An Seabhac claims 2018 Gortmore Bell
The Iniscealtra Sailing Club annual Gortmore Bell race from Mountshannon on Lough Derg took place on Saturday 7th September. The wind was 10 to 15 knots from the South generally all day moving South West later in the race, which gave the fleet of 22 boats a long downwind leg to the Gortmore Mark at the Northern end of the lake and a long upwind leg home.
Class 2 set off 30 minutes ahead of class 1 and after racing for just under 5 and a half hours, the line honours was taken by the class 2 Kelt 29 ‘Celtic Charisma’ only 12 seconds ahead of the class 1 SB20 ‘Deakin Marine’.
In class 1, Dan O’Donnell’s Hanse ‘Dash’ took the win from the Dufour 36 ‘Passe Partout’ with the J24 ‘Luder’ taking third place.
Class 2 saw a great battle between a number of boats reeling back the years and sailing very well in the conditions. The Jeanneau Arcadia ‘Reflex’ took third place behind the Westerly Longbow ‘Serendipity’ but sailing very consistently across the day gave Jonathan Ryan and crew on the Sadler 32 ‘An Seabhac’ the class 2 and overall win in the 2018 race.
Race report on Afloat Website also