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ISA Optimist Squad in Vigo – Day 1 Report

Day one racing! 230 boats entered from ESP, NOR, POR, GBR, HUN, DEN, SUI and IRL. so we have been split into two flights. Today was a late start with the objective of 2 possibly three races… but the light shifty breeze combined with the strong current only allowed one race as several recall did not allow a second one to get started.

In the first flight, Peter McCann and Daire Cournane where carrying the colours high at the windward both inside the top 10. Seafra Guilfoyle had a good end to his first beat rounding the top mark in 16th just a place behind Philip Brownlow. Daire almost capsized at the jibe (lack of concentration for a second I suppose), recovered , bailed and still squeezed in 10th at the bottom gate just 3 behind Peter and one ahead of Seafra who had a rocket run! on the line Peter pipped 2 boats to take 5th.
Group 1 results
5.   Peter McCann
10. Daire Cournane
12. Seafra Guilfoyle
21. Philip Brownlow
38. Sophie Browne
42. Conor Murphy
46. Sean Gambier Ross
48. Robert Dickson

The second flight really struggled to get off the line. after several recall, when they finally went, a big gust came on the left  side allowing about 20 boats to catch a unassailable lead. Sean Donnelly was the quickest to see it and settled rapidely in the leading bunch. Adam Hyland was also in the right group working the left side… unfortunately the other Irish missed it and were left fighting mid/back of the fleet trying to make a way back the right side of the course with limited success. Sean kept his calm and despite letting the leading two away on a small mistake on the run, he secured a excellent 3rd.
Group 2 results
3.   Sean Donnelly
8.   Adam Hyland
45. Ruairi Finnegan
49. Erica Ruigrok
68. Patrick Crosbie
90. Cliodhna O Regan
93. Eoin Lyden
96. Cian Byrne

Tomorrow we have a very early start and we expect a long day in the predicted light winds from the south.

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