Sunday, November 12th turned out to be another brilliant day of sunshine and decent breeze in advance of storm Debi for round two of the Carrigaline Court Dinghy Frostbite series.
Race officer Ciaran McSweeney had some challenges with significant wind shifts, but settled on a course with a complex mixture of fleets. Six 420s competed alongside the ILCA and Topper fleets with an aero and a Europe dinghy also joining in.
In the ILCA 7 fleet, Micheal O’ Suilleabhain showed some magical course selection to secure three bullets ahead of a classy field including Michael Crosbie, Jonathan O’Shaughnessy and Chris Bateman. In ILCA 6, the top three placings are separated by a single point with Max Tolan now leading with nine points after six races, followed by Andrew Kingston with ten and Liam Duggan (who has just moved to ILCA 6 from ILCA 4 in this series) with eleven points. In ILCA 4, Craig O’Neill is leading out at six points after six races followed by Shane Collins who is maintaining a bulwark holding two more O’ Neills Andrew and Julie who are maintaining their close chase.
You can see how tight the racing is in the video here.
In Topper fleet, a broken outhaul on the last race of the day slowed down Ellen McDonagh’s march to the series podium, but she still remains in tight control of the series on six points after six races with one discard. She leads from Ruby Foley and Gwen Barry who are neck and neck with thirteen points.
The 420 fleet joined in the series this week after competing in the Ulster championships the previous week. Another three 420s are set to join in next week. Racing with the 420s was exciting with Tommy Hiras and Conor Kelly coming out on top ahead of Abbie Shorten and Isha Duggan after the three races.