Freezing temperatures and a chilly Northerly arrived as forecast on Saturday 11th Feb for the final day of the CH Marine Monkstown Laser Winter League 2017. 19 entries, 12-15knots of breeze with clear skies brought the event to a fantastic close after 6 weeks of racing.

Veteran Race Officer, Colin Barry , on board the committee vessel “Kiawah” , set a course from Monkstown creek up to Monkstown’s Sand Quay. The presence of the Cork Harbour Marina and a strong ebb tide meant the battle for first place was usually won by whomever could stay closest to the shore.

The breezy conditions meant a renaissance for some of the heavy-air specialists , and former Great Britain Laser Squad sailor Rob Howe arrived back on the leaderboard with 2 firsts. Nick Walsh also revelled in the conditions carding a first in race 2, and Charles Dwyer took first in race 3. Unfortunately , the strong gusts also meant some spectacular capsizes as a couple of competitive sailors took icy plunges into the waters of Monkstown Bay.

Overall , Ronan Kenneally held on for first position, Nick Walsh took second , Charles Dwyer in third , rob Howe in fourth , and Paul o Sullivan in fifth.

The prize giving was held in the well known “Bosun Bar and Restaurant” where Charles Dwyer distributed prizes donated by CH Marine and awarded the famous “yard of ale” trophy to Kenneally for the second year running. Next event on the Laser sailing calendar is the “Baltimore Icicle” on 25/26 Feb.

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Event organiser Charles Dwyer presenting the “yard of ale” trophy to Ronan Kenneally