This past weekend, August 28th/29th, was Rose Bowl weekend for Dragons and Squibs generously sponsored by the Glandore Inn as always. Race officers David Forde and Siobhan Keane Hopcroft and a team of top notch volunteers provided five great races in Glandore Bay for each fleet. The weather Gods smiled and the whole event played out under blue skies and a steady, if gentle, easterly breeze . The Dragons saw total dominance by the lone Dublin entry, Peter Bowring’s Phantom, with crew Charlie Bolger and champion helm Neil Hegarty steering. Phantom finished with a perfect 4 having discarded a single fourth. The battle for second place was closely fought among three Kinsale entrants with previous trophy winners Serafina taking second on nine points. Peter Bowring on receiving the trophy graciously emphasised that the credit should go the volunteers, on and off the water, without whom events such as this cannot succeed.
Too Dee with Dave Sheahan and sorcerer’s apprentice Paul Beechinor conjured up some magical results with five bullets, discarding a 1 to take the trophy for Squibs. The fleet assembled in tropical conditions at the Glandore Inn for the prizegiving on Sunday Evening. Those who promote the sport of sailing often describe it as a “Sport for Life” and this was echoed on Sunday with Commodore Eamonn Timoney making special presentation to the youngest and most experienced sailors in the event: Eolann Miles (Magic) 12 years and Mr Don Street (Gypsy) 91 years. Again a big thanks to all the chain haulers, sandwich makers, mark inflators, Race Committee, water taxi girls and all the other great people who played their part in such a successful event. Full results see : Racing Information – Glandore Harbour Yacht Club (glandoreyc.com)