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Despite the horrendous weather which had encircled Northern Ireland last weekend a tiny window opened to allow the August “Challenge” races of the Northern Ireland Restricted Keelboat Racing Association (NIRKRA) to proceed. A Bangor bay morning of sun-drenched competition, which after a series of light weather windward-lee races, in turn, saw the  crowning of a new 'King Nirk'.

NIRKRA is an owner controlled class designed to give good, competitive, close racing at a reasonable cost.  It is aimed at small racing keelboats within the Province with the emphasis on keeping the class in a small rating band so racing is as close as can be. NIRKRA racing is currently run under the RYA's NHC system.

With the NHC numbers revised after the previous 'Super Sunday,' none of the fleet were sure who would profit after the mathematics had had their day. Proceedings were opened by the crew of QT-pi who were taking no chances; at the helm, Ballyhome's Charlie Taylor drove the Gibsea80+ into a commanding lead gained from the second windward leg, and held it to the finish. The Starflash of Alan Morrison & John Simms were second on the water, with the defending 'NIRK' Prodigal, third.

In race two the same three boats were swapping places on the water with Prodigal gaining the final advantage from Starflash and QT-pi. However on corrected time it was the 'Starflashers' who profited yet again. The latest addition to the fleet, Nick & Davy Quinn's Eygthene 24, Chatterbox took third place, and then topped off his Super Sunday with second place in the final race! 

For the final race, the wind Gods played their closing card. A lifeless starting line saw most of the fleet in irons. But as the wind again swept in from the west, the last boat away became the first to round the weather mark! Prodigal lead the fleet home, but a surging Starflash was close enough to make it three wins in row on corrected time; it was indeed a 'Super Sunday' for the home club - Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Ashore at BYC, and organised by NIRKRA secretary Tom Bell, the fleet enjoyed a Gourmet Barbeque as well as a 'live session' from the next county Down music superstar Sam Wickens.  
 

POS

BOAT

TYPE

OWNER

CLUB

SCORE

1

Starflash

Starflash

A. Morrison/J. Simms

Ballyholme YC

3

2

Prodigal

Bolero

TN Jobling

East Antrim BC

9

3

Chatterbox

Eygthene24

D&N. Quinn

Ballyholme YC

10

4

QT-pi

Seagib 80

J. Coffey/T. Bell

Royal Ulster YC

11

5

Mumbo Jumbo

Contessa 25

C. West-Hirst/K. Storey

Royal Ulster YC

12


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