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Dublin Racing

Fastest launch ever – and 3rd in the racing

One of the great advantages of the OK Dinghy is that it’s fast to rig. Only one sail, which can often be left rolled on the boom under the cover, all the control lines stay in place, and only the rudder has to be put on.

We tested the theory for this week’s Tuesday race. At 17:51 the Milky Bar Kid’s skipper was asked “aren’t you going racing?”.  At 18:40 the boat was sailing away from the slipway. That 49 minutes included the 30 minute trip to the clubhouse!  And getting into a full winter wetsuit because it’s still cold. That’s fast rigging!

However, instead of celebratory fireworks we were greeted with hailstones – big ones – as we sailed out to the course.

The start happened just as the hail eased off, with the boats lining up on a line with a huge pin bias. The OK Dinghy started on port and crossed the fleet, which is nice.

The wind was around 20 knots from the south east and with a tide running east the trapezoid course left few tactical options despite the consistent right shift. Most boats went up the left of the course keeping the tide with them through the heavy chop and only nibbled in on bigger righties as the wind died away through the race.

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Downwind was interesting with the waves running at an angle across the shifting breeze, making it tricky to catch and hold a ride.

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Galavan and Keane, both in Lasers and both from the Royal Irish again dominated proceedings, finishing clear ahead.

The OK Dinghy got in the middle of the Lasers on corrected time taking 3rd, with O’Toole the next Laser. The fleet got quite spread out with the chop making life tricky upwind and downwind.

Full Results here.

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