The Annual Lough Corrib Regatta for SOD's commenced in light North Westerly's out of Lisloughrey, near Cong, Co Mayo.
Two races back to back out on the broadest part of the lake on an Olympic course with a stunning back drop of the nearby mountains. The 50 with Mark McCormick & Co took both Guns. Lunch in Lydons followed by two more races back to back on the same course, after lunch with 50 winning the first Race and 176 with Harman Murtagh & Co winning the second.
Dinner in Chez Leech's that evening with the intrepid sailors singing and dancing the night away in Lydons afterwards.
Sunday was for the Inshamboe Plate which is the only surviving Trophy of the short lived Lough Corrib Sailing Club established by Oliver Goodbody and Tom Kelly et al. This is a passage race to the picturesque village of Corn na Mona which is the only time SOD's race in a Gaeltacht area. The distance is over 8 nautical miles so we stop it half way to prevent it becoming a Soldiers race, wind was westerly F 4 to 5 so it was a beat and fetch. 171 with William Leech & Co won the first leg with the 50 winning the second leg. Lunch and pints in O'Malley's Pub then a return race back to Lisloughrey on a broad reach taking 45 minutes, with 50 winning it by half a boat length and 171 and 138 with David Algeo & Co a short nose in third.
Dinner was in Lydons followed by dancing with a brilliant live band, a small but dedicated group remained up till 0430 to solve many problems of the world.
Monday had gusts in excess of thirty knots so we sailed inside the islands in front of Ashford Castle. Two races back to back with Mark McCormick missing his toe straps and launching himself for a swim in 10 degrees! she capsized and that put them out of the championship.
176 won both races which put them comfortably ahead to win the overall Grainneuaile Trophy. The Silver fleet was won by Rory Walsh & Co in 170 and the Crusty Sailor Tankard went to Erica Mulvihill for being abandoned by Mark and capsizing in 50.