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Final Day of ICRA National Championships

Following the excitement and thrills of bumps and spills yesterday(Sat) todays final day of racing turned out to be a beautiful sun filled day with a breeze of 7/8 knots with 10 max and with the sea still retaining somewhat of a small chop but providing another magnificent days sailing.  Classes Zero, One and Two with Race Officer Peter Crowley were sailing windward/leeward courses almost out to the Daunt while Classes Three, Four and Whitesail sailed off Trabolgan with Race Officer Richard Leonard.  All fleets with the exception of Whitesail sailed two races today.

Anthony O’Leary’s Antix took the overall IRC Championship followed in second place by Gloves Off who was sailing very well today and had a win to take her to second. Colman Phelan’s Jump Juice took third place.

Class One IRC was won by Pat Kelly’s Storm who enjoyed five wins in the series and could not be beaten. Second placed was Robert O’Leary in Antix Beag followed by Ian Nagle and Paul O’Malley’s Jelly Baby on equal points.

Class Two IRC was won by Brian Goggin’s Allure, formerly Kinetic with Raymond McGibney’s Disaray second followed by Vinnie O’Shea in Yanks $ ffrancs.

After the ding dong battle of the week Class Three  was won by the Kenefick/O’Brien Tiger, followed by Eamonn Rohan’s Anchor Challenge helmed by Ian Travers and the New Zealand Visitor Jamie McDowell in Black Fun.

Class 4 IRC was won by Sundancer followed by Michael Sexton’s Granny Knot.

The Whitesail fleet was very competitive and was dominated by Conor O’Donovan’s Xtension who was a worthy winner followed by John Downing’s Samba and Conor McNeice’s Minx 111.

ICRA Commodore, Barry Rose, in his final words to the competitors after the prizegiving reminded them the next ICRA Championships will be held at Howth Yacht  Club in June 2012.

I leave you with a Cree Indian Prophecy  taken from the stern of the Chambers/Reilly Crazy Horse Mills 36, a most welcome visitor to the 2011 ICRA Championships, and second in Class Zero ECHO.

Only when the last tree has died
And when the last river has been poisoned
And the last fish been caught
We will realise we cannot eat money

Crazy Horse ca. 1840 – September 5 1877 was a Native American war leader of the Ogala Lakota.  Crazy Horse was fatally wounded by a military guard while allegedly resisting imprisonment at Camp Robinson in present day-Nebraska.  He ranks among the most notable and iconic of native American tribal members and has been honoured by the U.S. Postal Service with a
13cent Great American series postage stamp.

Thank you to all for staying with us during the ICRA Championships and we hope you enjoyed  our photographic coverage and reports.

Full Results:  Go to ICRA Site. Click on right hand side of this page and go to top tool bar menu and press Results

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