Last Friday night was the first race of the new Cork Harbour Combined Leagues. The first race was run by CSC and the start line was between the committee vessel and East Ferry 2 channel marker. With a very testing force 5 blowing from the WNW and a falling tide the fleet headed up to the first mark on the course, no 9. Kieran Dorgan helming his brother Finbarrs boat No Half Measures took an early lead to no 9 but with a miner navigational hiccup they sailed straight past the next mark no 14 and in doing so handed the lead to Bandit owned by Graham Marron and Kieran O’Connell. It was all very close with the two J24s, Jay owned by Liam and Pat Coakley and An tOileanach owned by Dave Lane and Sinead Enright. The J24s were closely followed by Fergus Coughlan’s Impala Whyte Knight and just behind them was Re Eile the moody owned by D Ahern, with Bandit now in pole position Whyte Knight made a very strong move on the left side of the downwind leg and with even more navigation problems this time on the part of Bandit, Whyte Knight took the lead at the bottom mark with Bandit just inches behind and No Half Measures was also right back in the mix even after sailing an extra 200 yards by missing the top mark. It was back up to the top mark for the last time and Bandit just managed to hold off No Half Measures and get ahead of Whyte Knight crossing the finish line. In handicap racing it is all about time and distance on the water. The first three boats crossed the finish line within 8 seconds of each other after racing for an hour and the corrected results are as follows.
Results in IRC here
Results in Echo here