Howth Yacht Club’s historic Lambay race draws 78 keelboats despite club-only format
The official races of the club having only been authorized since Monday, June 7 and many development programs delayed by the atrocious weather in May, the realists were hoping for a participation of around 40 boats for the major opening event of Howth YC. As you move forward into the 2021 season, Saturday’s annual Lambay race, which has been further restricted in number by being billed as a club-only event.
However, a small miracle took place at the peninsular port of Fingal. The weather turned summery as the week progressed, the mood improved with, and with the inspiration of, five of the venerable Howth 17s running the club’s first “official” race in some time at 10:30 am on the Bank Holiday Monday. Monday June 7, clearly everything that moved, floated and set sail was needed to go out and party with the Lambay circuit.
This was only slightly hampered by the wind which managed to blow in all directions between southeast and west during the race, while – aside from the occasional flash of light – the sun stayed behind the clouds until the end of most of the race. But at least it was almost always windy, and it was a warm breeze on top of that, which made the intricacies of getting around the island – in addition to many other set course challenges – a smooth affair even when you were doing it. the wind.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest turnout – 19 boats – was in the non-spinnaker class, where some cruise ships that hadn’t raced in years were caught in the mood for surprisingly sharp performances.
Of the one-design classes, the Puppeteer 22 had gotten rid of cobwebs enough to have a turnout of 13, with the Howth 17 following in line with the round dozen, while the three hot IRC classes all gathered from good quorums with one of the results that will make the directors of J Boats Europe purr with content.
The Half Tonner Mata (Wright brothers & Rick DeNeve). If you want to succeed in the Lambay Race, exclude any marine bird watchers from your crew, as their focus will almost immediately be elsewhere. Photo: Annraoi Blaney
All results are here in detail, while the headlines were:
- HPH white veil: 1st Zarquon (M & J Wenski) 2:33:16; 2nd Spellbound (Burrows / Skeffington) 2:38:13; 3rd Extra Blue (M. Carroll) 2:20:46.
- White Sails IRC 1st Bite the Bullet (Elan 333, Colm Bermingham) 2:31:37; 2nd Toughnut (MG 34, D Skehan) 2:36:46; 3rd Spellbound (Burrows / Skeffington) 2:38:33
- CRI 1: 1st Lambay Rules (J / 97, S Quinn), 2:59:10; 2nd snapshot (J / 99, M & R Evan, J / 99) 2:59:31; 3rd Outrajeous (J / 109, R Colwell & J Murphy) 3:01:48.
- IRC 2: 1st King One (Elvstrom Half Tonner, D. Kelly) 2.55.27; 2nd Mata (Classic Half Tonnner, Wright Brothers & R DeNeve) 2:56:12; 3rd checkmate XV (Humphreys Half Tonner, D Cullen) 2.59: 17
- IRC 3: 1st legal alien (Sommerville & Kavanagh) 2:39:44; 2nd initiate (S & D Mullaney, Sigma 33) 2:39:39; 3rd animal (G O’Sullivan, Formula 28) 2:40:23
- J / 80: 1st Jeannie (R Dix, 3:15:04; 2nd Red Cloud (N Reilly) 3:16:22; 3rd Jammy (D O’Grady, 3:16:50
- Howth 17: 1st Deilginis (Massey / Toomey / Kenny) 3:47:17 2nd Aura (I Malcolm) 3:48:52; 3rd Anita (D Massey) 3:51:36
- Puppeteer 22: 1st gold powder (walls / brown) 3:26:35; 2nd Trick or Treat (A Pearson & A Blay) 3:28:35; 3rd Yellow Peril (N Murphy & C Costello) 3:31:46
- Squibs: 1st Crackertoo (S Kay) 3:42:04; 2nd 3point9 (F O’Kelly) 3:42:57; 3rd Tears for Fears (N Monks) 3:45:19.
The Lambay Lady Trophy goes to the boat with the greatest margin between first and next in class, and early reviews suggest Colm Bermingham’s Elan 333 Bite the Bullet (White Sails IRC) wins at 11 seconds behind. Zarquon (M & J Wenski), but some classes using the Coptic Orthodox PH system may still offer a larger margin.