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Murphy's Nieulargo Stays Top at Royal Cork Yacht Club Autumn Series

20th October 2019
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Murphy's Nieulargo Stays Top at Royal Cork Yacht Club Autumn Series

There was plenty of sailing action in Cork Harbour from Oppies to 50-footers today and there was some shuffling of places at the top of the IRC leaderboards after today's brisk racing at the Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series held writes Bob Bateman.

Class Zero of the league had a start near White Bay then a short beat to No 5 and what amounted to a sleigh ride downwind for five miles to Cork buoy with a stiff cool breeze in the glorious winter sunshine.

royal cork autumn league 422This weekend's White Sails fleet course

A strong 3.7-metre ebb tide made for some tough upwind legs beats for all classes.

All other classes sailed in-harbour courses, the seven 1720s flew small kites such were the conditions.

Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo continues to lead at the top six-boat fleet Class Zero fleet. Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice stays second and is now three points off the lead.

royal cork autumn league 42Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo

The two RCYC boats have established a good margin over a third-placed Kinsale entry, the Salona 45 Meridian skippered by Tom Roche, 11 points behind.

royal cork autumn league 42Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice

royal cork autumn league 42The Kinsale Salona 45 Meridian skippered by Tom Roche

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 seven races sailed Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca is now second by a single point from the Jones family J109 Jelly Baby. 

royal cork autumn league 42Elan 333 Artful Dodger (Finbarr O'Regan)

royal cork autumn league 42Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca

royal cork autumn league 42The Jones family J109 Jelly Baby

Ronan & John Downing's Half-Tonner Miss Whiplash is now fourth.

royal cork autumn league 42Ronan & John Downing's Half-Tonner Miss Whiplash

The Cove Sailing Club Sonar, No Half Measures skippered by Ewan O'Keeffe has moved into the lead in eight boat class two IRC. O'Keeffe overtook Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker from Royal Cork Yacht Club but is on the same 11 points. Third is  Sean Hanley's HB31 Luas.

royal cork autumn league 42Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker

royal cork autumn league 42Alan Mulcahy's Quarter Tonner Runaway Bus from Kinsale Yacht Club is sixth

There is no change in the leaderboard after 12 races in the 1720 sportsboat fleet. Anthony O'Leary's Antix leads and second in the six-boat fleet is Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea's T Bone four points behind O'Leary. Third is Olympic Finn campaigner Fionn Lyden sailing Spiced Beef. 

royal cork autumn league 42Anthony O'Leary's Antix

royal cork autumn league 42Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea's T Bone

royal cork autumn league 42Fionn Lyden's Spiced Beef

The Whitesail One division is now led by Denis Ellis's First 35 Mazu from Cove Sailing Club.

In the seven boat White Sail Two fleet Kieran O Brian's MG335, Magnet stays on top.

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Full results here. Bob Bateman Photo gallery below.

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