Thursday 14 December 2017

Sailing: Byrne sweeps into class one lead

A new overall leader for Class One emerged from yesterday's weather-stricken programme at the ICRA National Championships at Tralee, WRITES DAVID BRANNIGAN.

After a three-hour delay ashore due to gales, two-thirds of the fleet ventured out for a short race amid a torrential downpour.

Colin Byrne's Dun Laoghaire entry Bonne Exemple pulled into the lead of the 15-strong class, deposing previous leader and past champion Pat Kelly from Rush Sailing Club on Storm.

Depending on today's conditions, just two races remain for the leaderboard to change once more, though a showdown between the pair seems likely as previous challenger Rockabill V could be out of the running after a hampering ninth place yesterday.

More certain outcomes are likely in the other three classes where the leaders are dominant.

The smallest boats of Class Three are still led by Barry Cunningham's Quest despite a third place yesterday. Class Zero is also led by Anthony O'Leary's Antix even after the Cork team snagged one of the course marks.

However, Class Two is getting ready for a clean sweep after Nigel Biggs on Checkmate completed a hat-trick of wins for the series – so far.

His nearest rival had been David Cullen from Howth on King One except an eighth place yesterday allowed Ray McGibney's Foynes entry Dis A Ray to take over in second overall.

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