The hangover from the Friday night racing saw a reduced dinghy fleet hitting the water on Saturday but with sunshine, an average 18 knots across the course and gusts up to the top of a Bft6, it was a great day for racing.
The committee again laid the start well out towards Poolbeg meaning a long sail out and a south-west beat in towards the Booterstown shore.
There were occasional sections of very tight chop, but generally reasonably flat water.
In race 1 the Lasers led the OK Dinghy around the windward mark, as did some the IDRA14s. Clear conclusion? Trim was NOT right. Down the run David Dwyer was out front in a Laser until a gybe didn’t work out and he capsized. The OK Dinghy, sailing reasonably stably by the lee, got to the leeward mark first and held the lead from there.
It extended slightly on the chasing boats around an unneccesarily long three lap race, although Tate kept chasing hard. But gaps had opened up and the last lap was mainly just tiring, with >25kt gusts and increasing chop. Ahead on the water, the OK Dinghy sailed safely rather than quickly on the runs and worked on trim upwind.
Race 2 saw the OK Dinghy start in among the IDRA14s while the Lasers started further down the line. The OK, having started sightly ahead, quickly cleared the IDRAs and led to the windward mark. There it was in good position to see a typical IDRA14 interaction. A big port-starboard bang resulting in one of the IDRAs capsizing. Not unusual.
A triangular course this time saw the Lasers catching up on the reaches. At the leeward mark David Dwyer had won water and rounded inside and just ahead. Then for most of the beat Dwyer and the OK sailed a tight tactical tacking battle, never more than 50m apart. The OK got ahead with a left shift about 1/3 way up, but it was tight until near the mark where the less tiring hiking position of an OK started to tell and it started to pull ahead of the tiring Laser.
After that it was the OK Dinghy all the way to the win. Trim was a lot better too and the IDRAs were also left far behind.
At the end we all had a wonderful planing reach home for 3km or so. The deeper water on the way home meant there were better waves, so some real fun. A lot less extreme than last weekend’s reach home and more fun for it. Plus sailing past some of what looked to be bored members of the 5 berth caravan class pounding along with curtains in the windows.
Note that the results are incomplete with boats missing from the final list. There’s a request in to correct it.