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Killian O’Keeffe Dominates in Windier Conditions for 3rd Week of Cobbler League


Action from Week 3 of the Cobbler League

Killian O’Keeffe of the Royal Cork had a great day with two first places out of a fleet of 50 in today’s windier conditions, moving him up to first place overall in the Cobbler League.

Winds gusting up to 20 knots provided a stern test for our young Optimist sailors this weekend. Race officer Ronan Lyden, assisted by Nuala Lyden, set two good length races which almost all completed without incident (the only notable exception being a protest by Ronan’s eldest son against the race officer!).


Katie-Gambier Ross of Kinsale also had excellent results with a 3rd and a 2nd.  Next best on the day was Amy Harrington with a 4th and a 6th.

Overall in the Gold Fleet, Killian O’Keeffe leads from Aodh Kennedy, closely followed by Colm O’Regan and Katie Gambier-Ross all of Kinsale. However, with the leading 6 sailors away in France next weekend, Amy Harrington has an opportunity to make a significant move up in the overall standings.


In the Silver Fleet, Amy Clarke of Kinsale (8th overall and also in contention for overall honours) has a comfortable lead over Cian Byrne and Brendan Lyden of the Royal Cork.

The Bronze Fleet is being led by Alexandra Morehead (11th overall) from Patrick Crosbie (both Royal Cork) with Ruairi Finnegan from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club only a few points adrift.

Full Main Fleet results are available here.


The Regatta Fleet were given a separate course inside the river due to the adverse conditions. Larrie Martin gave them two races also and all returned happy from the experience. Michael O’Donovan (Royal Cork) continued his fine form by taking a 3rd and a 1st to lead overall from Ciara Judge of Kinsale who had a 1st and a 6th. Peter Healy of Kinsale didn’t fare quite so well today but manages to maintain 3rd place on the same points as Ciara.

Full Regatta Fleet results are available here.

The Cobbler League concludes next Sunday with racing again due to commence at 12 (launching at 11). Please note that conditions at this time of year can get quite cold and therefore dry suits are advisable, particularly if it is windy.

There will be a prizegiving for the Cobbler League on Sunday 28th October at 17.00 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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