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Kinsale Yacht Club Dragon Sailors in Control at South Coast Championships (Photo Gallery Below)

2nd September 2017
Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Simon Furney lead on home waters. Scroll down for photo gallery below Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Simon Furney lead on home waters. Scroll down for photo gallery below Photo: Bob Bateman

After four races at the 2017 Dragon South Coast Championship, locals Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Simon Furney have the overall lead from Royal St. George's David Williams and Peter Bowring writes Bob Bateman.

See results and photo gallery below.

The Dublin Bay boat has the same eight points as the Kinsale Yacht Club leader but double wins today gives Good the advantage in the nine–boat fleet.

Kinsale boat Shawn Kingston's Grey Hare is third and another Kinsale entry, Adrian Bendon's Mar J is fourth.

This morning's racing schedule was put forward to 11am due to a wet windy forecast but it turned out to be light winds on the way out to the first start at the Old Head of Kinsale. Winds were not long in filling in, however, and 15 /18 knots from west–south–west and a lumpy sea produced classic Kinsale conditions.

Williams' Phantom led at the first windward mark but a gybe set from Good proved to be winning move as got into the lead and held on til the finish. 

Racing continues tomorrow. The Race Officer is Kinsale's own Alan Crosbie.

Dragon South Coast Championship after four races

1 IRL211 Little Fella Cameron Good Henry Kingston Simon Furney KYC 8 4 2 1 1
2 IRL176 Phantom David Williams Peter Bowring/Hilary Murray Arthur Mehigan/Conor Grimley RStGYC 8 3 1 2 2
3 IRL188 Grey Hare Shawn Kingston Tony Kingston Harry Lewis KYC 15 2 5 4 4
4 IRL156 Mar J Adrian Bendon Choryna Kiely Matthew Beecher KYC 18 1 3 7 7
5 IRL201 Jaguar Martin Byrne Conor Byrne Adam Winkelman RStGYC 20 5 9 3 3
6 IRL695 Magic Warren Brown/Kevin Hayes Killian Murphy Clare Hayes/Eamonn Timoney GHYC 22 6 6 5 5
7 IRL180 Serafina Maeve Cotter Daniel Murphy Brian Goggin KYC 24 8 4 6 6
8 IRL110 Aphrodite Peter Hayes Tiernan Brown Killian Forde/Ruairi Brown GHYC 31 7 8 8 8
9 IRL157 Tenacious Anthony O'Neill Dave Horgan Eoghan O'Neill KYC 36 9 7 10 10

 

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