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Gentle Start to Kinsale's April League

3rd April 2012
Gentle Start to Kinsale's April League

Round one of the Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series commenced yesterday, April 1st, in very light conditions. It was slightly cooler than the summery conditions we have been experiencing of late, but this did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the competitors writes Keith O'Riordan of Kinsale YC.

With wind speed only hovering around the 7-10 knot mark, the principal race officers,Alan Crosbie, Jennot Petch and Donal Hayes for white sail, did an admirable job of getting two races in for the fleets. As usual they did stirling work with their teams and should be highly commended for it.The fleets were split in two,with Classes Zero, One and Two on a windward leeward course with Jennot Petch, while Classes Three and Four were on a laid course under the watchful eyes of Alan Crosbie and his team. Class sizes were slightly down this year,but the competition was as fierce as always.

With first gun at 10.55, many participants were glad of the gentle conditions to ease them back into the racing season after a long winter lay off. On the windward leeward course Classes Zero and One were first to start, with every boat clean off the line, much to everyone's relief! Tom Roche's Meridian and Kieran Twomey's Gloves Off made the early running , with the latter first to the to mark. Spinnakers were then set in a hurry for the gentle downwind leg with some crews relishing the break. The course included two rounds of this and finish on the down wind leg.

In Class Zero IRC Gloves Off registered two firsts on the day, giving them the overall lead. Tony O'Brien's White Tiger had a third and second respectively,while Freya owned by Conor Doyle had a second and a third, leaving both boats tied for second place overall on five points. John Godkin's, Dufor 44, Godot is in third place overall with two fourths on the day. In Zero ECHO Gloves Off and White Tiger are tied for first place with Godot,Freya and Meridian all on 8 points after the first two races.Class One IRC Eos owned by Dave Scott made a clean sweep with two firsts on the day. Jellybaby, Nagle and O'Malley, had two seconds, with Justus, owned by Dan Buckley, registering two thirds,  leaving them in third place overall.

These results were replicated in Class One ECHO,Eos leading overall from Jellybaby and Justus in third place. Class Two boats had the same course as Classes Zero and One. In Class Two IRC Brian Goggin's Corby 25, Allure is fast becoming the boat to beat and added to that reputation by winning both races.This leaves them leading Class Two in IRC overall.Two seconds from the Desmond/Ivers/Deasy owned Bad Company,has them in second place overall and third lace was claimed by Clem and Wendy McEligot's Sea Hawk, with two thirds.Class Two Echo is exactly the same at the top of the leader board,Allure from Bad Company with Sea Hawk in third spot.

Classes Three and Four had a laid mark course for the first race and a shortened windward leeward course for the second race,as Race Officer Alan Crosbie feared the breeeze might die away completely. In Class three IRC Graham Marron and Kieran O' Connell's Bandit had a great day on the water,showing a clean pair of heels to everyone with two firsts on the day. This results leaves them in first place overall.Finbarr Dorgan's Sonar, No Half Measures took two seconds,and thereby second overall, with Ryan/Tyler's Away On Business in third overall with two thirds. Class Three Echo is led overall by No Half Measures with a third and a first on the day. Second place overall goes to Away On Business with two seconds, while Padrig O' Donovan's Chameleon is in third overall, with a first and a fourth repectively. On the same course Class Four IRC is led by Saoirse owned by Richie Hanley, with a second and a first.Micheal Murphy's Shelly D is in second overall,having gained a first and a third and third overall with a third and a second is Alan Mulcahy's Sundancer. In Class Four Echo Saoirse leads from Shelly D, with Sundancer in third position.

The white sail fleet had a more leisurely start to the day,with a later first gun and only one race. White sail Class One officiated by Donal Hayes,was won by David Ross's Sonas, with Dave O'Sullivan's CimmarronV in second place and Peter Kelly's Magic Elfin taking third position. White Sail Class Two was won by Michael Lynch on Lady T. In second position was Dave Cullinane on Delos, with Forde/Good's Guinness Kann in third spot.

Racing next week will take place on the bank holiday Monday lest anyone forget! The day prizes this week were kindly sponsored by Kinsale Yacht Club.

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