The Sailing Year Comes to a Close


On St Stephen’s Day the annual Roche Trophy and Cranley Mince Pie races were held at CLYC. As usual there was a good turn out and 12 boats braved the brisk (but cold) 10 to 15 knot NW wind. The water was COLD. The Race Officer was Ian Finnegan who set a long triangular course in the winter sunshine.

The A-Fleet race for the Roche Trophy was won by Stephen Finnegan. Helen McParland was 2nd and 3rd place went to Tim Gibbons. Bill Donnelly won the B-Fleet race for the Mince Pie, followed by Izzy O’Farrell and Lucy Sloan.
Bird’s eye view of the racing on St Stephen’s Day

Bird’s eye view of the racing on St Stephen’s Day (Photo by Aidan McKay’s wonderful drone)

Close sailing at the leeward mark
Close sailing at the leeward mark (Photo by Aidan McKay’s wonderful drone)

In the Club house after the racing, prizes were awarded as follows:
Frostbite Season: A-Fleet – Tim Gibbons, B-Fleet – Bill Donnelly
Best Under 16: Izzy O’Farrell
Best 2-man dinghy: Kieran & Brian Cranley
Best 1-man dinghy: Stephen Finnegan
Roche Trophy: Stephen Finnegan
Cranley Mince Pie: Bill Donnelly
Joshua Donnelly and Jenny Preston were awarded a hamper for their exceptional help with patrol boat duty.

Colin Matthews, Sailing Secretary and Commodore Aidan McKay presenting Izzy O’Farrell with the Under 16 cup.

Colin Matthews, Sailing Secretary and Commodore Aidan McKay presenting Izzy O’Farrell with the Under 16 cup.

Colin Matthews & Aidan McKay with Bill Donnelly cutting the Cranley Mince Pie Trophy

Colin Matthews & Aidan McKay with Bill Donnelly cutting the Cranley Mince Pie Trophy

There is a packed programme for CLYC Killowen in 2018, which will be the 60th Anniversary of the Club. There will be cruiser racing, dinghy racing, sailing courses for adults and juniors, and plenty of social events and much more coming up.

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