Royal Cork Yacht Club had eighteen boats sailing in the first day of the Covestone Asset Management Sovereign’s Cup at Kinsale today.
Your intrepid photographer was unfortunately missing on assignment to day. However, he did report from Cork Airport when taking off that the wind sock was hanging limply but the Tower was reporting 4 to 5 miles an hour of wind variable at lunch time. He did hop down over the Sovereign Islands but, unfortunately, at the time he was there action was in short supply so he made a fast return from the scene..
In the 1720 European Championship three races were sailed. Peter O’Leary RCYC/BSC is leading with a first, second and third while Ben Cooke of BSC is giving him a hard run for his money with a first, third and two thirds. Tom Durcan and Clive O’Shea are next on two seconds and a sixth. Anthony O’Leary had a fourth, sixth and a win in race 3.
In IRC Class 1 Donal O’Leary of RCYC is leading on three points from John Maybury’s Joker 2 RIYC . Frank Doyle’s Endgame is lying eighth with Martin’s True Penance in Ninth in the fifteen boat fleet.
In IRC Class 2 leading RCYC club boat is Cavatina sailed by Leonard Donnery who had a great win in the first race and a ninth in race 2 and is now lying in third place overall. A boat of a different genre, Paul and Deirde Tingles Alpaca had two fifths and lies fourth followed by the Desmond/Deasy/Ivers, Bad Company in fifth.
In the big boat class Class 0 IRC Conor and Denise Phelan’s Jump Juice is lying fifth. However, Kieran Twomey’s Gloves Off is on four points which is equal with the leader Richard Fildes SCYC, Impetuous also on four points.
In Class 3 there was no stopping John Twomey KYC in Shilleagh who had two firsts.. In third place was Kieran O’Connell and Graham Marron’s Bandit sporting her new mast and lying third overall. While David Lane’s An t-Oileanach who gallantly sails all the time in fair weather or foul is lying in fifth place.
In a class that had some of the best wind of the day in the harbour, in White Sail Class 1 Tom, Declan and Donal O’Mahony had two seconds and are lying second.
The quarter ton class had some very interesting boats and Royal Cork was represented by Diarmuid Foley’s Anchor Challenge, now lying fifth.
Of course this was just day one of a four day event and with three more days of racing and better wind forecast it should make for a splendid event for competitors and officials alike.