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Early Leaders Emerge at Royal Cork's Autumn Series

30th September 2019
RCYC's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series competitors racing off Roches Point was yesterday RCYC's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series competitors racing off Roches Point was yesterday Photo: Bob Bateman

Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice in Class Zero IRC leads after the first two races of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series held yesterday in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman.

Phelan, counting a first and a second in the six-boat fleet has a margin of two points over club mate Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo. 

Freya XP50 Conor DoyleFreya, Conor Doyle's XP50 is third in IRC Zero Photo: Bob Bateman

untitled 5865Loch Greine Tom, Declan and Donal O'Mahony Photo: Bob Bateman

In eight boat Class One IRC, Desmond, Deasy & Ivers in the Sunfast 32 Bad Company are the leaders on four points from Ronan & John Downing Miss Whiplash. Third is the Jones Family J109 entry Jelly baby.

There were superb conditions for racing as captured (below) by Alan Mulcahy on the Quarter Tonner Runaway Bus. In frame is Freya, an XP50 and YouGottaWanna, a J24 racing in Cork Harbour in 10 Knots plus under spinnaker.

A Cove Sailing Club Sonar, No Half Measures skippered by Ewan O'Keeffe has the lead in eight boat class two IRC. In second is Waterford Harbour Sigma 33 visitor Flyover steered by David Marchant. Third is  Ian Hickey's Granada 38 Cavatin of the host club.

 DSC0614Denis Ellis's Mazu, a First 35 from Cove Sailing Club Photo: Bob Bateman

The White sail fleet sailed a course over at Whitegate and Whitesail One is led by Derry Good's X 362 Sport Exhale. A point of note here is that the Whitesail fleet is using their spinnaker poles to boom out jibs as agreed at this year's SCORA agm. A seven boat White Sail Two fleet is led by Kieran O Brian's MG335, Magnet. 

Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell of North Sails Ireland shot this onboard downwind video of Class Zero overall leader Jump Juice in the first race.

Published in Royal Cork YC

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