Cruisers 2015

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3rd October – Autumn Series
Light westerly wind and strong tide, 4 boats started from Portstewart  towards the Skerries red marker. Jezebel rounded the mark first & headed offshore for the upwind beat against the tide. Sapphire took several attempts to round the mark before heading inshore. After a long relentless battle against the tide, Armeria and Legless of Chi resorted to the use of ‘iron sails’. Absence of tide in the Skerries sound gave Sapphire considerable advantage. As the wind dropped completely, Jezebel picked up some great back-eddies to catch up… results to come.

27th Sept – Portstewart Regatta
Fresh southerly winds, flat sea & sunshine, over a close triangular course off Portstewart….. 6 cruisers and dinghies…. superb day’s sailing….. results to come

20th Sept – Autumn Series
With light winds, 3 boats started at the bar-mouth in a race to Portrush, with the tide (in time to watch the rugby!). Jezebel joined the race off Portstewart and the fleet all made it to Portrush YC in time to see Ireland beat Canada 🙂

1st Jeckyll – J92
2nd Sapphire – Strider 24
3rd Emma – Sun Odyssey 39i
DNC –  Jezebel – J24

12th Sept – Skerries Roads & Inter-club Race
A big thank you to the visiting Moville cruisers who took home the Team Trophy.
2 races were run. Strong tides & light winds resulted in some close sailing at the front of the fleet with Guinevere, Kia-Ora, Megaera & Sapphire finishing within 6 minutes (unadjusted) in both races.

1st – Megaera (MBC)
2nd – Sapphire (CBC)
3rd – Guinevere (MBC)
full results can be found here

22nd August – Rathlin Cup

Rathlin photo 22-8-2015 BA massive thank you to all the skippers & crew of the 12 yachts and one Motorboat support team who took part in this year’s Rathlin Island Race and braved the ‘Short stretch of the legs’ to the East Lighthouse at Altacarry Head.

Congratulations to Panther and her crew, this year’s overall winner.

15th August – Portrush Regatta
Portrush regattaSummer arrived(!) & seemed to come at last – for a short while!!
Nine yachts and over 40 competitors & race officials took part
Great conditions in Skerries Sound for races 1 & 2. Race 3 was challenging, as the wind dropped to nothing. Post race BBQ and prize giving was followed by an evening of great craic.
Many thanks to Portrush Yacht Club and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council for supporting the event.

13th June 2015 – Inishtrahull
Four boats took part in the race to Inishtrahull this year with blue sky, a fresh North North Westerly breeze and choppy sea due to ‘wind over tide’

Starting from the River Bann Bar Mouth at 10.00, James Burnside and his Halberg Rassy 35, Armeria took an early lead, tacking off to starboard, followed by John Pierce and Sapphire, with Paul Leighton’s Emma and Graham Woods’ First 345, Ionia coming up behind.

After a few miles, Sapphire tacked off to port, making for Kinnegoe Bay, off Inishowen head and Emma and Ionia followed, leaving Armeria sailing off seaward – intent to catch the best of the tide.

Emma and Sapphire stayed close to each other and when Sapphire got caught in irons during a tack, Emma managed to pass her and kept in the lead right until the island, winning by the narrowest of margins, followed shortly by Armeria and Ionia.

Due to the sea state, no boats landed on the island 🙁 better luck next year.

6th June 2015 – racing cancelled due to storm conditions

30th May 2105 – part 2 of the Rathlin Regatta

Winds had been strong throughout the week, however there was a short period of calm weather predicted until Saturday evening when we were to expect more Northerly gales.
Three boats took part, Ci na Ri, a Moody 31 owned by Noel McKinley, John Pierce’s Sapphire and Jezebel, the J24 of Anthony Clendinning.After close jockeying for position at the start, Jezebel, crewed by Aoife Cameron-Mitchell and Robin Taggart got off in the lead, closely followed by the McKinleys in Ci na Ri and Sapphire with John & Abby Pierce in third. With an ideal WNW breeze and favourable tide, Jezebel stretched her lead and was well ahead until one mile from the finish when the wind started to fade  and average boat speed fell from 6 to 2.5 knots. Meanwhile, Ci na Ri and Sapphire were still powered up and closing fast from behind. Jezebel managed to hold off and get the win, followed by Ci na Ri in second and Sapphire in third.Ci na Ri and the McKinleys decided to go ashore at Rathlin to take part in the onshore activities while Sapphire & Jezebel stayed on to dice out the second sprint race.

Kites at Rathlin

Jezebel & Sapphire heading for 1st mark

The start line was at the Drake Buoy and the race was to a mark 2 miles west, just off the shoreline.  Race officer Ivan Campbell and Committee Boat crew Denzyl Dismore & James Farrell signalled the start – however with almost no wind and one knot of contrary tide, both boats just managed to cross the start line within the time limit. Within a few minutes, the wind started to build from the east and both crews hoisted their spinnakers for which was now a 2 mile downwind leg. Jezebel had a slightly better start and maintained that lead, dropping the kite as she approached the mark, ready for the final upwind leg. With a fresher breeze, Sapphire had greater speed, however she was unable to overtake Jezebel which finished just 49 seconds in front.

Overall winner of the Rathlin Maritime Festival Series
1st  John Pierce  – Sapphire  (Strider 24 Catamaran)
2nd Anthony Clendinning – Jezebel  (J24)
3rd Noel McKinley – Ci na Ri (Moody 31)
4th & 5th equal
Paul Leighton – Emma (Sun Odyssey 391)
Graham Woods – Ionia (First 345)

A big thank you to Ivan Campbell, Denzyl Dinsmore & James Farrell for organising the races, the competitors all enjoyed the tight racing.

23rd May 2015 – part 1 of the Rathlin Regatta

Chasing Iona at Portrush

Chasing Ionia towards the Skerries

There was a fair turnout for Saturday’s event – four yachts from Coleraine took part in the race from Portstewart to Ballycastle and a further five yachts from Ballycastle took part in a two race series held in Ballycastle Bay and organised by Ivan Campbell.
The race to Ballycastle started on time at 11.30 with light northerly winds and Ionia, the First 345 of Graham Woods and his crew Patrick, took off to an early lead, followed by the Strider 24 Catamaran, Sapphire, helmed by John Pierce and crewed by Patrick Richardson.

Jezebel (near) & Emma (far) with Portrush in the background

Jezebel, Anthony Clendinning’s J24, guest helmed by Mike Alcorn, an experienced Cork 1720 sailor and crewed by Anthony & Johnny Campbell, was snapping at their heels while being closely followed by Emma, Commodore Paul Leighton’s Sun Odyssey 39i, crewed by Steven Bolster.



Ionia (near) & Jezebel (far) towards Benbane Head

The fleet sailed outside the Skerries to take the benefit of the tide, but as the boats passed the red navigation Buoy, the wind dropped and allowed Jezebel to take the lead. Within 10 minutes, the wind had veered to the east and increased to force 4. Jezebel, Ionia and Emma took the port hand tack while Sapphire sailed inshore – When the boats crossed again near Sheep Island, Sapphire was just in the lead and sailing very fast, but not high.The boats approached Kinbane head – Emma at this point had closed up from behind, but the wind was now beginning to die. Sapphire and Ionia elected to take the route inside Carrickmannanon rock, however Jezebel and Emma remained outside. Now with no wind and the tide against them, Emma and Jezebel had no option other than to switch on their motors, while watching Sapphire and Ionia sail off into the distance, taking the shore eddy. Eventually Ionia also had to resort to Diesel power as even the eddy had turned and was able to make no progress under sail.
Sapphire won the race with an elapsed time of 5 hours and one minute.

16th May 2015
Race cancelled – due to poor weather.

9th May 2015
A big thank you to all skippers and crews who took part in the first races of the CYC Spring Series.
Five boats took part in light North Easterly winds and we set a starboard hand course between Portstewart head and the outflow marker – 1.3 miles east – north east
The wind shifted towards the East as the afternoon wore on, giving a truer beat and a more downwind run for the return leg
Three races of one lap each were held, results at the link at the top of this page.