This race was rescheduled from 2 weeks previously due to a wedding on the Naval base. There was no way the Royal Cork Yacht Club was going to take precedence over a wedding. As it happened the club struck lucky as Saturday the 15th of September was a glorious day.
There was approx. 15 knots of wind, in a westerly direction and not a cloud in the sky. Glorious conditions.
The PRO for the event was none other than our Rear Admiral of sailing and assisted by one of the crew from Outrigger…. the one that caused mayhem on the committee boat end of the line on last Thursdays evening league. I am checking the race records and have got back as far as 1991…. and have yet not found an instance of a general recall on a Thursday night. So last Thursday night will be recorded for our next history book.
Back to the 15th. Jimmy and Maritta, opps sorry, set the fleet off on a mixture of Ringabella, Harp, W2 depending on whether you were in Class 1, 2, 3, 1720 or White Sail.
The most noticeable factor of the event was the number of boats sussing out the competition for the October league!!! and considering the different dynamics of crew personal.
We had the Commodore of Baltimore Sailing Club, Eric Geary, training in his 9 year old son in moving ballast in the cabin “during” the race and we had James Mc Kenna opting for the other extreme and packing his boat with all the experience of Cork Harbour – 3 generations of the English family, Mary English (sworn to secrecy about her age), her “young” Joe and grandson Robbie. James is still wondering who to drop for the October league.
With regard to the racing Ria Lyden was sussing out the competition in the White sail fleet. She switched codes for this race and led the fleet around the harbour and to the finish between Number 15 buoy and the watch tower on Haulbowline.
There then followed 24 other boats over the next 30 minutes.
Class 1 Gloves Off in IRC Tux in ECHO
Class 2 Miss Whiplash IRC and No Gnomes ion ECHO
Class 3 Woody in IRC / NADIA in Echo
White Sail Ria Lyden
1720 Paul Gallagher
After the event The Rear Admiral was speaking to the Commodore of the Navy, Frank Lynch who confirmed that the Navy really enjoy hosting this event and look forward to seeing us again next year.