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Rank
Skipper
Sail Nb
Boat
Gross pt
Disc
Nett Pt
1
J. Kay
IRL52
Disco
122
84
38
2
D. Dwyer
IRL185
TS2
95
42
53
3
G. Louis
IRL41
TS2
140
72
68
4
N. Spain
IRL67
Own
158
63
95
5
K. Stanley
IRL49
SC4
160
55
105
6
P. Townsend
IRL29
239
90
149
7
B. O’connor
IRL31
300
99
201
8
P. Merry
IRL45
3 Dogs
314
99
215
9
G. Kinsella
IRL38
Kite
315
99
216
10
P. Newport
IRL22
Widget
317
99
218
2003 Winter Series
Results

Day 1

6 races completed... With difficulties by most skippers since only Des Dwyer managed to steer his TS2 between the seaweed, quite abundant that day on the race course. This didn’t stop Jeff to take most of the top spots though.

Day 2

6 races completed... More tricky conditions with heavier wind which suited the skiff design TS2 of Des, bagging 4 bullets out of 6 races.

Day 3

Dry, light and cold at first. The 6 races were all completed with the A rig on. The sun did warm us up throughout the races though. I was thrilled to win the first race on my first day racing since I hadn’t tested my TS2 with its new paint job and my new Blackmagick Sails. We had 8 skippers who turned up so it was great racing all together. The starts were absolutely key in these conditions and so we had some good fights for positions, with few individual recalls (ok I admit I was in 2 of them and I had to do a penalty at another one...). Tactic was also key since we had some good win shifts. As the day moved on each skippers fine tuned their boat and it showed with great close racing over the last few races of the day. Jeff still managed to go home with the most bullets, 4 in total, I only managed to beat him twice. Phil had to retire early with flat batteries. But he gave us some good clean racing as race officer though.

Day 4

6 races completed in top A rig conditions, with most skippers changing up to their A rig for the last 3 races. It was definitely the Irish TS2 day claiming all 1st and 2nd places with Jeff not sailing that day. There was some really close racing and sometimes a bit too close “to the marks” that is for Kevin getting entangled with one of the start mark for some time before getting free. With the wind calming down most skippers who started the day with their B rig changing up to their top rig, providing closer racing for the second half of the day. Regular a Swiss clock was Neil Spain claiming all 3rd places. This bringing all top places to boats powered by Blackmagick sails. Thanks Alec :)

Day 5

6 races completed in what should have been a B rig conditions. All skippers racing all day with their top rig provided some spectacular moves. As much as I like sailing I would have like to crew on any of the boats today. With some hairy jibes and some serious breaching moves. Not counting the amount of nose diving. Excellent to check that your rudder is free of seaweed !!! Jeff dominated the day with 4 wins, the other 2 going to Des and myself. Starts were absolutely crucial for a good results. I’m talking with experience having 3 really bad starts including one I would definitely as my worst ever. Been stuck at the pin end and no space to cross the line. Today provided with mix results for everyone. One good element though is that no one had any breakage despite the heavy wind (for top rigs !!!).

Day 6

B rig were required today. The windy conditions provided spectators with some incredible manoeuvres in some the gusts. The tricky conditions provided exciting close racing with 3 different skippers taking line honours. Jeff, Des and I. Fergal started his first day racing with us today. So welcome to the fleet and congratulations on your first day out. It was by no means an easy day sailing. The last race had to be reduced to only one lap as boats were beaching in some areas as the water level was getting very low. This brought an end to our 2003 season. 2004 will start soon after the new year, January 4th so no rest for the wicked . We hope to see you on the starting line :)