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Santa Claus was out sailing for the final day of the O’Leary Insurances Winter League on Sunday, 10th December writes Class 1 Captain Ria Lyden. He travelled All the way from Schull HSC and was crewing aboard Shelly D with Michael Murphy. His elves had also been given the day off to go sailing and their red and white bobble hats were much in evidence in the fleet.
It was just as well that Santa was wearing his red merino wool waterproof suit. Bracing might be a good word to describe the weather. It was overcast, but with the sun breaking through occasionally and the odd drop of rain in a very cool, squally wind of 15 to 20 knots. The wind was in the west south west for most of the race, but it veered to slightly north of west before the race finished. It was a neap tide and the ebb was augmented by the ‘fresh’ in the River after Saturday night’s very heavy rain.
As Afloat.ie previously reported, going into Sunday’s race Coracle IV (Kieran Collins) and No Excuse (Ted Crosbie) were level on points, leading the series, and T-Bone (Tom Durcan/Clive O’Shea) was lying third, but the day’s results could change all of that. It was all to play for.
With Santa watching, and checking his list, everyone was on their best behaviour at the start at Corkbeg and the fleet got away cleanly on the first attempt, making life easier for Race Officers Clem and Wendy McElligott. T-Bone got a good start and got to No 8 first, closely followed by Nieulargo (Denis Murphy), Coracle IV, Dark Side (Robin O’Mahony) and Heroes and Villains (Gary Rhodes). Jelly Baby (Brian Jones) and No Excuse were next. The fleet was starting to spread out on the run to No 9 and the leg to No 20. In spite of the strong ebb, most boats got to No 20 without a tack by sailing across the Spit Bank and ballast stones. This had skippers watching their echo sounders and thinking ‘if there is enough water for Nieulargo, there is enough for us’.
Nieulargo rounded first and set a spinnaker. T-Bone (Tom Durkan/Clive O’Shea) followed her around and then had some sort of spinnaker misshap because, the next time we looked, they were heading back towards No 20. Coracle IV and Dark Side took the opportunity to overtake. T-Bone had ground to make up on the fetch to Corkbeg and beat Cage. The wind had shifted a little north of west as the leaders were broad reaching out to No 3. It was Coracle IV’s turn to experience a problem - a slow spinnaker drop and head sail set, which gave the chasing boats a chance to close the gap.
There was a short beat back to Cage. Nieulargo finished first. T-Bone was second with Coracle IV only six seconds behind. Only seconds separated the next group of boats also - Dark Side, Alpaca, Heroes and Villians and Jelly Baby. Crucially, No Excuse finished only 3 minutes and 20 seconds behind Coracle IV.
As we warmed up in the bar after the race, eating the mince pies which Anne Lordan was handing round, and sipping hot drinks, we checked the results web page but it had not been updated. Kieran O’Connell kept up the suspense until the prize-giving.
The beautiful turned wood, Irish Mist trophy, presented in memory of Archie O’Leary for first place in the All-In series on IRC handicap, had been won by No Excuse. They really had a superb series with a win and four second places. Coracle IV was a close second and T-Bone were third. Coracle IV was first in All-In ECHO handicap, with No Excuse second and Sea Dragon third.
There was a ding dong battle for overall prizes at Royal Cork Yacht Club's O'Leary Insurances Winter League in Cork Harbour on Sunday won out by Ted and Tom Crosbie in the X-302, No Excuse writes Bob Bateman.
A festive spirit and 20–knot north–westerly winds brought the league to a buoyant close that followed an equally upbeat SCORA agm at RCYC at the weekend. More details and a podcast with Kieran O'Connell here.
No Excuse won the all–in 29–boat IRC division by one point having finished second in the final race to Coracle IV's (Kieran Collins) third place.
Coracle IV won the Echo division by a bigger margin.
Results are here
A cold but dry race started at seven degrees but by the finish had dropped to a chilly two degrees.
Race officers Clem and Wendy Mc Elligott Started from a Comitee boat at Cork beg with a Beat to No.8 buoy from there up to Cobh and then out of the harbour to No.3 buoy. Two rounds were sailed.
After a few negative years, resulting in some despondency about the future of cruiser racing, the annual meeting of SCORA, the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, had a more positive atmosphere, with a good attendance of skippers, boat owners and club representatives and quite a few practical suggestions about driving the racing scene forward.
SCORA Commodore Kieran O’Connell, who is also Rear Commodore for Keelboats at the Royal Cork YC in Crosshaven, has been talking up the levels of participation in the racing scene, so I was interested to find out if this was the case at the meeting.
In fact, it seemed to be so and was reflected with a wide-ranging debate, from developing Class 4 for the smallest boats, to bring more people into racing, to the length of races, a desire for more racing amongst Cork Harbour sailors outside of the harbour confines, developing more inter-club racing and how to bridge the gap where young sailors are lost to the sport, between dinghy racing and cruisers.
This practicality was reflected in a debate about the often contentious issue of boat handicaps. There was general agreement that the concentration on handicapping should primarily be at club level, where it could best be used to stimulate more participation locally and strengthen the clubs. Where boats wanted a national handicap to race in other locations, that would have to take account of and dealt with, but the emphasis should be in the clubs.
There was also a desire expressed for longer duration races, because shorter races discouraged participation.
Encouraging young people to move on from dinghies to cruiser racing was debated. “We are not getting enough young people from dinghies into cruiser racing,” was a generally agreed view. There is no obvious solution to this, but it was agreed that to encourage younger sailors into cruisers they had to be given specific roles aboard boats, not just brought onto a boat “to sit on the rail.”
Some things don’t change, but this meeting indicated that there is a lot of positive change and a better future ahead, it seems, for cruiser racing, which SCORA Commodore Kieran O’Connell says is on the increase, with more boats racing in the past season than previously.
Listen to Kieran O’Connell on my weekly Podcast below
A Super Early Bird entry rate until December 30th where a lucky 10% of entries received before the deadline will get a full refund on their entry fee.
2016 saw a revived interest in the Club’s biennial regatta, which has been going strong since 1978. For its 40 year anniversary in 2018, RCYC is launching an all new format where competitors can pick a choose which element of the week that they wish to attend, giving the options for one, two, or three days racing, or go all in for the full Volvo Cup.
Cork Week organiser Kieran O'Connell told Afloat.ie 'We are also holding a number of One Design Class Championships during the week with racing for these classes on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st. If your class would like to be part of this, and benefit from the great entertainment that will be laid on for the week, please get in touch'.
The Beaufort Cup returns in 2018 and with entry level already surpassing 2016 it is gearing up to be a great success. Three English teams have already committed to take on the challenge and there’s also interest from Wales, America, France and Northern Ireland. Download the Beaufort Cup Notice of Race here.
The new Offshore Series on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th will attract boats from all over to compete in the challenging over night Fastnet race and in the shorter day race Wreck series for the smaller boats.
The online entry system is now live and RCYC is running a Super Early Bird entry until December 30th where a lucky 10% of entries received before the deadline will get a full refund on their entry fee.
Connor Phelan's Jump juice will be among the winners saluted tonight at the South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) agm and prizegiving that will be held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club at 7.45pm writes Bob Bateman.
Cruiser–racer fortunes are on the up in Cork harbour according to SCORA Commodore Kieran O'Connell who gave a recent confident forecast that fleet numbers are on the 'way back'.
As well as Phelan's Class Zero and One victory, among tonight's other highlights is Tom Roche's first in ECHO in the same division with Kinsale Yacht Club entry Meridian.
RCYC entry Bad Company (Desmond, Ivers) was the IRC two winner with Waterford Harbour yacht Slack Alice skippered by Shane Statham second.
A full list of prizewinners are below.
Among the matters for discussion at tonight' meeting will be the perennial question of Class Bands for handicapping. This is because the IRC certs change and consequently bands need updating on a regular basis.
2. SCORA Leagues
3. Combine club league in Cork
4. Class handicap bands for 2018
5. ICRA Training Grants
6. ICRA Crew Point
8. Prize Giving
List of 2017 prizewinners: Scora league
Jump juice Connor Phelan 1st IRC 0/1 2nd Echo
Meridian Tom Roche 1st Echo 0/1 2rd Echo
Justus Dan Buckley 3rd IRC 0/1 3rd Echo
Slack Alice Shane Statham 2nd IRC 2 3rd Echo
Bad Company Desmond,Ivers 1st IRC 2 2nd Echo
Artful Dodger Finbarr O Regan 1st Echo 2 3rd IRC
Cracker Denis Byrne 3rd Echo 3
Ye Gotta Wanna Dave Lane and Sinead Enright 3rd IRC 3
No Gnomes Leonard Donnery 2nd IRC 3 2nd Echo
Flyover David Marchant 1st IRC 3 1st Echo
Nieulargo Denis Murphy 1st IRC W/S 1 2nd Echo
Indulgence Aidan Heffernan 1st Echo W/S 1 2nd IRC
Magnet Kieran O Brien 3rd IRC W/S 1 3rd Echo
Prometheus Paul Murray 1st IRC W/S 2
Bandit Richard Leonard 2nd IRC W/S 2 2nd Echo
Whistling Dixie Tom Mc Carthy 3rd Echo W/S 2
Aramis Pat Vaughan 1st Echo W/S 2 2nd IRC
Scora Cork Harbour league
Alpacca Paul Tingle 1st all in IRC
No Gnomes Leonard Donnery 1st all in Echo
Indulgance Aidan Heffernan 1st W/S IRC
Sea Dragon Frank Caul 1st W/S Echo
There is a possibility that Cork Harbour could see more active inter-club racing next season.
Following the successful initial inter-club racing this past season between Monkstown Bay and Cove Sailing Clubs, there are to be meetings with the RCYC about the possibility of the Crosshaven-based club joining the existing duo next season, reports Tom MacSweeney. That would probably be based around Friday night whitesail racing. MBSC cruisers race whitesail only and the concept also has good support in Cobh. The RCYC reserves Fridays for whitesail only. The initial consideration is towads perhaps one race a month, starting from a central point in the harbour. That was tried for general cruiser racing a few seasons ago but wasn’t successful.
While the three clubs support each other’s annual ‘At Home’ regattas, the possibility of an all-harbour-clubs league throughout the season would add to the revived interest in cruiser racing which was discussed here.
A ‘Great Ocean Race,’ the possibility of the oldest single-handed Transatlantic race, the Transat, having one of its legs into and form Cork; a ‘Great Gathering’ of cruisers with ‘feeder’ events form several countries, a ‘Water Club Invitational Cup’ event that would recall the start of sailing in Cork Harbour by the ‘Water Club’ – are amongst the plans being developed at the RCYC in Crosshaven to mark its 300th anniversary in 2020. The Naval Service will be involved, fittingly as the original founders of what has become the RCYC, were based at Haulbowline. A Presidential visit and Salute by Naval vessels visiting during the sailing season of 2020, a Classic Gathering and events to involve the harbour communities are amongst the plans.
“In 1720, interest in the sport of sailing had progressed so much that 26-year-old William O’Brien, the 9th Lord Inchiquin and five of his friends got together to formalise their activities and in so doing established ‘The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork.’ This club is known today as the Royal Cork Yacht Club and it is the oldest yacht club in the world,” says the RCYC history. As people in Cobh will tell you, they enabled Crosshaven to establish its credentials when the then RCYC in Cobh merged with the Royal Munster YC at Crosshaven. Monkstown has also laid claim to helping the RCYC maintain that long history.
Topper and Laser dinghies enjoyed short course racing as part of the final round of RCYC's winter frostbite series for junior sailors who enjoyed the season's junior prizegiving at the clubhouse too this weekend.
Overall, it was a very positive scene that echoes the sentiments of RCYC Rear Admiral Kieran O'Connell who has blown the bugle for cruiser racing in the harbour. Likewise, dinghy numbers are also positive as recently described by RCYC Rear Admiral, Stephen O'Shaugnessy here.
The keelboat course for the fourth race of the O'Leary Insurance Group Winter League was from a committee boat start under race officers Clem and Wendy McElligott.
The course sailed was No8 (S) No10 (S) EF4 (P) (East Ferry) No20 (P) EF2 (S) No10 (P) Corlbeg (S) and a Finish at Cage.
This event is an all–in league including the. start. Overall results are worked out for IRC and ECHO as well as separate class divisions.
In IRC One division, the X302, No Excuse, has had three different helms in the series so far and Tom Crosbie, sailing with son Patrick and brother Andrew, still leads by a point. Kieran Collins skippering the Olson 30, Coracle IV, seems to have to work very hard to sail to his handicap but the recent American yacht was rewarded today with a win overall in IRC to be placed second overall.
Equally competitive were the white sail fleets with two Impalas on five points each in WS 2 ECHO.
The smaller boats sailed over the bank on the beat from EF4 to No 20, off Cobh, to dodge the worst of the ebb tide.
Full results are here
Addtional reporting from RCYC
The November Frostbite dinghy Series and Bill Jones Memorial Trophy came to a conclusion this afternoon with two races completed by PRO David O’Brien and his team – Celine McGrath and Stephen O’Shaughnessy. The morning started with very light breeze but filled in and the sailors had 8 – 13 knots on the Curlane Bank with an ebbing tide.
Caoimhe Foster caused an upset to Chris Bateman’s string of series bullets in the first race, however, Chris returned to his winning ways in the second race of the day to secure 1st Place in the Radial Fleet. Caoimhe Foster was 2nd and Conor Walsh 3rd.
In the 4.7 Fleet – only 3 points separated the top two going into the final day and Atlee Kohl held his three point lead by securing a first and third. Conor Horgan kept his 2nd overall and Tom Good from Kinsale Yacht Club came 3rd.
This is the first year that there have been Topper 4.2 rigs racing in the Frostbites. Well done to Joe O’Sullivan 1st, Fearghal Desmond 2nd and Vicky McDonnell Lettice 3rd.
The Topper 5.3 Rigs were the largest fleet competing in the Frostbites and it was great to see a strong fleet join us from Kinsale. In the Silver Fleet another win for the Foster house with Cillian Foster taking home 1st, Oisin MacSweeney 2nd and Neil O’Leary 3rd. In Gold Fleet – Jonathan O’Shaughnessy finished with a five point lead to come 1st, Dorothy Matthews 2nd and David Jones 3rd.
The prize giving was held in the Upstairs Bar directly after the sailors had some hot chocolate and thawed out!. Stephen O’Shaughnessy thanked all the sailors with particular mention to the visiting sailors from Kinsale Yacht Club.
The Junior Laying Up Supper celebrated a fantastic year afloat for Royal Cork youth sailing on Saturday.
Afloat.ie's photo gallery is below.
Clubs around the coast have experienced a fall-off in racing numbers at cruiser events over the past few years. ‘Keelboats,’ a traditional Class description, have changed fundamentally in design as cruiser/racers have evolved since they were first labelled as ‘keelboat racing’.
“There was a decline, numbers have been down, but this season there has been an improvement and an upsurge in interest,” O’Connell told the prizewinning club racers (See Afloat's Gallery here) at the annual presentation of prizes when he pointed to the turn-out for the Autumn series/October League and what has been a surprisingly big entry for the November/December Winter League which is still underway at the club, in which an average 30 yachts are on the water.
“This is encouraging and indicates that interest and participation in cruiser racing is on the up. It has turned around after a few difficult years.”
Kieran O’Connell is also Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) which combines Southern clubs planning events for the annual sailing calendar.
To general applause, he told the RCYC cruiser racers that he intended to stay in office to steer ‘keelboat’ racing for a while yet. That is good news for the cruiser racing, as he has put a lot of work into orchestrating its revival.
More in the weekly Sailing Column in the Cork Evening Echo.
A yacht that went aground during racing in the O'Leary Insurance Winter League in Cork Harbour yesterday was successfully recovered by fellow competitors and Royal Cork Yacht Club officials writes Bob Bateman.
The 38–foot yacht that was competing in the White Sails division of the league when it hit a rocky area area known as 'Chicago Knoll' in the vicinty of Roches Point.
Although there was a rising tide, a lee shore presented further potential difficulties for the stricken boat. The RNLI were called at 1.30pm.
Some quick thinking by RCYC's Michael Murphy got a line on to the yacht. Sails were taken down and furled and RCYC Rear Admiral Kieran O'Connell took a halyard from the tip of the yacht's mast in an effort to pull the yacht over to release her. Happily, it was a tactic that worked and Blue Oyster floated off the rocky area without any 'structural damage', according to an RNLI report.
Crosshaven RNLI, assisted in escorting the Blue Oyster back to the Royal Cork marina.
Meanwhile, conditions for race three, at the halfway point of the series, dawned with mist and zero wind. However, by start time a 10–knot south westerly breeze had filled in.
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Racing started off a committee boat at Corkbeg and the all–in fleet sailed to cage (P), No3 Buoy (S), Wno6 (P), Cage (S), No9 (S) No5 (S) and a finish at Cage.
Leading the race saw the J109 Jelly Baby Brian Jones, with Nigel Young of North sails onboard, leading at the Cage buoy followed by 1720 T Bone Tom Durcan/Clive O'Shea then Paul and Deirdre Tingle's Alpaca. Jelly Baby went on to win today's race IRC division.
This trophy will be awarded for the best performing boat under IRC of the League.