Well, well, well! Who would have believed it. Here we are again. Nin O’Leary has done it two years in a row followed by “Dad” also two years in a row.
Seriously, what a day it was. For quite a while it looked like disaster was about to strike. Where was the wind? Aeolus, King of the Winds was keeping his counsel to himself.
Mind you, the forecast had indicated a light to moderate northerly would appear in the afternoon but still that didn’t do much to appease the beating hearts of the Race Officers, David O’Brien of the Seniors and Richard Leonard of the Juniors. There was even whispered talk about a possible date in November for a Final.
However, by approximately 2.30 pm Aeolus had relented, Boreas the North Wind God had obviously been spoken to, a light northerly filled in, and David O’Brien used all his guile to get in three short races much to the delight of the large and very patient spectator flotilla not to mention the competitors. Nicholas won the entire series by a margin of two points and the next three places were all on twelve points but Anthony O’Leary took second place on count back with Ben Duncan in third place, despite having two wins in the last three races. John Driscoll from the Squib Class was fourth. Paul McMahon was fifth, followied by Colin Chapman, Dave Dwyer and our western visitor from Sligo, Tim Corcoran, in that order.
The results of the finals can be seen here.
Sailing in the 2009 ISA All Ireland Junior and Girls Championship took place over two days on Saturday and Sunday under Race Officer Richard Leonard. The 2009 Junior Champion is Mattie O’Dowd of the Royal St. George. Our own Conor Lyden was second followed by Rob Lehane of Kinsale Yacht Club third.
The complete junior results can be seen here.
Final Day pics can be seen on Bateman Gallery
The Junior Girl Champion is Diana Kissane of Howth Yacht Club while our own Royal Cork’s Belle Morehead was second and came first in Race Five in the process.