What a great final race to finish on! It was nip and tuck all the way with Per Elisa leading at the first mark from General Tapioca with Checkmate third, Superhero fourth, Red Cloud fifth, Headhunter sixth and Harmony seventh.
The sun was out, the wind was in the mid teens gusting to upper teens at times and there was a big confused sea running which made for spectacular seat of the pants sailing.
Checkmate sailed a great run and second beat to head the fleet at the second weather mark by half a dozen boat lengths and then defended her position all the way to the finish. Per Elisa hung on for second finishing just ahead of Harmony with General Tapioca fourth home.
As they crossed the line they could see the AP over H flags flying on the committee boat indicating that there would be no further racing and so the fleet headed home.
We are awaiting official confirmation of the results, but it looks like Irish eyes will be smiling.