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Kinsale IRC One Yachts Back in Charge of Axiom Private Clients Spring Series (Photo Gallery)

18th April 2022
White Sails 2 Echo competitor Miss Charlie, a Tofinou 8  skippered by Patrick Beckett of Kinsale
White Sails 2 Echo competitor Miss Charlie, a Tofinou 8  skippered by Patrick Beckett of Kinsale. Scroll down for photo gallery Credit: Bob Bateman

Local yachts are back in charge at the top of the IRC One fleet after two races sailed in the Kinsale Yacht Club's Axiom Private Clients Spring Series in West Cork.

The wind for the second race of the series, after last week's cancellation, was flukey, up and down in strength and the race began in lighter winds.

Race Officer Donal Hayes laid a weather mark and then used fixed marks outside the harbour and finished at the club line off Charles Fort.

Race Officer Donal HayesRace Officer Donal Hayes set the course (below) Photos: Bob Bateman

Kinsale Yacht Club Race Course

Such was the nature of wind race two featured a lot of reaching with limited upwind or spinnaker work.

IRC 1 Fleet

The start of IRC Zero and One Photo: Bob BatemanThe start of IRC Zero and One Photo: Bob Bateman

New Royal Cork yachts that enjoyed debut success in the first race of the seven boat fleet a fortnight ago have been replaced by the recent Frank Godsell Series winner Reavra Too, an Elan 333 skippered by Stephen Lysaght. Second is the host club's Finbarr O'Regan in the J/109 'Artful DodJer'.

Third overall is the Royal Cork yacht of the year, the Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Annamarie & Denis Murphy).

IRC 2 Fleet

The Royal Cork Albin Express North Star skippered by Fiona Young was a clear winner in the six-boat IRC Two fleet beating Conor Phelan's Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge. Third is Waterford Harbour's Sigma 33 Flyover (David Marchant). 

White Sails 1 Echo Fleet

After two races sailed, Batt & Helen O'Leary lead the six-boat White Sails 1 Echo Fleet in Sweet Dreams, a Sun Odyssey 36 from new arrival Mike MacCarthy's Royal Cork Dehler 40, Jolastan. Third is Tony Scannell's Hanse 370, Hansemer.

White Sails 2 Echo Fleet

The Beneteau First 345 Val Kriss (Nigel Dann VincentMurphy) leads Albert O'Neill's Feeling 326 Sallybelle. Third in the seven-boat fleet is Sam Cohen's First 32, Gunsmoke 2.

See full results here

Bob Bateman's Kinsale Yacht Club Axiom Spring Series Race Two Photo Gallery

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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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