The 2013 Lambay Races were bathed, from start to finish, in glorious sunshine and wafted over by a light north-easterly breeze. Rarely have competitors crossed the start lines and finish lines wearing shorts! In addition, the generous support of sponsors "Trustee Decisions" and "Fresh Cut Food Services" ensured that this year's event was well funded and wanting for nothing.
The regular HYC competitors were joined by sailors from other clubs, swelling the numbers to over 120 boats. Certainly, the weather during the last week encouraged more people to search out the sun cream and hit the water.
Boat of the day, being awarded the Lambay Lady, was "Hard on Port", a bog standard J24 which showed a clean pair of heels to some other Class 3 exotica and won by 3:20 minutes. A grinning Flor O'Driscoll put his success down to skirting closely along the southern shore off Lambay and getting into some slack tidal patches.
The Howth Seventeens, the class that kicked off the Lambay Races over a century ago, were lead home by Ian Malcolm's "Aura". Suitably, that class was awarded its prizes first.
A "GoPro" camera, ideal for recording the good and bad parts of any sailing venture, was raffled and won by Squib sailor, Serena Blacoe. The full proceeds of the raffle, over 400, will go to Howth Lifeboat.