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One Sails McWilliam Series

A series of 2 races for Cruiser classes was held in the club on Saturday May 10th, kindly sponsored once again by the newly branded OneSail McWilliams.


Courtesy Paul Keal


Des McWilliam once again provided very generous prizes and Richard Leonard and his team provided superb racing.

An ebb tide and a northwesterly wind of 8 to 12 knots meant that competitors enjoyed flat water on the windward leeward course.

We were hoping for a large turn out after the 2 races for the Union Chandlery May League have each attracted a turnout of 23 boats.  Unfortunately the demands on people’s time at the weekend seems to be a major factor and only 11 boats came to the line for the OneSail McWilliams Series. Those that did turn up enjoyed a challenging first race with light winds.

The newly painted Mariners Cove (together with a support RIB), led from start to finish from the Admiral and his crew on Checkmate.  Simon Coveney’s Wavetrain was third. 

In ECHO Mariners Cove again did enough to win followed by Martin Darrer and Colman Garvey’s Singing the Blues. Wavetrain came in third.

In race 2 Mariners Cove again led off the line with Wavetrain, Singing the Blues, and Checkmate hot on her heels.  As the race progressed, Checkmate came more and more into the equation and when Mariners Cove failed to finish Checkmate took the gun and therefore won the series on IRC.  Wavetrain was second on IRC with Singing the Blues third.

In ECHO John Downey on Samba did enough in the second race to take third under the progressive handicapping system.  Martin Darrer and his crew on Singing the Blues were second overall but Wavetrain took the series win.

In Class 2 Frank Desmond, Mark Ivers and Peter Deasy sailing Bad Company dominated the day.  The Desmond Deasy Ivers combination won both races and won the series overall on both IRC and ECHO.  Denis Colman and his crew on their Corby 25 Thunderbird, newly decked out in their ACC Bank Slam gear, just could not catch Bad Company and finished the day second on IRC and third on ECHO.

Kieran and Liz O’Brien whose boat had only been launched earlier that morning had a bit of tweaking to do but in those circumstances did extremely well to finish third in IRC and second in ECHO for the series.  The Class 2 Class Captain will only improve from here and should be a real threat as the season progresses.

Kieran Collins on Tambourine continued to add to his vast collection of prizes already this season.  Totally dominating the “competition”, Kieran won Class 3 in both IRC and ECHO!

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