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In the performance of the Calves Week regatta so far, Frank Whelan's Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club took her third win of the week in the 13-boat class Zero/One class, this time in the event's Fastnet race on the penultimate day of racing writes Bob Bateman. Second to Eleuthera in IRC overall is the Royal St George Yacht Club J/109 Dear Prudence (Patrick Cruise O'Brien). Third overall is Black Velvet, the First 34.7 skippered by Calves Week regular Leslie Parnell of the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

There were superb conditions for the race with a westerly breeze with sunshine greeting the sixty-one starters. A short beat across the Harbour, a turn to port to bring the fleets on to a reach with some of the brave hearts trying spinnakers to another mark out the harbour which brought the various fleets on to a beat up the sound. All but Whitesail two took in Goat Island before heading for the Rock.

Fastnet race calves week2Frank Whelan's Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club

Class one continued around Cape Clear Island while the remainder of the classes returned to the Harbour via a variety of race marks and Inner islands. This resulted in the majority of yachts finishing close together on the inner harbour line much to the delight of the many holidaymakers watching from the shore.

Fastnet race calves week2George Radley's Half Tonner Cortegada from Great Island Sailing Club Photo: Bob Bateman

In a nine-boat Class Two fleet, the Sunfast 32 Bad Company (Frank Desmond) of Royal Cork Yacht Club leads overall from clubmate Kieran Collins in the Olson 30 Coracle VI. Third is George Radley's Half Tonner Cortegada from Great Island Sailing Club.

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In Class Three IRC, Dan O'Donovan's Seconds Count from Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club leads Billy Burke's Sigma 33 Musketeer. Third from five starters is Padraig O'Donovan's Fastnet 34 Chameleon from Kinsale Yacht Club.

Full results are here

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The weather gods continued to shine on PRO Alan Crosbie and his well-drilled team at sunny Gas Calves Week in Schull, West Cork as the large fleet lined up in a 15–knot westerly wind for another inner harbour start on day two of the event.

The various courses took the fleets on a scenic tour of four of the offshore islands, with the finish line off north harbour Cape Clear, where competitors had a chance to sample the recently completed pontoon facilities.

In Class One IRC, Frank Whelan's 'Eleuthera' scored another victory in the series, while the Echo trophy went to Gary Fort sailing 'Jaguar' from Tralee Sailing Club.

In Class Two, it was victory in both divisions for the Royal Cork's 'Bad Company' holding off fellow club member Kieran Collins 'Coracle' in IRC and Fergus Coughlan's 'Jedi' in Echo.

In Class Three, Dan O Donovan's 'Second Counts' revelled in the lively conditions to hold off the challenge of Great Island Sailing Club's 'Musketeer', while in class 4 IRC, the conditions again suited the Murphy families Moody 'Shelly D' to take podium position with Paul Taylor's Tralee based 'Sea Pslam' winning Echo, despite having an encounter with the Perch rock.

In White Sail One, Dennis Murphy's 'Nieulargo' continued her winning streak in both IRC and Echo while in WS 2 it was a win for local boat 'Dreamcatcher' sailed by Frank Murphy.

Full results are here

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Following the celebrations at the opening ceremony on Monday evening, it was a far cry from Quail and Cork Dry Gin as the sixty-three boat fleet took to the water in Schull Harbour for race one in Calves Week.

The morning started bright and clear with the 10/12kt westerly wind allowing OD Alan Crosbie to start all the fleets off the eastern shore of the inner harbour with a dramatic short dash to the windward mark off the opposite shore. From there to the turning mark at the harbour mouth there was little to separate the competitors, however, the long beat up Long Island channel certainly separated the men from the boys, with the six fleets splitting on to a variety of courses at Goat Island.

Black Velvet Leslie parnellLeslie Parnell's Black Velvet from Dublin Bay Photo: Bob Bateman

A series of short rain squalls struck the spinnaker fleets as they crossed Long Island Bay, causing anxious moments as the clocks read 30kts, particularly for the crew of Musketeer from Cobh who had to act swiftly to recover one of their crew, who had an unexpected dip in the choppy water of the bay, however, they continued incredibly to finish second in IRC 3.

In class one Frank Whelan's Eleuthera had a first in both IRC and Echo ahead of Conor Phelan's Jump Juice, while in class two it was a clean sweep for the crew of Bad Company.

In class three it was a productive day for Dan Donovan's Seconds Count from Dungarvan S.C winning both divisions, while class four IRC went to local boat Shelly D sailed by the Murphy family with Rob O Reilys Bonjour from Monkstown S.C taking the Echo trophy.

IndulgenceAidan Heffernan's Dehler, Indulgence Photo: Bob Bateman

In the White Sail division, it was a victory for local boats with Aidan Heffernan's Indulgence winning both divisions while Michael Hearn's Summerfly came home first in Echo.

At a packed presentation on main street Schull, the consensus among the various crew was that it was a superb day's racing dampened only by some strange ECHO results that appeared to bring the system into question with skippers, particularly from the Royal Cork, advocating the adoption of their current Sailwave Scoring Software for future events.

Full results are here

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West Cork, Ireland's own Lotus Land, should be designated a licensed substance writes W M Nixon. A licensed substance with a proper scientific code, to be administered only by highly-trained professionals. People in white coats. In a clinical setting. For West Cork is as much an induced state of mind as it is a place.

Geographically, it may be defined as somewhere down the road beyond Bandon or thought of as the coastline westward of the Old Head of Kinsale. Others insist it only really begins at Galley Head or even at the Stags. But either way, that's only West Cork as seen on maps or charts. Once you've inhaled it and lived it, it's in the mind and stays there – it's with you wherever you go.

It's a narcotic. A place beyond reality. An other-worldly coastline where the Fastnet Rock might be just another item of the furniture were it an ordinary rock, but that's to underestimate the mythos of the Fastnet Rock. Even when the Fastnet is seen every day, you don't take it for granted. Every time, it's as sacred and as special and as startling as Skellig Michael.

fastnet rock racing2Thursday's race will be round the Fastnet Rock, eternal symbol of West Cork. Photo: Robert Bateman

As for the coastline off which it is set, it's just glorious in its scenery and variety and selection of hospitable harbours. And they've crazy names to go with it. After all, when you think of it, who would knowingly select "Skibbereen" for the name of the main town? Crookhaven? No comment. And who, other than an author of works of absurd Paddywhackery, would choose "Ballydehob" as the name for a classic boat-building, culinary and cultural hotspot, yet it seems normal in West Cork.

As for one of the trendiest places on the entire seaboard, it's called Schull. But in times past, careless cartographers have now and again rendered it as Skull. No matter. As of yesterday evening, Schull's population was in the process of trebling as the August holidays arrived upon us. And if at times its ever-so-clever summer re-titling as Dublin 32 tries to take hold, rest assured that with the full West Cork treatment, everyone is a Schull sailor as the annual four-day GAS Calves Week gets underway next Tuesday.

For people from the other side of the planet, the word is the Calves are a trio of islands between Schull and Baltimore, out towards Cape Clear off Roaringwater Bay, which is so named because the Roaringwater River runs into a corner of it - the place itself has many areas of serene sea. Whatever the names, it's a great place to sail, and when they were trying to rationalise the traditional local pattern of local annual regattas in early August, the idea of a more compact basically Schull-based Calves Week for cruiser-racers came up.

map of west cork3Schull at the hub of the West Cork universe
Needless to say, those of us who had cherished the old West Cork Regattas in their original slightly anarchic form resisted the new name. After all, we have the fondest memories of great happenings in the vaguely eight-day programme of the old days, such as the extra-long week that included Schull Centenary Regatta of 1984.

That particular race looked like petering out entirely because of the onset of total calm when the leading boat on the water was the great Ron Holland-designed Imp, owned at that stage of her colourful career by Michael O'Leary of Dublin Bay. But this was the Centenary Regatta. A result was urgently needed. So the Race Committee simply moved the finish line to where Imp was sitting stopped, fired a finishing gun, and allocated places to the rest of the fleet accordingly. We had a result.

schull harbour aerial4Schull Harbour in the summertime
schull fleet5The fleet's in – Schull Harbour in Calves Week

But times have changed. People prefer their sailing in manageable and digestible chunks, "Calves Week" is a handy brand name which is now well established. And who knows, but with the way the world is these days, Calves Week might still be going strong when Cowes and its Week is one with Nineveh and Tyre.

The fact that it's just a four day Week is something else which everyone takes comfortably in their stride, for four days of racing on the trot should be quite enough for anyone. The rest of the week's holiday can be given over to family and relaxation. Let us be clear, however, that when the racing is underway, it's quietly serious. Not gloomy, we hasten to add. But serious as in determined and competitive. For, in the end, quietly serious and determined racing is actually much more fun that so-called fun racing.

shelly d and witchcraft6With a large visiting fleet, the locals get their act together – this is SHSC's Michael Murphy with his Moody 30 Shelly D (left) getting to grips with the Oyster 26 Witchcraft owned by Simon Nelson of Fastnet Marine Centre. Photo: Robert Bateman
aris heeling7The wonders of what you can do with twin rudders – Dennis O'Sullivan (SHSC) tracking on with Aris. Photo: Robert Bateman

So the hosting Schull Harbour Sailing Club under Commodore Frank O'Hara have secured – for the first time – the services of renowned race Officer Alan Crosbie of Kinsale and his team, and the compact programme will test everyone's mettle within civilised limits. The fleet, which could well get up to the eighty mark with summer returning and a relaxed attitude to late entries now that everyone is in town, is to be divided into six classes today, viz Class 0/1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4, White Sail 1 and White Sail 2.

The starts are at an easily-reached line within Schull Harbour mouth or at Copper Point, and while the starting sequence gets underway each day at a civilised time around noon, the programme rings the changes thanks to the varieties of courses, which the selection of islands combined with judiciously-place race marks can offer.

There are also acknowledgements to the regattas of yore. In times past in the old West Cork regatta series, the Wednesday saw Cape Clear regatta at which everyone won a prize – including boats, it emerged, which had not even put to sea from that quirky island's harbour. But eventually Cape Clear Regatta faded, yet the fondest memories have lingered, and this year's Wednesday's racing (August 8th) will finish off North Harbour, Cape Clear, where the recently much-upgraded harbour should be better able to cope with fleet numbers, and some hope to give it a larger role in future Calves Weeks.

new pontoon at cape clear8The new pontoon at Cape Clear is now in its first season

Thursday also sees a very significant nod to the past with the annual race round the Fastnet Rock, starting and finishing in Schull. It's always magic, and after seeing the effect of the all-fleet-shared start of the Harbour Race at Volvo Cork Week at mid-July, there's a suggestion that the Calves Week Fastnet Race of Thursday, August 9th might see something similar.

Throughout all this, competition will be building as fleet leaders begin to emerge, and Friday's concluding around the islands and marks race will see the heat building to the final result in an interesting fleet which includes many of Ireland's top boats.

rockabill vi schull9Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI (RIYC), seen here running seawards with Mount Gabriel in the background, is making her third annual appearance at Calves Week. Photo: Robert Bateman

Defending overall champion is Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire, which had a great year in 2017, with the overall win in the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race under her belt before she scored in style at Schull. This year her fortunes have been more mixed. But when she leapt to centre stage last weekend to win the stormy ISORA Race and put herself right in the frame in the ISORA Points Championship 2018, any suggestion that she might forego Calves Week in order to amass further points in the ISORA Race of August 11th were dismissed out of hand – the August holiday at the family place in Schull with a family-and-friends-raced Calves Week is central to the Higgins way of life, and the ISORA Championship can wait until the James C Eadie Cup Race on September 8th.

At the sharp end of the fleet, Rockabill VI finds herself in company with Conor Phelan's Ker 36 Jump Juice from Crosshaven, which doesn't seem to have stopped moving between major regattas since turning up at the Scottish Series in May. And with the amalgamation of classes 0 and 1, they should find themselves shaping up to Frank Whelan's all-conquering Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera from Greystones, one of the most interesting and attractive boats in the current Irish scene, as any follower of Afloat.ie will know.

eleuthera crew10All the usual suspects….Eleuthera's crew, Frank Whelan fourth from right.

eleuthera debut11Still in the wrappings. An apparently white Eleuthera makes her Irish debut at Calves Week 2017. But it seems that the white topsides were only carefully-applied plastic sheeting, and now it has been removed to reveal her true midnight blue identity (below). Photos: Robert Bateman and David O'Brien/Afloat.ieEleuthera Greystones 0984

A Judel/Vrolik design of 2002, she still looks as fresh as tomorrow, and when she made her debut in Ireland exactly a year ago at Calves Week, despite being already 15 years old, she still wasn't out of the wrappers. The French owner from whom Frank bought her had wanted a white boat. But instead of a re-spray job, he's had her coated in a dense white plastic sheet, and when that was removed last winter, there was Eleuthera as good as new again in her midnight blue livery, a potent machine which is a delight to sail.

Another boat with an interesting history making the Schull scene is a case of local-boy-made-good. Dermot Cronin first made an impression on Irish sailing in Schull, but his burgeoning career took him to Dublin, and for years he has been associated with sailing successfully at home and abroad under Malahide YC colours. The most notable achievement was when he and his son Paddy won the Two-Handed Division in the Rolex Middle Sea Race of 2015 with their First 40.7 Encore. So when the likes of Eleuthera, Encore, Jump Juice and Rockabill VI line up in Schull next week, the impression that this is a fleet for serious consideration is right on target.

paddy and dermot cronin13Paddy and Dermot Cronin after winning the Two-Handed Division in the Rolex Middles Sea Race 2015 with their First 40.7 Encore, which they'll be racing in Calves Week 2018

It will, of course, include at least two J/109s in the form of DBSC Commodore Chris Moore and partners' Powder Monkey, and the Jones family of Crosshaven's Jelly Baby. There's a historical gem in the form of the 1996-vintage Mills 36 Raptor, originally built as Aztec by David Harte (now very much of Schull himself) working with Garrett Connolly for Peter Beamish, but now raced by Denis Hewitt and partners from the Royal Irish YC, and fresh from the overall win in the Coastal Class in Volvo Cork Week.

Another historically-interesting entry is the 1978-designed Olson 30 Coracle VI (Kieran Collins), a modified Californian sledge design which, despite being mainly designed for Pacific Ocean offwind speed, is a remarkably good all-rounder which usually manages to be in the frame even in IRC racing.

smile racing14West coast visitor – Robert Allen's Corby 25 Smile from Galway Bay racing at Calves Week. Photo: Robert Bateman

Also in the picture is a visitor from Foynes on the Shannon, Derek and Conor Dillon's Dehler 34 Big Deal, which had the kind of Round Ireland Race 2018 you would dream of. Having been at mid-fleet for much of the race, from north Donegal onwards they seldom put a foot wrong in taking full advantage of locally favourable conditions, zooming up the rankings to take fourth overall and win the Two-Handed Division going away.

But while race-oriented boats with an established track record will inevitably take attention, the bulk of the fleet will be family cruiser-racers which have tidied themselves up for race-tuning and will be giving of their sporting best during the day while keeping some energy in reserve for the social whirl ashore.

As ever, there are times when it will be crowded in Schull's colourful village. Even though the new landing pontoon immediately north of the pier wasn't due for official opening until yesterday, through this past week, it has already been well used, and one evening our eagle-eyed observer counted no less than 61 (that's sixty-one) RIBs and inflatable tenders secured to it one way or another.

There are times when Schull's bustling little main street seems every bit as crowded. Yet the contrast with the fresh and colourful scene out at sea during the day, with flocks of racing sails coming and going on blue seas between islands and shore, is all part of what Calves Week is about. It's very much an essential part of the fabric of our annual sailing programme. And always, near or far, dim in haze or bright in the sunshine, there is the eternal Fastnet Rock – unmistakable, mysterious, iconic, the very symbol and spirit of West Cork.

fastnet rock15The eternal Fastnet Rock, symbol and spirit of West Cork. Photo: Robert Bateman

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With over 60 confirmed entries at present, the 2018 Calves Week organised by Schull Harbour Sailing Club from August 7th- 10th, is again shaping up to provide competitive and exciting racing for the annual West Cork festival of sailing writes Bob Bateman.

The week will see principle sponsor Frank Whelan of Gas Analysis Services hoping to continue his winning streak on his Grand Soleil “Eleuthera”, when he will again go head to head with Conor Phelan's “Jump Juice “in class one.

EleutheraEleuthera comes to Calves Week on the back of Cork Week success Photo: Bob Bateman

This year’s event incorporates a race in the SCORA offshore series and will feature racing for six classes, with new principal race officer Alan Crosbie promising a variety of laid Buoy’s and the natural marks of Roaring water bay.

"This year’s event incorporates a race in the SCORA offshore series"

The traditional overnight, SCORA race, starts from Crosshaven on Friday night August 3rd at 19.00 Hours. On Monday, the Baltimore regatta race will provide ample opportunity for skippers and crews to familiarise themselves with Carbery’s Hundred Isles.

The opening reception and registration take place from 17.30 hours at the Fastnet Marine Centre on Monday, August 6th. The first “round the islands” race fleet starts at 11.55 on Tuesday and on Wednesday the fleets will sail a variety of courses in Long Island Bay. Thursday will see the combined fleets head for the Fastnet Rock, with the smaller boats starting first.

Calves WK 17 4903Racing at Calves Week in 2017 Photo: Bob Bateman

The series finishes on Friday with racing in Roaring Water Bay, followed by the overall presentation of prizes and closing ceremony on Schull Main Street.
Local racing on Saturday continues with Crookhaven Regatta, and for those with still some stamina left, Schull Regatta Committee finishes off the week in style with an all in Cruiser race and an impressive display of shoreside activities on Sunday.

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Friday morning in Schull must have turned into a nightmare for Calves Week Race Officer Neill Prenderville, when he awoke to find the West Cork venue covered in fog and a forecast for further wind and rain. Competitors had previously been advised of the possibility, that not all classes would be sent on a course around the Fastnet, and eventually only class 0/1 were dispatched in search of the famous rock, with the remaining fleets sailing within the confines of Roaring Water Bay in a freshening westerly breeze.

In class 1 IRC it was business as usual for Paul O'Higgins leading “Rockabill V1 around the rock, to score his fourth bullet of the series, while in Echo 1 Gabby Hogan’s local boat “Growler” finished a brilliant week with his third win in a row to take the overall Echo award, together with the best local boat trophy.

Calves WK 17 4867Muskateer (Billy Burke) from Cove Sailing Club competing at Calves Week Photo: Bob Bateman

In class 2 IRC “the “Bad Company crew from the Royal Cork completed a fantastic week to score their third win of the week, which guaranteed their capture of the overall trophy, while in Echo their club compatriot Fergus Coughlan in “Jedi” was able to discard a poor final days result to secure the coveted overall silver ware.

In class 3 IRC Dan O Donovan from Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, sailing his Sonar which was probably the smallest boat of the total Calves week fleet won the overall by virtue of a better last race result, while in Echo the “Muskateer” crew from Cobh SC made up for that disappointment by claiming the Echo class overall, despite a poor Last race result.

Calves WK 17 4899Seconds Count (Dan O'Donovan), a Sonar keelboat competitor, from Dungarvan Photo: Bob Bateman

In class 4 it was it was a great day at the office for the Murphy family crew in “Shelly D” Who revelled in the fresh conditions to win both divisions ahead of Richard Hanley’s “Saoirse “in IRC and Simon Nelsons “Witchcraft” in Echo.

In White sail 1 Dennis Murphy’s finished off a fantastic week by taking the overall trophies in both IRC and Echo with his family crew in “Nieulargo”, while in White Sail 2 Andrew Mackey’s “Lornadrew” comfortably won the overall despite coming home second to Debroah Crowley’s “La Perie Noir” in the final race.  At the award presentation, the Pearson trophy was awarded to Oonagh Buckley for her work in promoting Calves Week for many years.

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Today's Fastnet race turns into a victory lap for the new Calves Week champ. A forecast of fresher winds has required some contingency planning for what is now Calves Week’s big finale, but after a dominant display that matched her D2D victory in June, Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has started today’s rescheduled Fastnet Race as Schull’s newly crowned IRC1 champion
Meanwhile, Winkie Nixon explains how the winner of the other Fastnet Race literally came out of nowhere (don’t miss his Sailing on Saturday blog to find out if Irish sail students claim any RORC silverware tonight), Greystones GP14 pair MacCarthy & Thompson have it all to do on the final day of the British Nationals, and we have class-by-class results from last night’s DBSC action.

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Following the postponement of Calves Week's scheduled Fastnet race, Thursday's racing took place, with the start line off the mouth of Schull harbour in West Cork in a building westerly breeze which eventually reached 12/14 knots. All the fleets raced through the Castle Island and Long Island sounds, with the larger fleets making multiple circuits.

In class 1 IRC Paul O Higgins continued his domination of the fleet, with a victory which ensures that “Rockabill”1V has won the class overall, before any discard, while Conor Doyle’s “Freya “took second on the day. In Echo it was a second consecutive win for Gabby Hogan’s “Growler” ahead of Andrew Craig’s “Chimaera”.

In class 2 “Bad Company” sailed a great race to win both divisions ahead of Fergus Coughlan’s “Jedi “in IRC and Kevin Doyle’s “Jamaro” from Cobh S.C in Echo.

In Class 3 the “Muskateer”crew from Cobh S.C had another excellent outing, to win in both IRC and Echo from David Buckley’s “Boojum” and Diarmuid Dineen’s “Growler”.

In class 4 Echo it was a first win of the series for Kevin Murray and his local crew on “Dovita of Colla” while the Murphy family on “Shelly D” had a first in IRC and second in Echo.

In the White sail class Sean O Riordan's “Y Dream” sailed to victory in IRC ahead of Denis Murphy’s “Nieulargo”,while in Echo it was local Schull boat “Quinsea” with Barry Quinlan on the helm who took the trophy ahead of Tom O Mahoney’s “Loch Greine, while in White sail 2 the honours went to Don Buckley’s “Zeezwan” from Paul Taylors “Sea Psalm”.

With much fresher weather forecasted for today's Fastnet race, a contingency plan has been put in place which may see only the larger boats attempting to round the rock, while the remaining fleets enjoy the relative comfort of an inshore course.

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Calves Week OD Neill Prenderville certainly got his fleet into the feelgood mood,when he requested over the VHF that all competitors smile for the RTE camera crew covering the event prior to the start of the second race of the series in Schull, West Cork yesterday.

With the northerly wind prevailing for the second day, the various courses took all the fleet through Long Island sound and around Goat Island before round various marks in Roaring water Bay.

In class 1 IRC Paul O'Higgins 'Rockabill VI' continues to dominate the fleet with another clear victory while in Echo is was Gabby Hogan’s “Growler ”who took the trophy in a fleet where event sponsor Frank Whelan was forced to retire following an incident with Leslie Parnell’s “Black Velvet”.

In class 2 Fergus Coughlans “Jedi” had a clean sweep in both IRC and Echo ahead of “Bad Company” from the Royal Cork and Henry Hogs “Lisador” from the Garrykennedy Sailing Club.

In class 3 IRC, Dungarvan boat “Seconds Count” had a tight victory over “Muskateer” from Cobh, who also had to settle for second in Echo from Richard Lords “Blue Peregrine”.

Class 4 IRC was won by Richard Hanley’s “Saoirse” from KInsale, while Simon Nelsons “Witchcraft “was victorious in Echo.

White sail 1 was dominated by Aidan Heffernan’s “Indulgence”, with victory in both divisions, while Andrew Mackey’s “Lornadrew” won White Sail 2.

At a crowded presentation on Schull Main Street, Commodore Pat Maher announced that the traditional Fastnet race was postponed until Friday due to the light weather conditions forecasted for Thursday.

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Calves Week 2017 Regatta kicked off today in West Cork and Bob Bateman captured the action for Afloat.ie in the photo gallery below.

The opening day started out clear and bright with a light northerly wind, forcing OD Niall Prendeville to lay his start line off the Calve Islands with a windward mark off the entrance to Schull harbour. The fickle wind caused problems for most classes with a period of rain adding to the misery at times .However as the front passed through the fleet of close to sixty boats finished in Schull harbour in glorious sunshine with a freshening breeze.

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Class 0/1 had the longest course of the day; taking in three rounding’s of the Calves; however a protest over a mark on the course resulted in their presentation being put on hold, pending a protest hearing.

In class two IRC, the Royal Cork's “ Bad Company” revelled in the variable conditions to take first place ahead of Flor O Riordans “ 3 Cheers”, while the Echo trophy went to Fergus Coughlan’s” Jedi “ahead of Derry Nash in Catalpa.

Class three proved very fruitful for” Musketeer” from Cove Sailing Club, who won both divisions ahead of Dan Donovan’s “ Second Count “ in IRC and local Schull boat “ Sally In Stiches” sailed by the Dwyer family in echo.

Local Schull boats again dominated class 4, with the Murphy family in “Shelly D” taking prime position in both IRC and echo ahead of Kinsale's Richard Hanley sailing” Saoirse” in IRC and Simon Nelson's” Witchcraft” in echo.

The top three in White sail 1 were similar in both IRC and Echo with Denis Murphy’s “Nieulargo” taking top place ahead of Sean O Riordan in” Y Dream” and Aiden Heffernans” Indulgence”, while White sail 2 saw the prizes go to local Schull boats, with Andrew Mackey's “Lornadrew” winning ahead of Peter Moorhead's “Giggles” and Tralee Sailing Club's Paul Taylor in “ Sea Psalm”.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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