A Humdinger of a Weekend for CLYC


This Saturday saw the annual CLYC Cruiser Regatta on Carlingford Lough.

9 yachts took parts in steady 10kt winds, gusting to 15kts coming in from the South South East.

Race Officer, Aidan McKay set a triangle course mid-lough with four races of two laps each being scheduled. The team of mark layers were kept busy all afternoon tweaking the marks and ensuring the courses were in tip-top shape.

The starts were very fiercely competed with a lot of pushing, barging and tactics on display. The first race began clean but second race began with a General Recall after six of the nine boats found themselves over the line at the starting gun. Over the next three starts Warrior was over the line twice and that put paid to any attempt of their taking victory today.

Only the brave tried their spinnakers and those that did had various results. On race 4 Aurora flew the kite on the second downwind legs and got caught up in gusts as they approached the gybe mark. Others had their own problems. Pandemonium lost their winch handle overboard at the end of race one and had to retire form that race while it was recovered, whilst Sula tore her headsail and broke her main sheet in the last race.

It was a day for the heavy boats though, and in the end there was only one winner with CSC’s Humdinger skippered by Michael McCabe taking 3 first places and a second, and Gannet of CLYC taking second place with a 1st, a 2nd, and two 3rds. CLYC’s Thetis took 3rd place.

On Sunday the club had scheduled to hold the CLYC Dinghy Regatta but after a night of strong winds was slow to die down, and with heavy drizzle hampering visibility, Race Officer Brian McCann took the difficult decision to postpone racing till another day.

Prizegiving was held in CLYC’s Clubhouse with WHA Harbour Master Catriona Dowling visiting the club to present the prizes.

A special presentation was made to young Joshua Donnelly in recognition of his outstanding enthusiasm in helping out the safety teams all year.

Joshua Donnelly receiving his special presentation from Commodore Aidan McKay

Joshua Donnelly receiving his special presentation from Commodore Aidan McKay

Humdinger forging ahead through the fleet on her way to victory

Humdinger forging ahead through the fleet on her way to victory

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