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Kinsale Spring Series

Well, Now it’s all over!The Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series sponsored by McWilliam One Sails,  Masts & Rigging, Ron Holland Design, and North Sails has now finished and despite the vagaries of the weather what a wonderful  series it was.  Kinsale, under Cruiser Captain Bobby Nash, set out to produce a great series and succeeded admirably running two  courses each day, round the cans and windward/leeward.

Blown out the first day and on the final day the forecasters were saying the wind would be light and variable with heavy thundery showers and this is what they got plus some more.

Yesterday  Zero, One and Two were on Alan Crosbie’s windard/leeward course and in Class Zero Dave Dwyer’s again won the day with Nicholas O’Leary on helm.  He stuck like glue to the higher rated Antix, helmed by  Anthony O’Leary and also with Peter and Robert O’Leary on board. The forecasters were correct, the heavy shower came, and after this the wind disappeared and put paid to the racing.

Royal Cork members did well in this league with Marinerscove winning Zero and IRC Restricted and ICR One went to the Nagle O’Mahony Jelly Baby while ECHO One went to Derry Good’s Exhale. IRC Class Two ECHO went to Jerome McCarthy’s Harmony with Class Two ECHO going to Pat Barrett and Cathal Conlon. Bandit from the host club won IRC Three but Ian Travers having his connections with Blondie –perhaps we could lay some claim to him as well! Class Three ECHO went to Waterford Harbour Sailing Club raider Bill McConnell in Monkey Business and Class Four IRC went to popular KYC member Mike Sexton’s Granny Knot while Paul Swanton of the host club  took Class Four ECHO in Go-Cart. John Whelan, also of the host club, was the very popular winner of the White Sail fleet.
Regrettably the new Corby designed Roxy 6 did not make the final race of the event.  Her arrival had been eagerly anticipated but it was not to be as she returned to the builder in Wales for a minor modification.

Congratulations to all involved for a wonderful series and opener to the season.

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Full Results here

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