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Busy RCYC Dinghy & Yacht Racing Scene Helps Shorten Winter in Cork Harbour

26th November 2017
Some great racing in light conditions for today's fourth race of the O'Leary Insurances League at RCYC. Scroll down for gallery of Cork Harbour action. Some great racing in light conditions for today's fourth race of the O'Leary Insurances League at RCYC. Scroll down for gallery of Cork Harbour action. Photo: Bob Bateman

There was a competitive air to today's Royal Cork Yacht Club racing in light westerly breezes at Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman.

Topper and Laser dinghies enjoyed short course racing as part of the final round of RCYC's winter frostbite series for junior sailors who enjoyed the season's junior prizegiving at the clubhouse too this weekend.Royal Cork yacht racing1Tight racing for Toppers Photo: Bob Bateman

Overall, it was a very positive scene that echoes the sentiments of RCYC Rear Admiral Kieran O'Connell who has blown the bugle for cruiser racing in the harbour. Likewise, dinghy numbers are also positive as recently described by RCYC Rear Admiral, Stephen O'Shaugnessy here.

The keelboat course for the fourth race of the O'Leary Insurance Group Winter League was from a committee boat start under race officers Clem and Wendy McElligott.

The course sailed was No8 (S) No10 (S) EF4 (P) (East Ferry) No20 (P) EF2 (S) No10 (P) Corlbeg (S) and a Finish at Cage.

This event is an all–in league including the. start. Overall results are worked out for IRC and ECHO as well as separate class divisions.

Royal Cork yacht racing1Racing in the fourth race of the O'Leary League today. Photo: Bob Bateman

In IRC One division, the X302, No Excuse, has had three different helms in the series so far and Tom Crosbie, sailing with son Patrick and brother Andrew, still leads by a point. Kieran Collins skippering the Olson 30, Coracle IV, seems to have to work very hard to sail to his handicap but the recent American yacht was rewarded today with a win overall in IRC to be placed second overall.

Equally competitive were the white sail fleets with two Impalas on five points each in WS 2 ECHO.

The smaller boats sailed over the bank on the beat from EF4 to No 20, off Cobh, to dodge the worst of the ebb tide.

Full results are here

Addtional reporting from RCYC

The November Frostbite dinghy Series and Bill Jones Memorial Trophy came to a conclusion this afternoon with two races completed by PRO David O’Brien and his team – Celine McGrath and Stephen O’Shaughnessy.  The morning started with very light breeze but filled in and the sailors had 8 – 13 knots on the Curlane Bank with an ebbing tide.

Caoimhe Foster caused an upset to Chris Bateman’s string of series bullets in the first race, however, Chris returned to his winning ways in the second race of the day to secure 1st Place in the Radial Fleet.  Caoimhe Foster was 2nd and Conor Walsh 3rd.

In the 4.7 Fleet – only 3 points separated the top two going into the final day and Atlee Kohl held his three point lead by securing a first and third.  Conor Horgan kept his 2nd overall and Tom Good from Kinsale Yacht Club came 3rd.

This is the first year that there have been Topper 4.2 rigs racing in the Frostbites.  Well done to Joe O’Sullivan 1st, Fearghal Desmond 2nd and Vicky McDonnell Lettice 3rd.

The Topper 5.3 Rigs were the largest fleet competing in the Frostbites and it was great to see a strong fleet join us from Kinsale.  In the Silver Fleet another win for the Foster house with Cillian Foster taking home 1st, Oisin MacSweeney 2nd and Neil O’Leary 3rd.  In Gold Fleet – Jonathan O’Shaughnessy finished with a five point lead to come 1st, Dorothy Matthews 2nd and David Jones 3rd.

The prize giving was held in the Upstairs Bar directly after the sailors had some hot chocolate and thawed out!.  Stephen O’Shaughnessy thanked all the sailors with particular mention to the visiting sailors from Kinsale Yacht Club.  

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