As previously reported, the fleet was a mix of south coast cruisers, including three from Royal Cork, mixed with some high powered entries that had their sights on next month's now-cancelled Round Ireland Race.
Annamarie and Denis Murphy's Grand Soliel 40, Nieulargo was first out of the harbour in a 10-12 knot south-westerly breeze.
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Among the front runners for the 100-mile race is Nieulargo that was also racing last night in Royal Cork's July league in Cork Harbour. Also starting as a contender was Cian McCarthy's new Sunfast 3300, Cinnamon Girl that attracted a lot of interest from spectators.
Making the trip from Dublin Bay was John Treanor's Grand Soleil 34 Justina from the National Yacht Club.
KYC will award the Fastnet Trophy to the yacht with the lowest corrected time in IRC. The Ocean Trophy shall be awarded to the yacht with the second-lowest corrected time in IRC. The Minihane Trophy shall be awarded to the yacht with the lowest corrected time in Echo.
The race time limit is 1500 hours on Saturday.