The Irish Moth Tour continued at the weekend with its third ever event in Lough Ree. The regatta comprised of a combined Moth and Waterwag event, the inspiration of Wag sailor Cathy Mac Aleavey. The Irish Moth fleet which has swelled to 12 boats over the past 12 months were delighted to sail and socialise alongside the oldest one-design dinghies in the world.
Arriving 'mothies' such as Ronan Wallace, Ryan Seaton and Annalise Murphy all told stories of passers-by asking what kind of air plane was on the roof of their cars! A pre-event dinner was kindly hosted by Glassin Golf Club on Friday evening before going back to the Killinure Chalets where all mothies had taken up residence in the 17 man house.
The next morning they had a short briefing where Con Murphy told the Wag and Moth fleet that the plan was for three races off the marina before racing downwind to The Wineport Lodge for lunch, followed by another three races in front of the Wineport and a race home. After one rather hairy race, where nearly everyone manage to crash into the rushes at some point, the fleet headed off downwind to the Wineport which turned out to be a real adventure sailing through small cuts and around islands! Once they arrived down to the area in front of the Wineport Lodge, they sailed another two races, Rory Fitzpatrick was in good form so far winning three out of three!
A fantastic lunch was generously hosted by the event sponsor ‘The Wineport Lodge’ where Wags and Mothies were treated like kings, and had an amazing selection of soup, sandwiches, chicken wings and chips all while in wetsuits.
Both fleets relaunched afloat for more racing and it had got a bit more patchy so looking for wind was what proved to be important (and not capsizing). In Race 4 Rory crashed out meters from the finish line and watched Ryan, Annalise and John all speed by him. Race 5 was Ryan’s race finishing close to a leg ahead of the rest. Race 6 was a quick upwind to the windward mark then a fast reach across to the cut then a 20 tack upwind back to Quigley’s Marina. Rory, Ryan and Annalise all managed to get through the cut in the rushes foiling and then met up with Gavin Doyle who had chosen the more sensible route home. It was then a battle of fitness and boat handling all the way back to the marina..
After an exhausting Day 1, moth newbie Neil O’Toole had a quick blast in John’s boat before everyone headed to the Killinure Chalets Pub for dinner.
Sunday kicked off looking like a nice medium day but by the time they launched it was up to 20 knots gusting 25 sometimes, so Con made the call to race just of Quigley’s marina again. In some of the gusts downwind the sailors were hitting 25-28 knots and trying to turn up at that speed is extremely difficult but luckily we they a good incentive to get the turn ups right given the proximity of the reeds at the side of the lake! Race 7, Race 8 and Race 9 were won by Rory with Ryan and John Chambers taking second in one a piece. In the last race of the day Rory and Annalise were neck and neck all the way around and after an out of control round up Annalise managed to get just ahead of him to win by a boat length.
Rory retained the teapot trophy, with Ryan in second, John and Annalise finished on equal points and then Ronan, Gavin and Neil. They all had a great weekend and would like to thank Quigley’s marina for letting them launch, The Killinure Chalets for the great house, The Wineport Lodge for the amazing lunch and letting us sit inside their restaurant in our wetsuits! The Wag class for showing us they are definitely the class who has the most craic. But particularily to Con for being OOD and Eddie and Dara for helping out on the committee boat. Clara for the photos and not getting irate over the amount of cardon chat that happened at the weekend, and last but not least Cathy for organising everything. It really was a brilliant weekend.
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