Marinerscove.ie back in the fight
Defending Class Zero Irish IRC champion Dave Dwyer re-entered the hunt in the second day of the Liebherr Cruiser Championships on Dublin Bay today after a mediocre start for his Mills 39 marinerscove.ie on Friday.
Anthony O’Leary’s Ker 39 Antix, the sole Irish Commodore’s Cup team big-boat, slipped from opening day form of straight wins to allow Dwyer to pull to three points of his lead.
Peter Rutter’s Quokka 8, a Grand Soleil 43 holds third overnight in the eleven-strong class while today’s final is likely to be a close affair when the discard comes into play.
Elsewhere in the 117-boat event, Class One defender Rockabill V owned by Paul O’Higgins has a virtually unassailable lead in this 30-strong class. The Corby 33 is 17 points clear of a clutch of J/109s making up the runner-up standings.
In class three, past national champion Flor O’Driscoll with Hard On Port has proven before that a J/24 can compete under IRC, but is lying second to Cork’s Neil Kennefick with his Fauroux Quarter Tonner representing the Zermatt Yacht Club who has a slim one point lead.
Racing ends tomorrow (Sunday) with hopes high in the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) that the blistering early Summer heat will reproduce today’s sea breeze and complete the championships for eight titles under IRC and ECHO handicaps plus two Corinthian trophies for 20 boats racing white-sails only.