What an end to the Irish National Championships………. with two more races completed yesterday, it came to an exciting climax as the top three boats all ended up on 15pts! Yes it’s a “true story” fellow sailors, with a total of 6 races sailed Lawrie Smith helming “Finito”, Neil Hegarty in “Phantom” and Martin Payne in “Little Hook” all ended up on equal points, with just the count back to decide the overall Champion… and that went to Lawrie Smith crewed by Adam Bowers & young Jack Wilson after a superb last day with two 1st places!
Neil Hegarty and his team (above) also had a great last day recording a 2nd and 3rd, to just edge out my team from “Little Hook” on count back.
3rd Overall, Martin Payne, Olivier Bakker (the Commodore & Karine) Dominic Bakker.
The Kinsale Yacht Club did an excellent job in organising this top event, both on and off the water. How the PRO Alan Crosbie managed to get in a 6 race series when the wind was so light and shifty is a true reflection of his fantastic experience and natural ability as a Race Officer. So a big thank you to all the mark layers, committee boat helpers and ladies back in the office. You did yourselves and the Kinsale Yacht Club proud….
Higher, Faster, Longer……….. Stavros. (Little Hook).