th. 'Ethna', Bill Noland and Niamh Hooper. (div 2)
5th. 'Little Tern', Tim and Marcus Pearson. (div.1A)
6th. 'Vela' Philip and Katie Mayne (Div 1B)
7th. 'Barbara', Ian and Judith Malcolm. (div 1A)
8th. 'Good Hope', Hal Sisk and Sue Westrup. (div. 1B)
9th. 'Tortoise', William Prentice and Owen Mc Nally. (div.1A)
10th. 'Mademoiselle' Adam Winkleman. (div. 1B)
11th. 'Eva,' Orla Fitzgerald (div. 1B)
12th. 'Scallywag' Dan O'Connor and David Williams. (div.1b)
13th. 'Skee' Jonathan and Carol O'Rourke.(div. 1B)
14th. 'Chloe', Kate O'Leary. (Div. 1B)
15th. 'Nandor', Brian McBride and Stuart McBean (div 2)
16th. 'Sara', Paul and Anne Smith. (div.1B)
17th. 'Polly' Henry Rooke and Richard Mossop.(div 2)
18th. 'Penelope', Fergus Cullen and Alice Walshe. (div.2)
19th. 'Coquette', Seymour Cresswell and Mary.(div.1B)
20th. 'Eros' Gail Varian and Gavan Johnson (div 2)
21st. 'Marie Louise', John Magner (div. 1A)
22nd. 'Swallow', David and Anne Clarke (div 1B)
23rd. 'Marcia', Ben McCormack (div 2)
24th. 'Sprite', Adrian Masterson and Geoff Davys (div 2)

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Vincent Delany

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Vincent Delany

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Sailing historian Vincent Delany is a member of the Association of Yachting Historians, and an active sailor in Water Wag, SOD and Squib classes. He has written a thesis on 'Yachting and yachtsmen on the River Shannon 1830-1930.' He has lectured on the history of The Water Wag Club, Royal St.George Yacht Club, and the Killinure Yacht Club, He has written two sailing books 'The Water Wags 1887-2012' and 'The International 12 foot class in Ireland' both of which are available from

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