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'Nieulargo' Chases 'Antix' for IRC Lead in Royal Cork's Winter League

17th November 2019
Alan Mulcahy's Runaway Bus (left) and Richard Leonard's Bandit competing in race three of RCYC's third race Alan Mulcahy's Runaway Bus (left) and Richard Leonard's Bandit competing in race three of RCYC's third race Photo: Bob Bateman

In a brisk northerly breeze, Royal Cork Yacht Club's O'Leary Insurance Group Winter Series reached the halfway stage this afternoon with three great days of sailing so far this November writes Bob Bateman.

Crews were back on Cork Harbour waters today after Friday's RCYC clubhouse celebrations for the Summer League prizegivings that Afloat featured here

Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 sportsboat 'Antix' continues to lead overall in the IRC Spinnaker Division but Annemarie and Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil Nieulargo is up to second place. 

"Race Officers Clem and Wendy McElligott made good use of the harbour with Course 65"

Race Officers Clem and Wendy McElligott used the opportunity presented by the stiff breeze to make good use of the harbour and set course 65 to give crews plenty of chances to demonstrate their skills, especially in the spinnaker fleets.

Unfortunately, a startline collision took place between Cavatina and Jelly Baby with some resulting damage.

Jelly Baby Hull damageHull damage on the J109 Jelly Baby after today's race course collision

The Winter League has four divisions; Club ECHO Spinnaker, CLUB ECHO White Sails and IRC Spinnaker and IRC White Sails with ECHO White Sails the biggest with 14 entries.

Bob Bateman's photo gallery is below. Full results here

The startline for race threeThe startline for race three

John Hanly and John OConnors Fast BuckJohn Hanly and John OConnor's Fast Buck

NieulargoNieulargoMia Murphy with Nigel Young on NieuglargoMia Murphy with Nigel Young (left) on Nieuglargo

nieulargo breezeNieulargo (owned by Annmarie and Denis Murphy) with Mia Murphy on helm revelling in the conditions

Alan Mulcahy Runaway BusAlan Mulcahy's Runaway Bus

Approaching Mark in Cork HarbourApproaching a turning mark in Cork Harbour

 DSC3147(Above and below) A gybe on Antix DSC3147

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PB170738Race Officers Clem and Wendy McElligott

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Published in Royal Cork YC

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