Kinsale IRC One Yachts back in charge of Axiom Private Clients Spring Series (Photo Gallery)

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Local yachts are back at the top of the IRC One fleet after two contested races in the Axiom Private Clients Spring Series at Kinsale Yacht Club in West Cork.

The wind for the second race of the series, after last week’s cancellation, was flukey, up and down in strength and the race started in lighter winds.

Race director Donal Hayes laid down a weather mark, then used fixed marks outside the harbor and finished at the club line off Charles Fort.

Race director Donal Hayes laid out the course (below) Photos: Bob Bateman

Kinsale Yacht Club Racecourse

Such was the nature of the second upwind race, which featured plenty of reach with limited upwind or spinnaker work.

IRC Fleet 1

The start of IRC Zero and One Photo: Bob BatemanThe start of IRC Zero and One Photo: Bob Bateman

The new Royal Cork yachts that scored first success in the seven-boat fleet’s debut race a fortnight ago have been replaced by recent series winner Frank Godsell Reavra Too, an Elan 333 skippered by Stephen Lysaght. The second is Finbarr O’Regan from the host club in the J/109 ‘Artful DodJer’.

Third overall is the Royal Cork Yacht of the Year, the Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (Annamarie & Denis Murphy).

IRC Fleet 2

The Royal Cork Albin Express North Star, skippered by Fiona Young, clearly won the six-boat IRC Two fleet by beating Conor Phelan’s Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge. The third is the Sigma 33 flyby of Waterford Harbor (David Marchant).

White Sails 1 Echo Fleet

After two races sailed, Batt and Helen O’Leary lead the fleet of six White Sails 1 Echo boats to Sweet Dreams, a Sun Odyssey 36 from Mike MacCarthy’s Royal Cork Dehler 40, Jolastan. The third is Hanse 370, Hansemer by Tony Scannell.

White Sails 2 echo fleet

The Beneteau First 345 Val Kriss (Nigel Dann VincentMurphy) is ahead of Albert O’Neill’s Feeling 326 Sallybelle. The third in the seven-boat fleet is Sam Cohen’s First 32, Gunsmoke 2.

See full results here

Bob Bateman’s Kinsale Yacht Club Axiom Spring Series Race Two Photo Gallery

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