Andrew Crosbie crewed by Stephen and Rebecca O'Shaughnessy were the winners of Saturday's Royal Cork Yacht Club sixth PY1000 river race writes Bob Bateman.
The Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) handicap dinghy race took place on the Owenabue river in Crosshaven Cork, in front of the Royal Cork Yacht Club with a 1300 first gun.
There was a very light easterly wind for the start and the combined fleet, under race officer John Crotty, were given a downwind start over a windward leeward course.
There was a large number of entries from many different types of boats like RS400 & 200, Laser, GP14, Topper, Mirror, National 18s and this year the fleet also included a Star keelboat entry (Anthony and Robert O'Leary).
Before long, the wind shifted on the course to westerly and the Race Officer was forced to shorten the race.
In the last six years, a variety of different dinghy designs took home the title: 2014 RS400, 2015 Laser full Rig, 2016 Laser full Rig, 2017 Laser radial, in 2018 it was a 420 but this year there was another winning design when the local National 18 reigned supreme. Second were the O'Leary's in the Star with third place going to Jamie Dwyer in a National 18 who had led the for the majority of the race.
The race had a prize pool of €1000 with a minimum guaranteed €700 going to first place. The event chairman was Alex Barry.
Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman below