Irish J/24 Autumn Series Report
October 17, 2016
On the Gublusk Bay in Ireland, the Lough Erne YC hosted the Autumn J/24 Series. Sailing this fall were a record 11 J/24s. Their first weekend saw SSE winds, 13 kts gusting to 25 kts, and plenty of sunshine. The fleet went out to race in a brisk gusty breeze for four exciting races on well-set fair courses set by Race Officer Michael Whaley. Course lengths and timing were very efficient. Four full length, tightly contested races were fitted neatly into four hours. After four races on October 2, Luke McBride’s JIGALO had a 2-3-1-1 for 7 points, Finbarr Ryan’s JELIGNITE had a 1-1-2-5 for 9 points and Gerry Gilligan’s JANA a 3-2-3-2 for 10 points. Mick Clarke’s JERIATRIX held the fourth position with a 5-5-4-4 for 18 points, and standing in fifth place was John Buckley’s JOTA with a 6-4-6-3 for 19 points. On the following Sunday, October 9, Michael Whaley was again Race Officer with a skilled LEYC team setting and resetting four good courses in very light and shifty winds (three races were shortened to one round; the fourth was full two rounds). The standings shuffled substantially from the previous weekend. Winning the day was JAMAIS ENCORE with 7 points, followed by JIGALO with 10 points and JERIATRIX in third. The final four races are planned for October 15. For more J/24 sailing information at Lough Erne Yacht Club, visit http://www.leyc.net/.