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A stiff southwesterly breeze with a cloudy sky was the order of the day for the annual Naval Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman.

This year the organisers chose a central location in the Harbour close to Whitegate Jetty to start the race. This was to facilitate yachts from Monkstown, Cobh the Naval Squadron and the Royal Cork Yacht Club to participate.

RCYC Navy Yacht race2Mo Ghile Mear from MBSC rounding number 8 buoy

Race officer Tom O’ Mahoney sent the eight spinnaker entrants to Number eight Buoy on to Ringabella, back into the harbour before going to East Ferry and finishing at the Signal Tower on the Base with finger food and refreshments served in the Mess on Haulbowline Island.

RCYC Navy Yacht race2The White Sail start

The white sail fleet of 20 yachts had a similar course except the leg up to East Ferry was omitted.

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RCYC Navy Yacht race2Ria Lyden's Ellida

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Photographer Bob Bateman captured the sailing cruiser and mixed dinghy action in Cork Harbour during Royal Cork's 'At Home' Regatta 2018 last weekend.

A nice southwesterly sea breeze filled in on Saturday for the opening day of the Royal Cork “At Home” sponsored by Mater Private.

RCYC Rear Admiral (Keelboats) Kieran O’Connell did the honours as race officer for the Cruiser classes.

RCYC At Home14Colin Morehead, RCYC Vice Admiral, sailing “Bene Baby"

Setting a windward mark off the entrance to Cork Harbour and using navigation buoys for the gybe and leeward marks and this, coupled with starting the white sail fleet first, meant that all the fleets were in close proximity to each other.

RCYC At Home14George Radley’s “Cortegada” off Roches Point

Meanwhile, on the Curlane Bank. the dinghies sailed and it was nice to see some of the younger competitors sailing their first 'real' race having completed the sailing courses during the summer holidays.

RCYC At Home14Brian Jones (Rear Admiral Dinghies) sailing his J109 “Jelly Baby”

RCYC At Home14Paul and Deirdre Tingle’s “Alpaca”

RCYC At Home14“Bad Company “ (Deasy Ivers Desmond) avoid a lone fisherman off Roches Point

The National 18s sailed their own course also on the bank. And it all provided a colourful spectacle.

RCYC At Home14National 18s on the Curlane Bank course

Sunday turned out grey and much windier.

The wind was very flukey and a large lop met the keelboat fleet. On the dinghy course some of the younger competitors were brought out on the Committee boat, from there they got to watch the RS 200s, Fevas and other classes at high speed with the occasional capsize of course.

On return to shore it was time to enjoy the Ladies Afternoon Tea, Crab Fishing, The Admirals “Boules” match and the hotly contested Tug of War. The under twelve girls won albeit with a bit of help from some large helpers used to grinding winches....

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Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour has been celebrating the homecoming of the long-lost portrait of John ‘The Magnificent’ Smith Barry which has been jointly acquired by both Fota House, in collaboration with the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) when it was auctioned at Chiswick’s auction house in London earlier this year.

“We at Fota House & Gardens are delighted to have collaborated with our friends at the RCYC in welcoming home this small but significant painting of John Smith Barry during National Heritage Week”, says Victoria Tammadge, General Manager, Fota House & Gardens. “It is John that we have to thank for giving us the house that we know today as he had a huge impact on Fota House. We look forward to sharing this wonderful piece of Cork’s history at Fota for everyone to enjoy,” she continued. 

John the Magnificent Smith Barry1Admiral Royal Cork Pat Farnan, Anne O'Donoghue CEO Irish Heritage Trust and Dermot Burns Club Archivist Royal Cork Photo: Bob Bateman

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In the early 1800s, John Smith Barry (1793‐1837) extended Fota House from a hunting lodge with the help of architects Richard & William Morris into the stunning Regency mansion you see today on the magnificent estate on Fota Island. The painting was restored by fine art conservator Justin Laffan and will hang at both Fota House and the RCYC in Crosshaven on an alternate basis.

John was one of five children to his hugely wealthy father James Hugh Smith Barry and mother Ann Tanner (whom James never married). John inherited Fota, however, due to his illegitimate status he could not inherit the title of Earl of Barrymore. John was a very keen sailor and joined the soon to be Royal Cork Yacht Club in 1812. He was made Vice Commodore in August 1833 and Vice Admiral in 1834. His 90-ton yacht Columbine won the King’s Cup at Cowes Week in 1835. In the painting, we can see John in the library of Fota House wearing the RCYC uniform of the time with Columbine in near full-sail in Cork Harbour sporting the RCYC pennant on her main mast.

John the Magnificent Smith Barry1Admiral Pat Farnan, Royal Cork, Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Thomas Maloney and Anne O'Donoghue CEO Irish Trust.

Since 2007, Fota House is owned and managed by the Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity, and all proceeds are invested back into the upkeep and restoration of the property. Fota House operates guided tours from 10:00 – 17:00 daily (including Sundays and bank holidays). In 2017, Justin Laffan expertly restored five works from the Fota collection and will restore three more paintings live at Fota House during Heritage Week thanks to the Heritage Council’s MSPI Caring for Collections Grant scheme 2018. 

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Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th anniversary flag bearing the inscription 'where it all began' was hoisted for the first time in Cork Harbour last night during the celebratory black-tie gala dinner for the Beaufort Cup Services competition, underway this week as part of Cork Week Regatta.

Photo gallery by Bob Bateman below

At a 170-guest gala dinner hosted by the Irish Naval Service on Haulbowline Island, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD was joined by a second Government Minister, Minister of State Paul Kehoe at the Dept of the Taoiseach and Defence, to launch the celebrations that will see Cork Week 2020 Regatta as an important part of the year-long celebrations in two years time.

Beaufort Cup dinner4The 300th RCYC anniversary flag is hoisted by the Navy Photo: Bob Bateman

Beaufort Cup dinner2Patricia Greene of Volvo (left) with Commandant Barry Byrne, skipper of the defence forces entry in the Beaufort Cup and guests Photo: Bob Bateman

Beaufort Cup dinner5The RNLI Baltimore Beaufort Cup crew Photo: Bob BatemanBeaufort Cup dinner5Guests attend the flag hoisting ceremony Photo: Bob Bateman

Royal_Cork_300_flagThe Royal Cork's 300th Anniversary flag flying in Haulbowline Photo: Bob Bateman

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With a year to go to Cork Dinghy Fest 2019, the Royal Cork Yacht Club Organising Committee is reaching out to 'all classes' to get in touch and express their interest in hosting a regional event at Dinghy Fest.

While dates are currently being finalised, July 5th - 7th is the current proposal for the multi-fleet week.

This will be the third running of the event which, says organiser Alex Barry, has proven to be 'a big hit both on and off the water'.

As a former All Ireland Sailing Champion, Barry wrote previously on Afloat.ie about the need to inject more fun into dinghy sailing, especially for youth sailors

The Cork Harbour dinghy ace said in December 2016, 'friendship is key to keeping Ireland’s youth dinghy sailing classes alive'.

He noted that more needed to be done for over-16s “who just want to have a bit of fun, go to a few events camping, and be with their friends. Read more on this here.

Meanwhile, classes should contact Alex Barry [email protected] or Kieran O’Connell [email protected] for Dinghy Fest 2019 details.

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There were two separate starts in Royal Cork Yacht Club's July League sponsored by Ronan Enright Solicitors tonight on the club's course 96 in fine sailing conditions in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman.

Sailing as crew on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash, the race sponsor Ronan Enright, a former Rear RCYC Admiral, was on board one of 26 boats competing in the light air race.

Two 1720s sportsboats (below) taking part in the in-harbour race are part of an RCYC under 25 development squad and in training for this month's Cork Week Regatta.

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A foiling Moth, National 18s, 505s, RS100s, International 14s, made up a wide range of dinghy classes for Royal Cork Yacht Club's Dognose and Miss Betty Trophy races ran jointly on Saturday for all Cork Harbour Clubs.

The Dognose Trophy is open to monohull dinghies with a PY number of 1142 (Laser Radial) or less and the Miss Betty Trophy is open to dinghies with a PY higher than 1142 ­class.

A great day out for both sailors and supporters, after racing the fleet came ashore at Aghada for prizegivings and refreshments.

Bob Bateman photographed the action in our gallery below

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Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour introduced the first of its Keelboat 'Pop up' family-oriented races last Friday. The idea was to start at 1800 and round as many marks as possible in 1hr and 30mins, for every minute each competitor was late back across the finish line, they would have one mark deducted from their total, the final total would be then divided by the boats Club ECHO handicap.

Denis Murphy and crew on Nieulargo were the winners on the night, with a total of 17 marks rounded and a finishing time of 1934 giving him a total of 14 marks to count and a score of 14.01

Second was Brian and Mary Jone and crew on Jelly Baby with a total of 24 marks rounded and finishing time of 1944 giving him a total of 10 marks to count and a score of 10.10

Third was Mel Collins and crew on Coracle IV with a total of 17 marks rounded and finishing time of 1946 giving him a total of 1 mark to count and a score of 1.03.

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The first race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's June Thursday league, sponsored by Union Chandlery, was held last night in balmy light winds of six or seven knots writes Bob Bateman.

The course was from a Committee boat start to No. 5 back to Cage, then out to No. 6, back to Cage across to Corkbeg with a finish back at Cage.

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It was a reaching start but only Dara O'Shea's J70 Wildcard could fly her asymmetric which she did for the first two legs.

RCYC June Yacht Race1The J70 'Wildcard' managed to fly the kite for the first two legs Photo: Bob Bateman

Mel Collins in Coracle IV started well at the pin end followed by three generations of the MacSweeney family sailing together with members of the RCYC Topper squad.

RCYC June Yacht Race1Close racing to Cork Harbour's No.6 buoy Photo: Bob Bateman

Mary O'Keefe's X362 started well and got the better of Ria Lyden's X362, Ellida. However, during the beat to  No.6 Lyden's light air skills allowed Ellida to get the upper hand and she took the lead from Tux.

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The 2018 Royal Sprints Championship, double-handed dinghy regatta, was held last weekend at the Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Clayton Kohl. This first annual regatta, as previously reported by Afloat.ie here, attracted double-handed dinghy sailors ranging in age from 12 to 21 from all over the country including Cork, Kerry, Wexford, Baltimore, Dublin and Newcastle, Northern Ireland. The two-day 29er, RS 200 and RS Feva event featured short sprint-style races on a nested course. Cork Harbour served as the beautiful backdrop with brisk winds on Saturday at 14 with to 18 knots while Sunday calmer with winds 10 to 14 knots.

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The Royal Sprints Championship was the first of three regattas being held across Ireland to determine Ireland's 29er Triple Crown winners. The 29er class's first regatta of 2018 started with a thud, the sound of one skiff's long daggerboard hitting a now newly discovered sandbar. The resulting pitchpole forced the retirement of Lola Kohl & Johnny Durcan's skiff and a race course move. Once adjustments were made, the 29er fleet successfully completed 10 races during the 24-hour period. 

29er RCYCAtlee Kohl & Chris Bateman in the 29er Photo: Simon McIlwaine

Atlee Kohl & Chris Bateman earned first with straight bullets followed by Dawson Kohl & Chris McDonnell in second, Rory O'Sullivan & Rob Keal in third, Adam Doyle & David Jones in fourth and Erin McIlwaine & Dan Thompson in fifth. The Triple Crown series highlights Ireland's top 29er helms and crews. The next Triple Crown event will be held at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club followed by the final event at Dublin's Royal St. George Yacht Club. The 29er class has been embraced by serious sailors with the winners of this year's 4.7 Laser Nationals and Topper Nationals competing for the Triple Crown last weekend.

With the introduction of highly advanced youth skiffs like the 29er, the need for new and innovative safety practices is paramount. A new safety measure implemented at this event was the use of a 'rescue sailor'. A rescue sailor is a fully proficient wetsuited individual ready to step onto a struggling skiff in a moments notice. At this event, the rescued sailor swapped places with an exhausted crew to get a struggling skiff into port on Saturday and helped a couple novice teams with on-the-water spinnaker issues on Sunday. Having an experienced sailor on standby to jump onboard a distressed dinghy really improves fleet safety by keeping RIBS on the race course, coaches dry and sailors happily competitive on the water.

"Having an experienced sailor on standby to jump onboard a distressed dinghy really improves fleet safety"

The RS 200 class had two great days of racing with the short course keeping the competition close and exciting. Short courses require more manoeuvres and often result in more opportunities for sailors to overtake competitors. After completing eleven races, Cian Jones & Luke McGrath finished first, Adam Power & Jack Young in second, Mia Murphy & Jennifer O'Shaughnessy in third, Jamie Tingle & Ronan O'Driscoll in fourth and Rosa Lyden & Jane Bolger in fifth.

The RS Fevas battled it out over twelve races, the most of any class. In the end, Harry Pritchard & Niel O'Leary came in first followed by Elysia O'Leary & Lily Dwyer in second and Griff Kelleher & Kate Neville in third. Congratulations to all the sailors who fought challenging conditions and gave up some study time to be on the water competing with their friends in their favourite double-handed sailing class.

"This weekend was a major milestone for the 29er fleet"

This weekend was a major milestone for the 29er fleet as it marked the first official event for the newly formed Irish 29er Class Association. The new association, spearheaded by Jarlath O'Leary, represents 29er sailors from all parts of the island of Ireland. If current participation is any indication, the future of the 29er programme and its position as a feeder of great sailors into 49er programme looks very promising for Ireland!

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