After a very still clear morning, a gentle 5-8kt breeze came in from the west. After the briefest of delays while the course was finalised, the 14 Dragons started the first of the three races of the day. Martin Byrne’s Team Jaguar, led from the start, and as soon as they were around the heavily tide-affected windward mark, they flew away to an unassailable lead. Quite a few boats were caught out by the tide and a few muttered curses could be heard!
The second and third races were also dominated by Team Jaguar, while Kinsale boat, Serafina picked up two second places, as well as a third place. Local boats, Magic and Aphrodite got a second and a third giving the local fleets a glimmer of hope. A friendly dolphin also made an appearance to lift the spirits of those boats bringing up the rear!
The Squib races were dominated by Too Dee leading the five boat fleet around the course. The rest of the fleet were mixing it up to fight for the runner-up spot.
The second day dawned wet and windy. An early reconnoiter by the Committee ruled out the area used the previous day – with 15 foot swells and gusts of up to 30 kts, it was felt to be too risky. Instead, the race area was moved into the outer harbour – between the islands of Adam and Eve.
The first of two scheduled races got underway with only a 10 minute delay. This was the result of great team work by the Race Officer, the venerable John Williams and team, as the course had to be set up in a rather more restricted area.
The Dragon race resulted in another win for Team Jaguar, but not without cost; equipment damage caused by the freshening conditions resulted in three retirements before the second race got underway including the current Dragon leader. Fortunately, Team Jaguar could not be beaten, so they left the field for the other boats to battle it out for the remaining podium places. Serafina, Little Fella and local boat Pongo romped home in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
The Squib fleet was really mixing it up compared to the first day as both Trojan and Golden Eagle scored victories. In fact, they ended up taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively. However, in the end, Too Dee had done enough to prevail.
The horn to sound the last Squib past the post rounded off a splendid couple of days sailing – testing everyone in the varying conditions. The marked difference in conditions between the two days underlining the different skills needed to successfully race in the welcoming waters of Glandore Harbour.
Full results are available here:
History of the Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl was first commissioned in 1986 by Kieran O’Donoghue (the owner of the Glandore Inn at that time). It is awarded to the overall winner of a six race series held on consecutive days over a weekend usually in late August or early September. Races normally take place outside the harbour.
The Rose Bowl is one of the premier trophies of the sailing calendar and in recent years it has attracted visiting boats from Kinsale and Dublin and this year, we hope to see some overseas visitors. The Glandore Inn Rose Bowl for Dragons and Squibs 2018 will be held over the weekend of 25/26 August.