The Iniscealtra Sailing Club’s annual Gortmore Bell race took place on Lough Derg on Saturday 11 September. With a forecast of only 5-7 knots, the course was shortened considerably to get around Coose Mark rather than Gortmore and return home to Mountshannon via Garrykennedy.
The Class 2 boats left 30 minutes earlier than the Class 1, but with the wind stopping at regular intervals, it didn’t take long for the Class 1 to catch up with a broken down fleet at Hare Island. In class 1, it is ‘Sonic Boom’, an SB20, which leads the fleet around Coose mark and manages to extend the lead over the water to finish with more than 1 hour ahead of the fleet at the time elapsed. .
The battle for victory at the corrected time was firmly within the Class 2 fleet with a wind that stabilized at 10 knots for the final stages. Pengy helmed by Brendan Watson and Ali Baba helmed by Brendan Sheppard managed to make their boats whisper at all times in light and incredibly variable conditions, challenging Class 1 boats all day.
It was Pengy, a Beneteau First skippered by Brendan Watson who finally won the Gortmore Bell trophy with Maybee piloted by Philip Despard winner of class 1 and Sonic Boom helmed by Andrew Deakin in the spotlight.