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Christmas Regatta for Junior Sailors at Kinsale Yacht Club

5th December 2016
34 Optimists raced in Kinsale 34 Optimists raced in Kinsale Credit: John Stallard

This weekend Kinsale Yacht Club had its Christmas Regatta for Junior Sailors. 34 Optimists, and 12 mixed dinghies, comprising of Laser‘s (Radial & 4.7’s) and Toppers braved the chilly conditions over the two days.

Saturday got off to a rather breezy start which made it challenging for the Optimists and saw 6 retirees from Race 1. Harry Twomey took line honours for the Optimists with Killian O’Regan in second and Edu Ojez took third. Wind eased and the flat seas made for more comfortable racing for the rest of Day 1. For Races 2 and 3 Michael Crosbie dominated the Optimist fleet and took first in both with Edu Ojez second in both, Killian O’Regan took 3rd in Race 2 and Harry Twomey was 3rd in Race 3.

The Mixed Dinghy Fleet was very competitive with local boy Michael Carroll winning Race 1 in his 4.7 ahead of Chris Bateman in a Radial. Micheal O’Suilleabhain was 3rd, also in a 4.7. Best of the Toppers was David Carroll who came 4th in that race. Chris Bateman took 1st in Race 2 with Michael Carroll and Micheal O’Suilleabhain in joint 2nd place. The 4.7’s dominated in the 3rd race with Micheal O’Suilleabhain in 1st place, Michael Carroll 2nd and Cathal O’Regan 3rd .

Day 2 saw a shake up in the Optimist Fleet. Rory O’Sullivan took line honours in all 3 races. Killian O’Regan took 2nd in Race 4 and Harry Twomey took 3rd. Diego Peleteiro Herrero took 2nd in Race 5 with Edu Ojez in 3rd. Race 6 saw Edu Ojez come in 2nd to Rory which was enough to see him win the regatta, Michael Crosbie was 3rd in Race 6 which was enough to secure him 2nd overall.

The mixed dinghies saw the Lasers continue to battle between the 4.7’s and Radials. Michael Carroll in a 4.7 won Race 4 with Chris Bateman in a Radial in 2nd and Micheal O’Suilleabhain in a 4.7 in 3rd. Michael Carroll also won Race 5 with David Carroll in a Topper putting in a great performance to secure 2nd, Micheal O’Suilleahain continued his solid run with a 3rd in his 4.7. For the last race Micheal O’Suilleabhain took 1st place with Chris Bateman in 2nd but a 3rd for Michael Carroll was enough to secure him first place overall.

Overall Results:

Optimist: 1st Edu Ojez 2nd Michael Crosbie 3rd Killian O’Regan 

Mixed Dinghies: 1st Michael Carroll (Laser 4.7) 2nd Micheal O’Suilleabhain (Laser 4.7) 3rd Chris Bateman (Laser Radial)


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Kinsale Yacht Club located in Kinsale, County Cork lies just 120 nautical miles from Wales, 240 from North West France and only 500 from the Galician Coast of North Spain.

Kinsale Yacht Club is only a few minutes walk from every shop, hotel, pub and restaurant in Ireland’s gourmet capital but most significantly it is only 30 km by road from Cork, Ireland’s second city, and between the two lies one the region’s main assets - Cork International Airport - with its daily links to many European capitals.

Club members, of which there are more than 600, race Cruisers, One Design Keelboats and Dinghies.

The club runs inshore and offshore races, has an active cruising scene, a powerboat section and most significantly for any real club, a strong and dynamic junior training programme.

Beyond the club’s own marina is the club house itself and the dinghy park. Within the clubhouse are changing rooms, bar and restaurant all with full wheelchair access. The club’s full-time secretariat, steward and marina manager are there to look after sailing visitors and members alike in a relaxed, informal and fun environment.

The club welcomes new members and has always got room on its members’ yachts for new comers to the sport.

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