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Rank
Skipper
Sail Nb
Boat
Gross pt
Disc
Nett Pt
1
D. Dwyer
IRL185
TS2
80
35
45
2
G. Louis
IRL41
TS2
138
74
64
3
J. Kay
IRL52
Disco
176
84
92
4
F. Noonan
IRL07
Ericca
151
49
102
5
K. Stanley
IRL49
SC4
199
84
115
6
N. Spain
IRL67
Own
200
80
120
7
P. Townsend
GBR29
233
84
149
8
G. Kinsella
IRL38
Kite
287
84
203
9
P. Newport
IRL22
Widget
300
84
216
10
P. Merry
IRL45
3 Dogs
302
84
218
11
B. O’Connor
IRL31
344
84
260

Day 1

Well it couldn’t be lighter conditions... Imagine watching a video and then in the middle of the action pressing “PAUSE” !!! Same here... A bit a wind there, just enough to get us through the starting line and then nothing. All boats stopped until the next puff of air. Amazingly enough, one unnamed skipper had to change its battery pack in the middle of the 6 races... Not that is was due to the wind using the energy on the sails but rather the resistance of the water on his rudder as he “trying to tack” as he claimed !!! Hummmm The only smoke coming out was probably from his right Tx stick as they were “trying to tack”... The whole beat he tried though... Not a TS2 weather. Well not for me and my TS2 anyway as Des managed somehow to bring his TS2 few times to the finishing line first. So did Jeff and his Disco and Kevin with his SC4. How ? Don’t ask... Phil Managed to give us 6 races somehow so fair play to you for that.

Day 2

Talking about extreme !!! This time I said this is it... Revenge is at hand with heavy wind but with some skippers missing, rain going through you so strong it was and a wind approaching Gale force we decided instead to meet up in the club to dry out and get some hot drinks to warm us up !!! Phil did managed to get out with the boat, just in case we were going to race... It was not for the lack of trying as Kevin revealed : He just managed to put his boat gently on the cradle with the rudder on for a gust to lift it up in the air, bending the rudder axis... This was it inside was the place to be. Fergal did sneaked a private training session inside the harbour with his new Ericca. Fair play to you though !!!

Day 3

Changing from one extreme to another... Light condition... AGAIN !!! This time we just managed to race the 6 scheduled races but just about as the wind was seriously dying at the last race and it became very fluky !!! I know I was leading the last race up to about 2 meters away from the finishing line when Jonathan our new comer got somehow a gust taking line honour... Puffff beginners luck ;-). But hey, guess who still managed to get most first places... Hummm Yep you got it right Jeff...  Can someone PLEASE stop him... Anyone with a spare wire cutter !!!

Day 4

Near perfect condition. Wind wise, B rig. But still the usual 3 layers, hat and gloves needed though. We had a very good show of skippers and the race results were mix except for humm the usual one, nearly winning the 6 races. Jeff no we won’t let you win the 6 races without a good fight... I have to say that my skipper of the day had to be Kevin for leading the last race almost from the beginning to finish 2nd to Des and his TS2 by... Well it had to be a photo finish on that one... But Des got it at the end.

Day 5

Howth greeted us by getting us wet through one of those Irish “Showers”. I found it amusing that they call these showers !!! I know why now though... Anyway no rescue boat available but thanks to Neill  who got us a rescue we managed to get 6 races completed. It was an attrition race with our National Hero Neill who decided to score points on artistic figures rather than finishing. So when are you doing the complete loop forward ? Other skippers also packed up due to gear failure, leaving 4 of us competing. We had our first lady skipper too that day and who did pretty well for her 2nd day in RC boats considering the conditions. Fergal the spare airbag in the volvo, you should put it in your boat inflated !!!  No seriously it was pretty extreme but Paddy managed to give us the 6 races as per the schedule.

Day 6

I discovered the meaning of the expression “Short n Sweet” as I had to pack up early after the plastic connector for the rudder rod to the servo broke clean just before the first race of the day. Anyway, after a good battle Des came home with 4 wins. We were pleased to see Paul and his widget present on the day giving a good fight to Des and Kevin. Well this is it for this year’s Spring Series... I hope after reading these few lines that you feel the need to join us for next year.

2004 Spring Series
Results