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Manhattan Yacht Club Challenge

Report from Sinead Enright

Day two saw three races with a windward leg to start. The fleet split on all 3 races, and the RCYC crew just managed to sail into the knocks each time. Local knowledge was proving to be invaluable. The shifts were so extreme, the crew were contemplating a kite hoist on the “upwind” leg. Race 5 was the best result of the day, with RCYC claiming a 6th place. Unfortunately the crew placed 15th and 17th in races 4 and 6.

On the final day, two races were sailed, again with a leeward start. Ireland was well represented at the first rounding, with RCYC in first place, followed by the two Howth teams in third and fourth. As each boat was flying a spinnaker with their national flag emblazoned across the centre panel, it was a lovely sight to see three Irish tricolours at the head of the fleet. The luck of the Irish was short lived, the 3 boats placing 16th, 18th and 10th. Race 8 again started well but ended poorly, with a 17th place finish for the Cork team.

Overall the crew were disappointed with the finishing results, but quite pleased with good performances in a number of races. Sailing against an international fleet, with a number of former Olympians in their midst was a wonderful experience, and all of the team gained hugely from it. Congratulations must go to the team from South Africa who were the overall winners, and Manhattan Yacht Club for hosting such an exciting regatta.

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