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Royal St. George's Jack Fahy Leads Radial Leinsters at Rush Sailing Club

5th August 2017
Laser dinghies are racing at Rush for Leinster honours this weekend Laser dinghies are racing at Rush for Leinster honours this weekend Photo:

Royal St. George's Jack Fahy leads the Laser Radial Leinster Championships after the first two races sailed at Rush Sailing Club in Co. Dublin today writes out special correspondent.  

There are some protests in so results are strictly provisional.

Fahy leads the biggest 41–boat division from the National Yacht Club's Nicole Hemeryck. The 4.7 rig is led by Tom Higgins also of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. Rush Sailing Club's own Alan Ruigrok is the standard rig fleet leader. Results downloadable below.

With an 8 to ten knot breeze blowing, the briefing and launch time had been moved up by half an hour, to make the best of the tide. The weather was clearing all the while and all boats launched in sunshine but with a decreasing breeze. This was to set the pattern of the day. The non–locals quickly learned to hug the sandbanks to beat the strong tide flowing into the estuary.

The volunteers helping the launching were quick to point out the pitfalls of the launch area. This set a positive tone – the organisation ashore has been superb so far. 

The conditions at sea could best be described as trying for the race officers. Dull weather with stronger gusts and squalls followed by rain then very light shifty sunny weather following in. Two races were sailed. There were delays aplenty as a result of the conditions. There was confusion in the Radial fleet over marks and some of the fleet sailed the wrong course. This has had a bit of a snakes and ladders effect on the results with many established names out of kilter as a result.

Three races are scheduled for tomorrow.

The forecast is saying more breeze so it's hopefully all set for good racing.


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