#national18 – With 8 to 10 knots of a westerly breeze saw the first day of the National 18s Irish Championships sponsored by North Sails in Cork Harbour yesterday writes Claire Bateman. This is the largest one design fleet in the harbour and 18 boats came to the line. Certainly the top half of the fleet showed just how competitive this class is. Sailing off Trabolgan with the weather mark off Roches Point, the fleet got in three good races. The first race was a windward leeward and this was followed by an Olympic course that took a black flag to get the fleet away cleanly.
Racing continues today with FG 11.55hrs as per the Sailing Instructions and not 10.25hrs as per the Notice of Race.
Also in the harbour yesterday a fleet of twenty or so Optimists were heading out to get in some practice for the Cobbler League that will commence next weekend. These intrepid young sailors can never seem to get enough of the water!
Today also sees the start of the highlight event of the Autumn Season the CH Marine Autumn Regatta with this event counting for the SCORA League.