A light westerly breeze of eight to ten knots arrived in time for the start of Baltimore Regatta on bank holiday Monday. Race Officer Neil Prendeville sent the various fleets on a course through the Gascanane Sound and around the Calf Islands. The inclusion of the Amelia Buoy as a windward mark caused the race officers some anxious moments when the Irish Lights vessel ‘Granuaille’ lifted the mark during a routine maintenance operation just as the fleet appeared south of the Calves.
However, the slow progress of the racing yachts allowed enough time to complete the operation, and the resulting spinnaker run back to Baltimore created a spectacular colourful background in Roaring Water Bay.
In Class Zero IRC Northern Ireland entry ‘Crackerjack’ scored her first victory of the regatta when owner L.J. Mc Mahon claimed the Regatta Cup. In Echo a fully crewed ‘Loco’ gave Schull Commodore Morgan O’ Donovan the first local win of the regatta..
In Class One IRC Simon Coveney’s ‘Wavetrain’ had a comprehensive victory over Ian Nagle’s ‘Jelly Baby’while in Echo Donal O’Leary’s ‘D Tox’ took the spoils.
In Class Two IRC Conor Ronan’s Corby 26 ‘Ruthless’ had thirteen seconds to spare over Bad Company, while in Echo the Dann/Murphy duo in ‘Val Kriss’ had an equally narrow victory over the Appelbe family in ‘Cochise’.
In Class Three IRC David Keneficks ‘Tiger’held off a strong challenge from Cove sailing Clubs ‘Bedlam’,while in Echo victory went to long time event supporter Padraig O’Donovan of KYC sailing ‘Chameleon’.
In Class Four the Hanley brothers in ‘Saoirse’ claimed victory in both divisions ahead of “Chinook” in IRC and Tete-A-Tete in Echo.
In a highly competitive White Sail One class Frank Whelans ‘Blow Wind Blow’ had a comfortable win over Donal Heffernans ‘Aisling’, while in White Sail Two the trophies went to local boats with Kieran Dwyer’s ‘Brazen Huzie’ snatching victory from Dave Waters’ ‘Genevieve’.
Victory in the large 1720 class went to ‘Smile’n Wave’ ahead of ‘Malarky’ and Two to Tango.
OVERNIGHT RACE FROM CORK TO SCHULL JULY 30TH
The ten competitors in the Crosshaven to Schull overnight race had a glorious spinnaker run out of Cork harbour as far as Cork Head before settling in for the long trip west with the freshening western breeze. The trip was uneventful until the Class One fleet had passed Galley Head when in the early hours of Saturday morning Aidan Heffernans ‘Indulgence’ developed a steering problem. With three of his fellow competitors standing by a call was put out to Baltimore Lifeboat who towed the casualty safely to Baltimore.
The race continued to Schull where Donal O’Learys ‘D Tox’ took line honours finishing shortly after 7 am. With numerous requests for redress, the race committee had a busy time sorting Class One results, which resulted in ‘D Tox’ taking first in both IRC and Echo, with Exhale and Saxon Senator filling second and third.
The spoils were shared in Class Two With Kieran O Briens ‘Magnet’ taking the IRC trophy, with the Barrett/Conlon team in ‘Y Knot’ winning Echo.
In the combined Classes Three and Four dogged determination finally paid off for Eddie Higgins and the crew of La Maraquita who, sailing the smallest boat in the race, crossed the Schull line in an elapsed time of sixteen and a half hours to capture the Echo trophy, with David Kenefick’s ‘Tiger’ winning IRC.
Compared with their companions from the previous night, the five White Sail boats that started from Kinsale on Saturday morning had an uneventful long slog to Schull where Bryan Heffernans ‘Aisling’ took first ahead of Doherty and Co in ‘Free Spirit’ and Julian Dockery’s ‘Flying Fish’,while Kieran Dwyer’s ‘Brazen Huzzie’ was the sole finisher in White Sail Two.
On Sunday the Wind Gods totally deserted Schull, where Race Officer Neill Prendeville was finally forced to fly the abandonment flag after a four hour postponement.