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More wind, same good conditions for HYC Race 3

1st October 2009
More wind, same good conditions for HYC Race 3
The half-way stage of this year’s Howth Yacht Club Autumn League was reached in stronger westerly winds than were originally forecast although the conditions certainly met with the competitors’ approval for the third successive Sunday. A light force 2 breeze turned into a brisk 17-knot wind which made for quick sailing.

Sponsored jointly by Today FM, Crystal Holidays and Irish Life Investment Managers, the League is now three races down, three to go and with all to play for between now and October 17th.

A major wind shift just after the start on the offshore course meant no beat after the first mark, producing something of a ‘solder’s race’ for the five classes racing, not that those who benefitted will complain as they rightly made the most of the situation. In Class 1, Matt Davis’s Barafundle from Skerries upset the odds to win on IRC by 23 seconds from Flashback (Breen and Others), the latter moving into 2nd overall behind Crazy Horse. Another ECHO win for Tiger (Hughes/Harris) puts them into a commanding lead in that category.

A black flag second start for Class 2 put manners on the fleet but Ian Byrne’s Sunburn enjoyed a cracker of a start, held a comfortable lead by the weather mark and then held off the challenge of King One and C’Est la Vie to taken the gun and the IRC honours. For C’Est la Vie (Flannelly and Others), it was their best result to date and meant they continued their dominance of the ECHO division so that they are 12 points ahead of their nearest rival after three races. King One (David Cullen) heads IRC overall by 9 points from joint second-placed Sunburn and The Big Picture (Evans & Co.)

The Alliance – Starlet rivalry continued over in Class 3, Starlet taking the gun by a minute but Alliance taking the corrected time IRC result and a one point lead in the overall standings. Malahide visitor Tobago (Ray and Others) beat another visitor, Alfred Mayrs’ Quickflash from Antrim BC, on ECHO but the northern boat moves into the overall lead in that category.

Another two boat rivalry was also in action in Class 4, only this time it was Kieran Jameson’s Changeling which enjoyed the pleasure of a treble success – line, ECHO and IRC – a 2 minute 36 seconds margin over Bite the Bullet proving to be the biggest gap in any class on the day.

In the second White Sail Class 5, Skerries boat Tully Too (Declan Higgins) topped the fleet ahead of Andrew Knowles’ Sandpiper who now takes over at the head of the overall leaderboard.

A small Etchells fleet started slowly with the exception of Dan O’Grady’s Crop Duster who got off the line with pace and lead the way home, albeit with only 7 seconds to spare over Simon Knowles’ Jabberwocky, with the two boats swapping positions in the overall standings.

So close was the Puppeteers’ race that the first ten boats finished within 4 minutes but Alan Pearson will have fond memories of his start as Trick or Treat lee-bowed the whole fleet and led all the way round to keep Harlequin (Dave Clarke) and Yellow Peril (Neil Murphy) at bay. The latter two hold 1st and 2nd overall on scratch, Tim Chillingworth’s Gannet won on handicap while Haemogloblin (Mullen/O’Dea) still retain the lead in that category.

The lead in the Squib race changed several times between three boats but in the end Emmet Dalton’s Klipbok made the most of the shifts late on to head off ‘Shadowfax’ (Phil Merry) and Whipper Snapper (Michael Cantwell) while Melanie McCaughey’s good run on handicap in Asterix continued – second behind the McMurtry’s Pot Black – to maintain her leadership there.

Peter Courtney in Oona returned to winning ways in the 17s, beating Rita (Lynch/Curley) by 17 seconds while Aura (Ian Malcolm) and Gladys (Cronin/Jones) could not be separated by the Race Officer and were given joint 3rd places! Handicap honours went to Derek Bothwell in the newest 17 Sheila ahead of Bobolink (Walsh/Doyle), the same positions they hold in the overall standings.

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