Summer must really be on the way with the genuine champagne sailing conditions enjoyed today. Winds were from the west and there were two events taking place, the IODAI second leg of their trials and the Irish Examiner Round the Island Race. Also continuing was the introduction to Optimist sailing for the younger sailors who were having the time of their lives. Their enthusiasm was unbounded and from the packed RIBS could be heard the calls of ‘me, me’ for their turn each time an introductory Optimist approached.
The Irish Examiner Race was, disappointingly, not well supported with only five yachts participating mainly due to families being engaged with other sailing events and indeed the usual Round the Island course had several additional marks to keep the fleet away from the Optimist trials that were being sailed on the Curlane Bank. Speaking of the trials, given high water the Race Officer, resplendent on Irish Mist,was able to set up his mark close to the no. 10 buoy thus giving a long beat in to Luck beach and they were able to get in three races today. Racing in the trials will continue tomorrow (Sun) and Monday.
Hopefully the conditions will remain good for the rest of the weekend
IODAI Trial Results to date HERE