Dragons in Ireland
The local team were in joint lead heading into Day 2. However, any hopes of racing had to be abandoned after a two hour wait out on the course due to lack of wind. OOD Alan Crosbie was confident of a two race programme for Sunday and that is exactly how the championship finished.
After a half hour deferral, the wind filled from the south west and Crosbie got the fleet away for the first race. 'Tatsu' lead from the start to secure her second win of the championship.
The wind continued to build to 10/12 kts. for the second race. Garry Treacy, Paul Maguire and Don O'Donoghue of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, racing 'King Rat', took an early lead. Their fellow club members Martin Byrne, Ailbe Millerick and Con Murphy, in 'Rigmarole', overtook them at the last weather mark. The race then became a struggle between the top three boats - 'Rigmarole', 'Tatsu', and 'Chimaera' raced by Andrew Craig, Neil Payne and Aidan O'Connell, also of the Royal St. George Yacht Club. 'Chimaera' finished first, 'Tatsu' second and 'Rigmarole' third.
Overall, 'Tatsu' was first, 'Rigmarole' second and 'Chimaera' third, with a twenty point separation then from the rest of the fleet.
L to R: Harry Lewis, Simon Furney, Cameron Good with Dragon Class Captain
Denis Kieran (photo Tim Pearson)