Thursday 20 June 2019

Breezy conditions in Schull for annual Calves Week

A scene from Schull today. Pic credit: @shscalvesweek
A scene from Schull today. Pic credit: @shscalvesweek

David Branigan

A brisk westerly breeze gusting close to 30 knots at times marked the opening race of the annual Calves Week at Schull yesterday where 65 boats have entered the annual series.

The biggest boats of the racing divisions saw Paul O’Higgins Rockabill V from Dun Laoghaire go head to head with Conor Doyle’s Freya in Class 1.

After the opening race, the pair have a win apiece under the two handicap systems: O’Higgins with the IRC handicap victory and Doyle with the ECHO bullet.

Today’s conditions are expected to be easier without the reported three metre waves in the open water of Long Island Bay.

The change in weather might tempt some of the other entries to appear though many were unable to reach West Cork due to the recent poor conditions.

Elsewhere in the fleet, Cork Harbour boats dominated the mid-sized boats with double-handicap wins in both classes two and three.

Fergus Coghlan on his J80 Jedi from Cove Sailing Club won both IRC and ECHO handicaps in Class 2 against a 13-strong starting field.

Judy McGrath’s Impala 28 Bonanza from the Royal Cork Yacht Club also took first place on both IRC and ECHO handicaps in Class 3 where nine of the 13 entries started the series.

Another course around the islands is planned today, starting at 11.55 while tomorrow’s longer Fastnet Race will be a prelude of sorts for the 605-mile biennial Royal Ocean Racing Club in ten days time.

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