The standout performance of the 2017 O’Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup was Rob McConnell’s Fool’s Gold, with a string of six bullets in a Class 1 IRC fleet jam-packed with top-notch racers and no less than eleven J109s writes Peadar Murphy. … read full article
The all conquering Fools Gold crew from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club with the 2017 Sovereign’s Cup. Straight wins across the series – a string of six bullets – in Class 1 IRC which was the largest division with 16 boats out of the 98-strong fleet meant Rob McConnell’s result was the best score of the event. Pictured (Back row) left to right: Roy Darrer – Helm Stephen McConnell – Bow Rob McConnell – Skipper Aaron Power – Trimmer 2 Dougie Power – Mast Graham Curran – Trimmer 1 (Front row) left to right: Stephen Ryan – Backup Trimmer Marcella Connolly – Mid-bow Greg Morrisey – Pit Tom Fitzpatrick -Tactician. Not pictured: Brian Heneghan
Photo: Bob Bateman
This ‘s 2017 Sovereign’s year’s winner of the coveted Sovereign’s Cup belied the quality and competitiveness of her opposition with flawless execution allowing Fool’s Gold the luxury of discarding a first place! Pat Kelly’s Storm, triumphant in Scotland just a month ago could do no better than a string of second place finishes against the Dunmore East-based Archambault 35, and even John Maybury’s Joker II, so often a race and regatta winner, never scored better than a third place to finish up in third place overall in Class 1 IRC. Such was the awesome consistency of Fool’s Gold and Storm, they repeated their first and second places in ECHO, with Lauren Heskin and Jim Grealish’s NowWhat coming in third overall in Class 1 ECHO.