The FEVA fleet also took part in the RS Southern Championships and a competitive fleet of eight boats from St Mawes Sailing Club in Cornwall, the Royal Cork Yacht Club and Monkstown Bay Sailing Club took part in the regatta. Conditions varied greatly over the weekend and participants were also introduced to the delights of the impact of spring tides in and around their race area near the Naval Base Haulbowline Island.
Day one was shaped by a moderate to strong southerly breeze and strong tides. Some of the less experienced crews decided not to fly a spinnaker and this impacted on results. The duo of Kitty O’Haloran and her sister Lily, from SMSC, finished a three race day one with three wins followed by Tony Geraghty and his crew Tara Kennedy of MBSC and in third place were Daisy and Ruby Duggan of MBSC.
Day two was equally challenging with light airs and rain for the first race followed by stronger wind and continuing rain for the second. Racing on this day was more competitive with a tighter fleet, a boat getting temporarily stuck in mud and a number of wind shifts that needed to be assessed in conjunction with a strong tide pushing boats to the East of the course. There was also a shift in fortunes for those in third and fourth place from the previous day.
A great weekend was had by all especially those experiencing a Regatta for the first time. The final results, with one discard, for the RS FEVA Southern Championships were:
1st Kitty & Lily O’Haloran, SMSC on 4 points
2nd Tony Geraghty & Tara Kennedy, MBSC on 10 points; and
3rd Aifric Barry, Siofra Deasy and Ewen Barry, MBSC on 11 points.
Special recognition also went to the duo of Jack Horgan and his crew Donagh Leahy who took the weekend in their stride and personified calmness.
By Tony Geraghty Snr