Day One of the Autumn Regatta comenced at 8.30 am. when the Club was jam packed and rocking with the excitement of the Ireland vs Italy rugby match. After the glorious Irish victory the fleets headed out into the mist hoping that a bit of breeze would fill in.
The mood was buoyant and the atmosphere sizzling but alas and alack on attempting to set a course the hard working David O’Brien, Principal Race Officer for Classes 3, 4,Whitesail 1 and Whitesail 2 on Admiral Paddy McGlade’s Sabrone, would appear to have encountered the wrath of the weather gods who must have been rooting for the Italians today!. As the Race Officer described it “the fog would roll away for some 200 yards and some minutes later it would roll back in again” and at times it was raining and other times it was dry.
The fog descended and visibility was so reduced he couldn’t even see the pin end of the line that had just been laid. However, after a short delay the a small breeze filled and the fog lifted sufficently to enable a start. Class 3 were first away with the exception of Outrigger who had to return to start having been over the line. Then it was the turn of the Whitesail classes who headed off into the mist accompanied by a number of dolphins.
Meanwhile Classes 0, 1, 2 and 1720s, under PRO Richard Leonard, stayed in the harbour where they sailed windward/leeward courses with a start off Spike and despite the conditions they managed two races . The committee boat for this fleet was kindly provided by Pascal Healy who had on board the Senior partner of the sponsor firm, Irene O’Donovan, assisting with race duties. In the second race for these fleets Buoys 10 and 16 were used for the windward/leeward course giving Classes 0 and 1720s three rounds and Class 1 two rounds. Towards the final round the wind died and crews struggled to round 16 before the wind filled in enough to get all boats finished.
Given the conditions it was a wonderful achievement to get in any racing at all for the large fleet on the day and hopefully next Sundays’ racing will enjoy better conditions and will return to the scheduled start time of 11.55am.