Andrew Crosbie and Stephen O’Shaughnessy in the National 18 ‘Virtual MissFits’ were the 2021 Ballinacurra Race winners hosted by Cove Sailing Club in conjunction with the National 18 dinghy class.
Among other competing boats, Nine Eighteens contested the race that has traditionally been an annual pilgrimage from Royal Cork in Crosshaven to ‘Jacko’s Bar’.
This year’s Cove Sailing Club race was an open event and Commodore Niall Hawes gave a start time at 3 pm near to the harbour’s Spit Bank. The race started from Committee boat Brisa Mar with OOD Joanna O’Brien onboard. Class 1 started first with a quick dog leg down to 16 and back to no 20 then straight to Ballinacura. Class 2 started straight after with a fleet of 9 with 4 Rankins in attendance with 2 young hopefuls Sam and Noah Dorgan racing Optimists.
The breeze began to drop as the fleet neared the corner of east ferry and the Race officer decided to finish Class 2 at the church in East Ferry.
Class 1 consisting largely of National 18’s carried on up the East Passage where the tide was flooding rapidly with the shifty breeze.
The race concluded with Class 1s finishing at South Quay in Ballinacurra with the committee boat Bris Mar braving the shallow channel to record the finish
Pics from Bob and Mary
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