On Sunday 17th, Royal Cork ILCA (lasers) hosted the finale of the ILCA summer sprint series. This series incorporated racing across five venues through the summer. The series finale held on the Curlane bank had twenty seven lasers compete in three classes from five separate clubs.
The tri-series trophies were presented on the basis of the best three results from the five regattas.
The series was kicked off in June at Glandore Harbour Sailing Club, followed by Kinsale Yacht Club in July, Bantry Bay Sailing Club in August, Iniscarra Sailing and Kayaking Club and then the finale in Royal Cork. It provided a fantastic opportunity for local sailors to travel to some of Cork’s great sailing venues across the year. The sprint format was used for each regatta with five quick 20-25 minutes races with a single discard on the day. A social barbeque was then hosted at each club to allow sailors and parents get to know each other. As many of the clubs do not sail through the winter, many of the sailors join the Royal Cork ILCA winter program that will help build a competitive fleet for the early season events in 2024. Upcoming events include the RCYC frostbite dinghy league in November, then the ILCA Munsters will be held at the end of March and the Irish Youth Nationals will be hosted by Royal Cork at Easter.
Maurice Collins pictured with tri-series winners Eolann Miles (ILCA 4), Jonathan O’Shaughnessy (ILCA 7) and Andrew Kingston (ILCA 6) and class captain Eddie Kingston at the Triseries prizegiving.
Huge appreciation goes to Harriet Emerson at Glandore, John O’Sullivan at Kinsale, Kathryn Kingston at Bantry. Aoife O’Herlihy at Iniscarra for hosting individual regattas.