3rd September – ISORA / RAYC / Lee Overlay Day Race to M2 (54 miles)

(Chart indicates possible course)

Report on Race 10 – M2 Day Race

Thirteen boats from an entry list of 24 came to the start line for the race. Due to the forecast of light winds on the day it was decided to change the course and to go to Rockabill instead.

The course was from the start to round Rockabill to starboard and back to the finish at the mouth of Dun Laoghaire Harbour – 38 miles. The length of the original course to the M2 was 54 miles. To make the race more tactical, Ireland’s Eye and Lambay were not marks on the course.

The start was provided by Larry Power of the NYC at the DBSC Pier mark. The wind at that time was south west and was gusting up to 25knots. This sent the fleet, most with spinnakers, charging towards the Bailey. It was not long before the wind decreased to 10-12 knots and veered to west.

“Tsunami” led the charge off the line but it was not long before “Lively Lady” took up poll position which she held for the remainder of the race. The fleet split as it approached Lambay. Those boats that chose to go inside the island went onto white sails while the boats that stayed outside could hold their spinnakers. There did not appear to be an advantage to either side of the island.

The fleet stayed well bunched at it approach Rockabill with “Lively Lady” rounding first followed by “English Mick” and “Jedi”. On the return leg the wind decreased further to 8-10 knots from the west. Again the decision was whether to hold the spinnaker for the tight reach and what side of Lambay to go. “Lively Lady” who was leading the fleet again went inside while most of the fleet remained outside the island. This time however, there appeared to be an advantage as “Lively Lady” pulled further in front.

Passing Howth Head and approaching the finish, the wind got even more fickle. As the lead boats entered Dublin Bay the wind backed the south west giving abeat to the finish. However, there was no stopping “Lively Lady” who took line honours and first in Class 1 and Overall. “Tsunami” took 2nd place in Class 1 while “African Challenge” took 3rd in Class 1. “Jedi” took 1st place in Class 2 and 2nd Overall. “Adelie” took 1st in Class 3 and 3rd overall.

The finish was provided by Martin Lawless on the NYC.

The next race is on the 10th September, the “James Eadie Race” from Pwllheli to Howth.

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