Dragon Irish South Coasts 2015 in Kinsale

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Dragon Irish South Coasts 2015 in Kinsale

Post by KYCdragonclasscaptain » Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:03 am

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Close Racing: IRL211 Little Fella, IRL210 Diva and IRL216 Chimaera at Dragon South Coasts 2015
The waters off Kinsale Harbour hosted the Irish South Coast Dragon Championship over three days recently from 18th to 20th September 2015. The entries included a very good cross representation from all three Dragon Fleets in Ireland; Glandore, Dublin and the local Fleet in Kinsale.
Racing began on Friday 18th in light north westerly winds and flat seas. The wind was shifty with pockets of breeze on the course but 2 races were completed; the second needing a shortened course to ensure completion. Both races were won by local boats. IRL211 Little Fella (Good, Kingston & Furney) took the first race and IRL131 Little Sis (Cotter, Silfverberg and Murphy) the second. The overall lead on Day 1 went to Little Fella on just 3 points after the 2 races.
There was no sign of any wind at all filling in until well beyond midday on Saturday morning and the experienced PRO Alan Crosbie wisely took the decision ashore to postpone for two hours. Time for an extra coffee and a quick visit to Kinsale town! Following a check and report back of conditions outside at the Bulman Buoy by the Race Management team, boats headed off from the marina with breeze starting to fill in from the south. A great afternoon of two races ensued. The first race on Saturday went to IRL201 Jaguar (Byrne, Winkelmann & Butler) and Little Fella once again triumphed with the bullet in the second race. This put Little Fella still in first place overall at the end of 4 races, with Little Sis in second place. All to play for in the top half of the fleet though with the discard likely to kick in on the following day. Dramatic skies towards the end of the afternoon on Saturday signalled the approach of the very different weather due in for Sunday.
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Start Line at Dragon South Coasts 2015 in Kinsale
On the Sunday morning, there was a good fresh breeze from the southwest. An overeager fleet along with an ebb tide over the line resulted in a general recall in the first race but under the encouragement of the PRO, the fleet got away cleanly next time around. These were very different sailing conditions to the previous two days with the wind increasing during the morning to over 20 knots by the end of the first race along with driving rain. IRL210 Diva (Goodbody, Johnson & Johnson) came to the fore and took the first race of the day. With the worsening weather conditions and some sail blow outs and gear failure, only 7 of the 11 boat fleet started the sixth and final race which was once again won by Diva. Mar J retired from the race as a result of a dismasting.

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Kinsale white waters at Dragon South Coasts 2015

Diva's strong performance in the very challenging conditions of the final day was not quite enough and IRL211 Little Fella (Cameron Good, Henry Kingston & Simon Furney) maintained their overall lead to take the South Coast Championship trophy. IRL210 Diva (Richard Goodbody, Rob Johnson & Rick Johnson) finished a close second and third place overall went to IRL216 Chimaera (Andrew Craig, Brian Mathews & Mark Pettitt).
The Prizegiving was held in Kinsale Yacht Club later on Sunday afternoon. KYC Commodore Finny O’Regan thanked the Principal Race Officer Alan Crosbie for a superb job and also thanked individually all the Kinsale Yacht Club volunteers, helpers and staff who had contributed to the smooth running of the event.
(Photos by Robert Bateman)

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