Day one of the National Bandon Co-op Squib Championships in Kinsale started in a strong 16 knot northerly breeze with significant gusts.
The traditional practice race gave the visitors a good pace and crossed the racecourse before the official start of Race 1.
The record will show that it was Kinsale locals Colm Dunne and Rob Gill who won the ‘Practice’ race at Allegro.
They stayed on the right side and tucked in ahead of Portsmouth’s Joe Henry and Roly Wilson in Bacchante VII. 3rd were last year’s UK National Champions in Harry VI, Mike Budd and Mark Greaves.
After a short break, things got serious and the fleet got going on the first attempt.
The wind had eased slightly to 14 knots and race officer Peter Crowley and his team set up a windward/downwind course in 3 laps.
First to the windward mark were Lady Penelope, Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Carley who held the lead from start to finish and won Race 1 of this year’s combined championships, a number of heavy favorites were in their wake with a number of current position jockeys showing that the rest of the week is sure to be a hotly contested event.
The final race sorted the positions and it was Burnham’s RCYC of the UK who took the 1,2,3 podium.
After Lady Penelope, Lucky Counts, Jono Brown and Chris Agar while the 3rd was Spoof helmed by Micky Wright and with Alex Porteous.
The overnight Irish Championship leader is Allegro, followed by By Outlaw with Regatta Director Ian Travers and Keith O Riordan, and local Commodore Matthias Hellstern led Fifty Shades with the crew of Colm Daly.
The results are here