The ICRA Cruiser National Championships faced a three hour postponement due to weather on Friday and today Saturday.
The Race officers achieved getting the boats on the water Friday afternoon and succeeded in getting in a single Race to give them a Championship. Today they had to abandon efforts to achieve any racing due to wild conditions in Tralee Bay.
Yesterday’s(Fri) Race was a tricky shifty one that saw “Discover Ireland” take the win in Class 0 IRC from ‘Jump Juice’. ‘Discover Ireland’ also won ECHO.
In Class 1 ‘Bon Exemple’ gained her first IRC win followed by ‘Jelly Baby’ and ‘Zena’. ‘Joker 11’ claimed ‘ECHO’
In Class 2 IRC ‘Checkmate’ claimed her third bullet followed by ‘Disaray’ and ‘Smile’.
Class 3 IRC saw local Sigma ‘33 Boojum’ take honours from ‘Jaguar’ (J24) with Quarter Tonner ‘Quest’ third. ‘Boojum’ also took ECHO on the day.
In the non spinnaker Corinthian Cup ‘Growler’ won IRC and ‘Ridire Bán’ won Echo
Dubarry sponsored excellent day crew prizes with Boots, Bags, Hats and Wallets for all the crews recognising that sailing is a team sport.
Today’s racing was abandoned after postponement as there was no let up in the strong winds and gusty showers.
The 2013 ICRA National Champions are:
Antix: Anthony O Leary. RCYC Class 0 IRC
Discover Ireland: Martin Breen GBSC Class 0 ECHO
Bon Exemple: Colin Byrne RIYC Class 1 IRC
Joker 11: John Maybury RIYC Class 1 ECHO
Checkmate: Nigel Biggs RStG Class 2 IRC
Surfdancer: Charlie McDonnell RCYC Class 2 ECHO
Ques:t Barry Cunningham RIYC Class 3 IRC
Jaguar Gary Fort TBSC Class 3 ECHO
Growler: Diarmuid Dineen TBSC IRC Non Spinnaker
Ridire Bán: Mike McDonnell TBSC Echo Non Spinnaker
Prize Giving is scheduled for 5.30 pm today(Sat) in Tralee Bay Sailing Club and a wild party is promised to make up for the weather !!
Pictures from Thursday”s racing HERE