Maurice Owens tastes gold in historical windsurfing day at Castlegregory

June 12, 2012 | Windsurfing
Castlegregory: Irish windsurfing heaven

The best windsurfers in Ireland enjoyed an historical day of windsurfing in Castlegregory, Kerry, for the second stage of the 2012 Irish Slalom Series. In fact, it was considered "an orgy of windsurfing".

Steady 20-25 knots of wind picked up around 11am and stayed for the day complemented by blue and green flat water conditions. To be clear, there was no where better to be windsurfing than Castlegregory.

Jamie Knox was blown away. Conditions were perfect for nearly 40 competitors across Gold and Silver fleets. Ten races were held back to back.

"I was going down the wrong road. I was actually considering joining Dublin Surf Club, and at one really low point, I was checking websites to see if kitesurfing lessons had come down in price. Now, after that day's racing things are looking up", said Paul Reid, a veteran of Irish Slalom Racing.

In the Silver Fleet, Steven Lawless consistently finished in the top 3. Paul Green always has a good event in Kerry and this was no different. He picked up first place overall in the Silver Fleet.

One of the first to get planning from either fleets was Joanne Murphy and winner of the overall Ladies fleet, piping Eilis Nihill to the prize. The Silver fleet competition was immense with very little separating the fleet.

The wave sailing phenomenon Rob Jones entered the Gold Fleet mix looking for dual champion status, but fortunately was held off by veteran performer and musician Maurice Owens, who took first place.

Fintan Day and William "Wookie" Revels were fighting for third place and it was Fintan who took it with less than two points. Barry Whitelaw was in serious form in the first few races with a serious ability to get going quick.

Kevin McGuinness was seen proudly sporting the Gold Fleet bib, after his Silver Fleet success in 2011 and the consequential promotion. He took the success from last year and continued with some fine racing and nearly won the Master Blast.