Kinvara 2015 Event ReportAfter a mixed bag of events this year wind wise, a hopeful crew of the country’s slalom sailors descended on Kinvara in Co. Galway over the October bank holiday weekend for the now traditional end of season show-down. Eager to end the season on a high and get one last fix of high-speed action on the water before the year draws to a close, nobody was disappointed as Kinvara delivered the goods yet again.
Building on the success of the event over the last number of years, Danny Mulryan and the Rusheen Bay Windsurfing crew served up an event that ensured sailors from both the Gold and Silver fleets got what they came for, and more.
Saturday started off with high octane action right from the get-go with the race team laying out a challenging figure of 8 course for both fleets to tackle.
In the Gold fleet a total of 7 races were completed, with Hannes Louet-Feisser continuing the winning form he has shown all season, taking 6 wins out of the 7. However, he was made to work hard for the wins with Maurice Owens, Graeme Kidd and Jeff Condell in particular pushing him hard around the race course all day in the increasingly strong winds . Max GPS speeds of 32knts were hit in the figure of 8 course.
Meanwhile, in the Silver fleet, the competition was no less intense. Sailing the same course as the Gold fleet to start, with one less gybe at the outside mark but later brought closer to the shore, the challenging conditions were met head on by the committed Silver fleet. In total 4 races were run on Saturday with Paul Ryan leading the charge around the course, taking 3 wins out of the 4. Just behind Paul, an interesting battle was emerging with Brian Duffy, Tomas Cikotas, Paul Rayner and Tim Walker all pushing each other for the remaining top 5 spots.
Sunday saw a change in wind direction, having swung more off-shore, presenting the sailors with lighter winds and flatter water. Indeed, with the conditions ideal for the Silver fleet, the OD made the decision to run off an extra few Silver fleet races in quick succession. However, even if the clocks had changed overnight, there was no change in form with Paul Ryan as he stormed to victory in 3 of the 4 races, once again hotly pursued by Tomas and Brian.
Meanwhile the Gold fleet managed to complete 2 more races on the Sunday with Jeff taking the first before normal service was resumed when Hannes took the win in the second. A little further back in the field Kieran Adams, Paddy Lyner, Keith Ryan and Kevin McGuinness all put in notable performances, recording several high positions (Kevin getting a Second Place!!!) between them in a number of the weekends races to hint that, perhaps, the top guys may have a few more faces to be looking out for at the first gybe mark in next year’s events.
With broken bodies and damaged gear strewn up and down the beach, and the wind dropping off slightly after lunch, the decision was made to call time on yet another Kinvara event.
As always, a huge thank you goes out to the unsung heroes of these events. First and foremost, to Danny Mulryan and Rusheen Bay/Point 7 team rider Maurice Owens for organising the event in the first place. A massive thanks also to the crew of both safety boats, Pierce Purcell, Mark Purcell and Dan King, for selflessly sticking it out in the cold, challenging conditions so that the competitors could enjoy themselves, safe in the knowledge that the boys had them covered. Finally, a sincere thank you to Energia for their continued support of windsurfing in Ireland and to the many competitors for travelling from the four corners of the country to support the event. Here’s looking forward to 2016!
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Results - Kinvara 2015: See Full Here
1. Paul Ryan
2. Brian Duffy
3. Tomas Cikotas
1. Hannes Louet-Feisser
2. Maurice Owens
3. Graeme Kidd
Full results for the year will be posted soon on www.windsurfing.ie.