Dave Dwyer successfully defended his Irish IRC title in Kerry where the championships in four classes concluded yesterday. The 70–boat entry experienced a range of conditions on Tralee Bay over three days, the first time the event, now in its sixth year, has been sailed on the west coast.
‘Magic’ is how former Royal Cork Admiral and current ICRA Commodore Barry Rose summed up proceedings when racing finished off Fenit pier in the last of seven races in 20-knots on Saturday afternoon.
In class one Rockabill V (Paul O’Higgins) steered by Cork’s Mel Collins, beat Royal Cork Admiral Mike McCarthy sailing Checkmate for the honours in the 24-boat fleet with two wins yesterday. Anthony O’Leary’s much talked about modifed 1720, Antix Beag, was third.
In class two, where 22 boats contested the title, Kinetic successfully defended her title. In fine style. Local Sigma 33 (F. O’Connell) Treyona was runner-up. Third was Ruthless, a Corby 25 sailed by Sligo’s Conor Ronan with David Burrows on board.
In the seven boat class three fleet, a Clifden Boat Club entry Jackie Ward’s Hallmark took the title with Vince Gaffney’s Alliance from Dublin second for a successive year.