posted on July 22, 2014 12:31
Conor Gorman of the National Yacht Club won the Optimist Class’s Crosbie Cup (limited to Silver Fleet competitors only) hosted for IODAI by Malahide Yacht Club and sponsored by TGI Fridays.
Over the six-race series on the Broadmeadows, young Gorman was a model of consistency, recording three second places and one first to finish comfortably ahead of runner-up Sam Crawford (Howth YC) and the first girl Leah Rickard (National YC) in third.
The 28-boat fleet experienced light easterly winds on the Saturday but conditions improved significantly on the second day, giving PRO Derek Bothwell the opportunity to provide three longer races in fresher westerlies.
Running in tandem with the Silver Fleet on a separate course was the Regatta Fleet, which mixed racing with coaching, as usual in the Optimist Class. It attracted an entry of 33 boats from seven clubs.