The continuation of the unseasonal weather conditions forced the postponement of the Friday night Crosshaven –Schull race, which eventually started at 8pm on Saturday morning, with a slight improvement in conditions. Eight boats came to the starting line with others opting to motor west in a fresh southwesterly and a large leftover swell from the previous days gales.
In class zero, Paul Harris on “Tanit”from the Clyde Crusing Club completed the long slog around the Fastnet to take line honours and the West End trophy, finishing in Schull in just under thirteen hours In class one it was a tight battle to the finish with Simon Coveneys “Wavetrain” holding off Aiden Heffernans “Indulgence”in the IRC class, with the results reversed in echo. Brian Siggens “Aris Maria”finished third in both classes. In class two the honours were shared, with the Barrett/Conlon combination in “Y Knot” taking the Echo prize, while the “Bad Company” crew of Desmond/Ivers/Deasy took the IRC trophy.
Sunday’s race to Baltimore started once again in wet conditions, with a building southerly wind. The majority of the eighty boat fleet had a long beat to the Bill of Cape and an exhilarating spinnaker reach south of Cape Clear and Sherkin islands to finish off the Wallace Buoy in Baltimore Harbour.
In class zero IRC victory went to Kieren Twomeys “Gloves Off”, with “Tanit” taking the echo division. In class one Simon Coveneys “Wavetrain ”continued on his winning streak to take the IRC trophy from the Parnell family in “Black Velvet” with Donal O Leary’s “D Tox” in third, while in Echo “Jelly Baby” had a six second advantage over “Wavetrain”.
In class two it was a clean sweep for “Bad Company”who took first in both divisions from “Y-Knot in IRC with Eoin O Driscoll “Kernach” in third.
In class three, the heavy weather suited Padraig O’Donovans “Chameleon” who had a fifteen second victory over Jimmy Nyhans “Outrigger”in IRC, with Paul Murray’s “Full Pelt” second to him in Echo.
In class four George Radley proved that age is no barrier when he sailed the restored one hundred year old “Querida” Cork harbour one design to victory in both handicap divisions, with the Murphy family in “Shelly D” taking both seconds.
The 1720 sports boat class was dominated by Robert O’ Leary, ahead of Youen Jacob and the Ben Cooke/Jim Griffin combination.