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Cian McCarthy Wins Kinsale Yacht Club's Bertoletti Trophy

9th June 2018
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Cian McCarthy (right) winner of the Bertoletti Trophy, receives his prize from Patricia Bertoletti and Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore David O'Sullivan Cian McCarthy (right) winner of the Bertoletti Trophy, receives his prize from Patricia Bertoletti and Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore David O'Sullivan Photo: Bob Bateman

Cian McCarthy and the crew of Eos was the winner of Kinsale Yacht Club's 'all–in' race for the Bertoletti Trophy sailed on Friday.

Every year in June, KYC boats including Cruisers, Dragons, 1720’s, Squibs and Sonars race for the trophy that commemorates the late KYC steward Mario Bertoletti who served at the club from the 1970’s for over 30 years.

'Mario’s competence, style and unfailing good humour were a huge asset to KYC that played a huge part in the club's success', Commodore David O'Sullivan told Afloat.ie

Blue skies, flat seas and a gentle breeze saw a fleet of 5 Squibs, 4 Dragons and 13 Cruisers take part in the Bertoletti Trophy race on Friday last in Kinsale. This event is held in memory of Mario Bertoletti who was for many years the Club Steward. The trophy was given to the club by his wife Patricia and their

The course was out to the Bulman buoy then back into the outer harbour. Given the light airs the Race Officer, Michele Kennelly, followed the fleet in case the course needed to be shortened. Cian McCarthy’s Eos rounded the buoy in pole position, with Siboney, Lobster and Justus jockeying for position behind him. Unfortunately, Siboney was white sailing which meant that once the spinnakers went up John Stallard and crew lost out. Having seen some of the fleet around the buoy the next decision for the Michele was when, not if,
to shorten as the breeze was getting lighter all the time.

The fleet came back into the harbour under spinnaker which made for an impressive sight. Eos was still in front and finished the race an impressive 10 mins ahead of John Godkin’s Godot. This secured Eos 1 st place. Cian O’Regan on Artful Dodger came home just 2’ 8” behind Dan Buckley on Justus which secured 2nd place for him and Justus was 3rd. 5 boats retired from the race as the breeze died almost completely and it was the tide that brought the last of the finishers across the line. The first Dragon home was Serafina, Maeve Cotter/Daniel Murphy/Sean Murphy and the first Squib was Fuggles with Sam & Sara Hunt.

Back in the club Patricia Bertoletti and family presented the Trophy to Cian McCarthy and Eos.

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