The continued commitment of our Optimist sailors was a wonderful sight to behold on the Curlane Bank on Sunday 14th October. Light winds meant testing conditions for race officer John Cudmore (ably assisted by Ronan and Nuala Lyden) and the sailors. However, Aodh Kennedy of Kinsale showed remarkable consistency to record two firsts and a second on the day to take the overall lead.
Kinsale sailors Colm O’Regan and Katie Gambier-Ross are lying second and third after scoring consistently well in the light and shifty conditions. The leader from the opening weekend, Killian O’Keeffe, had a difficult day. In the first race he was 27th, having been up with the leaders, followed by a 1st and a 14th.
Other notable results from the local fleet were a 3rd in the first race from Patrick Crosbie and a 6th for Jamie Tingle. Jamie’s result was particularly special as this was his first foray in to the main fleet.
The complete main fleet results are available here………………. .
The regatta fleet is being lead by Michael O’Donovan from RCYC who had three podium finishes today. However, he is only one point ahead of Peter Healy of Kinsale. The regatta fleet results are available here……………… .
Racing continues on Sunday 21st and 28th when I’m sure that some of the sailors will be hoping for some of the traditional windy stuff that is usually on offer in October.
On Saturday 13th over 40 sailors took part in regional coaching organised by IODAI in Crosshaven. The coaching was given by an experienced team led by Olympic aspirant, Maurice (Prof) O’Connell. Prof gave the sailors the benefit of his wisdom and experience (though it should be noted that the “obligatory” warm-up run to Limekiln Corner and back was deemed too much for this finely tuned athlete!).
Coaching continues next Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.