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Only the Brave Venture Out for Royal Cork Winter Race in 27 Knots

11th November 2018
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Of the six spinnaker boats competing in the RCYC League today, two with blue kites above are helmed by dinghy sailors “Nieulargo” Annamarie and Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 is helmed by daughter Mia (16). The Jones' Family  J109 is helmed by son Kian (20). See photo gallery below Of the six spinnaker boats competing in the RCYC League today, two with blue kites above are helmed by dinghy sailors “Nieulargo” Annamarie and Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 is helmed by daughter Mia (16). The Jones' Family J109 is helmed by son Kian (20). See photo gallery below Photo: Bob Bateman

Only the bravest hoisted spinnakers in the somewhat reduced fleet that took part in today's heavy weather outing of the O'Leary Insurance Royal Cork Yacht Club Winter League from Crosshaven writes Bob Bateman.

The forecast proved correct in Cork Harbour because while conditions looked benign at 10 am the breeze soon averaged 27 knots with gusts of 37 in squalls from the south-west.

RCYC Winter Yacht day21Strong gusts from the south-west for the second race of the Winter League

In what is turning out to be a series of contrasts, this race followed last week's opener in light airs.

RCYC Winter Yacht day21The Committee Boat set Course 7o for the second race

Race Officers Clem and Wendy McElligott started the race from the Committee Boat at Grassy Walk and used Course 70 with a running start and took in an area from start to Corbeg to Number 7 buoy and then on to number 13 off Cuskinny, with several rounds totalling about 12 miles in total.

RCYC Winter Yacht day21 Kinsale Yacht Club's Alan Mulcahy now leads Echo overall

RCYC Winter Yacht day21Kieran Collins' Coracle get to grips with the kite

RCYC Winter Yacht day21Pat Vaughan’s Aramis in the sunshine after a rain squall

See more in Bob Bateman's photo gallery from race two below:

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