What a night for the annual Coolmore to Club House Race on Friday last, a sunny evening with warm light winds. It was a great spectacle with about 40 dinghy’s of all types and shapes sailing down the river with the finish line becoming a back drop to a club wedding, cannons cracking as each class leader finished the course in the pool outside the club house. Well done to all who turned out.
Brian Jones, Rear Admiral Dinghies was the OD on the night along with former Admiral Mr Bill Walsh who was both driving the committee boat (M.V. Carrigdhoun) and presiding over the event before firing the finishing cannons back at the club as the fleet finished.
It was the usual tricky race, where, as always, one has to get through the Drakes Pool doldrums before managing to get back in to the breeze on the last leg down to the club, lots of position changes during the length of the race.
Many thanks to our present Admiral Mr Pat Farnan who came to present the prizes of Coolmore House etched glass trophies.
Optimists 1st – Ben O’Shaughnessy, 2nd – J.P. Curtain, 3rd – Harry Moynan
Laser 4.7 1st – Atlee Kohl, 2nd – Harry Pritchard, 3rd Dawson Kohl
Laser Radial 1st – Sophie Crosbie, 2nd – Jamie McDonnell Lettice, 3rd – Tom Keal
Topper 5.3 1st – Hugh Lynch, 2nd – Lola Kohl, 3rd – Darragh Collins
Topper 4.2 1st – Joe O’Sullivan, 2nd – Vicky McDonnell Lettice, 3rd Beau Kohl
Mixed Dinghy 1st – Mark O’Donovan (Mirror), 2nd – Ciara & Daniel Burns(Taz), 3rd – Saorse Pierce & Alex Fegan (Pico)
RS200 1st – Julie and Jamie Tingle, 2nd – Jack Young and Ellie Aneros, 3rd – Mia Murphy & Jenifer O’Shaughnessy
Overall Julie and Jamie Tingle
Anthony McCann did a great job feeding us all afterwards along with the near 200 wedding guests who enjoyed the spectacle of the dinghy racing on the river. It was a very busy club on the night. Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who helped out on the water.