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Irish Southerns

    The ambitious inaugural Cork Dinghy Fest 2015 on 20-23 Aug in RCYC was to host over 200 boats in 10 fleets and 5 race areas proving dinghy racing flourishes across Ireland. The RS fleet took the opportunity to come together from all corners of the island to hold the RS Feva and RS200 National Championships and the RS400 Southerns.
    In spite of a clash with the Laser Nationals in Dun Laoghaire, we had 65 RSs racing across the 3 classes comprising 14 Fevas, 18 RS200s, and 33 RS400s.  Many competitors chose to stay close to the action taking advantage of RCYC’s accessible camping facilities, which also included use of two members’ gardens as a much needed and picturesque overflow.  At the mercy of the Irish summer weather, there were diverse sea and wind conditions forecast in the mix to the weekend’s sailing.

    RS 200 Nationals
    The larger dinghies were to be posted out beyond Roches’ Point on the open seas for the event.  We had wind, sun and nice waves as we emerged from Cork harbour on Friday. While losing a few competitors to the Laser nationals, we also had an injection of youth in the fleet to fill the gaps as some of the stalwarts retire to steadier and less energetic crafts.

    The Race Committee chose the windward leeward course with a beat of almost 1 mile and leeward gate.  The early pace setters were Marty O’Leary and Rachel Williamson from the George, starting at the committee boat, going right hoping to catch some of the ebbing tide from the harbour. Frank O’Rourke, Greystones, sailing with Maeve Judge, HYC, started down the line and went left up the first beat.  As the fleet spread out across the beat, by the weather mark it was clear the two lead boats were just 3 or 4 boat lengths apart with Marty having the edge.  This was to be an even race course unaffected by tides and with wind steady across the course for the day. The race committee, wisely chose to shorten the course and run a fifth race to end the day in anticipation of light airs for the remainder of the weekend. While Marty/Rachel and Frank/Maeve dominated the day, there was much inconsistency further down the fleet with some fairly appalling infringements, unnecessary capsizes and turns along the way. Clive Coffey and Helen Cassidy from Newcastle consistently posting 4th and 5ths. However, Chloe Eggers and Paddy Lee from the George, new to the fleet, were making their presence felt with a second in race 2 and consistent sailing from Greystones’ Aaron Jones/Conor Clery lay 3rd after five races overnight. We retired ashore for R&R, some battered and bruised having completed half the scheduled 10 races and already enough under our buoyancy aids to form a series but a very light forecast looming for Saturday and Sunday.

    Day two dawned with a breeze and the 200 boats were launched in anticipation of some calmer conditions than Friday. However, as we opened into the sea, the wind evaporated only to reappear hesitantly some hours later when Race Officer Jack Roy and Ciarán McSweeney managed to extract two races from the glassy waters for the 200 and 400 fleets. Race one was led by Clive Coffey and Helen Cassidy who unfortunately, after a night spent climbing a mountain, chose the outer loop losing out yet again to Marty and Rachel who proved they could manage the light stuff just as well. There was an ongoing steady performance from Frank and Maeve with Stephen Craig/Sarah Cooney showing more consistent sailing and  Chloe and Paddy in close pursuit, Greystones Aaron/Conor dropped back in the fleet as their combined crew weight took its toll in the light conditions. Once towed ashore by the ever attentive and efficient safety crews, it was clear that Sunday’s forecast had improved and a SI change would have the RS200/400 fleet racing off Curlane Bank.  As Saturday evening progressed, much Campervan envy was felt throughout the camping fraternity as the rain settled in for the night with some tents flooded.

    On Sunday, with light breeze and flat waters, we set off for the new race area knowing that the 400s, with no space for a trapezoid, could affect the results. The 200s had just 3 races left to complete the series and with shifty light airs across the race area, the Hinksons took a comfortable 2nd in Race 1 of the day having stuck close to Marty and Rachel, who were not relinquishing their lead and Stephen and Sarah coming in 3rd. Lighter crews, risky port starts, tacking in the shifts and avoiding the 400 fleet at the gate in the last two races of the event paid off, Stephen Craig and Frank each taking 1st place in the last two races.
    Marty and Rachel were crowned RS200 National Champions, Frank O’Rourke and Maeve Judge 2nd with Stephen Craig and Sarah Cooney Junior National Champions coming in third overall. Chloe Eggers deservedly took first lady helm at her maiden RS200 event.  Marty and Rachel also won Boat of the Week prize with their performance.

    RS 400 Southerns
    27 Boats made the journey down to join the 6 and growing local RCYC fleet of 400's.  
    Racing started on Saturday and was particularly tough going with a long postponement on the water as we floated about, watching and waiting for the breeze to make a guest appearance. Finally late in the afternoon Race 1 kicked off with a not so easy to remember trapezoid course, resulting in a little confusion at the mark 3 on the 2nd lap, the Ryan brothers had it all figured out keeping their lead and their kite. Local RS400 hero Alex Barry followed by Paul Mc Mahon decided to mix things up a little with a rapid drop and hoist sequence keeping their crews Richie and Laura on their toes!!

    Race 2 was somewhat less eventful, with the course figured out Alex and Richie showed a clean pair of heels to take the bullet, with Michael (Chunky) Ferguson and Gavin Doig second, followed very closely by locals Andrew Woodward and Richie Harrington.

    With 2 races completed the fleet made the long journey in from Roches Point and straight to the bar for well deserved pints (although some of us were in the lucky position of getting a tow in - thanks George and Dave Kennefick).
    Saturday night winding down got off to a good start with a lovely BBQ and a great talk from photographer Brian Carlin, quickly gaining pace at the bar, and ending with a traditional session, resulting in more than a few sore heads on Sunday morning.

    Day 2 brought an earlier start in an effort to get in 4 races.  Racing took place inside the harbour with a light breeze and a strong tide making it a very challenging day for all.  Although the familiar Windward /Leeward courses gave the brains more time to attempt to work out the shifts.
    Race 3 saw Ewen Barry and Shane Dunlea cross the line 1st, followed by Andrew Woodward and Richie with Paul McMahon and Laura coming in third.
    Race 4 saw Paul and Laura take the bullet with Ewen and Shane close behind. Peter Kennedy and Simon Hutchins coming in third.
    Race 5, saw a big wind shift on the first beat with Gareth Flannigan and David Fletcher taking advantage to finish ahead of Alex and Richie, followed in third by Chunky and Gavin.
    Race 6 kicked off after a delightful squall and heavy rain to wake the fleet up.  With no 2 races being won by any one boat it was all to play for.  The wind decided to take a break by time the fleet rounded the leeward mark for the 2nd time, Alex and Paul stayed in close quarters of each other as they made their way up the beat. The 2 short blasts sounded by the OOD as they approached the windward mark were very welcome with Paul and Laura crossing first, followed by Alex and Richie, with Chunky and Gav taking third.

    The points were tight and no one was quite sure of the final standings until they were posted. Event was won by Paul and Laura, by a point from Alex and Richie followed by another local boat Andrew and Richie taking place overall.
    The next event, Nationals in Ballyholme is shaping up to be a great event for all three fleets. A bumper entry expected with the Scots and English coming to test the Irish 400 fleet and hopefully the Northern 200 fleet participating in force.


    Sailing Results

    Royal Cork Yacht Club

    CDF 2015 RS400 Southern Championships

    Entries: 36      Races Sailed: 6      Discard: 1

    Series Place Sail No Boat Type of Boat Helm Crew Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
    1 IRL1230 Doppler RS400 Paul McMahon Laura Houlihan HYC 12 3 4 3 1 21 1
    2 IRL1126   RS400 Alex Barry Richard Leonard RCYC/MBSC 13 2 1 5 12 3 2
    3 IRL748   RS400 Andrew Woodward Richie Harrington MBSC 16 5 3 2 8 2 4
    4 IRL741 Whiplash RS400 Mikey Ferguson Gavin Dore Royal Ulster YC 23 8 2 4 7 7 3
    5 IRL1259 McCready Sailboats RS400 Gareth Flannigan David Fletcher Ballyholme YC 32 10 6 10 20 1 5
    6 IRL1127 Flyer RS400 Ewen Barry Shane Dunlea MBSC 35 4 19 1 2 17 11
    7 IRL1321 MoreRon RS400 Robert Espey Michael Gunning Ballyholme YC 35 6 13 8 4 4 37
    8 GBR941 Csbc RS400 Paul McLaughlin Michael Mc Kinley Cushendall SC 38 9 5 7 17 9 8
    9 IRL1352 Oddjob RS400 Peter Kennedy Simon Hutchinson SLYC/RNIYC 41 12 7 6 3 27 13
    10 IRL1339   RS400 Emmet Ryan James Ryan RStGYC 42 1 17 13 6 5 37
    11 IRL1004   RS400 Chris Penney Simon Martin Carrickfergus SC 52 7 16 17 9 13 7
    12 IRL1406 2 Sad Old Blokes RS400 Dave Cheyne Stevie Kane RNIYC 58 14 14 11 11 8 15
    13 IRL1179 Cold Fact RS400 David Rose Ian Heffernan MBSC/RCYC 66 18 8 12 19 19 9
    14 IRL1044 Dosco.ie RS400 George Kenefick William Athkinson RCYC 67 11 12 15 5 24 37
    15 IRL484   RS400 Sean Ribson Owen McKinley CSBC 69 22 15 9 13 18 14
    16 IRL1245   RS400 Peter O Leary Blake Walsh RCYC 69 15 18 18 15 11 10
    17 IRL1140   RS400 Robert O Sullivan Philip McGlade MBSC 72 13 11 21 10 23 17
    18 IRL1405 Zimmer Frame RS400 Liam Donnelly Rick Mcaig Royal North of Ireland YC 75 21 9 19 27 6 20
    19 IRL1138   RS400 Owen Laverty Gina Laverty RStGYC 75 19 29 20 18 12 6
    20 IRL802 The Warrior RS400 Dave Sweeney Rob Kerley BSC/HYC 79 23 10 22 14 14 19
    21 IRL825   RS400 Trevor D'Arcy Alan McClernon CSC/RNIYC 82 20 20 14 21 16 12
    22 IRL1251 Dignity RS400 John Lewis Sheela Lewis County Antrim YC 85 17 21 16 23 15 16
    23 IRL1353 Blue Thunder RS400 Rob Hastings Neil Calvin Royal North of Ireland YC 106 26 27 28 22 10 21
    24 IRL1349 Royal Scam RS400 Michael Donnelly Garrett Donnelly MYC 110 29 22 25 16 25 22
    25 IRL903   RS400 Robin O'Mahony Jack Costigan RCYC 110 25 23 23 24 22 18
    26 IRL1436 Lelia RS400 Simon Herriott Stephen Bourke Greystones SC 122 28 24 24 26 20 37
    27 IRL637   RS400 David Coleman Margaret Hynes Killaloe SC 131 30 26 27 28 26 24
    28 IRL581   RS400 Pat Culloo Donal Cullinane Killaleo SC 132 27 28 26 37 28 23
    29 IRL1035 BB King RS400 Brian Bryce Conor Bryce Killaloe SC 132 24 30 29 25 29 25
    30 IRL1260   RS400 David Kennifick   RCYC 152 16 25 37 37 37 37
    31 IRL1141 Slow and Steady RS400 Ross Brennan Olly Lawerence Greystones SC 160 31 31 31 30 37 37
    32 IRL1207 Shekou RS400 Cillian O Mara Mark Sartini Killaloe SC 170 37 37 30 29 37 37
    33 IRL1240 GoodLord RS400 Daniel Lordan Sarah Lordan INSS 180 32 37 37 37 37 37
    34 IRL1001 Ron RS400 Robert Espey Michael Gunning BYC/RUYC 185 37 37 37 37 37 37
    34 IRL1040 Blu E 2 RS400 Robert Galligan Philip Connor Greystones SC 185 37 37 37 37 37 37
    34 IRL1197 Razor Sharp RS400 Aidan McSweeney   RCYC 185 37 37 37 37 37 37

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