Culmore Regatta

Culmore Regatta 2021

As the Pandemic receeded the Culmore Regatta regained some its familiar hospitality.  The tent was back up and the soup and sandwiches refreshed tired and cold sailors. Many thanks to all those who catered with special mention to Fiona and Tracey and Joy. The soup was really good and it is no slight on it to say that it was the best thing going because the weather washed out the event in all honesty. Still, spirits were high. There was  a good punt race on the Friday night with a win for Sail No. 14. In torrential rain and light winds the McGuinneses managed to establish a lead in the punt race on Saturday. They made it around the weather mark and all other boats struggled to make that point with just James Lynch and team managing to finish second. Congratulations to John and Donal McG and their long time sailing buddy, the irrepressible Joe Kelly.

On a sad note this year is the first year that the Culmore Regatta has gone by without George Coyle, RIP.

The Gallaghers, going well on Friday night. (Thanks to Kieran Doran for the photo)

 

Series H

Racing Thur 24/08/21

The last of the midweek sailing for 2021 today. Perch start, Connoborrow, Faughan, Leonards. Anton and Joy managed a nice traverse of the bay in strong tides in race two to make the Faughan gibe mark in one go – but could not catch Keith and Mateo L.

Racing Tue 24/08/21

Keith and Mateo sailing very well. Anton and Joy and ken and Davy enjoying a good racing evening in light winds and strong tides.

Racing 10/08/21

Welcome to Series H. Very light winds today. Two boats retired after race one.  Ken and Meteo and Ken and Davy managed both races.

  10/08/21 24/08/21 26/08/21     Points
Series H R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6          
Anton H/Joy W 3 4 3 2 2 2         16
Keith L/Mateo L 1 1 1 1 1 1         6
Ken L/Davy L 2 2 2 3 4 3         16
Bill J/Barry McN 5 4 5 5 3 4         26

Series G

Racing Sat 04/09/21

Faughan, Conniborrow, Leonards. x 2 for race 1. yellow outfall mark, Conniborrow, Leonards and to the line for race 2. Race tow course was changed by the OD to keep boats out of the channel to allow a big coal ship to pass. When the races started many boats raised spinnakers on a close reach across to the Faughan or Yellow outfall marks. Great to see David T and Son out sailing.

Racing Sat 25/08/21

Racing in Culmore bay. Light variable winds sometimes with little gusts to F3/4.

Racing Sat 07/08/21

Today was the beginning of Series G. The course was Start from the slipway and the cranes on the docks leave a mark near the moored boats to port then head to Gilmores then Harts. Anton H forgot about the first mark in race one but managed not to loose out too badly. In race two the start was close and in all the excitement Anton H forgot about the mark again. He retired because he also caused some injustice to another boat. Doh and double doh! Other than that it was nice day for sailing with County Cork scoring two nice wins.

  07/08/21 25/08/21 04/09/21     Points
Series G R1 R2 R3   R4 R5 R6 R7      
Anton H/Joy W 3 7 3 1 4 3         21
Aidan O D 1 1 5 5 7 9         28
Kevin T 5 4 5 5 6 8         33
George G 6 5 5 5 7 6         34
Ken L/Davy L 4 3 1 3 2 1         14
Bill J/Barry McN 2 2 2 2 3 4         15
Keith L/Mateo L 8 8 5 5 1 2         29
David Tankard/son 8 8 5 5 6 5         37

Series F

Racing 10/07/21

Ken and Davy L and Keith and Meteo L in close racing with 6 seconds between them in race 2

Racing 17/07/21

Bill J and Barry McN moving steadily upward as a sailing team

Racing 24/07/21

Very light winds with Azores high parked over Ireland. Anton H and Kevin T, sailing Lasers were both happily making their way across the bay in a good breeze toward the Faughan mark when the wind suddenly dropped to nothing and they both got swept away by the strong tide. Race two did start but was abandoned mid race.

Racing 31/07/21

First and second exchanged places in race 1 and two. Third and Forth also exchanged places in race 1 and two. A good day out with close racing everywhere. Less than two minutes between all boats in race two.

  10/07/21 17/07/21 24/07/21 31/07/21   Points
Series F R1 R2 R3   R4 R5 R6
R7
     
Anton H/Joy W 6 7 3 3 6   4 3      
Aidan O D 6 7 4 4 7   6 6      
Kevin T 6 4 6 6 6   6 6      
George G 5 5 6 6 7   6 6      
Keith L/Mateo L 1 1 6 6 1   2 1      
Ken L/Davy L 2 2 1 1 2   1 2      
Bill J/Barry McN 3 3 2 2 3   3 4    

Series E

Tues 06/07/21

Racing cancelled – no wind.

Thurs 08/07/21

Keith and Mateo L going very well. Anto H sailing today in his Laser.

Thurs 13/07/21

Racing cancelled – no wind.

Thurs 05/08/21

Sailing in Culmore Bay in light winds. Bill J and Barry McN going very well in Race Two. Tonight also concludes Series E. Congratulations to Ken and Davy L who win Series E 2021.

  08/07/21 05/08/21       Points
Series E R1 R2 R3 R4              
Ken L/Peter L 2 3 1 3             9
Anton H/Joy W 3 2 2 4             11
Keith L/Mateo L 1 1 7 7             16
Bill J/Barry McN 7 7 3 1             18
Kevin T 5 4 6 5             20
Aidan O D 7 7 4 2             20
George G 4 5 7 7             23

Series GP

This series is timed to co-ordinate with the GP Ireland series to allow for boats to travel to the events while still giving a good series for those who stay in the club.

Racing Sat 11/09/21.

Sailing today in Culmore Bay, light winds building to F3 sometimes. In race one there was an incident at the power station mark and in the ODs report notes “Awww Sweet Jesus” was written. This being unusual, I wondered how to convert an ASJ into racing points? I rang the ISA in Dublin. After initial discussion about a possible OCS or a DNC, a very helpful guy there recognised the ASJ. He said, in all fairness, it was probably the same as a DSQ. But, he said, not to worry about it he had seen far worse in his time. He had seen a good few JM+Js and even some FFS’s. So, in conclusion Anton H and Joy W are ASJ/DSQ for going around the mark the wrong way. Congratulations to Ken and Davy L who won the race. Bill J was going very well in the Laser won Race 2. David T and Son were sailing very well with the younger Mr T proving himself an excellent helm. Great to see George G out in his Catamaran. Many thanks to Liam H and Big Pete for Rescue and OD.

Racing Sat 14/08/21.

Sailing in Culmore bay today. Great to see Ciaran M and Eva M out sailing today and going well. Ken L and Anton H teamed up to get a sailing in the face of missing crew.

Racing Sat 03/07/21

Well done to Ken and Davy L with two wins today.

Racing Sat 19/06/21

Close racing between Ken and Davy L and Anton H and Joy W today with Kevin T and Barry McN in pursuit. Anton H and Joy W put in the concentration to win race 2.

  19/06/21 03/07/21 14/08/21 11/09/21   Points
Series GP R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8      
Ken L/Peter L 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2     10
Anton H/Joy W 2 1 2 3 4 4 6* 3     19
Kevin T 3 3 5 5 4 4 4 5     33
Barry McN 5 5 5 5 4 4 7 7     42
Bill J/Barry McN 6 6 3 2 4 4 2 1     28
Ciaran M/Eva M 6 6 5 5 2 2 7 7     40
David T/son 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 4     37
              *DSQ      

SERIES C 2021

Racing Thur 10/06/21

This was the final race day in Series C. Two boats retired in race 2. Congratulations to Keith and Mateo L who win the series. The second race was for the Brian Frazer shield so congratulations to Aidan for that also. Maith Thú!

Racing Tue 08/06/21

I didn’t see this race tonight but can gather the following from the ODs notes. Race one went well enough with Kevin T very close to the GPs and pulling back a place on Handicap. The wind must have dropped and only two boats completed the course.

Racing Thur 27/05/21

Bill J in the Laser tonight. Ken and Davy L was in close competition with Keith and Mateo L with honours even. Anton H and Joy W trying to stay ahead of Aidan O D

Racing Tue 25/05/21

And so SERIES C starts tonight. Racing tonight under threatening dark clouds. A good but variable F3 + breeze and sunshine. A classic doesn’t know what its going to do Culmore evening. Racing in Culmore bay. A start line by the slipway, Gilmores, Harts, Power station, back through the line, X2. Anton H and Joy W were late to get rigged and late to start in race one but made up good time and got back into it. Keith L and Alex L were sailing exceptionally well in very tricky reaching conditions. They were ably assisted on shore by roadie Mattheo L. A secret ingredient I would hazard! Many thanks as always to Liam H and Peter F who jointly run the whole operation with great ease, grace, assurance and a new road sign. James P H and Alan T were DSQ in race 1.

Boats getting packed up after racing on Tue 25/05/21. Photo credit by Sean McCafferty with thanks.

  25/05/21 27/05/21 08/06/21 10/06/21   Points
Series C R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6          
Keith L/Mateo L 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 5     15
James P H/Alan T DSQ 2 8 7 1 5 1 1     25
Ken L/Peter L 2 3 1 2 3 2 6 6     25
Bill J/Karen 4 5 5 5 6 6 3 2     36
Anton H/Joy W 3 4 3 4 6 6 6 6     38
Aidan O D 7 7 4 3 6 6 6 6     45
Kevin T 7 7 6 7 4 5 4 5     45

Series D

Racing Sat 26/06/21

Close racing today between Anton H and Joy W and Bill J and Barry McN. Congratulations to Keith and Mateo L who win the series.

Racing Sat 12/06/21

Nice course today down to Faughan and Conniborrow. Keith and Mateo L out front closely chased by the rest in race 1. Aidan O D joined for the second race and Bill J and Joe McC retired. Aidan established an early lead and defended it all the way home.

Racing Sat 05/06/21

I wasn’t there to see this race but note the following: Race 1 was long with finishing times all around the hour mark. Race two was shorter with finishing between 36 and 50 minutes. Keith and Mateo L sailing very well. Great to see Barry McN sailing again. He has been awarded an LFYC Handicap of 1185. The Foyle Festival Cup was sailed today in the second race so congratulations Keith and Mateo L!

Racing Sat 29/05/21

Racing in Culmore Bay in very light winds. Great to see Aoife H sailing again with Anton H, on a visit from Scotland. One race only and that was shortened.

Racing Sat 22/05/21

Racing in Culmore Bay in nice but variable wind and sunshine. Great to see Keith L and Sons out in their GP. Going very well. Good close racing all over the course with several lead changes and calls for Starboard and Water being hailed. The reach from Gilmores to Harts was extremely marginal with no real benefit for the spinakers being gained. This stretch of the course suited the Lasers which love the close reach. The second race was for the Dingy Regatta prize. Congratulations to James P H and Alan T who won it.

  25/05/21 27/05/21 08/06/21 10/06/21 26/06/21 Points
Series C R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6          
Keith L/Mateo L 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 5 1 1 17
James P H/Alan T DSQ 2 8 7 1 5 1 1 7 8 40
Ken L/Peter L 2 3 1 2 3 2 6 6 7 8 40
Bill J/Karen 4 5 5 5 6 6 3 2 3 2 41
Anton H/Joy W 3 4 3 4 6 6 6 6 2 3 43
Aidan O D 7 7 4 3 6 6 6 6 7 8 60
Kevin T 7 7 6 7 4 5 4 5 4 5 54
David T/son 7 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 5 8 66
Ciaran M/Eva/Ben 7 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 7 6 66
Colm F 7 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 7 4 64

Series B

Thu 13/05/21

Light winds caused just one race tonight. Tonights racing also concludes Series B: Congratulations to James P H and Alan T who win the series.

Tue 11/05/21

Sailing today in Culmore Bay. Karen (Joys sister) was sailing with Bill J. Great to see her back sailing. Light winds, Harts, Gilmores, Power station, x2. Anton H and Joy W crashed into the back of Bill J and Karen in a competitive mark rounding. No damage! Joy W said it serves them right for being in front. Well done to James P H and Alan T who had two aces.

Thursday 29/04/21

Sailing today in contrast to Tuesday night was in very light winds. Race 1 took 41 minutes. Actually after Tuesday, the light winds were welcome! The course tonight was Perch, Faughan, Conniborrow, Leonards x2. Well done to James P H and Alan T who took both wins. Are they going to win everything this year? Certainly going very well!

27/04/21

Sailing today started in very strong winds and big sea which gradually built up eventually making it impossible to race. Well done to James P H/Alan T who were the only boat to complete the course. Anton H and Joy W managed a burning reach across the bay near the clubhouse on the way home. Nice. The second race was abandoned.

  26/04/21 29/04/21 11/05/21 13/05/21   Points
Series B R1   R2 R3 R4 R5 R6      
James P H/Alan T 1   1 1 1 1 1       6
Bill J/Keith L/Karen 6   2 2 5 2 3       20
Anton H/Joy W 6   3 3 3 3 2       20
Kevin T 7   6 6 3 5 5       32
George G 7   5 5 6 5 5       33
Barry McN 6   6 6 6 5 5       34
James H Snr 6   6 6 6 5 5       34

Sailing resumes – SERIES A

Sat 15/05/21

Welcome back to Ken L and Davy L, great to see them back out again after lockdown. Straight outta lockdown they won the first race. Nice going! Great to see Barry McN out sailing in the club laser. He is doing very well especially considering that the boat leaks and is gradually sinking – and its not even that gradual! Series A concludes today with James P H and Alan T taking a second series win!

08/05/21

Racing today at 5.30pm. Course Perch, Harts, Faughan, Conniborrow, Leonards X2. At least that was the course but n fact both races were cut short. In race one Bill J/Joe McC broke the rudder extension just as they were crossing the start line and retired. That left just two boats and the race was cut short to facilitate a quick restart. Bill J/Joe McC got fixed up and relaunched and Kevin T also launched. Light winds but steady enough. All was going well till the Faughan mark. Winds dropped then changed direction then changed back before doing a 180, leading to a total bafflement for all boats. Two boats retired. The race was shortened. Winds then picked up nicely. All in a days fun!

01/05/21

Even on Labour day the work in the port goes on. A large ship coming into port delayed sailing from the original 10.00am start to 12.00. This meant that the tide was ebbing. The wind was light so we managed just one race. Good to see Yann out sailing in his 420. Bright but cold, sailing in Culmore bay.

24/04/21

And so the sailing 2021 season gets started (a little later than originally planned as Coronavirus gradually gets beaten back, worth the wait!)

Thanks to James P H for putting together a pretty packed schedule for 2021. Day 1 of the season got of to a great start in nice sunshine and a good breeze. Good luck to James H Snr in his new Laser, launched today. Welcome back to Barry McN sailing in the club Laser.

James P H and Alan T were uncatchable today with two good wins.

Special thanks to Big Peter F and Liam H who once again put on the gear to provide OD duties and Safety Boat cover. You could see that Big Pete loves it as he explained the course for the fifteenth time. Great to be back folks!

  24/04/21 01/05/21 08/05/21 15/05/21   Points
Series A R1 R2 R3   R4 R5          
James P H/Alan T 1 1 1   5 6 2 1     17
Anton H/Joy W 8 6 3   2 1 4 3     27
Ken L/Davy L 7   6 6 6 5 1 2     33
Aidan O D 2 4 2   5 6 7 7     33
Bill J/James J 4 2 4   4 5 7 7     33
Kevin T 3 5 7   5 2 7 7     36
George G 7 7 5   1 5 6 6     37
Barry McN 6 8 7   5 6 3 4     39
James H Snr 5 3 7   5 6 7 7     40