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Sunshine In Cork For Week 3 Of AIB Autumn Series

Competitors in today’s AIB Autumn Series in the Royal Cork Yacht Club enjoyed light northerly breezes and summer-like conditions.

All fleets sailed coastal courses off Cork Harbour under the watchful eye of race officer Ross Deasy. 

Kieran Collins Coracle IV of the host club continues to lead the IRC Spinnaker 1 Division. 

Class 0, 1 and Sports boats headed all the way south to Cork Buoy for their first mark, followed by Harp, Ringabella and beat to finish off White Bay. 

The Olson 30 made the most of the light winds to stay ahead of Brian Jones’ J/109 Jelly Baby after four races sailed. 

Third in the seven boat fleet overall is Kinsale visitor, Finbarr O’Regan’s J109 Artful Dodjer.

In a three boat IRC Zero division, the Grand Soleil 40, Nieulargo (Denis and Annamarie Murphy) leads on five points from Conor Phelan’s Ker 37 Jump Juice on seven. Eric & Wan Waterman’s X37 Saxon Senator is third.

Class 2, 3 and non-spinnaker started their coastal race at Cage and sailed to Harp, Ringabella, No.14 off the refinery, back to Roches Point, and finished at White Bay.

There’s only a point between the top three in nine boat IRC 2 Spinnaker division. Dave Lane’s J/24 YaGottaWanna leads on six points from today’s race winner Fiona Young’s Albin Express North Star on seven. Tony Donworth’s Quarter Tonner SuperNova is third on eight points.

In the dayboat IRC division, the race winning 1720 Heroes & Villans leads from Michael McCann’s Etchell Don’t Dilly Dally but the pair are drawn on four points each. Third is Billy Campion’s 1720 Wight Hare.

In the biggest division of the league, the White Sails ECHO Division 2, with 12 entries, Conor Hanlon’s Sun Odyssey Lapwing leads from John O’Connor’s Impala Fast Buck. Third is Mike Rider’s Dehler 37 Freya.

Sailors were met by a live band and food in the club on arrival ashore at Crosshaven.

Racing continues next Sunday with the penultimate races.

Results are here

Images below from the Bateman Gallery.

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