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Kinsale March League Looks Close for Last Race on Sunday

24th March 2023
Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Too is setting the pace in the cruiser/spinnaker IRC and ECHO fleets of the Kinsale March League
Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Too is setting the pace in the cruiser/spinnaker IRC and ECHO fleets of the Kinsale March League Credit: Bob Bateman

Two races into the March cruiser league at Kinsale and heading for the conclusion of the Frank Godsell series this Sunday, Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Too is setting the pace in the cruiser/spinnaker IRC and ECHO fleets, while Alan Mulcahy’s Apache is out in front in both handicap sectors of White Sails.

With a small fleet of four boats racing, competition is close in the spinnaker fleets, with Reavra Too on three points in the lead in both IRC and ECHO handicaps and Michael Carroll’s Chancer second in both, just one point behind on four. Each boat has won one race and had a second in another of the series. Samuel Cohen’s Gunsmoke is third in IRC. Paul Cotter and Dominic Falvey’s Swift is third in ECHO.

Two wins leave Apache in first place on two points in IRC White Sails, with Patrick Beckett’s Miss Charlie second on five and John O’Connor’s Fast Buck third on seven. In ECHO, Apache leads on three points, Miss Charlie is second on five and Fast Buck has six. Five boats are entered in White Sails.

When this series ends the Spring league will start on Sunday, April 2 and run for five weeks. It will also be the first racing of the SCORA (South Coast Offshore Racing Association) 2023 series, so boats from other clubs are expected to take part. There will be Spinnaker and White Sail Classes in this Axiom Private Clients series.

“One race per day is scheduled, but up to eight races may be sailed over the five race days in all classes at the discretion of the Race Officer,” according to the Sailing Instructions.

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