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Greystones Yacht 'Eleuthera' Wins ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race

24th August 2019
Frank Whelan's Eleuthera won the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Race into his own home port of Greystones Frank Whelan's Eleuthera won the Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Race into his own home port of Greystones Photo: Afloat

Greystones Sailing Club yacht Eleuthera (Frank Whelan) was the winner of Saturday's final Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series Race from Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay to Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow.

Only eight of the 14 starters finished the 40-mile race that started at 0955 am in perfect 10-knot southerly breezes at DBSC's Pier Mark. 

The Wicklow Grand Soleil 44 was impressive from the first tack out of Dublin Bay but Whelan was too eager at the start arriving too early for the pin end and having to gybe around.  

Second was the Royal St. George's Aurelia, Chirs Power Smith's J122 who beat off Wow (George Sisk's XP44 from the Royal Irish) and Paul O'Higgins's JPK10.80, Rockabill VI, also of the RIYC.

The boats are now positioned for today's BJ Marine Taste of Greystones Regatta. More here

Results are here

ISORA Start 1 5925With approximately 20 seconds to go, the 14-boat fleet lines up for the start off the East Pier...

ISORA Start 2 5928...but Eleuthera arrives too early.....

ISORA Start 3 5929and bears away from the line....

ISORA Start 4 5931....also early was overall contender, the J97 Windjammer 

ISORA Start 5 5933but timing the start to perfection was Chris Power Smith's Aurelia

ISORA Start 6 5937....who nailed the pin end right on the gun

ISORA Start 7 5949Windjammer made a port tack start as did Eleuthera below her and headed into the Dublin Bay shoreline

Aurelia 6001Aurelia - second

WOW 6015WOW -third

Rockabill 6046Rockabill VI - fourth

Lively Lady 6169Lively Lady - sixth

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