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Debut Win For ‘Diamond’ At O’Leary Insurances Winter League

O’Leary Insurance Winter League debutantes Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher sailing their new Quarter Tonner Diamond were the winners of Sunday’s first IRC race of the Royal Cork League that is being sailed this year exclusively under White Sails.

Dave Lane’s J/24 Ya Gotta Wanna, the overall winner of the October League, stayed on form and finished second in today’s light airs in Cork Harbour. Third, in the 18-boat fleet was Kieran O’Connell, Killian Collins and Alex Barry with 5 under 10’s sailing the club J/24 Jambalaya.

Although it was the subject of some misgivings, today’s opening race under white sails only worked out well, even if the light harbour westerly spoiled the proceedings a little. 

Race Officers Clem and Wendy Mc Elligott gave the fleet a running start across the harbour to Corkbeg, somewhat affected by the ebb tide. 

It looked like Coracle got the best of light air start in the first race of the O'Leary Winter League

Mel and Kieran Collins’ Coracle (pictured left) got a good light air start in the first race of the O’Leary Winter League. Coracle (below) was sailing with just two crew.  Photo: Bob Bateman

From there, it was course 101, leaving buoys  No 1, No 8, No 10, No.7 and Corkbeg to starboard and then back to Cage to starboard and a sausage to Corkbeg, back to cage, leaving No eight and No 5 to starboard before the finish.

Paul and Deirdre Tingle's new Alpaca, an X Yacht X-4 model

Paul and Deirdre Tingle’s new Alpaca, an X Yacht X-4 ‘Pocket Luxury Yacht’ model

Vice Admiral Kieran O’Connell, Killian Collins, Alex Barry and their kids Ryan, Ciana, Ava, Molly and Tom.

Full results here. Video below from Mary Malone and gallery below again from Bob and Mary.

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