Sailing

Kinsale Yacht Club Regatta

Often regatta events fall flat due to unfavorable wind conditions as it happened at the Kinsale Yacht Club.


There was a fleet of 29 boats that struggled with light wind conditions on the second week of Osean74 Frostbite Series. As the winds were very light off Charles Fort in the harbor area the races had to be put off last week from the Marina and Dinghy Park. As the winds picked up lightly the fleet of mixed dinghies got underway.

For all the sailors the racing conditions were challenging. The first race saw the three fleets struggle to reach the finishing line. By then there was an ebbing tide and the wind was dying down. This fleet had several newcomers, including laser radial vessels as well. Most sailors realized that patience is a virtue that is a must when you are sailing. Hence, in the afternoon when the second race commenced the wind died down and the fleet were called back to shore.

The Squib fleet has been competitive at KYC this year, despite the light wind conditions. Even the third race was frustrating for the participants. The wind was blowing at a mere seven knots speed. However the Mixed Dinghy fleet was able to complete the course they started on. Sean Murphy was in the Laser boat and took up line honors easily. Sean Collins in the Laser Radial boat came third. After this the Squib fleet headed for the leeward mark. The tide was stronger than the wind at such a stage. The Topper fleet, which was a new category this time, saw good competitive racing with sailors like Francesca Lewis put in a great performance. On the whole the sailors battled light winds all day and even guides on the race course had a tough time showing the flags at the appropriate stages.