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It's no exaggeration that the visit of Flying Manta simply dwarfs all other pleasure craft in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. The 42-metre superyacht is much more ship than yacht and cuts an impressive sight moored outside Crosshaven in the Summer sunshine.

She accommodates up to 18 people with five crew.

Flying Manta was built in 2004. Her top speed is 24 knots and she boasts a maximum cruising range of 4000 nm at 10.5kn with power coming from two 2735 hp MTU diesel engines. 

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She was designed by the naval architect Geoff Glanville. More on her specs here

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Summertime and the living is easy in Cork Harbour. Despite the postponement of Sunday's Cove at Home Regatta due to the lack of access to landing pontoon at The Quays in Cobh, a combined fleet of nine sailing cruisers coming from RCYC and Cobh (Cove sailing Club and Great Island Sailing Club) and Monkstown Bay Sailing Club for a league race on Saturday as part of  'MBSC at Home' under Race Officer Tom MacSweeney, writes Bob Bateman.

In a lovely summer's afternoon for sailing, the cruiser fleet mixed with an assortment of dinghies.

Cruiser sailors included Ria Lyden sailing an X332, Sean Hanley in a  Hunter. Ian Scandrett was sailing the Sigma 38 (with George Radley on board). Eddie English's Holy Grounder and a Hawk 20 also took part. 

Photo gallery below

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The number of visitors to Spike Island has risen to 25% so far in 2019, with the operation of a new, larger-capacity ferry just one of a number of developments at the Cork Harbour destination.

The new ferry, reports EchoLive.ie, is the 126-seater Spike Island which has been operating since Friday, April 19.

As a result, the busiest day for Easter 2019 was up 50% on Easter 2018, according to a report from the Tourism Directorate of Cork County Council.

“The Spike Island … is more comfortable with a larger capacity that the Bryan J, which was used previously,” the report said.

“The new contract with Doyle Shipping Group provides for the use of both vessels, which will significantly increase capacity to transfer tourists between Cobh and the Island.”

More on the story can be read here. 

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"All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by". The five-star Tall Ship Sea Cloud II arrived into Cork Harbour early this morning, her tall masts and sails evoking memories of times past for shipping in the Harbour writes Bob Bateman. 

Sea Cloud II is a modern cruise ship that combines luxury with all the romance of sail and that was certainly the case this morning when she passed Roches Point, even without sails set.

Scroll down for more images of the 350–foot barque

Sea Cloud II9Sea Cloud II was an early arrival into Cork Harbour at 0630

The sailing liner is berthed at Ringaskiddy today and according to her schedule will depart for Dublin and a five-day Scottish Isles cruise tomorrow.

The Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship and operated by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany.

A luxury vessel, she sails under the Maltese flag. The Roman suffix II indicates that she is the company's second ship. She is neither a sister to, nor the successor of, the Sea Cloud (ex Hussar II), but a separate vessel.

Sea Cloud II9Evoking memories of former days of sail in Cork Harbour, the Sea Cloud II is in fact only 20 years old Photo: Bob Bateman

Sea Cloud II9Sea Cloud II is a large barque built as a cruise ship, and operated by Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany Photo: Bob Bateman

Sea Cloud II9The Sea Cloud II has an overall length of 105.90 m (347 ft 5 in). Her maximum beam is 16.0 m (52 ft 6 in) and her draught is described as 5.70 m (18 ft 8 in).

Sea Cloud II9Sea Cloud II has a steel hull Photo: Bob Bateman

Sea Cloud II9A busy day for shipping with Tall Ships and Cargo vessels arriving into the Port of Cork Photo: Afloat

Sea Cloud II9Sea Cloud II passes Cobh on her way to her berth at Ringaskiddy Photo: Bob Bateman

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Sailing has its ‘ups-and-downs’ and a hundred years brings many changes as the years roll by, both good times and those that are more difficult.

Sailing in the Cork Harbour town of Cobh has experienced this, an experience which underlines that history repeats itself. There were once two sailing clubs in the town, then there was one, now there are two again.

That there are two is the result of difficulties which set back what had been the main club as it approached its centenary. Problems for Cove Sailing Club emanated from the decision to provide a much-needed marina on the town’s seafront when financial problems led to difficulties that had to be dealt with and there was movement away of members who felt more concentration was needed on sailing and founded the Great Island Sailing Club. That was the motivating force behind the foundation of the Cork Harbour Combined Clubs League, which is in its second pretty successful year.

Cove sailing5Cove Sailing Club’s Commodore Kieran Dorgan launches the centenary programme Photo: Bob Bateman

Positive things can happen from problems and this was the approach taken by Cove Sailing Club’s Commodore Kieran Dorgan when I spoke to him about the future for the club: “Sailing is back, we worked through our difficulties and now we’re driving on.”

"There were once two sailing clubs in the town, then there was one, now there are two again"

The club’s committee view is that “the next few years provide an opportunity to put sailing in Cobh firmly on the map and we plan to work closely with other clubs within the harbour to adapt to the challenges of encouraging new boat ownership and participation in sailing.”

This is the centenary year of Cove SC and the positive approach has been marked by getting planning approval and financial backing for the marina at Whitepoint which had been at the source of its difficulties.

So, when I spoke to Commodore Dorgan for the Podcast, he first recalled that this is not the only time when there have been two sailing clubs in Cobh.

Listen to the podcast below

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This year's Crosshaven Trad Sail that that concluded in Cork Harbour today had a packed programme of festival events around the historic boat regatta writes Bob Bateman.

As Afloat previously reported, the celebrations begin at The Oar Bar on Friday evening with live music upstairs from 8 pm.

Racing for all types of craft began at 2 pm and included many traditional dinghy types including a National 18 and a good fleet of Rankin dinghies with the annual Parade of Sail for spectators at 4 pm. 

Sunday racing was cancelled due to a weather alert. 

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Images from today's sailing by Bob Bateman are below

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“We’ll keep the tradition going. That’s the idea. We’ll carry on and keep traditional sailing going in Cork Harbour.”

So said Rory Allen who, with his son Gearoid, is the proud new owner of a much-travelled dinghy, the French” boat as it’s being called by the Rankin Class of owners, sailors and enthusiasts about Rankin boats, the revival of which we first reported in this Podcast on Afloat four years ago when interest was reawakened in the Rankin Dinghy, a boat with a great history in Cork Harbour, emanating from Cobh.

RANKIN CLASS SAILORS AT WHITEPOINT jpgRankin class sailors at Whitepoint for the presentation of the two Rankins

Maurice Kidney and Conor English were the two men who drove that revival and Afloat was invited back to Whitepoint, just outside the town, to witness the latest stage in the remarkable progress of what they started as “a dream” as Maurice Kidney said to me.

“We’ll keep the tradition going. That’s the idea. We’ll carry on and keep traditional sailing going in Cork Harbour.”

This occasion was the handing over of two Rankins to their new owners. The “French” boat had been returned to Cork from France by ferry, the other boat had been recovered from Kinsale.

MAURICE KIDNEY RANKIN REVIVALMaurice Kidney one of the men who has led the Rankin revival

The “French” Rankin has also been to Wexford, London and Donegal.

THE RANKIN RECOVERED FROM KINSALEThe Rankin recovered from Kinsale in the foreground and The 'French' boat

“There’s many seamiles clocked up on this one,” said Roddy Cooke, who once owned her. He worked previously with London Port and with BIM and is now at the Maritime College in Cork.

From the start of their revival of the boats built by the Rankin brothers in Cobh, the Class has now got to the stage where 25 Rankins are “available to sail,” said Maurice. “Our effort is to get them all out on the water. We also have a development programme going of converting Rankin punts to sailing.”

RORY ALLEN AND HIS SON GEAROIDConor English (on left of picture) with the owners of The 'French' Boat - Rory Allen and his son Gearoid

“During the past two Winter seasons, Rankin punts have been repaired and converted to sailing, other Rankins have been located by the group,” Conor English said “and they all add to our growing numbers on the water. The aim is fun in sailing, rather than racing, though they can race as well, but a simple, family-friendly itinerary of events is what we plan.”

“This is for my sons too and then onto our grandsons, so we will pass this boat on from generation to generation,” said Johnny Hudson the new owner who was given possession of the Rankin brought back from Kinsale to Cork Harbour at the gathering in Whitepoint. “This is sailing, but also education in the history and the heritage of the harbour which we are really being asked to mind for the future in these boats and we will do that,”

It was a very special occasion, a true example of restoring older boats, recognising that what is old is not necessarily to be forgotten, but can be turned into a sailing attraction for new generations.

To get the atmosphere and flavour of the occasion, listen to my Podcast below, with the voices and the sounds of the Rankins.

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The showcase event of the Cork Harbour Festival, the Ocean to City – An Rás Mór that draws huge crowds every year is the race is the largest of its kind in Ireland and attracts competitors from all over – including UK, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, USA, Germany and The Netherlands reports Bob Bateman 

See Bob Bateman Photo Gallery Below

The 200-strong fleet gave spectators a chance to see an array of vessels - from traditional wooden boats, currachs, gigs, Chinese dragon boats, kayaks and even stand-up paddle boards.

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The nine-day Cork Harbour Festival which celebrates our maritime heritage, continues all this week until Sunday June 9th. With over 70 maritime events taking place, there is still time to go on a yacht in Cork Harbour, try a scuba dive in Myrtleville, enjoy a surf lesson with Swell Surf School and take part in Sunset Coasteering where you can experience the thrill of swimming in sea caves.

See Bob Bateman's photo gallery of the Ocean to City race here

Cork is famous for its bridges and Atlantic Sea Kayaking are offering the public the opportunity to see Cork city from the water and to paddle and kayak under the beautiful bridges. On Saturday (June 9) Blackrock Sailing Club will host a special regatta where teams will race against each other around Cork Harbour.

Sailing, motor and rowing boats can join a group of Drascombe boats as they enjoy the natural heritage of Cork Harbour and visit Cobh, Aghada, East Ferry, Ballinacurra, Crosshaven and Passage.

Dr Tom Doyle from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in UCC, will give a talk on the dangers of marine plastic pollution (June 5) while the Department of History in UCC will present three lunchtime lectures on maritime history in St Peter’s Cork, on June 4, 5 and 6.

Cork’s maritime heritage and culture will be celebrated through music and prose. The Gab Storytelling Group will recount memorable maritime stories and harbour ditties in the Top Bar in Cork Opera House (June 6). Renowned maritime choral group The Molgoggers will perform sea shanties and sea songs in Nano Nagle Place (June 7) while Songs of the Sea, an evening of song exploring the high seas with the Cork Singers Club will take place in Spailpín Fánach on Sunday June 9. All these events are free.

The Cork Harbour Festival is a wonderful family friendly festival. CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory are hosting a special Children’s Maritime Workshop with Cork Nature Network on Saturday June 9 where children can learn about the ocean. Children and adults can fish for crabs on Cobh Promenade while tasting delicious sea food platters.

Beyond the River which tells the story of Dusi Canoe Marathon, one of the world’s toughest river races will screen in Triskel Arts Centre and guided tours of Elizabeth Fort and Spike Island will take place. Several Cork Harbour Festival events are also taking place during Seafest. On Saturday June 8 join Meitheal Mara and have a go in a traditional currach or a Chinese dragon boat. The Rebel Plunge Swim takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm. Competitors will enter the water at the Port of Cork and will swim 3.8km to Blackrock Village.

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Both Crosshaven and Kinsale RNLI lifeboats were launched at 11am this morning (Sunday 2 June) to assist a 17’ boat with one person on board, broken down off Roberts Cove in a strengthening Force 6/7 westerly wind.

The angling boat 'Deora De’ was nearby and responded to the distress call and took the casualty vessel under tow towards Crosshaven and met with Crosshaven lifeboat a mile South of Roches Point. Due to the poor Sea state and in agreement with the skipper of the 'Deora De', they continued the tow to Roches Point and calmer water before handing over the tow to the lifeboat who then brought the vessel into Crosshaven. Kinsale lifeboat was stood down when the Coast Guard were aware of the 'Deora De’s' intervention.

"A 17’ boat with one person on board was broken down off Roberts Cove in a strengthening Force 6/7 westerly wind"

The lifeboat was crewed by James Fegan with Molly Murphy, Susanne Deane and Jenna O’Shea. Shore crew were Mick Canty, Jonny Birmingham, Derek Moynan, Vince Fleming and Sandra Farrell.

Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Jon Mathers commented that the arrival of the angling boat ‘Deora De’ so quickly helped a situation that could have been catastrophic as the casualty boat was only 100 metres from the rocks and had an anchor which was dragging, compounded by the vessel being anchored by the stern into the weather. We would like to note our appreciation to the Skipper of the ‘Deora De’ for his timely intervention.

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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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