Saturday 24 March 2018

Calves Week regatta: Summer-like conditions set to grace West Cork over next two days

A scene from Schull this week. Pic credit: @shscalvesweek
A scene from Schull this week. Pic credit: @shscalvesweek

James Hall

After two days of big wind and testing wave conditions, more Summer-like conditions are set to grace West Cork today and tomorrow for the second half of the annual Calves Week regatta.

The recent spate of bad weather affected the turn-out of 65 crews though many of the regulars from around the coast were able to reach Schull to take part.

A navigational error for veteran Paul O’Higgins’ Rockabill potentially cost the Dun Laoghaire boat a second race win on IRC handicap though third place was fair compensation.

The error handed the advantage to Conor Doyle on Freya who took the lead of the class on both IRC and ECHO handicaps.

Judy McGrath’s Bonanza had no such issues in Class 3 where the Royal Cork Yacht Club skipper had a back-to-back win after day two of the series.

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 Her division of eleven boats is the second largest turnout at Schull after Class 2 where Leslie Parnell from the Royal Irish YC in has taken the lead on both handicap systems on Black Velvet.

However, his advantage on IRC only comes after the tie-break from Fergus Coghlan on Jedi from Cove Sailing Club whose J80 has matching scores of first and second places for the series so far.

Today sees the race to the famous Fastnet Rock lighthouse offshore with the smaller boats scheduled to start racing at 11.55am.  The series concludes tomorrow with another course around the West Cork islands.

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