The final day of the 2013 Covestone Asset Management Sovereign’s Cup in served up a day of magnificent sailing with Caribbean like conditions in 14-16 kts of wind, flat seas and blazing sunshine. The idyllic conditions provided the battleground for all classes who after three days racing remained very tight at the top with all to play for.
In front of a packed club house, Regatta Director Mike Walsh thanked all competitors for taking part in this year’s event. ‘You, the sailors, make the event and for that, we here in Kinsale Yacht Club are most appreciative.’ Mike thanked the army of volunteers and Yacht Club staff who made the event work so well and making his job very easy. Before getting into the overall prize-giving, Mike made a small presentation to Denis Kiely, who twenty years ago had the vision to establish a regatta in Kinsale on the alternate year to Royal Cork’s Cork Week. He thanked Denis for his ongoing support since his brave decision to put Sovereign’s Cup on the sailing calendar so many years ago.
Class Zero and One blasted around the bay on the round the cans course on the final day of racing. Andy William’s team on-board Keromino stretched their legs in impressive style displaying awesome power under her A-sail on the downwind legs to finish her regatta with two bullets and the class Zero overall trophy. Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Corby 39 Gloves Off came home in second with club mate Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice pipping Richard Fildes Impetuous into third by a mere half a point.
Class one proved a battleground between the J109’s and A-35’s for all podium positions. John Maybury’s Joker II with North Sails Ireland Nigel Young calling shots took the laurels on 15 points with HYC’s Storm coming second on 18 points. Third was the Rob McConnell’s Fools Gold on 26 points. A mere 3 points separated third from fifth, making Class One one of the closes fought classes of the regatta.
Sovereign’s Cup veteran and former overall trophy winner, Anthony Gore-Grimes and his team on Dux proved consistency is the name of the game. Discarding a sixth, the team on Dux neer finished outside of the top four to win the class. WHSC’s Slack Alice took second on twenty points with the evergreen Cavatina filling the final podium position on twenty two points.
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