Carlingford Lough was awash with colour on Saturday as a combined cruiser fleet from Carlingford Lough Yacht Club and Carlingford Sailing Club came to the starting line to compete in the fifteenth annual Warrenpoint Regatta, sponsored by the Whistledown Hotel. The event has been running since 2003 and its main aim is to promote ’sailing for all’.
Under the capable control of Race officer Paddy Rooney, assisted by Catherine McDonagh, a short triangular port-hand course was expertly laid for four individual races. Light wind conditions favoured the kite flyers Zuri, Warror, Invincible and Aurora whilst the non spinnaker fleet of Thetis, Pandemonium, Atlantic Diva. Hanse Off and Arrested enjoyed their own close racing battles.
Over four races and with one discard, only one point separated Warrior (4 points) and Carlingford’s Zuri (5 points) but was enough to give Tim Gibbons his third consecutive win in the event and to once again lift the coveted Whisledown Trophy. Mick McCann’s multi crewed Invincible took third with 10 points.
At a presentations ceremony Colum McAvoy presented the Whistledown Trophy to Warrior skipper Tim Gibbons and trophies to the skippers of Zuri and Invincible. Colum was thanked by the event co-ordinator Gerry Byrne for his long standing support of the Warrenpoint Regatta which has developed into a main feature of Summer events in Warrenpoint. Next week the cruiser fleet move to Killowen to compete in the CLYC Cruiser Regatta. This is also an open event and all cruisers in Carlingford Lough are welcome to take part providing they pre-register.
1 Whistledown Trophy Warrior Tim Gibbons CLYC
2 Zuri Declan Murphy CSC
3 Invincible Mick McCann CLYC
1 Zuri Declan Murphy CSC
2 Thetis Don Campbell CLYC
3 Invincible Mick McCann CLYCP8256690.jpg P8256683.jpg