Yachts com­pete in tough sail­ing race

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

CHAL­LENG­ING con­di­tions did not stop the in­au­gu­ral SSE Re­new­ables Wind­farm Race which took place last Satur­day. Ten yachts in two classes took part in the event or­gan­ised by Ark­low Sail­ing Club.

They raced from Ark­low pier to the North Ark­low buoy, down the East­ern side of Ark­low bank to the South Ark­low buoy and back again. The ves­sels sailed a course of 32 miles with winds reach­ing speeds of 34 knots at one stage over the six-hour du­ra­tion. While the winds were chal­leng­ing, the weather re­mained dry.

The over­all win­ner of class one was the yacht Aquelina, owned by James Tyrell, in sec­ond was Humdinger and Su­per­groove came in third. In class two, the over­all win­ner was Showtime, with Indigo in sec­ond and Molly in third.

There are hopes that the race can be­come an an­nual fix­ture on the Ir­ish sail­ing cal­en­dar. Mean­while, mem­bers of the Ark­low Sail­ing Club will sail north this week­end to take part in the Grey­stones Re­gatta.

Showtime crew Dy­lan Clancy, Sea­mus Cramer, Gary Sin­nott, Paul Sin­nott ac­cept­ing 1st prize in Class 2 from Lor­can O’Toole (front).

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