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Cove Sailing Club's Laser Ace Kieran Dorgan Wins 'Yard of Ale' at Monkstown Bay Laser League

11th February 2023
MBSC Laser Yard of Ale winner - (from left to right) Richard Harrington, Vice Commodore, presenting the
MBSC Laser Yard of Ale winner - (from right to left), Richard Harrington, Vice Commodore, presenting the "Yard of Ale Trophy" to Kieran Dorgan Cove Sailing Club watched by Alan Fehily PRO and John Hegarty of MBSC. SDee photo gallery below Credit: Bob Bateman

Cove Sailing Club's Kieran Dorgan prevailed in the final race of the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club on Saturday in Cork Harbour to win the League and coveted Yard of Ale trophy. 

In a light air climax, Dorgan won two of the three races sailed today to be four points clear of Monkstown Bay's own Ronan Kenneally on 26 points. 

In third place was Kenneally's clubmate Arthur O'Connor on 49 points. 

Final Day of action at the MBSC Laser League in Cork Harbour

The league ran for six Saturdays and attracted a fleet of 14 boats and only lost one day due to lack of wind.

Typically, this winter series is run by the Laser sailors themselves, but this year, for the first time, it came fully under the burgee of MBSC. 

MBSC is one of a few clubs with their race area right on their doorstep. Race Officer Alan Fehilly (featured in Mary Malone's vid below) reviews the series.

MBSC Winter Laser League Prizegiving 2023

The prizegiving was held in the pleasant MBSC clubhouse at De Vesci Place, where Dorgan collected not only the 'Yard of Ale' but €150 in prize money.

Also up for grabs were CH Marine vouchers for second and third place in this open event.

Maritime times past in Cork Harbour

In a marking of times past for Cork Harbour, the conclusion of the dinghy league coincided this weekend with the 50th anniversary of the launching of the Rolf Jacob, a 50,000-ton bulk carrier into the river across from MBSC, as Bob Bateman's historic photo documents below 

The Rolf Jacob, a 50,000 ton bulk carrier is launched in Cork Harbour at Verolm Dockyard on February 10th in 1973The Rolf Jacob, a 50,000 ton bulk carrier is launched in Cork Harbour at Verolm Dockyard on February 10th in 1973 Photo: Bob Bateman

Race Results

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