Royal Cork Optimist Sailors took the first five places in the Senior Division and the first two places in the Junior Division in the only race of the day at the Munster Championships in Kinsale today.
Amy Harrington won the Senior Division from Brendan Lyden and Patrick Crosbie while Peter McCann won the Junior Division from Cian Byrne.
Blustery conditions greeted the fleet and the race officer, our own Richard Leonard, decided to check out the conditions before permitting the fleet to launch. In the event, he wisely decided to run the racing in the outer harbour and to stand down both the Senior and Junior Silver Fleets. When the sailors did launch, racing was started very promptly as the course was laid in anticipation of their arrival.
The Junior Fleet started first and Peter McCann won the pin end to take an early lead. However, in the shifty conditions others got back into the race and it was a battle royal for the whole race between the top five or six boats. In the end, Peter just pipped Cian Byrne to take the gun.
Amy Harrington did not let the disappointment of a poor start get in the way of the bigger picture. She was already in the lead after two third’s of the first beat and held off a determined challenges, first from Patrick Crosbie and later from Brendan Lyden. These three finished with a good lead over the following bunch led by Seafra Guilfoyle and Ruairi Finnegan.
The wind increased substantially before a second race could be started and the sailors were sent home for the day.
The rules of the Optimist Class mean that the Silver fleets will get average points for todays race so they are not out of it by any means.
Full results can be found in the dinghy results section above.