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After Gales and Fog, Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series Sets Sail Again

23rd April 2023
Kinsale Yacht Club's Axiom Spring Series
Kinsale Yacht Club's Axiom Spring Series. Credit: Bob Bateman

Royal Cork Yacht Club Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble stays top of the Spinnaker 1 - IRC fleet after two more races at Kinsale Yacht Club's Axiom Spring Series.

After a fortnight of cancellations due to big winds and fog, the KYC league finally sailed on Sunday in ideal breezes, completing two races to 'catch up' with the overall league programme.

The light winds were very much to the liking of the David and James Dwyer co-skippered Half Tonner lead, who now leads their Crosshaven clubmates, Paul and Deirdre Tingle in the X4 Alpaca. 

Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble leads IRC 1 Spinnaker division at the Kinsale Yacht Club Axiom Spring SeriesHalf Tonner Swuzzlebubble leads IRC 1 Spinnaker division at the Kinsale Yacht Club Axiom Spring Series Photo: Bob Bateman

Finbarr O Regan's Kinsale Yacht Club J109 entry Artful DodJer lies third in Spinnaker 1 IRC on 13 points.

The cruiser race courses in Kinsale Yacht Club's Axiom Spring Series Photo: Bob BatemanThe cruiser race courses in Kinsale Yacht Club's Axiom Spring Series Photo: Bob Bateman

In IRC Two Spinnaker, Kieran Kelleher and Colman Garvey's Dubois Quarter Tonner Diamond also continues her lead after three sailed on six points. KYC's Under 15 J/24 'Kinsailor' crew is in second place on seven. Conor Phelan's RCYC Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge is third on 12 points and whose score includes a 'did not compete' for the first race.

Conor Phelan's RCYC Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor ChallengeConor Phelan's RCYC Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge Photo: Bob Bateman

The event is the year's first event to count for SCORA season points.

Axiom Private Clients Spring Series 2023 Photo Gallery of Race Three By Bob Bateman

Race Results

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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.