Belfast Accountants Sponsor Event
Sponsored by Ross Boyd Chartered Accountants and Mackey Opticians, the popular event ran two races on the Saturday and one on the Sunday.
Quoile Yacht Club in the southwestern corner of Strangford Lough held its annual two-day cruiser-racer event over the weekend of 20th and 21st August with 20 entries in three classes. The highly anticipated event brings together sailors from across Ireland and is jam packed with entertainment which starts early and continues late into the evening. The BBQ and clubhouse facilities make it the perfect destination for the ideal family fun day and summer outdoor event! Spaces were available on the pontoon, and many competitors stayed overnight, allowing them to fully enjoy the festivities and get a good rest before the final race on Sunday.
Strong South Westerlies gusting up to 30 knots got the event off to an exciting start but just after Race 1 got underway the wind had settled into a slightly more manageable 15-22 knots. Generally, the Saturday conditions tested the competitors who relished the challenge.
In IRC, Peter Holden’s J109, Going to Red from Strangford Lough YC won all three races. Runner-up was Mike Spence’s A35, Le Basculer from Killyleagh and in third was the only visitor from outside the Lough, the O’Tiarnaigh/Mulholland/Harrington trio from Royal Ulster, Ballyholme and Sutton DC in the IMX 38 Excession.
The NHC class was topped by Michael Petticrew’s stunning Nicolson 43 Magdaleyne from East Down YC followed by the Maxi 999 Cascade (Harte & Orr from SLYC), and Sea Jade, Maeve and Ian Bogie’s Seaquest (SLYC).
Two first places in the NHCRS division gave Stevie Andrews’ Hanse 371 Dark and Scary overall first with runner up Kyle Bolton’s Moody 31 Kilcuan (Killyleagh YC) and in third Green Ginger, Maria McGrogan’s Sigma 33 from SLYC.
Special mention must go to Leisure 17 ‘Tara’. This yacht was helmed by Molly Harwood (16) and her crew: Chloe Flemming (14), Aine Harwood (14) and Nikita Kirk (19). These young ladies braved not only the brisk wind conditions on Saturday, but also persevered with the much lighter winds on Sunday – finishing in first place on the final race. They achieved a fantastic result, and they also looked the part while doing it – wearing matching pink jackets and displaying a true image of team spirit.
Thanks must go, once again, to our sponsors: Ross Boyd Chartered Accountants for their support in numbers and the purchase of prizes for our competitors, which allowed us to celebrate the participants successes appropriately.
The full results and further details on how the Belfast accountants sponsor 2-day event can be found on the QYC website : https://quoileyachtclub.com/event/two-day-event/
The full press release can be found here : https://afloat.ie/sail/northern-ireland-waters/item/55952-quoile-yacht-club-regatta-attracts-20-entries-for-strangford-lough-event#.Ywh9wENYJfs.gmail
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