Day 2 of the Leinsters - from one extreme to the other!
After the heavy winds yesterday, Skerries this morning was a very different picture.
The Main Fleet launched just after 9.30 am in light winds, which continued to fall, so that in the end only one race was sailed in the Junior and Senior fleets.
Winds changed so fast that half the Junior fleet were unable to complete the race, and only three Senior sailors managed to cross the finish line before the wind died completely.
Congratulations to Sophie Browne (TBSC/RCYC) who came first in the Senior Gold fleet, Lucy Donworth (RCYC) who won the Senior Silver fleet, and to Loghlen Rickard (NYC), winner of the Junior Gold fleet, and Peter Fagan(NYC), winner of the Junior Silver fleet.
Sophie Browne, Winner Senior Gold
Loghlen Rickard, Winner Junior Gold
Top five places in the Senior Gold fleet went to Sophie Browne, Douglas Elmes, Jil McGinley, Richard Hogan and Colin O'Sullivan; top five Senior Silver went to Lucy Donworth, Patrick Coyle, Eoghan O'Regan, Darragh Kelly and Kelly Williams. Lucy, Eoghan and Darragh are now promoted to the Senior Gold fleet.
In the Junior Gold fleet, the top five places went to Loghlen Rickard, Richard McGinley, James McCann, Amy Carroll and Alex O'Grady; top five Silver went to Peter Fagan, Gemma McDowell, Luke Rickard, Mícheal O'Suilleabhain and Toby Hudson-Fowler. Peter, Gemma and Mícheal are now promoted to the Junior Gold fleet.
Best local sailor awards went to Nell Staunton (Junior) and Ben Walsh (Senior).
In his address to the sailors, Commodore Sam Shiels told them that they had sailed in incredibly tough conditions yesterday and that everyone who had launched this weekend was to be commended for their achievement. Well done all sailors!