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Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 'Nieulargo' Takes the IRC Zero Lead at Royal Cork's Autumn Series

13th October 2019
Conor Phelan's Jump has lost the lead in IRC Zero of the RCYC Autumn Series Conor Phelan's Jump has lost the lead in IRC Zero of the RCYC Autumn Series Photo: Bob Bateman

There were some changes at the top of the IRC leaderboards after today's racing at the Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series held in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman.

Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice has lost the overall lead in Class Zero IRC. Phelan but is only a single point from club mate Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo at the top of the in the six-boat fleet. The two RCYC boats have established a good margin over a third-placed Kinsale entry, the Salona 45 Meridian skippered by Tom Roche, eight points behind.

In eight boat Class One IRC, there is no change at the top as Kinsale's Elan 333 Artful Dodger (Finbarr O'Regan) still leads but after five races sailed Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca is now second leaving Ronan & John Downing's Half-Tonner Miss Whiplash in third.

Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker from Royal Cork Yacht Club has eeked out a three-point lead over the early Cove Sailing Club leader in eight boat class two IRC. The CSC Sonar, No Half Measures skippered by Ewan O'Keeffe stays second but Waterford Harbour Sigma 33 visitor Flyover steered by David Marchant has been overtaken by Sean Hanley's HB31 Luas for third place.

Anthony O'Leary's 1720 sportsboat Antix leads after nine races. Second in the six-boat fleet is Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea's T Bone three points behind O'Leary. Third is  Olympic Finn campaigner Fionn Lyden sailing Spiced Beef. 

The Whitesail One division continues to be led by Derry Good's X 362 Sport Exhale. Likewise in the seven boat White Sail Two fleet where Kieran O Brian's MG335, Magnet stays on top.

Full results here. See photo gallery of the league here

Published in Royal Cork YC

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