The CH Marine sponsored National 18 South Coast Championship fleet gathered in West Cork on June 1 to race on the beautiful waters of Baltimore Harbour.
The championships attracted a fleet of nine 18s. These nine boats were seen rigging at the top of the slip to be on the water in time for a noon start.
A windward/leeward with a spreader mark was the course for the day. The 18s jostled on the start line until race one was underway. A light fickle breeze made tactics very difficult and the sailors had to go fast towards the best side of the course, tending towards the left. Four rounds were scheduled for all races but with the light winds the course was shortened to three rounds. Charles Dwyer helming “Shark” took first place, staying ahead of Tommy Dwyer helming “Puss in Boots” in second, and Colin Barry and his team in third.
Race two began in slightly more breeze, having shifted slightly more into the south. With slightly patchier winds, there was a huge importance on looking for wind shifts. A shortened course and three rounds later saw Charles Dwyers “Shark” take first place. In second was Nick Walsh helming “50 Shades” and Tom Crosbie helming “Second wind” in third.
Race three kicked off and leading by round three was Colin Barry and his team. He held this lead to cross the finish line in first place. Second place was taken by Tom Crosbie, who finished just ahead of Nick Walsh in third place.
Race four, the last race of the day was started with increased wind. The breeze had swung even further into the left. Charles Dwyer held his lead and finished in first place, just in front of Tom Crosbie in third. Colin Chapman helming “Aquadisiacs” finished right behind in third place.
Sunday rolled around, and strong winds greeted the sailors. Wind readings of over 30 knots forced Day two to be abandoned. Once the National 18s were packed up, the sailors went into Baltimore Sailing Club for the prizegiving.
Taking first place was “Shark” helmed by Charles Dwyer. In second place was Tom Crosbie and crew in “Second Wind”. Taking third place was Colin Barry and his team.