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Royal Cork Autumn Sailing League off to a Breezy Start

30th September 2018
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A 1720 sportsboat competitor deals with the gusty conditions for the first races of RCYC's Autumn League. Scroll down for gallery A 1720 sportsboat competitor deals with the gusty conditions for the first races of RCYC's Autumn League. Scroll down for gallery Photo: Bob Bateman

Two races in plenty of wind got Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League off to a great start in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman

From a combined fleet of 53–boats, fleets were split into Spinnaker, White Sail and 1720 sports boats (who had three races).

The wind was northwesterly in direction and building so that by 1.30 pm there was over 20–knots.  

Windward-Leeward courses gave crews a chance to get to grips with unruly gennakers!

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1The Class 1and 2 start line in the first race

Entries for the series came from across the south coast including a Schull–based Sadler 32 and two boats from Waterford Harbour.

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1Robert Marchant from Dunmore East sailing Fulmar Fever

The spinnaker fleet had five classes with four boats in class zero, including Conor Doyle's new XP44 Freya while his cousin Frank is sailing a new J122E Cara.

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1Conor Doyle's Freya

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1Tom MacCarthy's Tony Castro designed Bataleur 88

It appears Alan Mulcahy has changed from Red Bus to a large Beneteau First and is now sailing in White sail. And Tom MacCarthy has gone from Whislin' Dixie to sailing Bataleur 88. An indication of the strengthening breeze was that MacCarthy tore his Genoa in the first race and changed to a smaller jib for the second.

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1Alan Mulcahy's Moondance

Peter Crowley was PRO with the White Sail Racing run by David O'Brien with Barry Rose in charge of the 1720s. Click here for overall results to date

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