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Royal St. George's J122 'Aurelia' Takes DMYC Kish Race Victory on Dublin Bay

26th September 2022
Outbound to the Kish light on Dublin Bay - Colm Duggan's Viking was the top Shipman 28 competitor in 12th place in the 56-boat for the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Outbound to the Kish light on Dublin Bay - Colm Duggan's Viking was the top Shipman 28 competitor in 12th place in the 56-boat for the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Credit: Afloat

Chris Power Smith's well-proven J122, Aurelia, took the overall win in Sunday's fine turnout for the Leinster Boats sponsored annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club

The Royal St.George offshore exponent ended up with a three-minute winning margin over Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600 Searcher, who finished with a corrected time of 2:41:23.

In a spread of different designs, the 56-boat fleet included ocean-going Hallberg Rasseys, plenty of popular one-design classes right-down to the 21-foot First 211s, as well as a good showing from the ISORA brigade.

Winner Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia (left) executed a fast running start with second overall Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600 Searcher also quick out of the traps in the DMYC Kish Race Photo: Afloat(Above and below) Winner Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia (sail number 35950) executed a fast running start with second overall Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600 Searcher (2729) also quick out of the traps at the pin end of the DMYC Kish Race Photo: Afloat

Winds were westerly up to ten knots with stronger gusts offshore, giving the fleet a downwind start for the 28 km race.

The view from the West Pier of the fine turnout of 56 boats for the end of season DMYC Kish raceThe view from the West Pier of the fine turnout of 56 boats for the end of season DMYC Kish race

Operating from the DBSC Starters hut on Dun Laoghaire's West Pier, Race Officer Cormac Bradley got the fleet away punctually at 11 am.

Rounding the famous lighthouse to port, the fleet had an upwind leg home to Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Third, in the fine combined keelboat turnout, was Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Barry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast from the Royal Irish Yacht Club competing in the DMYC Kish Race Photo: AfloatBarry Cunningham's Cape 31 Blast from the Royal Irish Yacht Club competing in the DMYC Kish Race Photo: Afloat

As Afloat reported earlier, the event encompassed a stage of the Cruiser 3 Championship.

Kevin Byrne's Hunter Formula 28 Starlet was a front runner in the Cruiser 3 Championships that incorporated the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatKevin Byrne's Hunter Formula 28 Starlet was a front runner in the Cruiser 3 Championships that incorporated the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

Michael Cutliffe's Ruffian 23 Ruffles topped a strong Ruffian 23 turnout in eighth overall. Likewise, the top performer from a strong Shipman 28 class representation was Colm Duggan's Viking.

Ruff Rider was one of six Ruffian 23s (two retired) competing in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatRuff Rider was one of six Ruffian 23s (two retired) competing in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat 

In a strong turnout from Greystones Harbour Sailing Club in County Wicklow, three boats finished in the top ten overall.

Frank Whelan's new Archambault 31A-Plus from Greystones was seventh in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatFrank Whelan's new Archambault 3, A-Plus from Greystones was seventh in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

Daragh Cafferky's Archambault 35 Another Adventure was fifth. Club mate Frank Whelan's new Archambault 31A-Plus was seventh and Steve Hayes's Magic e Beneteau, a  First 34.7, was tenth.

The Kish Race organiser was DMYC Rear Commodore Ben MulliganThe Kish Race organiser was DMYC Rear Commodore Ben Mulligan  Photo: Afloat

Myles Kelly's Senator Maranda passes the visiting cruiser liner Seven Seas Splendour on the outbound leg to the Kish light Photo: AfloatMyles Kelly's Senator Maranda passes the visiting cruiser liner Seven Seas Splendour on the outbound leg to the Kish light Photo: Afloat

Alan McMahon's Hallberg Rassy 352 Esperanza competing in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatAlan McMahon's Hallberg Rassy 352 Esperanza competing in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

 The Beneteau First 34.7 Magic e skipped by Steve Hayes from Greystones Sailing Club finished tenth in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat The Beneteau First 34.7 Magic e skipped by Steve Hayes from Greystones Sailing Club finished tenth in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

Double-handed Grzegorz Kalinecki's First 310 More Mischief, who competed in June's Round Ireland Race, was also a competitor in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatDouble-handed Grzegorz Kalinecki's First 310 More Mischief, who competed in June's Round Ireland Race, was also a competitor in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

Pete Evans's Beneteau 211 Anemos II was a competitor  in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatPete Evans's Beneteau 211 Anemos II was a competitor  in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

The Ronan Haughey Beneteau 31.7 After You Too from the Royal St. George Yacht Club at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatThe Ronan Haughey Beneteau 31.7 After You Too from the Royal St. George Yacht Club at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

Vincent Duke's Trintella III Black Robin competing in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: AfloatVincent Duke's Trintella III Black Robin competing in the annual Kish Race at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat

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