Racing Report … houseworks April League Race 1
Spring into housework …
The houseworks April Whitesail League kicked off cruiser sailing at Royal Cork Yacht Club in perfect Spring weather on Saturday 4th April.
A light breeze of 8 -10kt greeted Race Officer Kieran Twomey and the 13 boat fleet as they lined up for the start. Course 92 was the order of the day taking in Corkbeg, No. 14, EF2, No 12, Cage then back over to Corkbeg with a finish at Grassy.
Predictably it was the racier boats that took an early lead in the light winds with Derry and Hilda Good’s Exhale out in front with Kieran and Liz O’Briens Magnet and Derry Nash’s Catalpa chasing hard but even though they finished well clear of the main fleet their handicaps meant they finished mid-fleet on corrected time … such is the nature of Whitesail racing. The long course spread the fleet out considerably and wind and tide did its best to hinder the back markers. In the end all but one boat finished but with nearly an hour and a half between first and last it was a demanding day … thank goodness for the warm spring sunshine.
It was houseworks sponsor Martin Kiely’s Jenny K which finished in 1st place on corrected time coming just ahead of Micheal Lynch’s Lady T, with Batt and Helen O’Leary’s Sweet Dreams taking 3rd place.