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Volvo Cork Week's Harbour Race highlight for the combined 100–boat fleet took place today.
Bob Bateman captured the action for Afloat.ie in the gallery below:
There were separate IRC and ECHO handicap divisions
Royal Cork Yacht Club entries lead class zero and four after seven races sailed at Cork Week 2016 but other IRC fleets are being led by yachts from other sailing centres drawn from across the Irish Sea at Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Swansea.
Seven of the ten races scheduled for the inaugural IRC European Championship have now been completed. Yachts equally matched by the IRC Handicap system, competitors have enjoyed a variety of courses, testing the all round ability of crew and their yachts. On Day Three, all of the IRC Classes were racing in the Atlantic Approaches on either the Windward Leeward or Slalom Course. The key to a top performance today was reacting to the squalls and shifts.
Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary, racing Ker 40 Antix, leads the class by virtue of two wins today but it was far from easy. Race 5 was won by 14 seconds and Race 7 by 30 seconds on IRC corrected time. Eric De Turckiem's Teasing Machine, more akin to offshore sailing, struggled on the windward leeward course dropping to third. Tony Langley's TP52 Gladiator is now second in class.
“It's a small but very selective field” commented Anthony O'Leary, “Our competition races in some of the world's top races and has been very successful. So to be leading today is very satisfying. Tomorrow's Harbour Race is not part of the IRC European Championship but there are very prestigious trophies up for grabs and we will be racing just as hard to win. Friday we will find out who has won the class, and it would be a very special win if we can achieve it.”
Tony Ackland's Swansea YC team, racing Dubois 37 Dark Angel, leads a highly competitive class having won three out of seven races. Jay Colville's East Down YC team, racing First 40 Forty Licks, is second by just half a point from Charlie Frize's Scottish team, racing Mills 36 Prime Suspect. Seconds count in this highly competitive class, epitomised by a dead heat for second between Prime Suspect and Forty Licks in Race 5. Royal Cork's Conor Phelan, racing Ker 37 Jump Juice, is just half a point off the podium.
“It's going well and that is down to great team work and some excellent local knowledge from Robert O'Leary. We are out racing most of the time in Swansea but this is the one big regatta of the year for us. I have been coming here for years, I think I have only missed two regattas but we have only won a single race before. Tomorrow's Harbour Race doesn't count for the IRC Europeans but we will be staying in the zone, having said that, it is one of the crew's birthday, so we will have a couple of drinks tonight, as we often do. We will keep concentrating on winning our class. Winning the IRC European Trophy would be unbelievable but we can't influence the racing in other classes.”
RORC Commodore Michael Boyd, racing JPK 10.80 Audrey, scored two victories today and Royal Irish's Timothy & Richard Goodbody, racing J/109 White Mischief, also won a race to put pressure on the class leaders. Robert McConnell's A35 Fools Gold also made up ground on the leaders. However, Royal Irish's Paul O'Higgins, racing JPK 1080 Rockabill VI, is still the class leader.
John Swan's Howth YC team, racing Half Tonner Harmony, had a great start, winning two of today's races and placing second in the last. Harmony has a net points score of just seven for the IRC European Championship, scoring five bullets. Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca is second in class, just a point ahead of Patrick Farcy's French team racing, JPK 9.60 Cavok, which finished the day in style, winning the last race.
Paul Gibbons' Royal Cork team, racing Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge, scored two bullets and a second today, to lead the class by a single point from the Howth YC Under 25 team racing J/24 Ireland's Eye Kilcullen. Both teams are very much in the frame for the overall win in the IRC European Championship. Former Royal Cork Admiral Peter Deasy, racing Sunfast 32 Bad Company, with Mark Ivors and Frank Desmond, had a better day at the races, scoring three podium finishes to end the day in third.
Irish Sea yachts Wow (George Sisk) from Dun Laoghaire and Aquelina (James Tyrrell) from Arklow Sailing Club lead a six–boat fleet after three races sailed. In coastal two, Martin Breen's Port of Galway, and Derek Dillon's No Big Deal from Foynes, both Dehler types, lead the six–boat class.
Racing at Volvo Cork Week continues tomorrow with all competitors racing in one of the world's largest natural harbours. Cork Harbour has over 200 miles of coast line with spectacular vistas, including the iconic town of Cobh, which will be a excellent vantage point for race fans.
Day Three photo slideshow below by Bob Bateman
A mix of English, Welsh, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Cork yachts lead IRC divisions one to four after today's coastal fixture on the second day of racing at Cork Week. Although leaders have established a points cushion in IRC divisons one, two and three, there is still all to play across the near 100–boat fleet as the biennial regatta enters its half way stage tomorrow morning.
In IRC Zero, the TP52 Gladiator leads a three boat turnout by one point from Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix. In IRC One, the Swansea based Dubois 327 Dark Angel of Tony Ackland continues to lead from East Down's Forty Licks, a First 40 skippered by Jay Colville. Third but on equal points with the Northern Ireland entry is Royal Cork's Jump Juice (Conor Phelan).
There is no change either at the top of the 12-boat IRC 2 division where Royal Irish yacht Rockabill (Paul O'Higgins) now has a ten point lead over Rob McConnell's A35 Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club on 16 points. Third is O'Higgins's club mates Timothy & Richard Goodbody in the J109 White Mischief also on 16 points after four races sailed.
In IRC three, Royal Cork's Paul Tingle was smiling like a Cheshire Cat after today's Coastal Race, as was his wife Deirdre at the helm of X-34 Alpaca. After a race lasting six hours, Alpaca was the top boat in IRC 3 by under three minutes from John Swan's Half Tonner Harmony from Howth Yacht Club.
“It was fantastic absolutely brilliant, ten knots of breeze hugging the shore line after the start, rock hopping all the way against the flooding tide to Big Sovereign and then kite up all the way back but some rain showers came in and sucked away the wind, which was frustrating but not nearly as much as the finish. As we approached Roches Point the wind just died and we must have put in half a dozen tacks up tide to make the finish. The last hundred metres took over five minutes and we thought we might have lost it there. So to come in and find out we won is just amazing, we will be having a glass in the Royal Cork tonight.”
“The young Dublin lads racing Ireland's Eye Kilcullen are a handful, they never give it up"
In IRC four, Royal Cork's Paul Gibbons, racing the quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge, scored an impressive victory in the Coastal Race winning by nearly an hour.
Anchor Challenge, with Cork Olympian Mark Mansfield onboard, now leads IRC Four, which is proving to be extremely competitive as Paul Gibbons explains: “The young Dublin lads racing Ireland's Eye Kilcullen are a handful, they never give it up. Bad Company is always well sailed and the Sigma 33 SeaHawk will be a handful especially when the breeze picks up, so we are taking nothing for granted but we also have one eye on the IRC European Trophy. I believe that after a few more races, it will boil down to four or five boats that can win it and we want to be one of them. Today in the Coastal Race we knew we had to get a good start, if the bigger boats got in front, we would have found it hard to pass them. Beating up the shore was all about staying high and by doing that e avoided tacking, which slowed some of the other boats down. A big win today but we know we have to keep it up, if we are going to win our class and then who knows after that.”
Racing at Volvo Cork Week continues tomorrow with the Beaufort Cup teams joining the faster IRC boats on the Olympic Course southeast of Roches Point. IRC 3&4 and the Sportsboats will tackle the Slalom Course south of Roches Point, whilst all other classes will race in Cork Harbour.
A black tie Gala Dinner for the Beaufort Cup is being held tonight at the Naval Base.
See full results here
Cork Week reporter: Louay Habib
The Irish Defence Forces Team, racing the Irish national champion J19 yacht Joker 2, and skippered by Cmdt Barry Byrne, has won the inaugural Beaufort Cup Fastnet Race held as part of Volvo Cork Week.
The 140–mile overnight race was a race from Cork Harbour around the famous West cork rock and back to Cork Harbour.
Racing continues for the Beaufort Cup with three days of inshore racing. The offshore win has put the team in the driving seat to win the prestigious new trophy, and €10,000 for their nominated charity.
“We are over the moon.” smiled Barry Byrne. “Late last night in light airs, most of the fleet compressed together and we gybed out for more wind offshore and got it. From then on we kept our position between the Fastnet and the boats behind to consolidate on that gain and those tactics got us through. But it was a tough fight all the way to the Rock and a tough slog all the way back. We are looking forward to the inaugural Beaufort Cup Gala Dinner tonight, to meet our colleagues from overseas to discuss the challenges to come.”
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, was racing on board “Another Adventure,” with the Irish Defence Forces Team in the Beaufort Cup Fastnet Race. Minister Coveney is one of the biggest supporters of the new international services sailing competition, now part of Volvo Cork Week.
“The Fastnet Lighthouse is famous internationally as an iconic symbol of sailing and we felt that it was important to have a race around it to encourage foreigners, in particular, to come and race. This year we are testing the water, so to speak, and it was super.” commented Simon Coveney. “We have 12 teams and six of them went around the Fastnet within five minutes, which is fantastic racing. We have two teams from Britain and another from Northern Ireland and Irish teams from the Defence Forces, Marine Institute,Fisheries Board, the RNLI and the Coastguard. We have promises from lots of other countries who want to come in two years time. What we would like to build over the next few years is the world's largest services event, with top quality racing for services teams from all over the world. The structure will be an offshore race followed by inshore racing and you won't find a better harbour to race than Cork and the coastline is just spectacular. We want people to come and experience the hospitality and competitive racing of Volvo Cork Week. We hope that in the future to cast the net much wider and receive teams from Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal and build on what we have started this year.”
The first Beaufort Cup race around the Fastnet rock for 13–competing boats has until 3pm this afternoon to complete the handicap course.
The yachts departed at 10am from Cork Harbour Naval Base yesterday and last night at around 9pm yachts were closing in on the Fastnet in the 150–mile marathon.
The new military and emergency services regatta – with a first prize of €10,000 – is being run as part of Cork Week and has been enthusiastically embraced by Housing Minister and former Defence Minister Simon Coveney, who promoted the concept of the Beaufort Cup last year.
Coveney joined his brother Patrick on the Greystyones Sailing Club based A35 Another Adventure to enter with a Defence Forces crew.
The Irish Defence Forces D team on Merdian and the PSNI on Freya were leading the race as the yachts closed on the lighthouse off Cape Clear, 12 hours after starting off Haulbowline.
Once back in Cork Harbour today, the 13 boats will have a rest day before resuming competition in Class 2 with the rest of the Cork Week 2016 entries.
Volvo Cork Week at Royal Cork Yacht Club has Irish boats in the frame of three of its most competitive classes after racing opened for all classes today. In 12–boat IRC class two Dubliner Paul O'Higgin's in his new this season JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has won all three races but, it was far from easy for the Royal Irish YC team, as Paul explains: “I would say we were lucky today, we won the second race by one second and the last race by four seconds. The reaching angles of the slalom course also suits us better than other designs but later in the week the windward leewards may favour others, especially if we have light winds.” IRC Two is extremely competitive, Ian Nagle's Royal Cork team racing J/109 Jellybaby is second, just a point ahead of Robert McConnell's A35 Fools Gold from Waterford Harbour SC. Royal Irish skipper, Richard Goodbody racing J//109 White Mischief finished the day with a second to secure fourth in class.
In IRC one, another 12-boat class Swansea Yacht Club's Tony Ackland in the Dubois 37 Dark Angel leads from Royal Cork's own Ker 37 Jump Juice skippered by Conor Phelan. East Down yacht Forty Licks, (First 40) skippered by A Colville lies third.
In an 11–boat IRC division four, Cillian Dickson's Ireland's Eye, a J24 from Howth Yacht Club, leads Paul Gibbons Farr Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge from the home club.
Cork Week got off to a supersonic start with a fly-by of four PC9 aircraft passing over the start line of the Beaufort Cup fleet, heading for the Fastnet Rock for their offshore race. 12 teams have entered the inaugural international services competition supported by the Irish Defence Forces, with a top prize of 10000 euros to a nominated charity.
For the remainder of the Cork Week fleet, there was racing on the first day in Cork Harbour and the Atlantic Approaches. A solid 12 knots of breeze from the North decrease during the day but a significant sea state remained for competitors on the Slalom Course and Windward Leeward course south of Roches Point.
In a three boat IRC Zero, three races produced three different winners. Tony Langley's TP52 Gladiator, with son Bernard taking over the helm, took the first race. However, as the wind subsided for the second, Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork team, racing Ker 40 Antix, took the win. Eric De Turckiem's French A13 Teasing Machine ended the day with a bullet in the last race, to lead the class by a single point from Antix. Gladiator is just two points off the lead in third.
Olympian Peter O'Leary was calling tactics on Antix. “Gladiator is so fast, we will struggle to be any where near her in tomorrow's coastal race and Teasing Machine is a reaching machine. All three boats are very different but so are all the different courses for Volvo Cork Week. It is going to be an interesting week.”
The story of the day has to be Mike Henning's Alice. Prior to Volvo Cork Week, Mike's team sailed Mumm 36 Alice over 300 miles to Crosshaven from the Hamble UK but horror of horrors, the boat was badly damaged below the chain plates shortly after arrival. A replacement charter was rapidly sort and Grand Soleil 43 Quokka started the trip from the UK, only to be turned back by foul weather off Lands End. Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary came to the rescue, launching a 1720 for the British team to charter and race in the mixed sportsboat fleet. There were three races today for the fleet and Alice won all three.
“None of the crew have ever sailed a 1720 before and after our bad luck we did not have high expectations today!” smiled Mike Henning. “The Royal Cork have been truly amazing, helping us in every way they could, down to lending us buoyancy aids. I have to admit we did get a few astonished looks from the rest of the fleet, when we won all the races today. I would have thought we have now put a big target on our back and we will be in for some great competition.”
In IRC Three, Howth YC's John Swan, racing Half Tonner Harmony, scored a perfect three bullets today. Patrick Farcy's JPK 9.60 Cavok, from Yacht Club de la Rade de Brest, is in second place with Royal Cork's Paul & Deirdre Tingle, racing X-34 Alpaca, just a point behind in third.
Racing continues at Volvo Cork Week tomorrow, the IRC Classes will be taking on the long coastal course with the potential for an eight hour race along the rugged coastline of West Cork.
Full Cork Week results here
Volvo Cork Week reporting: Louay Habib
Awareness of Cork Harbour’s long and colourful history of sailing has become so widespread and generally acknowledged that there’s a risk that the Irish and global sailing community will take it all for granted. Equally, the wonderful natural harbour of Cork, intertwining so peacefully and naturally with the handsome countryside about it, is such a constant in life that the ready opportunities it offers for sailing and boating of all sorts may not be getting used to their full potential. Volvo Cork Week 2016 – which gets under way this weekend – is primarily about sailboats up to the top international level going out racing. But the organisers are well aware of what a special opportunity this major regatta provides to re-energise the long-established links between Cork Harbour’s sea and land with the communities within their interaction, and they have planned accordingly. W M Nixon takes up the story.
For the very sea-minded community of Crosshaven, Volvo Cork Week 2016 is going to be an event in tandem. Naturally the headlines will be grabbed by the results of each day’s racing, which goes into full-ahead mode on Monday and continues through Friday. But while the boats are at sea, Crosshaven finds itself a different role as a bustling village which will be providing a variety of entertainment and attractions ashore.
In fact, so keen is the village to get on with this side of things that they’re gearing up for it this morning, with Volvo Family Day getting started at noon in the area around Crosshaven Village Square. There really is something for everyone of every age, with the Volvo Classic Car Display in town for that essential element of big boys’ toys to inspect. And there are tickets on sale to win a new Volvo V40, for which the draw will be at 4.0pm. But meanwhile, in addition to a host of entertainments for kids of all ages, there’s an intriguing twist to the ongoing programme with livewire TV personality Dermot Bannon of “Room to Improve” live in the Village Square Marquee at 2.00pm for a Q & A session which, let’s face it, could go in any direction when there’s a lively weekend audience.
Through the week, while the focus will be increasingly on the Royal Cork YC’s large and often music-filled compound where it will all culminate with the prize-giving and fireworks display on the Friday night, another part of the harbour will be involved on Tuesday when teams competing for the Beaufort Cup (of which more anon) will be hosted at a black-tie Gala Dinner at the Naval Base in Haulbowline.
In fact, so well-filled is the shoreside programme that you wonder how chairman Kieran O’Connell and his team in the Volvo Cork Week 2016 Organising Committee found the time to create such a varied programme afloat. But they’ve done that too, with the waterborne areas in the overall care of Race Director Donal McClement, whose experience of regattas both in Cork and at other major international venues is surely unrivalled.
In addition to the trophies which have become synonymous with Volvo Cork Week (their incredible ages in many cases reflecting Cork Harbour’s unrivalled sailing history), this year’s Week, in addition to a strong emphasis on the ISA’s Try Sailing initiative, will include two new events, the European IRC Championship and the Beaufort Cup.
The Beaufort Cup is a stroke of inspirational genius, as it’s an international series within a series for maritime agencies, the military and marine emergency services of all kinds. Although one of the overseas competitors for the Beaufort Cup – The Royal Engineers Yacht Club from the UK – has been actively involved with ocean racing virtually since the first Fastnet Race of 1925, not all the maritime agencies have boats of their own such as the REYC’s J/109 Trojan of Upnor. But owners from home and abroad have volunteered to have their boat’s crew include personnel of whom at least 50% are involved in the maritime and emergency sphere, and thus we find that there are fourteen very competitive boats with noted owner-skippers such as John Maybury with the J/109 Joker 2, Frank Doyle with the A 35 Endgame, Simon Coveney with sister-ship Another Adventure, Tom Roche of Kinsale with the Salona 45 Meridien, and Conor Doyle with the X442 Freya, who are eligible for the Beaufort competition.
The Beaufort Cup is named in honour of Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), the hydrographer and meteorologist who invented, among other things, the Beaufort Scales for measuring sea and wind conditions. He was born in Navan in County Meath, and it is many years now since the then Chairman of An Taisce’s Meath Branch, one Michael Boyd, unveiled a memorial in honour of Admiral Beaufort in the heart of Navan.
Royal Ocean Racing Club. Having taken an excellent third overall in IRC with the First 44.7 Lisa in the recent Volvo Round Ireland Race, he will be in new territory in Volvo Cork Week, as he’ll be racing for the first time with a JPK 10.80, in this instance the French-numbered Audrey.These days, Michael Boyd is best known as Commodore of the
The JPK 10.80s will be one of the special points of interest in Volvo Cork Week, as three are racing, the other two being Dream Pearls from France (Eric Mordret and Arnaud Delamara), which has been among the front-runners in this year’s RORC programme, and Paul O’Higgins’ Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish YC, which had her moments of glory towards the top of the leaderboard in the Round Ireland, but never fully recovered from being one of the handful of boats which got hung up in a local calm at Inishtrahull for three dreadful hours.
In the open competition for the European IRC Championship, many boats are forces to be reckoned with, and it should be remembered that in the same regatta in 2014, Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling with the Grand Soleil 43 Quokka ended up being top boat overall despite being up against the likes of the Ker 40 Catapult, which has since become Anthony O’Leary’s Antix.
Inevitably, though, the focus will be on the glamour girls of Class 0, where an epic battle is lining up with overtones of the Commodores Cup 2014, when Antix in her former existence as Catapult was often head-to-head with French Skipper Eric de Turckheim’s A13 Teasing Machine. The Machine – having since covered herself in glory in events as diverse as the Rolex Sydney Hobart and this year’s Volvo Round Ireland - has been on the hard in Crosshaven getting TLC in recent days (they kept her keel shape hidden, though the twin rudders were much in evidence), so it will be battle royal with Antix and Sir Richard Matthews’ new H39 Oystercatcher XXXI.
But complete newness is no guarantee of success, and another favoured boat, rating at the bottom end of Class O, has to be Conor Phelan’s Ker 36.7 Jump Juice (RCYC), which may be of 2006 vintage, but she just keeps on winning.
As ever, there’s a goodly turnout of J/109s – nine of them this time round – and after her brief but successful existence as Dave Cullen’s Euro Car Parks to win Class 3 in the Volvo Round Ireland, Pat Kelly’s Storm is her old self again, complete with the abiding honour of having been an ICRA Boat of the Year in times past, and she’ll be fresh and ready for battle with noted J/109 newbies Tim & Richard Goodbody (RIYC) with White Mischief.
For those who like a taste of open water while returning to a very hospitable port each evening, there’s a Coastal Division in two classes where participants include the likes of Sheila & James Tyrrell’s J/112E Aquelina, and two of the leading Dun Laoghaire boats, George Sisk’s Farr 42 WOW and Chris & Patanne Smith’s J/122 Aurelia in Class 1, while Class 2 has strong west coast participation with Derek & Conor Dillon’s Dehler Nova Big Deal from Foynes, and Martin Breen’s Dehler 37 Port of Galway.
The fleet is so diverse that simply seeing the results emerging is going to give a fascinating overview of the contemporary cruiser-racer and offshore scene, and when it’s set in the context of Cork, you get all sorts of added dimensions brought to us through the extraordinary sailing history of this remarkable place.
Volvo Cork Week as we know it today as a biennial festival was established in 1978 when the late Archie O’Leary was Admiral of the Royal Cork YC, but there had been other weeks or at least four day regattas before that, a notable one being in 1970 when the Royal Cork was celebrating its Quarter Millennium.
Inevitably, with the Tricentenary in 2020 coming down the line, significant events in Cork sailing history are being high-lighted and re-examined, and one special “first” which Organising Chairman Kieran O’Connell hopes to mark by a re-enactment is possibly one of the first offshore races held anywhere in the world, from Dublin Bay to Cork Harbour in July 1860.
It was inspired by the then Admiral of the Royal Cork, Thomas G French. Following a week of regattas at what was then Kingstown, he put up a prize of 15 guineas or something similar, and sixteen boats raced to Cork Harbour, though few of them got under way with the urgency shown by Rambler 88 and Teasing Machine at the start of the Round Ireland Race three weeks ago.
However, it’s the finish which will be a matter for discussion at tomorrow night’s opening ceremony for the sailing side of Volvo Cork Week 2016. According to Kieran O’Connell’s report, the winner in 1860 was Cooper Penrose’s 90-ton schooner Kingfisher in a race without any handicaps being applied.
That may indeed be the report which appeared in some of the newspapers of the day, as Kingfisher was first past Roche’s Point at daybreak to enter Cork Harbour. Yet the later detailed report in Hunt’s Yachting Magazine in the following weeks made the claim that the yachts were in fact racing to a finish line well up the harbour, off the Royal Cork clubhouse at Cobh. In struggling up the harbour in light airs, the noted amateur helmsman Henry O’Bryen, sailing Sir John Arnott’s 39-ton cutter Sybil, outsailed both the big Kingfisher and the 80-ton cutter Peri (J W Cannon) to snatch the lead at the finish, the finish times being 0520 (Sybil), 0523 (Peri) and 0525 (Kingfisher).
If boats racing from Dun Laoghaire to Cork manage times as close as that, they’ll have had a fine race of it, and it will be further encouragement to the Royal Cork to persist in this new-fangled sport of yacht racing, For, as has been frequently pointed out, racing played no role whatever in the early years of the Water Club of the Harbour of Cork from its foundation in 1720. The fleet’s function was to show that it could sail in close and disciplined formation like a naval squadron, and that provided them with enough excitement for the day – if anyone wanted a race, they could send their crews off in the gig for a rowing race, and the yachtsmen could wager on the results.
Thus it seems that the vulgarity of racing yachts in Cork Harbour was kept at bay until the 1780s, but quite when in the 1780s we don’t know. The earliest known mention of a race in connection with the Water Club come from July 1787 when a notice in the Cork Hibernian Chronicle of July 23rd stated that on Thursday July 26th “the Yachts of the Harbour of Cork are to sail from Roches Tower, exactly at eight o’clock in the morning, to go round Cable Island from thence to the Blockhouse at Hawlbowling (sic). The first yacht past the Blockhouse shall be deemed the winner, and the owner is entitled to the Anchor”.
The way this is stated seems to suggest that, by this time, races by the Water Club were nothing new in Cork Harbour sailing. As to what “entitled to the Anchor” precisely means, that muddies the water still further. The Anchor could have been a trophy of some kind. But on the other hand, “entitled to the Anchor” might have meant that after the finish, the winner could anchor wherever he wished in the harbour, with the rest of the fleet obliged to anchor near him in formation. As most of the yachts were kept moored off their owner’s houses, it would have been a matter of prestige to have the fleet come to your personal anchorage.
All of which reminds us that history, whether of sailing or whatever, should be registered as a controlled substance, to be administered by qualified medical staff in white coats in a clinical environment…
Volvo Cork Week 2016. Entries as of the 28th of June. Entries: 105
|Sail No||Boat||Type of Boat||Owner||Class Entered||Handicap|
|GBR7005R||Trojan of Upnor||J109||REYC||Beaufort Cup||TBC|
|GBR8588R||Jungle Drum||J88||Stuart Southwick||Beaufort Cup||1.035|
|IRL1206||Joker 2||J109||John Maybury||Beaufort Cup||1.015|
|IRL2067||Justus||J109||Dan Buckley||Beaufort Cup||TBC|
|IRL3209||Endgame||A35||Frank Doyle||Beaufort Cup||1.026|
|IRL3511||Another Adventure||A35||Simon Coveney||Beaufort Cup||1.032|
|IRL4076||Meridian||Salona 45||Thomas W Roche||Beaufort Cup||1.120|
|IRL4477||Freya||X442||Conor Doyle||Beaufort Cup||1.090|
|IRL9834||True Penance||Projection 35||Martin Darer Colman Garvey||Beaufort Cup||1.018|
|IRL9876||Coast Guard||Benneteau 36||Conor McNally, John McLoughlin||Beaufort Cup||0.880|
|IRL??||Exhale||X43||Diarmuid & Hilda Good||Beaufort Cup||1.079|
|IRLMIT||Marine Institute||Marine Institute||Beaufort Cup||TBC|
|IRLPOG||Port Of Galway||Port of Galway||Beaufort Cup||TBC|
|IRL2820||Y'Dream||Beneteau First 36.7||Sean Riordan||Beaufort Cup||1.003|
|FR38757||Teasing Machine||A13||Eric De Turckiem||Class 0||1.169|
|GBR4321||Oystercatcher XXX1||H39||Sir Richard Matthews||Class 0||1.136|
|GBR8833R||Dark Angel||Dubois 37||Tony Ackland||Class 0||1.098|
|GBR11152L||Gladiator||TP52||Tom Wilson||Class 0||1.393|
|IRL708||Antix||Ker 40||Anthony O Leary||Class 0||1.215|
|IRL2007||Jump Juice||Ker 37||Conor Phelan||Class 0||1.104|
|FRA13220||Trilogy 2||One off Peterson 46||Jean Gabriel Samzun||Class 1||1.059|
|FRA38418||Audrey||JPK 10.80||Michael Boyd||Class 1||1.045|
|FRA43645||Dream Pearls||JPK 10.80||Eric Mordret & Arnaud Delamare||Class 1||1.045|
|GBR1385L||X Beat II||Beneteau 40.7||Andrew O'Sullivan/Peter Pope/Lain Wright||Class 1||1.054|
|GBR4031R||SAILPLANE||Beneteau First 40||Adrain McCarroll||Class 1||1.083|
|GBR4041R||Forty Licks||First 40||Jay Colville||Class 1||1.083|
|GBR5991T||Prime Suspect||Mills 36||Charlie Frize||Class 1||1.067|
|GBR6638R||Alice||Mumm 36||Simon Henning||Class 1||1.075|
|GBR8038R||Roxstar||XP 38||Murray Findlay||Class 1||1.084|
|GBR9380R||Forward Thinking||Reflex 38||Stephen Nicholls||Class 1||1.053|
|IRL7386||Lynx Clipper||Reflex 38||John Spottiswood||Class 1||1.049|
|IRL10800||Rockabill VI||JPK 10.80||Paul O'Higgins||Class 1||1.046|
|GBR37N||Antilope||Grand Soleil 37||Willem Wester||Class 2||1.033|
|GBR3135L||Jumbuck||J109||John Allison||Class 2||1.014|
|IRL1111||Team Stampede||Benneteau 36.7||Tony Purkiss||Class 2||1.017|
|IRL1242R||White Mischief||J109||Timothy & Richard Goodbody||Class 2||1.012|
|IRL3061||Fools Gold||A35||Robert McConnell||Class 2||1.022|
|IRL7991||Jigamaree||J109||Ronan Harris||Class 2||1.014|
|IRL9494||NowWhat||DIBOIS 33||Barry Heskin & Jim Grealish||Class 2||1.018|
|IRL9609||Jellybaby||J109||Ian Nagle||Class 2||1.026|
|IRL29832||Jump n'Shout||A35||James Crockatt||Class 2||1.028|
|IRL33000||w1Da Dulcibella||w1Da 33 OOD||Rory Staunton||Class 2||1.020|
|IRL35221||Alpaca||X34||Paul & Deirdre Tingle||Class 2||0.998|
|IRL44444||Magic Touch||First 34,7||Steve Hayes||Class 2||1.004|
|NED10922||vrijgezeilig||J109||Michel Hiesweiller||Class 2||1.009|
|IRL1141||Storm||J109||Pat Kelly||Class 2||1.014|
|FRA29340||CAVOK||JPK960||Patrick Farcy||Class 3||0.985|
|GBR1039||Aurora||Contessa 33||Oscar Chess||Class 3||0.927|
|GBR3663||Mischief of Mersea||Carter 36||Martin Sykes||Class 3||0.935|
|GBR4860T||Skyhunter||J35||Ronan Fenton||Class 3||0.974|
|GBR9653R||DayDream||X332||Stephen Cutford||Class 3||0.980|
|IRL1078||Jostler||J92||Patrick Beckett||Class 3||0.965|
|IRL1295||Lisador||Dehler 36||Henry Hogg||Class 3||0.969|
|IRL1484||Harmony||Half Tonner||John Swan||Class 3||0.948|
|IRL6021||Ellida||X332||Ria Lyden||Class 3||0.981|
|IRL16859||Bad Company||Sunfast 32||Desmond Deasy Ivors||Class 3||0.934|
|GBR4264||Afrita||Sigma 33||Andrew & Cheissie Laming||Class 4||0.912|
|IRL0000||Animal||Formula 28||Gerard O Sullivan||Class 4||0.912|
|IRL78||No-Gnomes||Nich 1/2 ton||Leonard Donnery||Class 4||0.907|
|IRL680||Ireland's Eye Kilcullen||J24||Cillian Dickson||Class 4||0.887|
|IRL3087||Anchor Challenge||Farr Quarter Tonner||Paul Gibbons||Class 4||0.917|
|IRL4506||SeaHawk||Sigma 33||Clem & Wendy McElligott||Class 4||0.913|
|IRL5098||YaGottaWanna||J24||Dave Lane & Sinead Enright||Class 4||0.886|
|IRL6564||Monkey Business||Formula 28 MOD||Bill McConnell||Class 4||0.910|
|IRL7071||Out Rigger||707 MOD||Jimmy Nyhan||Club Regatta Fleet||0.903|
|IRL1359||WishBone||Holman31||Joanne McKenna||Club Regatta Fleet||0.822|
|IRL3612||Sweet Dreams||Sun Odyssey 36i||Batt & Helen O Leary||Club Regatta Fleet||TBC|
|GBR7797T||Foxtrot||Beneteau 36.7||Hilary Davies||Coastal Class 1||1,010|
|GBR8911R||Ulula||Bermudian Sloop||Nick Ogden||Coastal Class 1||1.098|
|IRL1301||Kayachtic||Hanse 400||Mike Walker||Coastal Class 1||TBC|
|IRL1477||Saxon Senator||X37||Eric & Wan Waterman||Coastal Class 1||1.035|
|IRL1507||Aquelina||J-112E||Sheila & James Tyrrell||Coastal Class 1||1.060|
|IRL3207||Aris||Bermudan Sloop||Wolfgang Kallenberg||Coastal Class 1||0.997|
|IRL4208||WoW||Farr42||George Sisk||Coastal Class 1||1.123|
|IRL35950||Aurelia||J122||Chris & Patanne Power Smith||Coastal Class 1||1.077|
|GBR380||Rioja||J80||Dominic Baxter & Ernie Dillon||Coastal Class 2||0.953|
|GBR606||Jedi||J80||Fergus Coughlan||Coastal Class 2||0.958|
|GBR1317||Violet Flame||Benneteau 31.7||David Wilkins||Coastal Class 2||TBC|
|GBR4183||Poppy||Contention 33||John Roberts||Coastal Class 2||0.902|
|IRL816||Serifa||Saler 40||Rory Fitzpatrick||Coastal Class 2||0.910|
|IRL1975||Tambourine||Thomas One Off||Kieran Collins||Coastal Class 2||0.878|
|IRL3492||Big Deal||Dehler Nova||Derek Dillon||Coastal Class 2||0.934|
|IRL5687||Port of Galway||Dehler 37 CR||Martin Breen||Coastal Class 2||0.952|
|IRL9992||Split Point||Dufour 34||Seamus Gilroy||Coastal Class 2||0.956|
|GBR1983C||Wildebeest 4||Brenta 24||Derek Buchanan||Mixed Sports||0.960|
|IRL1771||Cosmic||1720||Brian Jones||Mixed Sports||1.022|
|IRL1772||Heroes & Villains||1720||Gary Rhodes||Mixed Sports||1.022|
|IRL1804||Aquatack||1720||Denis Murphy||Mixed Sports||1.021|
|IRL2500||Elder Lemon||1720||Robert Dix||Mixed Sports||1.013|
|GBR1786Y||Thistle||Husler 25.5||Peter Webster||Non Spinnaker||0.803|
|IRL408||Julia B||She 33||Bill O Mahony||Non Spinnaker||0.854|
|IRL733||Thalia||Sigma 400||Aubrey Leggett||Non Spinnaker||1.028|
|IRL1033||Loch Greine||Hanse 311||Tom/Declan/Donal O Mahony||Non Spinnaker||0.916|
|IRL1523||Speedy Gonzales||26||Mark Reardon||Non Spinnaker||TBC|
|IRL1528||Beau Reve||Beneteau First 30||Paddy McNamee||Non Spinnaker||TBC|
|IRL2382||Xerxes||IMX38||Dan O Neill||Non Spinnaker||1.024|
|IRL3276||Roaring Forties||Beneteau First 35s5||Clodagh O Donavan||Non Spinnaker||0.983|
|IRL4004||Objection!||Sun Odyssey 35||Kevin Murray||Non Spinnaker||0.955|
|IRL4434||Minx 111||Sigma 33||Tom McNeice||Non Spinnaker||0.892|
|IRL7006Y||Ashanta||Thompson T31||Richard O'Halloran||Non Spinnaker||0.832|
|IRL7212||Phaeton||Clive Doherty||Non Spinnaker||0.830|
|IRL9515||Bonanza||Hunter Impala||Judy McGrath||Non Spinnaker||0.890|
|IRL1750||RCYC 2||1720||Richard Hayes||Try Sailing Challenge||1.022|
|IRL1760||RCYC1/NYC||1720||Helen Cooney||Try Sailing Challenge||1.022|
|IRL1768||RCYC3||1720||Voxpro||Try Sailing Challenge||1.022|
The inaugural International Inter Services Sailing Competition ‘The Beaufort Cup’, hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club and supported by the Irish Defence Forces starts on Monday, 11th of July, off Haulbowline Island, the home of the Irish Naval Service. The Beaufort Cup invited sailing teams from their associated national services; 50% of each team must be active in the service they represent. Racing will take place over five days in a mix of challenging offshore, and tactical inshore, racing. Teams will get the chance to enjoy the renowned social experience of Volvo Cork Week and the winning team will also have €10,000 donated to a nominated charity of their choice while the winner will also be eligible for the ‘Boat of the Week’ prize at Volvo Cork Week 2016.
Boats have been borrowed and chartered for the event by a number of the competing teams. Current Irish Class 1 national champion yacht Joker 2, a Dun Laoghaire J109, is sailing with a 100% military crew. Minister Simon Coveney will compete too and he has chartered the Greystones Sailing club based A35 Another Adventure for the event.
South coast sailors Martin Darrer and Coleman Garvey have loaned their Projection 35 and the crew of nine includes six of the Baltimore lifeboat crew led by Youen Jacob with Cathal Cottrell, Pat Collins, Jim Baker, Aidan Bushe, Brendan Cottrell, along with Nicholas O’ Leary, Sandy Remington and Coleman Garvey.
The Irish Coast Guard service will have a team competing on a Beneteau 36-footer drawing crew from around the country for a competitive entry coordinated by Crosshaven Coast Guard station. The Sea Fisheries Protection service has also entered a team on one of the largest boats at the event. The racing format promises a full range of tests, starting off with three inshore races on Monday, quickly followed by a 24-hour race to the Fastnet Rock and back.
The beginning of the race will be a fantastic spectacle and members of the public are invited to view all of the action from Cobh Pier. A military display will take to the skies at 9.30am sharp with four PC9 Flypast aircrafts, an AW139 Helicopter, and a CASA aircraft. In addition there will be two Mogwag 18.5 tonne armoured vehicles plus crew, along with naval vessels HMS Dragon (UK), Fort Rosalie (UK) and the FS Thetis from France present at Cobh Pier.
The initial 24 hour Offshore Race will be started by the RCYC Race Officer, Peter Crowley, at 9.55am with thirteen participating teams. The teams include; The Royal Engineers, The Royal Logistics Corps, the PSNI, four teams from the Irish Defence Forces, the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency, the Marine Institute, the Port of Galway, Baltimore Lifeboat, Crosshaven Lifeboat and the Coastguard
Next week Royal Cork Yacht Club will fling open its doors to over a thousand visitors, for a tremendous warm welcome, to the oldest yacht club in the world at Volvo Cork Week writes Louay Habib. Competitors from The Netherlands, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and France, will savour the atmosphere ashore and relish the opportunity to race in one of the world's largest harbours and the stunning coast line of the Atlantic Approaches.
Cork Week has never been afraid to take the initiative with innovative changes to the format of Ireland's longest running regatta. This year has particular significance as Cork Week will stage the first ever IRC European Championship. Also more than a dozen teams from the UK and Ireland will contest the inaugural Beaufort Cup in which at least 50% of a team's crew must be active members of uniformed services such as: Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Emergency Rescue Services. Cork Week has also put feeder races in place from Falmouth in the UK hosted by the Mylor Yacht Club and from Dun Laoghaire to Cobh, hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The latter re-enacts the Kingstown to Queenstown Race first run in 1860. For competitors that are new to sailing, or prefer to sail shorthanded, the non-spinnaker and Coastal Classes are ideal and for one-design adrenalin junkies the sportsboats provide the perfect thrill.
Countries collide in the big boat clash with Tony Langley's all-pro British TP52 Gladiator topping the bill, having won the 2016 J.P.Morgan Round the Island Race in a fleet of over 1500 boats. Antix and Jump Juice will be flying the burgee of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Skippered by Anthony O'Leary, Antix will have double Olympian, Peter O'Leary, providing the strategy. Conor Phelan's Ker 37, Jump Juice, is the current ICRA National Champion. Eric De Turckiem Teasing Machine is a proven offshore weapon. This year the French guided missile won class in the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the RORC Caribbean 600. A veteran of Volvo Cork Week, Richard Matthews, will be racing his brand new Humphries 39, Oystercatcher XXXI, with skills from local expert Eddie English and Tony Ackland will be hoping for Welsh fire from his Dubois 37 Dark Angel.
There is a hot prospect of intense competition, with three JPK 10.80s enjoying a close battle. RORC Commodore Michael Boyd, racing Audrey, will be taking on Mordret & Delamare's Dream Pearls. The French team have been in scintillating form in the RORC offshore series, winning class in three out of four races. From the Royal Irish YC, Paul O'Higgins team racing Rockabill VI is a former class winner at Volvo Cork Week. Other proven winners include Charlie Frize Mills 36 Prime Suspect, Simon Henning's Mumm 36, Alice and Jay Colville's First 40 Forty Licks. What promises to be one of the battles of the regatta will be in the J/109s. Royal Irish skipper Richard Goodbody, sailing White Mischief with his Irish Olympic son Tim, will come up against Ian Nagle's Royal Cork team racing Jelly Baby, winner of the 2015 J/109 UK Open Championship.
“The Royal Cork Yacht Club welcomes all our competitors and visitors to Crosshaven for Volvo Cork Week 2016” commented. Kieran O’Connell, Chairman Volvo Cork Week 2016. “We are looking forward to the great quality and variety of racing on the water with which Volvo Cork Week has become internationally synonymous. Shoreside, we have once again put together an unrivaled mix of entertainment and specially look forward to Friday night’s performance by The Frank and Walters, followed by a fantastic firework display. My sincere thanks go to our major sponsor Volvo who have taken the lead in sailing event sponsorship throughout Ireland, we are delighted to be part of this undertaking. Words of thanks must also go to our other sponsors, as without them, this event would be difficult to run and last, but by no means least a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers who donate an immeasurable amount of time and effort. I wish you all a safe and fun filled week both ashore and on the water.”
RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew are used to working together in challenging conditions out on the water but a major event during Volvo Cork week will see them pitted against each other and their colleagues in the emergency services to take home the prize in the Beaufort Cup Regatta 2016.
The Beaufort Cup invites sailing teams representing their national services to race over five days in a mix of challenging offshore and inshore races, including round the Fastnet, to be crowned the Beaufort Cup holder and receive a €10,000 charity donation. The event is being run by the Royal Cork Yacht Club and is supported by the Irish Defence Forces.
The RNLI is proud to have two teams participating in the cup with Baltimore RNLI lining out with RNLI South-Coast, made up of lifeboat crew from Fenit, Union Hall, Crosshaven and Tramore RNLI lifeboat stations. The rules state that the team must be made of at least fifty percent from the emergency services.
The RNLI South-Coast team will be racing on ‘Endgame’ owned by Frank Doyle with RNLI lifeboat crew from the South coast crewing her. The crew will be made up of Ruth Concannon from Fenit RNLI, Johnny McKenna from Union Hall RNLI, Aidan O’Connor and James Fegan from Crosshaven RNLI and Fergal McGrath from Tramore RNLI. Frank’s existing crew Harry Donegan, John Lapthorne, Will Barry and Tadhg Concannon will also be on hand during the week.
The Baltimore RNLI team will be racing on a projection 35 boat ‘True Penance’ given to them for the event by Martin Darer and Colman Garvey. The crew will be made of Skipper Youen Jacob, Baltimore RNLI all-weather lifeboat crew and inshore helm, Nicholas O’Leary, Tactician and second Skipper, Cathal Cottrell, Baltimore RNLI all-weather lifeboat mechanic and crewmember, Pat Collins, Baltimore RNLI all-weather lifeboat assistant mechanic and assistant Coxswain, Sandy Remington, Jim Baker All-weather and inshore lifeboat crew, Colman Garvey, co-owner of True Penance and Aiden Bushe All-weather lifeboat assistant Coxswain. Aidan will race offshore and be replaced by Brendan Cottrell all-weather lifeboat assistant Coxswain who will replace Aidan later in the week to keep the lifeboat station fully operational with a crew on-call and available at all times.
The two crews have received sponsorship and support from the Cape Clear Ferry Company for Baltimore RNLI and Helly Hanson and Solas Marine for RNLI South-Coast.
Commenting on the Beaufort Cup, Crosshaven RNLI and RNLI South-coast crewmember James Fegan said, ‘This is going to be a fantastic event and we are very grateful to the Defence Forces for supporting it and making it happen. We work side by side with our colleagues from other lifeboat stations and agencies so this is very different for us. I feel it could get quite competitive out there in the sea but may the best team win.’
Also speaking on the event Baltimore RNLI station mechanic and ‘True Pennace’ crewmember Cathal Cottrell added, ‘Everyone knows we take our sailing very seriously down here and we will be looking to bring home the Cup. It is going to be a tough few days of racing. With so many lifeboat crew onboard I don’t think we will need to call out the lifeboat. I want to wish all of the crew from across the emergency services the Best of luck, we will see them at the finish line.’
The offshore race will start on Monday 11 July off Haulbowline Island, the home of the Irish Naval Service.