Sunshine and sparkling waters furnished the backdrop to an excellent sailing weekend in Kinsale.
Sponsored by Barry Ryan, the Kinsale Keelboat Regatta was sailed over two days and provided championship windward leeward competition with a particularly stiff wind late on Sunday giving a spectacular finish to this long established event.
With a first gun each day at 1155 HRS, six races were sailed off Kinsale Harbour between Bulman Rock and Black Head. The Squib fleet was dominated by Allegro (134) finishing up with six points after a discard scoring five bullets in all. Outlaw (785) and Sensation (523) had a good tussle for second place with Outlaw just clinching it in the end.
The Dragon fleet were more equally matched on day one but Little Fella (211) got into its stride on day two and scored three firsts romping home with six points overall followed by Serafina (180) and Grey Hare (188) on ten and sixteen points respectively. In addition to local Kinsale Dragons, excellent competition was provided by two visiting Glandore yachts, the elegant green Aphrodite (110) and shiny white Laurus (131).
Commodore Dave O’Sullivan (with a craic team) officiated.
1st Allegro (134) Dunne & Ward
2nd Outlaw (785) Travers & O’Riordan
3rd Sensation (523) Cudmore & Cudmore
1st Little Fella (211) Good, Kingston & Furney
2nd Seraphear (180) Cotter, Murphy & Goggin
3rd Grey Hare (188) Kingston, Kingston & Lewis
by Dave Sull