NATIONAL 18s IN CORK

With the jet streams so far South this year we expected summer would not be like last in Ireland and sadly we were right. The Cork Nationals were very breezy – and with a Race Officer determined to run ten good races out at sea there were plenty of thrills and spills.

All eleven of the new Morrison designed ‘Ultras’ were there and it is amazing that it was only a year ago that the Class gave a go ahead.  The new fleet looks great with each boat a different colour scheme and already developing a character of its own as 18s have always done.
There were thirteen Ultimates and five Classics, making 29 boats in all.

On Monday there was a full gale so we all piled in to two large yachts and went to the pub in East Passage. A major boost to their afternoon trade!  That meant three back-to-back races on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was tough!

Tamesis representatives were Ollie Houseman, Kahn Yargici and Jeremy Vines sailing the Ultra ‘Hurricane’.  They had lots of downwind thrills and no spills and a mid-fleet result.   Honours went to the Irish in each fleet and overall winner on points count was an Ultimate.

Irish hospitality was huge and the final rendering of Paddy M’Ginty’s Goat was in the not so wee hours of Saturday morning.

Findhorn next year!