The Irish Examiner Round The Island Race took place to-day under the guiding hand of Princpal Race Officer Seamus Gilroy. Immediately after the Class Flag went up for the dinghies an extremely heavy thunder shower struck the fleet.
The intensity of the shower was so great it turned the sea into what looked like a cauldron of boiling white water. However, by the time the start signal went it had cleared somewhat and the fleet ncluding a number of Fevas, Lasers and an A Class Cat took off with the A Class charging off the line and eventually taking the overall trophy.
Meanwhile the cruisers had a separate start and, despite the sailing instructions, several were seen trying to enter the “no go” area and had to return to start properly. The course for this fleet was somewhat longer and took them up to Cobh where they made a left turn at No. 20 buoy and from there headed for a finish at Currabinny Pier.
The wind was West/North West and as is usual with these sort of winds it was gusty but also had holes in it. The course was such that only Martin Darrer had a suitable offwind sail for the tight reach back from No. 20.