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Coracle IV Takes Overall Win of Royal Cork Yacht Club Winter League

10th December 2018
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Kieran Collins and all team on Coracle IV winners of the overall league and the Irish Mist Trophy Kieran Collins and all team on Coracle IV winners of the overall league and the Irish Mist Trophy Photo: Bob Bateman

There was another strong turnout for final race six of the O'Leary Insurance Group sponsored Winter Series at Royal Cork Yacht Club yesterday writes Kieran O'Connell.

Course 74 was set by the Race Officer for a strong North Westerly wind with severe gusts. During the starting sequence, a heavy squall came through. The crew work and boat handling in very testing conditions was impressive, as seen from the committee boat 'Harmony'.

RCYC Committte boatAn 'official' request by the RCYC Committee boat

The course began with a fast reach off the start line at Cage to Corkbeg - followed by a beat to windward to No. 8.

As the lead boats of Nieulargo, Jelly Baby, Coracle IV, Antix Beag and the Under 25s 1720 began to show their pace on the next leg to No. 9, a full-on beat to No. 20 under the cathedral at Cobh was next on the course, with a stiff breeze on the nose.

Following on the downwind leg against the tide to No 13, where a gybe brought the fleet once again back to CorkBeg Mark and on to Cage Mark to complete Round 1 in 65 minutes for the lead boat 'Nieulargo'.

Round 2, spinnakers hoisted once again on the dead downwind run heading towards the outer harbour mark No. 3. Symmetric spinnakers gained over their asymmetric counterparts.

The final leg was a beat to windward to the finish line at the Cage Mark 

Coracle Olson 30Kieran Collins' winning Olson 30 under spinnaker Photo: Bob Bateman

Big Congratulations to Kieran Collins and all team on Coracle IV on winning the overall league and the Irish Mist Trophy presented by the O'Leary family in memory of Archie O'Leary, a former RCYC Admiral.

Full results can be found here

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