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Keelboats Autumn Update

As we enter the later end of the 2016 sailing season we still have much to look forward to. The good weather this summer has helped in providing some great racing.

Our regular leagues will continue into the early part of September.

We have the ‘At Home’ this weekend, the Blackrock race and the Autumn Series. Check out the club website and wall calendar for all the up to date event details.

Some of our local fleet recently returned from Calves week in Schull. Racing over the three days was excellently run by Commodore Martin Lane and his team. The usual four day event was reduced due to a gale blowing through on the Wednesday. The Fastnet race was moved to the Friday and what a sight it was to see 74 boats racing out to the Fastnet and back in glorious sunshine, a flat sea and 10/12knts of breeze. Congratulations to Coleman Garvey and his team on True Penance for finishing 2nd overall in Class 1 (incl a Fastnet race win). Frank Desmond and the rest of the team on Bad Company won Class 2 with Ernie Dillon on Rioja 2nd overall. Dave Lane and Sinead Enright continued their good form this summer with a win in Class 3. Tom Kirby and his Raffles won Class 4. And Brian Heffernan and family won White Sail Class 1.

The RNLI series was raced yesterday in windy and wet conditions. PRO Seamus Gilroy used a version of Course 70 for the event. YaGottaWana won Class 3 and Alpaca won Class 1.

Best of luck to Conor Phelan and crew racing in Abersoch Race Week this coming week.

Also good to hear the stories from the Waterman’s adventure to the south coast of England to race in the ‘Round the Island Race’. A huge entry list of 1533 boats and a very windy race by all accounts. This seemed to drive the Watermans and Saxon Senator to a very creditable 14th position in their Class 1C. An indication of the conditions was that 308 boats retired from the race. Another notable member entry was Nicholas O Leary on board the JPK10.80 ‘Yes’, winning the same Class as Saxon Senator. Well done all.

PS…Annalise Murphy is an inspiration to us all. What a great sight seeing her receive her Silver Medal with the Irish flag flying high behind. Its a long time to wait, since 1980, but worth waiting for. Annalise is regular visitor to our club for Laser events and training. Hopefully we will see her soon, with the medal, in the near future.

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