With several other events on around the country, e.g. the RS Nationals at RNIYC, there was a depleted fleet on the DBSC Dinghy course on Saturday. However, there are fast faces turning up and adding spice to the racing.
Charles Dwyer (currently ranked 10th in Ireland in Lasers) is back on Dublin Bay and out on the water competing. Paul McDermott was also out, but just to observe for now. He’s likely to join in as part of his training for international events later in the year.
The committee set a 3-lap triangle course for the first race. A LONG one, with 1.3km beats. Sheehy’s OK Dinghy got the start all wrong, with Keane and Dwyer’s Lasers correctly placed and in close contention. The beat saw Dwyer easing ahead, with the OK Dinghy dropping off the back and seeming slow. Despite hard work from the chasing two, Dwyer stayed ahead and it was Dwyer, Keane and the OK Dinghy at the finish.
Race two was a 2-lap windward leeward, but still with long 1.3-1.4km beats. (See detail and video in full article)
The start saw all three boats at the pin and reasonably even. Dwyer went for the pin end flyer and – after recent experience with other boats – Sheehy’s OK Dinghy let him get away with it. Meantime a blind and deaf Squib got right in the mix but Keane’s Laser managed not to be obstructed too badly. Up the first beat the two Lasers sailed side-by-side with the OK Dinghy right behind. Dwyer fouled the offset mark and had to re-round, leaving him trailing slightly and all to play for.
Race 2 – tracks of Keane’s Laser and Sheehy’s OK Dinghy
No other change on the run and Keane led onto the 2nd beat with the OK Dinghy 2nd. Then Dwyer got a lovely right shift and passed the OK Dinghy, closing on Keane. Up at the mark the West Pier was throwing shifts all over the place and at various stages everyone felt they might be ahead. But Keane’s Laser held on and rounded first with the OK Dinghy just a few metres behind. Dwyer was another few metres back and again playing tail end Charlie. (ehem).
Everyone was within chatting distance but positions held to the finish, with Keane just 7 seconds ahead of Sheehy on the water and Dwyer about the same behind Sheehy. This gave the OK Dinghy the win on corrected time with Keane again 2nd. A tight group after a long course.
Neatly this gave results of Dwyer 1,3, Keane 2,2 and Sheehy 3,1 on the day. Someone probably won on count-back but it was time for a shower and a pint. But first the 4km sail home.