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#corkweek – Like a fine seafood platter, Cork Week dishes up a huge variety of courses and today's Harbour Race was the centrepiece of a phenomenal week of racing. The entire international fleet racing at Cork Week enjoyed a scenic race in Cork's historic harbour. The weather may have closed in once again but the myriad of racing boats parading passed Cobh provided a spectacular finale to what has been a very special regatta.

In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon's electric blue Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens streaked away right from the start to take line honours by a significant margin. Frank Gerber, mainsheet trimmer, has been a long time member of a solid team and he was quick to praise the boat captain, Matt Trautmann and first mate, Jack Boutelle. "Matt and Jack are the unsung heroes of our success, Tonnerre is immaculately prepared for racing and that means we can concentrate on going the right way and fast. Also tactician Dave Lenz hasn't missed a shift all week and the crew has pulled off every manoeuvre. This is the first big win for us for some time, we came second in the Round Ireland Race and choked on the last day of the RORC IRC Nationals, so it has been fantastic to come here and win, Piet is absolutely over the moon."

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The in harbour course rounded off Cork week 2012. Photo: Bob Bateman

In IRC One, Richard Fildes' Abersoch based Corby 37, Impetuous held off a strong challenge from Royal Cork YC member, Conor Phelan racing Ker 37, Jump Juice. "To have a realistic chance of beating Impetuous we needed them to have a bad day and we had a go at them from the start." Explained Conor Phelan. "We did manage to slow them down and we had an excellent first part of the race but Impetuous came back well to hold onto their overall lead and I would like to congratulate them on a fine win."

It was all to play for in IRC 2 with two yachts vying for the class win and the title of 2012 Irish J/109 National Champion. After two legs of the Harbour Race, Hall & McDonell's Dublin based Something Else led the charge but Ian Nagle's Jelly Baby made a decisive move on the beat past Roches Point to gain the upper hand. Royal Cork's Jelly Baby never looked back and won the last race of the regatta to win both the class and the J/109 Irish Championship.

In IRC 3, Tim Cunliffe's Half Tonner, Insatiable won today's Harbour Race to take second overall. The team are all from Cornwall and the vintage half tonner was beautifully restored at the famous Pendennis Shipyard. However, the clear winner of the class was the Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral, Peter Deasy with his Sunfast 32, Bad Company. Diarmuid Foley's Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge was third overall.

In IRC 4, John Twomey's Sonar, Baileen Ban won today's race scoring their fifth win of the regatta. John's next event will be the Paralympic Games in Weymouth and everybody at Cork Week wishes the Kinsale man good luck in the Games. Claridge & Fox's Sigma 33, Excelle scored their fifth podium finish of the regatta to clinch second place just ahead of Finbarr Dorgan's Sonar, No Half Measures.

In the 1720 Class, Robin & Ben O'Mahony took the gun today putting pressure on overall leader Denis Murphy's Aquatack. However, Aquatack managed a third place to hold on to the class win.

In the White Sail Class, Mike Bailey & Andy Roy's vintage Swan 46, Something was a late starter to Cork Week, missing the first day of racing. However, the vintage Swan had a fantastic battle with Dublin skipper Dan O'Neill steering IMX 38, Xerxes. Something won the class title with Xerxes second. Annie O'Sullivan Elan 37, Diamonds are Forever won today's Harbour Race to claim third in IRC. The all girl crew have never sailed as a team before and have been improving their performance as each day has gone by. Their dedication to partying is also most noteworthy, as the Girls for Sail charter team have been the last out of the party tents just about every night!

In White Sail Two, a close encounter between two yachts from the Royal Cork Yacht Club was settled today. Tom McNeice's Minx III came out on top but the Sigma 33 had an epic battle with Conor O'Donovan's X-372 Xtension. Xtension won the last two races of the regatta but it wasn't enough to beat their club rivals and McNeice's team were declared class winners.

Cork Week Racing Chairman, Anthony O'Leary has been racing his Ker 39, Antix all week and narrowly missed out on beating Tonnerre de Breskens in today's Harbour Race by just 25 seconds. " I think that the overall standard of racing this week has been very high, both from the competitors and also the race management team. With the wind mainly in the northwest, setting courses is not easy and for a variety of reasons I think that the race management team have done an excellent job. In difficult conditions, we only lost two races, which is a credit not just to the race officers but also to the entire team, I would also like to add that everybody wishes Martin Stephens a speedy recovery from an injury sustained whilst laying marks at Cork Week."

After tonight's Final Prize Giving, The Papa Zitas will close out the evening entertainment. Recognised as are Ireland's definitive Motown Big Band experience. Their 10-piece outfit will deliver a set of 1960's Motown classics to conclude a memorable and fun filled week.

Results:

IRC0:

1 TONNERRE DE BRESKENS 3 Peter Vroon

2 TOKOLOSHE Michael Bartholomew

3 PENINSULA SIGNAL 8 Jamie McWilliam

IRC1:

1 IMPETUOUS Richard Fildes

2 JUMP JUICE Conor Phelan

3 INGA II FROM SWEDEN Richard Goransson

IRC2:

1 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley

2 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall

3 CHENAPAN Gilles Caminade

IRC3:

1 BAD COMPANY Desmond/Ivers/Deasy

2 INSATIABLE Tim Cunliffe

3 ANCHOR CHALLENGE Diarmuid Foley

IRC4:

1 BAILEEN BAN John Twomey

2 EXCELLE Toby Claridge & J. Fox

3 NO HALF MEASURES Finbarr Dorgan

J109:

1 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle

2 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall

3 JALAPENO Baker et al

1720:

1 AQUATACK Denis Murphy

2 IRL1760 Robin & Ben O'Mahony

3 WAHOO Finbarr Jeffers

IRC Non Spinnaker 1:

1 SOMETHING Mike Bailey & Andy Roy

2 XERXES Dan O'Neill

3 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Anne O'Sullivan

IRC Non Spinnaker 2:

1 MINX III Tom NcNeice

2 XTENSION Conor O'Donovan

3 AISLING Bryan Heffernan

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#corkweek – The penultimate day of Cork Week will be remembered for some seriously feisty weather, torrential rain overnight continued through the morning and a thick sea fog and a building sea state produced what the Crosshaven locals call 'proper weather'. With 20 knots of breeze and Atlantic swell, Cork Week's Race Committee had the option of racing inside Cork Harbour and took it.

All classes bar IRC Zero and One were set a windward leeward course inside the safe confines of Cork Harbour but the visibility around the Moonduster mark ensured a tight course. Outside the harbour the big boat fleet managed to get one race in before the front drove through to leave a sloppy sea state and no wind, scuppering any chance of a second race today.

In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens proved unstoppable again today, blasting through the surf to score yet another bullet. "I should buy a lottery ticket today!" Admitted mainsheet trimmer, Dave Lenz. "We had excellent breeze down the run and it literally shut down behind us, stopping all of our competition. The phrase rich get richer certainly applied to today's race." Piet Vroon and his team don't even need to race tomorrow's Harbour Course to win the class but Vroon insisted that Tonnerre de Breskens would be racing tomorrow. Michael Bartholomew's Mills 40, Tokoloshe could only score a fifth today but is still second overall, whilst Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 is third.

In IRC One, Richard Fildes' Corby 37, Impetuous won Race 7 to stamp their authority on the class. Conor Phelan's Ker 37, Jump Juice got the better of Richard Goransson's Corby 36, Inga of Sweden today to leapfrog into second place. However, barring a shocker in tomorrow last race, Impetuous look to have won their class.

Getting IRC 2 away for the first race was not easy, there were hooters a plenty as two general recalls resulted in a third re-start with a black flag. Ian Nagle's, J/109 Jelly Baby nailed the pin end and extended in clear air at the top mark to win the first race of the day with Gilles Caminade's French A 35, Chenapan taking second. However, Hall & McDonnell's J/109, Something Else got buried into the pack and scored a lowly ninth. Donal O'Leary's X-35, D-Tox won the second race of the day but the big story in IRC 2 is that Something Else who have led from the start of the regatta have dropped to third place on countback from Chenapan and local Cork boat Jelly Baby are now top of the class. However, Something Else still leads the J/109s for the Irish title by just a point from Jelly Baby.

In IRC 3, Royal Cork's Admiral Peter Deasy with Bad Company has opened up a seven-point lead after scoring two podium finishes today. Tim Cunliffe's Half Tonner, Insatiable has their best day of the regatta. The Cornish team were spotted 'fuelling up' at the Royal Cork Yacht Club bar last night, obviously with the desired effect! However, Diarmuid Foley's Quarter Tonner was out-gunned by the displacement yachts in today's heavier conditions and drops to third. Brian Goggin's Corby 25, Allure finished the day on a high, winning the last race of the day but by just two seconds.

John Twomey's Sonar Baileen Ban has virtually sealed the win in IRC 4 with a second and first place today, but a battle is raging for second place. Finbarr Dorgan's No Half Measures and Claridge and Fox's Sigma 33, Excelle are on equal points and Nyhan & Buwalda's Hunter 707, Outrigger is just a point behind.

The 1720's were racing outside the Harbour today, which was a full on experience. However, some very experienced crews race the pocket rockets and all was well. Denis Murphy's Aquatack won today's race from close rivals Robin & Ben O'Mahony but there was only 7 seconds between them. Aquatack now have a four-point cushion virtually sealing the class win.

Take That, The Prodigy, Vengaboys, MC Hammer and House of Pain are just some of the top 90s bands that won't be on the main stage tonight but Irish tribute band, Smash Hits will. Delivering a high-energy set to a packed crowd that will be looking to stretch some tired limbs after four days of hard racing at Cork Week.

Full results and much more can be found at www.corkweek.ie

Results:

IRC0:

1 TONNERRE DE BRESKENS 3 Peter Vroon

2 TOKOLOSHE Michael Bartholomew

3 PENINSULA SIGNAL 8 Jamie McWilliam

IRC1:

1 IMPETUOUS Richard Fildes

2 JUMP JUICE Conor Phelan

3 INGA II FROM SWEDEN Richard Goransson

IRC2:

1 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley

2 CHENAPAN Gilles Caminade

3 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall

IRC3:

1 BAD COMPANY Desmond/Ivers/Deasy

2 INSATIABLE Tim Cunliffe

3 ANCHOR CHALLENGE Diarmuid Foley

IRC4:

1 BAILEEN BAN John Twomey

2 NO HALF MEASURES Finbarr Dorgan

3 EXCELLE Toby Claridge & J. Fox

J109:

1 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall

2 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle

3 JALAPENO Baker et al

1720:

1 AQUATACK Denis Murphy

2 IRL1760 Robin & Ben O'Mahony

3 WAHOO Finbarr Jeffers

IRC Non Spinnaker 1:

1 SOMETHING Mike Bailey & Andy Roy

2 XERXES Dan O'Neill

3 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Anne O'Sullivan

IRC Non Spinnaker 2:

1 MINX III Tom NcNeice

2 XTENSION Conor O'Donovan

3 AISLING Bryan Heffernan

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#corkweek – It may be a 'boutique' edition of Cork Week but there is a fantastic buzz at the Royal Cork Yacht Club and with the sun bursting through the clouds and a moderate to fresh breeze of 15 - 20 knots, the racing area south of Roches Point was a truly spectacular location for Ireland's longest running sailing regatta.

On today's Slalom Course, Piet Vroon's electric blue rocket ship, Tonnerre de Breskens revelled in the conditions, fully pulling the trigger, hitting 18 knots of boat speed. Tonnerre de Breskens romped home in both races by over two minutes. Mike Bartholomew's Mills 40, Tokoloshe and Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 took a second place each today cementing second and third respectively on the leaderboard.

With a discard kicking in, Richard Fildes, Corby 37, Impetuous returns to the top of the class, scoring a first and a fourth in today's races. Richard Goransson's Corby 36, Inga from Sweden was desperately close to a win in the opening race of the day, missing out by just ten seconds. However, a lowly 7th place in the last race means the Swedish yacht has now lost the class lead. Royal Cork member Conor Phelan, helming Ker 37 Jump Juice had another solid day to claim third overall. "We're enjoying it, sailing well and hanging in there." Declared Phelan shortly after racing.

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Wow from Dun Laoghaire Photo: Bob Bateman

In IRC Two, Hall & McDonnell's J/109, Something Else leads the class with two more solid results today. However, Ian Nagle's local J/109, Jelly Baby had a better day and has closed the gap on their rivals for both the class and the J/109 Irish title. Gilles Caminade's A 35, Chenapan scored a first and a second today, moving the French team up to third overall.

"Jelly Baby goes well in good breeze and we certainly got that today." Explained Jelly Baby's tactician Killian Collins. "Getting away well was important today and we liked the pin end and really went out to win the starts. With the discard kicking in, we are just a couple of points off the lead and with a big fleet, we can easily make that up in just one race, so its all to play for."

It's tight at the top of IRC Three. Royal Cork Yacht club Admiral, Peter Deasy had a very good day at the office. His Sunfast 32, Bad Company won both of today's races, putting the team from Cork just half a point behind the class leader, Diarmuid Foley's Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge. Tim Cunliffe's Half Tonner, Insatiable had their best day so far, scoring two podium finishes to put the Cornishmen into third in class.

In IRC Four John Twomey's Sonar, Baileen Ban started the regatta with a disappointing fifth but since then the team has been virtually unstoppable, winning all but one of the five races. Twomey has enjoyed a distinguished Paralympic career and will make a phenomenal tenth Games appearance at London 2012. At the Games in Weymouth, he'll be at the helm with teammates Ant Hegarty and Ian Costelloe. Finbarr Dorgan from the Cove Sailing club is in second place racing Sonar, No Half Measures and Nyhan & Buwalda's 707, Outrigger is still very much in contention in third place.

Right now, it is standing room only at the Royal Cork Yacht Club with competitors enjoying a glass in brilliant sunshine.

Tonight's entertainment features a young band from Cork that the New York Times described as 'the new U2". The Calvinists will be delivering foot stomping original songs and well-known covers played with heaps of energy on the main stage in the event village.

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#rnli – Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat were tasked to a collision between two racing yachts, South of Roches Point competing at this afternoon's Cork Week regatta.

The initial information was that one of the yachts was taking on water.

Crosshaven lifeboat quickly launched and headed for the 32' stricken yacht. On arrival, it was clear that no crew on either boat had been injured and that the damage to one yacht, whilst extensive, was above the waterline.

Crosshaven ILB then escorted the damaged yacht back to Crosshaven. Crosshaven Coast Guard and Cork Civil Defence Ribs also attended on scene.

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#corkweek – A gentle breeze building to 18 knots of breeze towards the close of play brought the second day of Cork week to a fitting climax writes Louay Habib. Crew in the 101 boat fleet were hiking hard and boat handling became a much bigger issue than the opening day. Scroll down for day two photos by Bob Bateman.

In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens stamped their authority on the class, scoring two more bullets but it was far from straight forward, the Dutch flier won both of today's races on the Trapezoid Course by just a few seconds.

"The course today was very short, which makes it difficult to make up a time correction of 5 minutes an hour. I have to say that the two main reasons for our success today were the excellent way in which the boat is prepared and how well the crew handle the boat." Explained Vroon. "I first came to Crosshaven in 1969 and I think the reason that I have been coming back for all these years is that the natives are so friendly and I have always been impressed by the high standards of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and this year is no exception."

Tonnerre de Breskens is the clear leader in IRC Zero, Michael Bartholomew's Mills 40,Tokoloshe scored two podium results today to move up to second with Kieran Twomey's local Corby 38, Gloves Off dropping a place to third.

There was plenty of drama in IRC One today, Richard Goransson's Corby 36, Inga from Sweden has taken over the class lead but an incident at a top mark with Scottish entry Mills 40, Crazy Horse, was caught on camera by the Cork Week TV crew. This may have an effect on the result of Race 4. However, last night's leader, Richard Fildes' Corby 37, Impetuous was called OCS in Race 3, scoring a debilitating 20 points. However, Impetuous came back strongly, leaping off the start line like a wild salmon, to win the last race of the day. Royal Cork's Conor Phelan racing Ker 37, Jump Juice scored well today to move up to third overall. 81Y6940

The crew of Welsh visitor Impetuous. Photo: Bob Bateman

IRC Three has a new leader, Diarmuid Foley's Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge had a great day on the water winning the first race to depose Royal Cork's Admiral Peter Deasy, racing Bad Company, from the top of leaderboard. Crosshaven local, Paul Tingle racing First 31.7, Alpaca finished the day in fine style with a bullet in Race 3.

"A light and shifty first race but the windward leeward course certainly suits us better than the Trapezoid course." Admitted Diarmuid Foley. "Now we just have to negotiate the hazards ashore after racing but we are Cork boys so we know are way around the clubhouse!"

In the Non-Spinnaker Class, Dan O'Neill's IMX 38, Xerxes has scored three clean bullets. Dan was raised in Annapolis, USA but has lived in Dublin for over 20 years.

"Xerxes has won many top regattas in the past but a few years back, I decided to stop racing at that level, mainly due to the cost. Also you need nine really good sailors but racing with just white sails we only need three good crew, leaving room on board for good friends who don't have that much experience. Racing in this class is a great way to introduce people to the sport in a safe environment. This week I am sailing with my cousin, who is visiting Ireland for the first time from Missouri, USA and I can guarantee you, he is enjoying every moment of Cork Week.

Results:

IRC0:

1 TONNERRE DE BRESKENS 3 Peter Vroon

2 TOKOLOSHE Michael Bartholomew

3 GLOVES OFF Kieran Twomey

IRC1:

1 INGA II FROM SWEDEN Richard Goransson

2 JUMP JUICE Conor Phelan

3 CRAZY HORSE Chambers/Reilly

IRC2:

1 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall

2 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley

3 ANTIX BEAG Jim Pryor

IRC3:

1 ANCHOR CHALLENGE Diarmuid Foley

2 ALLURE Brian Goggin

3 BAD COMPANY Desmond/Ivers/Deasy

IRC4:

1 BAILEEN BAN John Twomey

2 OUTRIGGER J Nyhan & M Buwalda

3 EXCELLE Toby Claridge & J. Fox

J109:

1 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall

2 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle

3 JALAPENO Baker et al

1720:

1 AQUATACK Denis Murphy

2 IRL1760 Robin & Ben O'Mahony

3 GIRLS ANTIX Jane McLelland

IRC Non Spinnaker 1:

1 XERXES Dan O'Neill

2 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Anne O'Sullivan

3 JUST 4 FUN

IRC Non Spinnaker 2:

1 MINX III Tom NcNeice

2 MINSTREL John Patrick Hayes

3 XTENSION Conor O'Donovan

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#corkweek – Former Round Ireland champion Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens won both of today's opening races at Cork week 2012 writes Louay Habib.

There was a gentle but unpredictable start to Cork Week 2012 today when a shifty northwesterly breeze of between 8-12 knots blew for the international fleet at Cork Week at Crosshaven.

Local entry, a Corby 38 Gloves Off, skippered by Kieran Twomey scoring two podium finishes to end the day second in class to Vroon.

A tie for third place in race 2 typified the intense battle in the big boat class. Michael Bartholomew's South African Mills 40, Tokoloshe and Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40, Peninsular Signal 8 from Hong Kong, could not be separated after time correction.

The tight Olympic and Trapezoid courses provided some close encounters, with plenty of close boat on boat action. However, reading the changes in both the wind direction was vital to success. As the day progressed the wind became less stable with a fresh front arriving later in the afternoon, giving a damp finish to a day of hot racing.

In IRC One the day was emphatically won by Richard Fildes' Corby 37, Impetuous, which won both of today's races. Richard sails out of Abersoch, Wales and is a veteran of Cork Week.

"I have been coming here since 1979 and this is my 12th trip on the trot but I have to say that is the best day I have ever had here!" Laughed Richard. "Great competition on the water and I have to admit to getting a thick slice of luck. Inga of Sweden was going so well in the first race but got slowed down by a boat in another class, which definitely helped us and in the second race, I have to admit we were late to the restart and crossed at the Committee boat by chance rather than judgement and plugged into a really useful shift, which really made the win."

In the 1720 Class, Jane McLelland's Girls Antix, with Libby Greenhalgh at the helm, won the first race of the day and after two races the girl's team are level on points with Denis Murphy's Aquatack. Jane is the mother or two young children that are back home in London with their father. "Well what a fantastic day!" Smiled Jane. "The decisive moment in the first race came when we saw that the leading boats were slowing down in a luffing match and we managed to sail around them. But I have to say it was a totally unexpected win, I haven't been out racing for ages and we are all a bit rusty but what a great way to start Cork Week!"

In IRC Three, Peter Deasy, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club took the win in the only race of the day with his Sunfast 32, Bad Company. "We didn't have the best start but we spotted a shift and made an early tack onto it, which proved decisive." Commented Deasy. "But we were made well aware of some great sailors in this class, especially Dermot Foley's Anchor Challenge. We will have a glass in the club tonight but we will be keeping our powder dry for another battle tomorrow."

Local weather expert, Eddie English believes that conditions for tomorrow's racing may be fairly similar to today with perhaps a slight shift to NNW with maybe a knot or two more pressure.

Cork Week Day One Top 3 Results Class by Class:

IRC0:

1 TONNERRE DE BRESKENS 3 Peter Vroon

2 GLOVES OFF Kieran Twomey

3 TOKOLOSHE Michael Bartholomew

IRC1:

1 IMPETUOUS Richard Fildes

2 INGA II FROM SWEDEN Richard Goransson

3 JUMP JUICE Conor Phelan

IRC2:

1 D-TOX Donal O'Leary

2 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall

3 JALAPENO Baker et al

IRC3:

1 BAD COMPANY Peter Deasy

2 ANCHOR CHALLENGE Dermot Foley

3 AURORA Ronan Lyden

IRC4:

1 OUTRIGGER J Nyhan & M Buwalda

2 POLISHED MANX Kuba Szymanski

3 EXCELLE Toby Claridge & J. Fox

J109:

1 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall

2 JALAPENO Baker et al

3 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle

1720:

1 AQUATACK Denis Murphy

2 GIRLS ANTIX Jane McLelland

3 WAHOO Finbarr Jeffers

IRC Non Spinnaker 1:

1 XERXES Dan O'Neill

2 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Anne O'Sullivan

3 IMPETUOUS Tim Brouard

IRC Non Spinnaker 2:

1 MINX III Sigma 33 Tom NcNeice

2 MINSTREL Hunter Sonata John Patrick Hayes

3 XTENSION X Yacht 372 Conor O'Donovan

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#corkweek2012 – Last night's Upbeat Opening to Cork Week 2012 took place in a mood of palpable optimism and with the expectancy of a wonderful week ahead writes Claire Bateman. SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS! The buoyant mood had been set and the expectancy raised to even greater heights by the huge success of the Saturday and Sunday All Aboard @ Cork Week open days at the Royal Cork Yacht Club that far exceeded all expectations and resulted in the club being visited by over a thousand members of the public over the two days. It was a phenomenal experience for all involved and great credit must go to all concerned and in particular to the Cork Week Chairman, Pat Lyons, who mustn't have slept for six months at least.

The Official Opening that nearly didn't happen, but that's a story for the end of this paragraph, was performed by one of our own members, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, who received a rapturous welcome. The Minister did indeed deliver a splendid speech that was both uplifting and encouraging. He told us what it felt like to remember being in the club as a child of five years of age and never would have thought in his wildest dreams he would be coming back as Minister for the Marine. He referred to the importance of the loyal sponsors who have remained with the event and named them all, in particular he spoke of the importance of the support from Fáilte Ireland with the publicity garnered by the event. He told of the huge work put in by Pat Lyons, Cork Week Chairman and Admiral Peter Deasy, and was full of admiration for the effort put in by the staff and particular attention was paid to the volunteer input by the club members. He also thanked the efforts put in by the overseas visitors who had travelled to attend and the huge home support. The Minister was so enthused and obviously so much at home in his own club he was utterly relaxed and the enthusiastic audience responded with their applause. In fact, he was so relaxed he was about to leave the podium when he suddenly remembered he had come to open Cork Week and hadn't officially done so and returned again to the podium to loud cheers from the assembled throng as he declared the event officially open.

It was very pleasing to note the attendance of so many Royal Cork former Admirals at the Official Opening Amongst these were Bill Walsh, who sailed Coral in the first ever Cork week in 1978, Tony O'Connor, Paddy McGlade, Anthony O'Leary, Bill O'Mahony and last but certainly not least former Admiral T.E. Crosbie, who, while we were waiting for the Official Opening to take place, regaled your scribe in his own inimitable style with wonderful tales going back to 1938 when the club was the Royal Munster Yacht Club. Now in his eighty second year former Admiral Crosbie will tomorrow (Monday) compete in Cork Week helming his well known 'No Excuse'.

So on that note I return to Cork Week 2012 and wish all competitors and officials an enjoyable week with safe sailing and great competition.

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#rnli – One of Crosshaven RNLI's major fundraising events of the year was held on Saturday evening last, with a black tie Dinner at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The event was held in conjunction with the Cork Week regatta which is taking place this week.

On a glorious summer evening, one hundred supporters listened to a very enjoyable and Interesting conversation between afloat's correspondent Tom MacSweeney and the Coxswain of Baltimore lifeboat, Kieran Cotter as well as enjoying an excellent meal provided by Royal Cork Yacht club.

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#corkweek – Royal Cork Yacht Club is bracing itself for the arrival of well over a thousand competitors in the next few days and over the past few weeks, local sailors have been working hard preparing their yachts moored in the safe confines of the marina. A steady stream of yachts from overseas has begun to arrive in Crosshaven to get ready for the big event, with many more expected to over the coming days.

Whilst the courses for Cork Week remain in the same likeable format, Cork Week Racing Chairman, Anthony O'Leary has revealed that there are some enterprising changes to the Harbour Course Race. "For the last day of racing, we intend to have the whole fleet in Cork Harbour, which should be a fantastic spectacle," commented O'Leary. "The Race Committee has also decided to award a long standing and very prestigious trophy at this year's event. The Carroll Cup dates back to 1858 and this year it will be the prize for a Harbour Race Time Trial. The Moonduster Mark – Cobh Mark –No.18 buoy section is a distance of 1.8nm and it is our intention to time each boat in the Harbour Race over this distance and apply their IRC handicap, to find the winner of the Carroll Cup 2012. The particular part of the course passes an area known as The Holy Ground and is featured in song and verse and is very much part of the folklore of Cork Harbour."

The Royal Cork is the oldest yacht club in the world and a glittering array of silverware will be awarded at Cork Week. In addition, for 2012 all class winners will also go home with a fine keepsake. The Belleek Group has been making fine china in Ireland for well over a century and overall class winners will receive a Belleek Living Trophy as a memento of their success.

Over one hundred yachts will be competing at Cork Week and the fun-factor looks like it could be at an all time high. Dermot Cronin from the Malahide Yacht Club will be racing his First 40.7, Encore and this is not the first venture to Cork Week for Dermot and his crew, as he explains; "We enjoyed 2010 so much, even though we suffered a badly cracked mast with my old J/35. We did a pub-crawl to 'wake' our lost mast and loved the barbecued cod and black pudding served up by the local pubs. We'll definitely be setting out in search of that this year. I particularly like a smaller regatta at Cork. After top class racing on the water, shoreside has a more laid back feel than past years. In the days of 600+ boats, getting to the bar was like wrestling through rush hour on the London underground!"

The ½ tonner "Insatiable" was built in 1985 and beautifully restored with the help of the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth. The crew are all friends from Cornwall and include a National and European Laser 4000 champion, Jon Wilson. Skipper Tim Cunliffe explains why the team have decided to bring "Insatiable" to Cork Week for the first time. "Most of the crew have been to Cork Week before and what makes us come back is good racing and on shore entertainment, some provided by our own crew! All of us have sailed to a very high level and we see Cork Week as a major regatta that we hope to do well in and hopefully win.

From the Clyde, Christine and Robin Murray's First 40, "Elf Too" will be competing at Cork Week, "Elf Too" arrived safely in Crosshaven on the 24th June and Christine is really looking forward to Cork Week. "This is the fourth time, I have come for the regatta and I just love it, Crosshaven is where my husband and I confessed our undying love for each other. The racing is so well managed and we all just have such a great laugh. We are also looking for a crewmember for Cork Week to cover for maternity leave for our pit-girl, if you apply you will definitely need a sense of humour." For more information visit: www.corkweek.ie

Published in Cork Week

#corkweek – Racing Chairman, Anthony O'Leary has revealed that there are some 'enterprising' changes to the Harbour Course Race for Cork Week in two weeks time writes Louay Habib.

With less than two weeks to go until the start of Cork Week, the Royal Cork Yacht Club is a hive of activity, the club is bracing itself for the arrival of well over a thousand competitors and over the past few weeks, local sailors have been working hard preparing their yachts moored in the safe confines of marina. A steady stream of yachts from overseas has begun to arrive in Crosshaven to get ready for the big event, with the many more expected to arrive this coming weekend.

Whilst the courses for Cork Week remain in the same likeable format there are some changes to the Harbour Course:

"For the last day of racing, we intend to have the whole fleet in Cork Harbour, which should be a fantastic spectacle." Commented O'Leary. "The Race Committee has also decided to award a long standing and very prestigious trophy at this year's event. The Carroll Cup dates back to 1858 and this year will be the prize for a Harbour Race Time Trial. The Moonduster Mark – Cobh Mark –No.18 buoy section is a distance of 1.8nm and it is our intention to time each boat in the Harbour Race over this distance and apply their IRC handicap, to find the winner of the Carroll Cup 2012. The particular part of the course passes an area known as The Holy Ground and is featured in song and verse and is very much part of the folklore of Cork Harbour."

The Royal Cork is the oldest yacht club in the world and a glittering array of silverware will be awarded at Cork Week. In addition, for 2012 all class winners will be also go home with a fine keepsake. The Belleek Group has been making fine china in Ireland for well over a century and overall class winners will receive a Belleek Living Trophy as a memento of their success.

This year, like many other regattas, the number of yachts attending is down on previous years. However well over one hundred yachts will be competing at Cork Week and the fun-factor looks like it could be at an all time high.

Dermot Cronin from the Malahide Yacht Club will be racing his First 40.7, Encore for the first time but this is not the first venture to Cork Week for Dermot and his crew, as he explains; "We enjoyed 2010 so much, even though we suffered a badly cracked mast with my old J/35. We did a pub-crawl to 'wake' our lost mast and loved the BBQ'd cod and black pudding served up by the local pubs. We'll definitely be setting out in search of that this year. I particularly like a smaller regatta at Cork. As after top class racing on the water, shoreside has a more laid back feel than past years. In the days of 600+ boats, getting to the bar was like wrestling through rush hour on the London underground!"

The ½ tonner Insatiable was built in 1985 and beautifully restored with the help of the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth. The crew are all friends from Cornwall and include a National and European Laser 4000 champion, Jon Wilson. Skipper Tim Cunliffe explains why the team have decided to bring Insatiable to Cork Week for the first time. "Most of the crew have been to Cork Week before and what makes us come back is good racing and on shore entertainment, some provided by our own crew! All of us have sailed to a very high level and we see Cork Week as a major regatta that we hope to do well in and hopefully win. On top of that we are really looking forward to enjoying the excellent Irish hospitality."

From the Clyde, Christine and Robin Murray's First 40, Elf Too will be competing at Cork Week, Elf Too arrived safely in Crosshaven on the 24th June and Christine is really looking forward to Cork Week. "This is the fourth time, I have come for the regatta and I just love it, Crosshaven is where my husband and I confessed our undying love for each other. The racing is so well managed and we all just have such a great laugh. We are also looking for a crewmember for Cork Week to cover for maternity leave for our pit-girl, if you apply you will definitely need a sense of humour."

Elf Too's did supply an application form to join their crew but it does contain some expressions that are not suitable for family viewing!!

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