16 boats came to the start line in Dunlaoghaire where Race Officer, Larry Power, sent the fleet beating towards the M2 buoy in a 15-20 knot north-easterly wind. The tide at the start was flooding pushing the fleet up towards the M2 but constantly shifting winds, both in direction and strength, made rounding the M2 difficult.
First around the M2 was “English Mick” followed by “Sgrech”. This order remained to the finish line in Holyhead. While the last leg was a fetch, the approach into Holyhead was tricky with the strong tides. Boats that went south with the ebbing tide after the M2 were rewarded with being swept in Holyhead Bay by the following flood tide. The three “J” boats crossed the line one after the other but “ Joker 2” and “Jedi” could not catch “Sgrech”.
“Sgrech” won Overall and Class 1 while “Adelie” won Class 2. "Lancastrian" won Class 1 Silver Fleet. Five boats retired.
As usual there was a great get together in Holyhead Sailing Club after the race.
The next race is the 100 mile Round Ireland qualifier from Conwy to Howth on the 19th May. Those crew who intend to get the ferry over on the Friday should book now as the “rugby chaps” are making their way to Twickenham for the Hineken Cup Final. I propose to arrange transport from Holyhead to Conway meeting the HSS from Dun Laoghaire. I will circulate more about this later.