Whelan and Gordon take Kinsale prizes
Overall wins for crews from Wicklow and Mayo were the highlights of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup that ended at Kinsale on Saturday night.
Frank Whelan's Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club topped the Division 0 fleet with a perfect scoreline of straight wins for the six-race series under the IRC rating system. This result earned the crew of the 44-foot yacht the overall Sovereign's Cup although they also won their class under ECHO handicapping as well.
The Portcullis Trophy for best boat under ECHO was won by Mayo Sailing Club's X-Rated skippered by John Gordon competing in Division 2.
Other wins in the series included Richard Colwell and John Murphy's Outrajeous from Howth Yacht Club in Division 1, while Nigel Biggs from Manchester took the Division 2 win under IRC after a tense finale.
Biggs had been leading his series in the 19-strong division but a win in the penultimate race from Michael Wright's Howth entry Mata took him ahead by a single point. Biggs won the match-race and the division while Wright took the Irish Half-ton Cup title.
Peter Bowring and his crew on Phantom from the Royal St George YC took the Dragon nationals title.