Top Menu

Matthews Chandlery Autumn League Race 2

Last Sunday Matthews Chandlery Autumn League produced another day of excellent sailing at Crosshaven with over 700 competitors sailing 80 yachts in five classes in Race 2 of the series. A 14 knot easterly breeze cleared the October morning mist and the sun appeared on cue from the west as the Class 1 fleet started under Principal Race Officer Richard Leonard who for the second race of the series had the use of Stepehen Hyde’s Beautiful Oyster yacht.

The fleet were sent south of Roches Point to a windward mark approximately one mile east of Trabolgan. With a flood tide under them the decision for the skippers was whether to head for shore or out to sea.  Other than one individual recall in Class 1  all fleets got away to a clean start.  From the outset it was evident Conor and Denise Phelan’s Jump Juice meant business overtaking Mariner’s Cove and then sailing an excellent tactical race to cover her every move, leading the fleet including the higher rated boats, and going on to record a win to add to her second place in Race 1 IRC of the series.  Andrew Creighton’s Mustang Sally also meant business but unfortunately lost the plot coming into the bottom mark under spinnaker on the first round, failing to hoist their Genoa, and losing valuable seconds as a result.  This few seconds loss was enough to drop them to 9th place in IRC. Dave Dwyer’s Mariner’s Cove took second place putting her on level points with Jump Juice with a first and second each in IRC 1.  The very consistent Anthony O’Leary in Antix Dubh had a third and given that he was over the line at the start this was an excellent result leaving him in third place overall in Class 1 IRC to date.  IRC 1 Restricted, a class within a class,  mainly comprises the larger cruiser racers who are a very competitive bunch and it was  a raider from Waterford, Rob McConnell, sailing his new Joubert & Nivelt designed Archambault 35 Surfarosa who finished second to Diarmuid and Hilda Good’s Exhale to leave him leading overall in the class and with Ted Crosbie’s Excuse Me lying third. The performance of the day really had to go to Derry Good on Exhale who managed a fifth of the combined fleet  in addition to his first in the Restricted. In IRC ECHO Mary O’Keeffe’s Tux finished first, with Exhale in second place followed by Conor Doyle’s Freya. The popular White Sail Fleet sailed a slightly shorter course using the Harp mark off Trabolgan as their bottom mark.  The growing popularity of the fleet is shown by the fact that 21 boats started the race on Sunday.  The leader after two races in IRC and ECHO is the magical Cavatina under new owner Ian Hickey with the previous owner, Eric Lisson, on board. Lying second in both divisions is Pat Vaughan’s Aramis and third in IRC is Stephen McCarthy’s Nadie with Brian Cudmore’s Ann Again third in ECHO.  In IRC 2 Colm Dunne’s Grin and Bear It took first place and with her second place in the previous week now leads IRC 2.  Barry Rose’s Obsession V1 slipped somewhat to a seventh but still lies second overall while another Corby, Vinny O’Shea’s Yanks $ Ffrancs is only .25 points adrift to lie third overall in IRC 2.  In Class 2 ECHO Kieran and Liz O’Brien’s Magnet is now leading with Grin and Bear It second and No Gnomes, Donnery & Murphy in third place.  Mention should be made here of Denis Ellis’ beautiful Corby Kodachi from Cobh who won ECHO 2 on Sunday. In Class 3 IRC the Nyhan/Buwalda Outrigger had a great day on the water with a substantial lead and they now count two wins on IRC 3 with the O’Sullivan Brothers Running Wild second and great campaigner from Kinsale Mike Sexton in Granny Knot third.  In Class 3 ECHO Sunday’s winner was the beautifully restored and varnished David Thomas designed Tamberine owned by Kieran Collins, however overall in the league to date Granny Knot leads ECHO with Padraig O’Donovan’s Chamelon second and third Running Wild, the best of the five Impalas in Class 3. Racing continues on Sunday with first gun at 11.55 a.m
Report by Claire Bateman

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply