Last weekend saw a large Royal Cork convoy head north to Ballyholme Yacht Club to compete in the second Regional event of the year – the Ulster Championships. One hundred sailors competed with 25 from the Club (22 in Main Fleet and 3 in Regatta).
On Saturday morning after an hour’s postponement the Race Officer, Robin Gray abandoned racing for the day which left all sailors and parents spend the afternoon exploring Belfast. The Titanic Experience and W5 were the museums of choice.
Sunday morning saw the wind ease to 8 – 12 knots and permitted racing to commence. After the second race the wind died to 0.4 knots! It was in stark contrast to the gusts on Saturday morning that would literally knock you over!. Thankfully the wind filled after 40 minutes or so and the Race Officer got Race 3 underway and completed a series.
After his success at the recent Munsters Robert Keal continued his winning form taking the Junior Title (two bullets and an 8th), closely followed by Cillian Foster in 2nd, Harry Twomey 3rd, Michael Crosbie 6th who was also 2nd Silver, Rory O’Sullivan 8th, Conor Walsh 11th, Killian O’Regan 14th, James Hassett 18th and Ben O’Hare rounding out the top 20. Aoife Byrne, Ellie Cunnane, Harry Pritchard, Adam Power and Eoin Horgan were in the top 30. Charlie Neville, Patrick Bruen, Justin Lucas, Stephen Cunnane, Anna Carroll and Max Coveney completed the Junior round up. Max was competing in his first main fleet event.
The Senior Fleet saw local sailor Harry Bell score two bullets and a second to win the Senior Title. We had two sailors in the fleet – Cathal O’Regan and Sophie Crosbie who scored a 13th and 17th respectively.
In Regatta Fleet, Anna Keal won the 6 race series in impressive style which included two bullets (her discard was a 3rd!). Simon Pritchard was 4th and Alana Twomey 11th.
Well done to all our sailors.
Full results available here.
The Connachts are on 11/12 July in Lough Ree Yacht Club and entry is now open through www.iodai.com