A total of 30 boats competed for the title of RS Feva National and Open Champion in Cork Harbour this weekend. The overall winner, with five 1st places, was RCYC’s David Whitaker with Jil McGinley crewing. The event was sponsored by Funboats Ltd.
Nine races were set over three days by Race Officer Richard Leonard, with racing mainly on the Curlane bank. Despite challenging visibility on the first day, racing conditions were good all weekend, with winds strong, but not overpowering. RCYC boats perfomed strongly in their home waters, taking the first three podium positions.
In the Gold Fleet, Whitaker and McGinley led from the outset, holding first position from day 1. Sean O’Brien and Louise Shanahan, RCYC took first place in the Silver Fleet. First Girl was won by Greystones SC duo Lisa Smith and Kate Hayes.
An extra race was held on the second day, Saturday, resurrecting an old tradition of a crew’s race back to the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The crews race was won by 11 year old Sarah Cudmore, RCYC.
Gold Fleet: 1st David Whitaker, Jil McGinley (RCYC), 10pts; 2nd Marc Cudmore, Sarah Cudmore (RCYC), 24pts; 3rd Sam McGinley, Richard McGinley (RCYC), 27pts; 4th David Johnston, Louise Flynn Byrne (Howth YC), 31pts; 5th Seafra Guilfoyle, Philip Brownlow (RCYC), 33pts.
Silver Fleet: 1st Sean O’Brien, Louise Shanahan (RCYC); 2nd Ciara Byrne, Megan Hayes (Greystones SC), 3rd Blaithnaid O’Connell, Rosanna Cassidy, (RSTGYC)
First Girl Helm: Lisa Smith and Kate Hayes (Greystones SC)
U13 Winner: Jamie Tingle, Criofan Guilfoyle (RCYC)
U14 Winner: Nicky Delamer, Conor Howard (Howth YC)
U15 Winner: Dermot Lyden, Brian Stokes (RCYC/BSC)