Having spent the two days before the regatta looking at torrential rain showers and some serious wind I have to acknowledge that the weather gods shone down on us for this weekends club regatta. No rain at all over the course of the weekend and a steady enough breeze without too many changes of direction over both days.
The wind was from east/south east direction on Saturday and gave us a nice stretch of the lake to play with , allowing us to put a reasonably lengthy beat into play. The first of the four races was run as a starboard course but this was changed for the next three as the wind strengthened, shifted and settled. The difference in breeze showed in the length of each race with the first race taking almost an hour and the subsequent races taking between thirty five and twenty five minutes to complete.
All competitors were issued with a warning regarding the start line and general behaviour but in true Cullaun style this was not heeded and there were numerous incidents over the course of the day with the protest committee dragged out of cobwebs and put into play at the end of the day.
There was some pleading of the fifth amendment and some interesting and entertaining conversations around the rules, the reality and the murky history of Cullaun sailing club and its adherence to racing rules. But protesting has its place and it is probably about time we used it since we now have a lot of boats of all ages travelling and competing in other clubs and events.
There was some tight racing throughout the day for second place with all manner of boats in the mix for line honours and for handicap position. Chris Cather and Andrew made a storming return to racing by casually running in four first places with a nonchalance that hides their competitive spirit. The RS’s although in the fray from the outset are hindered by a substantial handicap so even though they were in the mix, the enterprises and GP’s moved ahead on paper .
All racing was done by four o clock and Margaret, who had volunteered to look after the BBQ, had everyone fed and watered by five. All sensible people headed home to get a nights rest apart from a few clowns who ventured out to sample some Tulla nightlife.
The following morning greeted us with beautiful sunshine and a lovely fresh breeze and two panadol. The change in wind direction meant lengthening the course slightly with the addition of an extra triangle but this did not lengthen the duration of the races. Some shifty conditions to begin with led to some more tight races for the second and third positions with the fleet bunched up throughout the first two races. Chris and Andrew took the lead again during race one and two and discarded the third race in order to help with the marking ashore.
The wind increased to a lovely level for race two and created some challenges for all, but in particular the RS fleet, which tend to be just a little more tippy than the rest of the boats on the water. Rescue were kept busy for the afternoon attending capsizes and taping together boats. There were some more collisions and 360’s to be done as things picked up but there was all to play for by the time the third race began.
Some competitors helpfully advised the committee boat throughout the day on a variety of matters, from the length of the line to the number of races that should be held, but in the end after no discussion at all, the committee boat agreed that the heavier wind that had arrived for race three was very sailable and that the onus was on sailors to know their limits rather than on the OOD to cancel racing for all.
This final race changed the results as Kevin withdrew after some upside down antics at the weather mark and Jim and Matt stormed ahead to win the final race (with some interesting manoeuvres on the run). Tom and Leila sailed a tight race and took an excellent second with George and Frank coming in third. Tim and Ruth finished just within the time limit after sailing brilliantly in challenging conditions and proving to themselves that they were more than capable in this weather.There were no more incidences to report after the race and at no point did the safety boat get stuck in the reeds. The committee boat did not get stuck in the reeds while failing to rescue the safety boat and two youth sailors were not sent out with a rope to pull the whole sad flotilla in while being beaten with an oar by the committee boat and the children’s welfare officer.Margaret stoked up the BBQ again and all were off the water and derigged for the prize giving at three. Chris and Andrew took to overall win and the Donnellan trophy with Jim and Matt taking second place (and flying a spinnaker, which has been photographed and sent on to Kevin Donlan) and Kevin Mulcahy and Martin Golden coming in Third. Laura Collins and Robert Stafford won the junior fleet. 2nd Tim Normoile and Ruth Golden. 3rd KSC Stephen O Brien and Aoibhe Ryan, Pat Culoo and Martin Bon KSC best visiting Boat.My sincere thanks to Mike Hayes for his assistance on the committee boat (and to Maureen for the food. Apparently the five dime bars I brought for the two days would not have been enough for the average dairy farmer to survive on). To all those who did rescue (Gillian, Pat, Kevin, Patrick, Emmet, and Richard) and to Billy and Chris for helping with the results. Also thanks to those who helped with the organising and to the usual suspects for tidying and locking up at the end of it all. Many thanks to the visitors from Killaloe who made the effort to come over and compete. We will reciprocate next year for sure. Des Mac Mahon OOD assisted by Mike Hayes
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