Light north easterlies at the start of the day, finishing with a dying southerly with a smidgeen of west in it, was the order of the day for the third scheduled day of racing at the KYC Spring Series. Todays racing, sponsored by North Sails, attracted a fleet of over 50 yachts to the start line.
However, the shifting breeze in the morning caused the Principal Race Officers of both courses, Alan Crosbie and Jeanot Petch, to postpone racing for 45 minutes. Jeanot Petch brought the OD boat for classes 3, 4 and White Sail into the harbour mouth to get a short course under way. This replaced the scheduled coastal course.
An item of interest here is that Jeanot Petch’s Sea Drifter which has provided sterling service to Kinsale yacht Club over many years and very often in difficult conditions, has been sold and with her distinctive profile with steadying sail set, will be sadly missed from the race course when she finishes her final race duty next Sunday.
Despite the light winds one could have been doing worse things than being at sea with the sun shining on shimmering seas and blue skies overhead providing a mediterranean atmosphere while watching the competitive edge of the yachts of the glamour class coming to the fore. It was also fascinating to see the level of commitment at the start line of all the classes in the light airs as any sailor will know the added stress of the extra concentration required in such conditions especially when dealing with a 3.9m tide sweeping around the Old Head of Kinsale. This meant that crews were crouched uncomfortably to leeward afraid to move except as necessary for fear of disturbing the water flow about the hull.
The Race Officers gave excellent value for money and kept racing going in the difficult light airs, shortening courses for Classes 0, 1 and 2, and the alacrity with which head sails were dropped and iron spinnakers revved up as crews rushed back to the club house to watch the Munster v Connacht match was a sight to behold.