Results of the 2015 Midlands can be downloaded here: 3202_0001
Congratulations to Ruby Blue (Aidan O’Connell, Johnny Hogg and Donal Hegarty) on a great win, closely followed by Corona Extra (Graeme Grant, Ronan Downing and the third fella who did an excellent job stopping the other two from fighting) in second and Sin Bin (Michael O’Connor, Davey Taylor and Kevin Johnson) a little further back in third.
Once again, Dromineer did not disappoint and we had a great weekend with a very creditable turnout of 14 boats on Rugby World Cup Quarter Final weekend. Winds were very light all weekend, ranging from 0 knots at times in race 2 to a maximum of c. 10 knots in races 3 and 4. The race committee had their work cut out for them in such challenging conditions with large wind shifts being the order of the day on both Saturday and Sunday. However, the race committee managed to do a fine job and got four races in on Saturday and one more in on Sunday before the match.
After Saturday, Ruby Blue held the lead on 13 points with a 1, 5, 6, 1 scoreline. Second was Corona Extra on 17 points (8, 1, 3, 5) followed by Sin Bin on 19 points (2, 7, 4, 6). However, there were two more races scheduled for Sunday and a discard that was due to kick in after a fifth race so there was plenty of scope for snakes and ladders on the leaderboard, particularly in the light and shifty winds. At the first weather mark of race 5, Corona Extra were in second with Ruby Blue down in 10th and some overall place shifting looked like it was on the cards but a fine first run by Ruby Blue brought them straight back into it and they rounded the first leeward mark in the top 5. By the end of race 5, Corona Extra had held onto second place but Ruby Blue had managed to claw their way back into third, meaning that they led Corona Extra by a point and Sin Bin by three points after discard. Time was running out and the OOD sensibly called a halt to proceedings in the dying breeze and got everyone ashore in time to see the match.
That is the last event for 2015 but we will be back early next Spring in Howth (presumably) – see you all there!