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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Building Fleet Grabs nice weather window

The RStGYC Friday night Dinghy Series for Laser and RS dinghies had another two great races last night.  

There was an increased turnout and we were lucky with a little ridge of higher pressure between a series of lows. By start time the breeze had eased all the way back to a very pleasant 10 knots, blowing out from the direction of Seapoint's Martello Tower.
 
Races were rattled off by surely one of the youngest Race Officers Dun Laoghaire has ever seen for adult racing.  Adam Hyland, who has represented the George overseas with distinction and topped national rankings in both the 420 and Optimist classes, performed one master-stroke in particular. He noticed he had time pre-start to shift his freshly-laid course 200 yards offshore.  He had noticed fresher breeze and, crucially, big flicks to the left and, had he not relaid, the weather mark would have required a position way South, which would have been a very interesting obstacle course over the West pier !
 
RSs went off first for 3 rounds W/L and at the first mark the Boys Craig/Foley led in a 200 from Ryan/Murphy in the 400.  However, Emmet and Luke in the bigger rig soon showed great speed and downwind angles, allied to slick boathandling, to dominate both races for the rest of the night.  Craig/Foley led the 200s home comfortably in race one but were further back in the two lap second race when Clodagh and Adrain Hinkson staged a remarkable comeback on the lead 200 raced by Laser/Fireball ace Justin Maguire.  The Hinksons carried a beautiful, soaking downwind course in a softening breeze and, had they not required one final gybe just a few metres from the line, they would surely have pipped Maguire and crew Heather Craig. Downwind finishes sure are interesting !!  The other 200 and 400 crews all had their moments in the challenging patchy, shifty conditions.
 
The Lasers sailed two rounds each time and it was good to see some additional new faces this week in Ross O'Leary, Conor O'Leary and Peter Docherty.  Things were competitive, especially when Ross challenged in race One and Conor got well in the mix in race Two. However Patrick Cahill again showed apalling disrespect for his elders, claiming both guns !  This Radial sailor will have no problems at all with the Full rig going forward, that much is clear.  It also shows that the Friday series is absolutely perfect for younger sailors anywhere close to the transition stage between the smaller Laser rig and the Full.  Plus what better way to take a little break from studies on a Friday night ?


 
Hyland wrapped things up to give his two old sea dog assistants a rest onboard the flagship and things looked decidedly gloomy and dark for the rest of the evening.  Sure enough the heavens later opened up but boats were all derigged and pints and burgers were already being guzzled down under cover on the balcony.
 
We'll welcome more next week for sure as 4 or 5 cyclists were absent, not on the visting Giro D'Italia but away terrifying people with their lycra on the island of Mallorca. Lads, please note the lycra is out on this racetrack, especially "Giro pink".  The peloton will no doubt also be boosted by the returning Hugh Sheehy.  Expect double figure turnouts in both RSs and Lasers.



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