Matthews October league Race 1
Race Officer Richard Leonard got the opening race of the 2007 Autumn series to a flying start last Sunday.
The wind filled in at an average of 12 knots from the south east and remained steady for the day allow the fleet of over 80 boats enjoy a superb days racing on the windward leeward course set south of Roches point.
The Class 1 fleet saw a few boats biting at the bit with the first start resulting in an individual recall at the pin end of the start line.
The pin of the line also saw some close match racing between mariner’s cove jump juice and Antix dubh where the three boats matching each other with boat speed coming off the line. With the start gun gone the majority of the fleet headed for the shore towards Trabolgan for flatter water and out of the strong easterly tide.
However it was Dave Dwyer’s Mariners Cove that broke free and took IRC class 1 on the day with Jump Juice 2nd and Mustang Sally Third. In Class 1 ECHO Derry Goods Exhale took firsts , followed by David Scots EOS and Peter Donegans "Shoot the bar" third.
Class 2 and Class 3 fleet followed suit with some less enthusiasm on the start line which resulted in both fleets getting off clearly first time round. In class 2 it was Colm Dunne’s Elan “Grin & Bear It” fighting it out with Barry Roses Corby 25 “Obsession VI” for pole position on the day. Obsession VI took first in the day by a mere 3 seconds on corrected time from Grin & Bear It with Vinny O Sheas Yanks and Franks third. The ECHO result in class 2 somewhat matched the IRC result with Obsession VI first , Grin & Bear it 2nd and Appelbys Cochise third.
Class 3 saw the Nyhan / Buwalda team on “Outrigger” take the lead from the start of the race and to take first position on the day followed by O Sullivan’s Impala “Running wild” with mike Sextons “Granny Knot” third. In ECHO the class 3 Outriggers IRC winning marging was somewhat narrower with Padraig O Donovans Chameleon coming in 38 seconds behind on 2nd position with Alan Mulcahy's Sundancer third.
The white sail fleet was the final fleet to start where there was some definite gentlemanly conduct on the start line so as there would be no cause for the RO to recall the fleet. It was pat Vaughan’s Aramis who sailed a great race in the white sail fleet to comfortable win white sail with Ian Hickeys Cavatina 2nd and Billy Duanes Expression 3rd.