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Competition hots up at O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors Autumn League

The Red Fleet  under Race Offficer Richard Leonard got the best of the racing  for races five and six of the Autum League to-day. There was a southerly breeze accompanied by a lumpy sea with very overcast skies and mist lifting up and down. However, despite the sometimes miserable weather, there were 51 boats on this course each engaged in competition with those nearest to them  with a discard to be applied after to-day’s racing.

Here is how the picture is looking in Class Zero IRC as a result:  Dave Dwyer’s Marinerscove  is on 9 points, Tim Costello’s Tiamat is second on 9.5 points as is Eamon Rohan’s Blondie 1V also on 9.5 points. In  Class IRC One Anthony O’Leary’s Antix Beag leads with Ian Nagle’s Jelly Baby second and Donal O’Leary’s D-Tox Third.  In Class Two IRC Ted Crosbie’s No Excuse leads Desmond/Deasy/Ivers Bad Company on 22 points with Kieran O’Brien’s Magnet on equal points.

Speaking of Class Two, we have a team from the University of Limerick led by Katie Tingle and Darragh O’Connor who are going to represent the UL at the Student World Yachting Cup in Marseilles next weekend and they have been working up throughout the league on Alpaca.

Squad picture UL Sailing Team. R Back Row: Cian Gallagher, Sligo, Rachel Cronin, Cork, Katie Tingle, Cork and Billy Clarke, Schull. L. to R. Front Row: John Blake, Tipperary, Kevin Stollard, Kinsale, Pat Hegarty, Schull, Darragh O’Connor, Schull and not in picture Conor Martin, Crosshaven.

We also have the defending Student World Champions, Cork Institute of Technology,  from last year’s event working up throughout the League and this team is made up in its entirety of Royal Cork sailors. They have been working up on Endeavour and racing on a quarter tonner called ASAP,  with some of the members sailing on other boats throughout the fleet. They all leave for France next Friday with the competition proper starting on Sunday and we wish both teams well.

The Green  Fleet under Race Officer David O’Brien didn’t fare quite so well.  This was because of the spring tides and a southerly breeze particularly affecting race six of the event.  A heavy shower came in during race five and the wind died away afer the rain and with the flooding  spring tide and the slack wind some of the boats did not even make it over the starting line and the race was shortened at the E4 mark.   Michael Murphy of Class Four was prompted to observe that perhaps if during the spring tides the sailing areas were reversed for the red and green fleets this would not have happened as the large boats would not have had the same difficulty making it aganst the flooding spring tide.

Racing continues next Sunday with the first race of each day counting for SCORA.

Results from all fifteen divisions are available on the Club Results section under Cruisers and  a smaller than usual selection of photographs, due to the fog and rain, may be seen on the Bateman Gallery.

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