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Howth Yacht Club's Rerun Lambay Races Sailed in Idyllic Conditions

28th September 2015
Summer sunshine for the Autumn league off Howth yesterday

Glorious sunshine and a balmy southerly breeze greeted the cruiser classes for this week's MSL Park Motors Autumn League race at Howth Yacht Club. Five racing classes enjoyed the opportunity to race around Lambay Island in what was a 'combination event' - incorporating the previously cancelled Davy sponsored Lambay Races and the third in the series of our Autumn League races. Competitors in the cruiser classes enjoyed a 'double helping' of prizes, with the Lambay Trophies and glassware adding to the regular MSL Park Motors Mercedes Benz daily race prizes.

In Class 5 Non-Spinnaker, Harry Byrne and his team on Alphida took the IRC prize and Andrew Knowles'Sandpiper won the Bamford Trophy for ECHO. Howard McMullen's Splashdance won the Fitzpatrick Salver for Class 4 IRC Non-Spinnaker while Spellbound's Hugh Burrows won the ECHO top spot.

Class 3 IRC was dominated by the HYC K25 team on their J24 Kilcullen, who won the Peninsula Trophy and following their decisive margin of victory over second-placed Starlet, they also won the overall event and 'Lambay Lady' trophy. The Douglas/ Keane owned Shenanigans won the ECHO handicap trophy in the same class.

Davy's Graham Cawley (centre) with HYC's K25 Team (Kilcullen), overall winners of the 'Lambay Lady'
Davy's Graham Cawley (centre) with HYC's K25 Team (Kilcullen), overall winners of the 'Lambay Lady'

The highly-competitive Class 2 fleet saw Dave Cullen's half-tonner Checkmate XV emerge victorious in IRC to win the Heineken Trophy and Dermot Skehan's Toughnut finished ahead of Colm Birmingham's Bite the Bulletin the ECHO division. In Class 1, it was business-as-usual for Pat Kelly and the team on his J109 Storm, winning the Juno Cup for IRC as well as the Longyearbyn Trophy for best Howth boat, while the Boyd Cup for ECHO went to the Breen/ Gregory/ Hogg team on Flashback. 

Other special trophies included the Whelan Cup for the leading Beneteau First 31.7 which was won by C'est la Vie, The Knights Trophy for J24s was won by the other K25 Squad in Johnny Bravo and the E-Boat prize went to Pat O'Neill's OctopussE.

On the Inshore Course, PRO Susan Cummins ensured that the Puppeteers, Squibs and Howth Seventeens got their money's worth with almost 3 hours of racing in the superb weather and conditions. Alan Pearson's Puppeteer Trick or Treat managed to get a valuable win which put his boat on top of the Scratch division, while a win by Gerry Kennedy's Schiggy closes the gap to 3 points from Handicap division leader Yellow Peril. The ISA Sailfleet J80s miss racing for this and next week because of their date with the All Ireland Helmsmans Championships in the NYC next weekend. In the Squibs, Jeff Kay's Chatterbox won the scratch prize for a second week in a row and shares top spot in the Handicap division with Roxanne.

In the Howth Seventeen class, Peter Courtney's Oona crossed the line first with only 30 seconds remaining before the time limit and the resulting time extension enabled all but previous series leader 'Isobel' finish the race.

isobel dismasted

Isobel was unfortunate to be de-masted on the final leg

Summer conditions all day long in Howth
Summer conditions all day long in Howth
Rima Macken with Commodore Brian Turvey and flanked by MSL Park Motors team members Keith and Lisa
Rima Macken with Commodore Brian Turvey and flanked by MSL Park Motors team members Keith and Lisa
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Howth Yacht Club originated as Howth Sailing Club in 1895. In 1968 Howth Sailing Club combined with Howth Motor Yacht Club, which had operated from the West Pier since 1935, to form Howth Yacht Club. The new clubhouse was opened in 1987 with further extensions carried out and more planned for the future including dredging and expanded marina facilities.

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