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Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Pat Farnan welcomed the 2019 World Forum of the International Council of Yacht Clubs to Crosshaven in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman.

The three-day event sees the Munster club host flag officers of some of the world's leading yacht clubs ahead of its 300th anniversary year celebrations in 2020.

Today's official opening included a flag-raising and opening ceremony at the Royal Cork Clubhouse followed by a welcome at Cobh Heritage Centre. 

Guests included the Deputy Mayor Cork County Seamus McGrath, Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and guest speaker Damian Foxall, the Irish Round the World sailor.

Delegates are staying at Cork's Fota Island Resort where the ICOYC Forum will take place along with a number of events at the RCYC itself and other historic locations around Cork Harbour including Cobh, Spike Island and the Naval Headquarters.

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Yesterday's Combined Clubs September Sailing Events in Cork Harbour saw Royal Cork Yacht Club stage the annual Naval Race writes Bob Bateman

A 16-knot southerly wind allowed RCYC Race Officer Peter Webster set a course east of No.11 buoy to send the fleet on a beat out to the mouth of the harbour to no. 3  buoy.

The fleet enjoyed a run back into the Harbour, a turn to port up the Cobh Roads before finishing off Haulbowline at the Naval Base.

See Bob Bateman Photo Gallery Below

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There are already notable entries in for Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn Series 2019 that begins in just over ten days time under new sponsor banner: Horgan’s Quay, Cork.

Racing starts on Saturday, September 29th and continues on October 06th, 13th, 20th & 27th at Crosshaven.

Kinsale Yacht Club Quarter Tonner 'Runaway Bus' skippered by Alan Mulcahy as well as Conor Doyle’s XP50 Freya also from Kinsale are making the return trip to Cork Harbour.

League stalwart Anthony O’Leary, fresh from his podium finish at the New York YC Invitational Cup, is also signed up to compete.

A 70-boat fleet is expected with three race areas.

The 1720 class will race on one area, the spinnaker boats on another and the Whitesail fleet will also have a dedicated race area.

Ciaran McSweeney will be the Principal Race Officer for the event this year with Barry Rose Race officer for the 1720s and Kieran O'Connell in charge of the Whitesail fleet.

RCYC's O'Connell said: 'We would like to thank our new sponsor of the 2019 Autumn Series Horgan’s Quay Cork. This new Development Spanning six acres and located on the River Lee next to the Port of Cork. We are delighted to be working with Horgan’s Quay Cork on this year's Autumn Series, and the Horgan’s Quay Cork Autumn Series

Sailing Instructions will be available online from the 27th of September 2019. Online entry and Notice of Race here

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A tremendous welcome was extended to the Rankin Dinghy Class by Royal Cork Yacht Club last weekend at its DinghyFest Regatta.

The largest fleet of Rankins ever gathered for the event. 21 boats assembled in the dinghy park, with 20 taking part in the racing.

This turned out to be the biggest participation from any dinghy fleet entered in the event.

RankinA contrast in styles as Rankins sail with other dinghy classes at DinghyFest Photo: Bob Bateman

A sincere thank you to the boat owners who made this such a successful weekend.

A special mention must go to those who for various reasons could not sail their boats and handed them over to other sailors. Tom Dwyer, Ruari Allen, David Doyle, Dominic Losty, the Scott family and Damien Aherne showed this generosity which boosted the numbers and gave others the experience of sailing these lovely boats.

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The two days sailing were a joy with beautiful weather and racing conditions.

Saturday racing comprised of three races, sailed on the Curlane bank, at the back of Spike.

The fleet seemed to enjoy the competitive aspect of the racing regardless of their experience or boat condition.

After Saturday's results had been tabulated Conor and Robbie English were in Pole position with Ewan O Keeffe, The Cliodhna, The Helga and a number of others in hot pursuit.

Dave O’Keefe with son EwanDave O’Keefe with son Ewan Photo: Bob Bateman

Sunday's racing involved two races sailed in a beautiful breeze, once it filled in from the west.

A race on the Curlane bank was followed by our last race of the weekend. This comprised of a race around a few cans, with an upriver finish off the Marina at RCYC.

Helga sailing one of the earlier cold moulded RankinsOwen O’Connell and Mike O’Callaghan sailing Helga sailing one of the earlier cold moulded RankinsHelga sailing one of the earlier cold moulded Rankins Photo: Bob Bateman

This was a great bit of racing with Rankins going nip and tuck into a flukey headwind to finish at the clubhouse.

Overall results more or less followed Saturday's form so a huge congratulations to the English brothers who are the official 2019 Rankin World Champions. Their father Joe, who himself had a great love of the Rankin boat, would be very proud.

Ewan O Keeffe, crewed by his dad Dave was a good second with Maurice Kidney, crewed by Stephen Barry given third based on a countback with Daniel O'
Connell sailing the Cliodhna.

P9150728Discussing the finer points of Rankin Build Quality are John Doyle and Owen O’Connell Photo: Bob Bateman

To add to the fun and commitment of the English family, April English, crewing for Mark Bushe on Tom Dwyer's Rankin, both sailed and swam during the
race series. Well done April.

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Outside of the official prize-giving, a number of presentations were made within the group.

Sienna Mills got an award for being the youngest participant.

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Elaine Moynihan and Fiona O'Connell sailing KevDec got best placed female crew and the Scott family got an award for the most travelled boat.

James and Fionn Burke were the deserving winner of the 2019 Rankin Spirit award for their unfailing enthusiasm and commitment to Class activities
since it's formation in 2014.

Rankin Spirit AwardJames and Fionn Burke winners of “The Rankin Spirit Award” with Conor English and Maurice Kidney

This award has had past winners in Jonny Wigham, Bud O Connell and Owen O'Connell. They are in distinguished company. Well done to James and Fionn.

All in all a very successful completion of the official class activities for 2019. 

With thanks to Maurice Kidney

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There some clean sweeps across the eight classes at Royal Cork Yacht Club's 2019 Dinghy Fest Championships held in Cork Harbour at the weekend writes Bob Bateman.

One of the biggest fleets of the weekend was the 19-boat Rankin World Championships fleet. Conor and Robbie English sailing ARC from the host club were runaway winners with wins in each of the five races. Second was Cobh Sailing Club's Ewan and David O Keeffe with Dan O'Connell John Hales third. The size of the victory in the 19-boat fleet also bestowed overall Dinghyfest Championship Status on the English brothers.

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Three firsts and three seconds gave Royal Cork's Harry Twomey and Harry Durcan a three-point winning margin in the 12-point 29er Southern Championships. Clubmates Lola and Atlee Kohl sailing Illegal Entry were second with Dublin Bay's Elysia O'Leary crewed by RCYC's Chris Bateman third. 

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In a clean sweep for Belfast Lough in the Irish Multihull Championships, Adrian Allen and Barry Swanston of Ballyholme Yacht Club were winners by four points after six races in the ten boat fleet. Clubmates Matthew and James McNicholl were second and Mat McMurtry and Emma Greer were third.

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There appears to be no stopping Eoghan Duffy and Cathal Langan in the Mirror class this season and the Mirror Southern Championships raced as part of DinghyFest was no different. The Lough Ree Yacht Club duo lost the opening race of six but won the remaining to win by nine points overall. Second was another Lough Ree Yacht Club pair Luke Johnston and Sarah White with Jessica and Mark Greer from Sligo Yacht Club third. 

Ewan Barry, Stanley Browne and Richard Leonard sailing Stormy D are the new National 18 Champions by three points after six races sailed in an 11-boat fleet. The trio won three races to be ahead of the Johnny Durcan skippered Aquaholics. Charles Dwyer's Shark II sailing with John Coakley and Peter Stokes, the winners of August's Cock O' The North trophy, were third. 

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In the 19-boat RS 200 Southern Championships fleet, Olympic Finn campaigner, Fionn Lyden sailing with Amy Harrington from Baltimore Sailing Club were overall winners with Donal O'Halloran and Nigel Young sailing under the burgee of Royal Cornwall YC were second. Erica Ruigrok and Sally Bell from Rush Sailing Club were third.

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In th smaller seven boat RS 400 fleet, thiRSty sailed by Govan Berridge David Coleman of Killaloe Sailing Club won after six races sailed from RCYC's Luke McGrath and Cian Jones. Third was Playbuoy sailed by Northern Ireland's Ryan Glynn and William Findlay from Strangford Sailing Club.

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Finally, Harry and Simon Pritchard from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club were winners of the RS Feva Southern Championships with six straight wins in the ten boat class. Cork Harbour crews Patrick Bruen and James Murphy were second with David Mcsweeney and George O Keeffe third.  

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Anthony O'Leary and the Royal Cork Yacht Club stepped on the podium last night in New York Yacht Club to claim Ireland's first top three result in the prestigious Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

While most of the attention was focused on the battle for first, there were a number of developments for the podium places. O'Leary and the Royal Cork Yacht Club team once again showed they love to sail in heavy air. They went 5-2-1, won the day, and took advantage of a couple of tough races by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club to claim Royal Cork's first Invitational Cup podium.

As Afloat reported previously, O'Leary's RCYC crew is: Cliodhna Connolly, Emma Geary, Sophie Browne, Clive O'Shea, Robert O'Leary, Nicholas O'Leary, Ben Field and Tommy Murphy. All week, the Crosshaven sailors were going one way on the New York Yacht Club leaderboard and moved up from sixth after the first race to fifth and were in fourth place going into the final day and managed to leapfrog Royal Canadian Yacht Club despite an eight points deficit.

RCYC New York5-2-1 results on the final day put Anthony O'Leary on the podium for the first time in New York Photo: Daniel Forster

"We're absolutely thrilled. This is our sixth visit, first time to make the podium, so it makes it very special," said O'Leary. "We were eight points behind Canada [starting the day] which is a lot in one respect, but with three races anything is possible. We had one dreadful result on Thursday. You just got to wait and see how the cards fall. We had a five [in the first race today] and you're thinking, 'They're may be two more races, maybe one.' Things seemed to go better and better for us. We're delighted."

RCYC teamThe RCYC team in New York

It all came down to the final race, as it should. Two teams of accomplished and motivated amateur sailors from opposite corners of the globe battling on a lumpy, windy Narragansett Bay for one of Corinthian sailing's most-prized trophies, the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and San Diego Yacht Club started the 12th and final race separated by six points, which was anything but a safe margin in this competitive 20-boat fleet. The Australian team had the edge in the overall standings, but skipper Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his team put the regatta title right in play with a sub-par start while San Diego bolted to the head of the fleet and was, for a while, back in the virtual regatta lead.

Using the superior boatspeed and sterling tactical that had gotten them out of trouble all regatta, Royal Sydney ground back into the top 10 and then into the top five, leaving San Diego hoping for a miracle that wouldn't come. The RSYS team was simply too polished. After 12 races in a full range of conditions, they sailed through the final finish line in fourth place to become the first Southern Hemisphere club to win the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

"It's unbelievable," said Belgiorno-Nettis shortly after a dockside celebration with his team. "You can't describe the feeling of coming all the way from Australia, to be able to put a team together who I love dearly, every one of them, starting with my wife, to actually win a championship like this. The New York Yacht Club Invitational is one of great regattas in the world."

Save for one bad race on the regatta's third day, the San Diego Yacht Club team had sailed a nearly flawless regatta through nine races. Even though they carried a one-point lead into the final day, it was hard to bet against the youthful West Coast team. But then came the second windward mark rounding of today's first race. With Royal Sydney rounding ahead, in third place, San Diego tried to squeeze just too much out of a thin layline and ended up pasted to the windward mark while the bulk of the fleet sailed past. A certain top-10 finish became an 18th.

Now trailing first place by 13 points, SDYC skipper Tyler Sinks and crew showed remarkable reslience with a win in the second race while Belgiorno-Nettis and crew (at left) struggled to an eighth. That brought the title back into reach for the final race. With the pressure on, the Australians rose to the occasion.

"Luckily for us, we're good in the [stronger winds] and there was quite a lot of wind in that last race, and we were able to get the boat rumbling," said Belgiorno-Nettis. "Mike Dunstan, my main trimmer, and my other trimmer on jib, David Edwards, they just set up the boat so it was easy for me to sail. I could just punch the numbers out. It’s all about being consistent. So we were able to chip our way up from quite deep. We were in 12th at the start and ended up in fourth. That was pretty good. Occasionally I’d look around and see where people are…think to myself ‘oh how did that happen?'"

While most of the attention was focused on the battle for first, there were a number of developments lower in the standings. Anthony O'Leary and the Royal Cork Yacht Club team once again showed they love to sail in heavy air. They went 5-2-1, won the day, and took advantage of a couple of tough races by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club to claim Royal Cork's first Invitational Cup podium.

"We're absolutely thrilled. This is our sixth visit, first time to make the podium, so it makes it very special," said O'Leary. "We were eight points behind Canada [starting the day] which is a lot in one respect, but with three races anything is possible. We had one dreadful result on Thursday. You just got to wait and see how the cards fall. We had a five [in the first race today] and you're thinking, 'They're may be two more races, maybe one.' Things seemed to go better and better for us. We're delighted."

Another team that spent the day on the up escalator was the crew representing the host New York Yacht Club (at right), led by co-skippers Andy Fisher and Ray Wulff. After a very up-and-down regatta, the team found its groove on the final day. With three solid races, including a wire-to-wire win in the day's first race, Fisher, Wulff and Co. moved from 10th to sixth in the overall standings.

"As a team we just came together, and each day we were getting stronger and stronger," said Wulff. "Today we just felt, 'You know what, we've just got to go out there and sail as strong as we can.' Representing the Club, we wanted to make sure we finished on a strong note."

The regatta closed with a spectacular Rolex Awards Banquet on Harbour Court. Regardless of finish, it was a time for to celebrate a week of great sailing against friends old and new. 

The next Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will be sailed in September of 2021. The request for invitation process will begin before the end of the year. For U.S. yacht clubs, next September's Resolute Cup is the only path to securing an invitation to the big show in 2021. 

Final results are here

1. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (AUS), 11, 9, 1, 3, 3, 2, 7, 1, 2, 4, 8, 4; 55 points; 2. San Diego (Calif.) Yacht Club, 2, 1, 3, 1, 2, 16, 8, 4, 1, 18, 1, 2; 59 points; 3. Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL), 6, 6, 14, 2, 5, 1, 5, 18, 5, 5, 2, 1; 70 points; 4. Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 7, 3, 12, 5, 1, 5, 2, 11, 9, 2, 15, 14; 86 points;. 5. Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, La.), 14, 19, 2, 4, 4, 8, 10, 9, 3, 8, 3, 3; 87 points; 6. New York Yacht Club, 8, 14, 7, 7, 8, 14, 1, 8, 11, 1, 5, 8; 92 points; 7. Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR), 5, 5, 6, 19, RDG/8, 7, 3, 13, 6, 9, 11, 7; 99 points; 8. Japan Sailing Federation, 1, 4, 9, 11, 6, 9, 13, 5, 10, 7, 6, 19; 100 points; 9. Yacht Club Italiano, 4, 12, 5, 8, 11, 13, 6, 3, 15, 13, 4, 9; 103 points; 10. Royal Swedish Yacht Club, 9, 2, 8, 18, 13, 4, 9, 7, 8, 10, 14, 10; 112 points; 11. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (ITA), 3, 7, 13, 9, 17, 3, 17, 2, 4, 11, 13, 15; 114 points; 12. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, 12, 11, 11, 17, 10, 6, 12, 6, 16, 3, 7, 13; 124 points; 13. Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR), 16, 13, 10, 10, 15, 15, 4, 10, 7, 15, 19, 6; 140 points; 14. Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (GER), 10, 18, 18, 15, 14, 10, 16, 14, 13, 6, 10, 12; 156 points; 15. Yacht Club Argentino, 13, 15, 4, 16, 8, DSQ/21, 11, 12, 19, 19, 16, 11; 165 points; 16. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, 19, 8, 15, 6, 9, DSQ/21, 15, 17, 18, 12, 17, 16; 173 points; 17. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (AUS), 18, 17, 16, 14, 16, 11, 19, 15, 12, 14, 18, 5; 175 points; 18. Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (ESP), 15, 10, 17, 13, 18, 12, 14, 16, 17, 17, 12, 17; 178 points; 18. 19. Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR), 17, 16, 19, 12, 19, 17, 18, 20, 14, 16, 9, 18; 195 points; 20. Yacht Club de France, 20, 20, 20, 20, RET/21, 18, 20, 19, 20, RET/21, DNC/21, DNC/21; 241 points.

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Ideal sailing conditions in Cork Harbour graced the first day of the fourth edition of Royal Cork Yacht Club's 2019 DinghyFest Regatta today writes Bob Bateman

The regatta comprises a number of end of season dinghy class championships including a 'Worlds' event for the local historic Rankin class.

After four races sailed in the 29er Southerns, locals Harry Twomey and Harry Durcan are the clear leaders with three race wins. 

Swords Sailing Club's Patrick Wyatt and Patrick BillingtonIrish lead the Multihull National Championships fleet of ten boats. 

Eoghan Duffy and Cathal Langan of Lough Ree Yacht Club continue their domination of the Mirror class this season and lead the 12-boat fleet racing for Southern Championship honours at Crosshaven.

Full results after day one in all classes here

See photo gallery by Bob Bateman below.

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The Royal Cork Yacht Club team skippered by Anthony O'Leary is in fourth place going into today's final round of the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

As Afloat reported previously, O'Leary's RCYC crew is: Cliodhna Connolly, Emma Geary, Sophie Browne, Clive O'Shea, Robert O'Leary, Nicholas O'Leary, Ben Field and Tommy Murphy. All this week, the Crosshaven sailors have only been going one way on the New York Yacht Club leaderboard and have moved up from sixth after the first race to fifth and stayed in fourth place yesterday so a podium remains a possibility today despite a 7 point gap.  Currently, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club is third on 55 points with Royal Cork Yacht Club fourth on 62 points. Full results are here

As with the previous day, danger lurked around every corner on the penultimate day of the Cup, the premier one-design keelboat championship for amateur sailors. Today, however, the risk came not from the gear-busting wind and waves that tested sailors and equipment on Day 3, but from the capricious breeze which jumped around like a cat on a hot tin roof and varied in velocity from the high single digits to the high teens. Passing lanes abounded, no one was ever truly out of a race and no lead was safe until crossing the finish line.

"It was very tricky because of where the top marks were in relation to [Gould Island]," said Tom King, tactician for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, which won the day again and now sits just one point behind overall leader San Diego Yacht Club. "You had current going down both sides of the island and wind going down both sides of the island and it was really shifty in the middle. We enjoyed it, got ourselves out of trouble on a few shifts after some fairly average starts. We were pretty lucky and pretty happy with where we ended up."

After Day 3's brutish easterly, which was accompanied by strong rain and a steep, malicious chop, today's conditions were a welcome respite for a weary fleet of Corinthian sailors. The moisture cleared out overnight leaving behind some cotton-ball clouds, cool temperatures and a moderate northeasterly breeze. The race committee also moved the fleet back inside Narragansett Bay where the waves were rarely more than a foot or two high.

The change in venue and breeze mixed up the results a bit more than in previous days. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (sail No. 17) team started off the day on a sour note finishing 17th in the first race. But rebounded nicely with a second and fourth, which leaves them in eighth overall and in the hunt for fifth.

Skipper Antonio Sodo Migliori was unequivocal about the difference between the first race and the latter two.

"The start, absolutely the start," he said. "The first race we tried to start at the pin, had a plan, but were closed out by another boat and had a disastrous start. We tried to recover, but it was very hard to come back. It was a fantastic day, it's very fun to have a tricky course where you can lose but you can recover a lot. Sometimes people who were 15th came second or third, because there was a good chance to recover."

The YCCS team wasn't the only one that fought hard to get the best start at the favoured end of the line and then pushed hard into one corner or another on the first beat, looking for a home-run shift. But judging by the final results, the more conservative approach favoured by the Royal Sydney team was the long-term winner.

"[For the] the starts, we were just trying to get clear where we had options to be playing the shifts," said King, who won a gold medal in the Men's 470 class in the 2000 Olympics. "As much as anything, it was trying to link the pressure and the shifts together up the beat. We were sailing the breeze, not the fleet so much, and that mostly put us in the middle. Most of the [upwind legs] you didn’t end up with one side favoured, it was favoured to be in the middle just picking away at it."

King said that after winning his gold medal nearly two decades ago, he took a break from the sport. While he's dabbled in keelboat one-design sailing in the years since, he hasn't done a lot of it recently.

"I haven’t been in the back of a boat for a number of years now," said King. "It’s been a great event to do, the boats are awesome, and it’s really nice to race in a proper one-design fleet. The other guys on the team who came [in 2017] really twisted my arm. They told me about the lawn and the lobsters and the parties and that the sailing was pretty good too. It’s got to be up there with the best regattas I’ve ever done."

No one needs to tell Barry Sampson that. The Itchenor Sailing Club skipper is competing in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup for the fourth time. For the previous three he brought his Swan 42 Long Echo over from Europe. With the event having moved on to the IC37 by Melges, he's now the owner of one of those boats as well, which he's calling Short Echo. After a trying day offshore, Sampson and his crew put together their three best results of the regatta and were the big mover of the day, jumping from 15th to 12th.

"Today was lovely sailing," said Sampson (left, with his team). "I sail far better in flat water than out in the gnarly stuff [on Rhode Island Sound]. We'd sorted our boatspeed and my starts were getting better. We were up on the line at the gun and held our lane out of the starts. We made more good decisions upwind than we did downwind, which was a bit of a shame. But all in all, a very satisfying day."

Sitting in 12th place with an even 100 points, the Itchenor team will go into tomorrow playing defense as 11th place is 22 points ahead, but the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is just one point behind.

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial regatta hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I. Since the event was first run in 2009, it has attracted top amateur sailors from 43 of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs from 21 countries. After five editions in the Swan 42 class, the 2019 event will be sailed in the IC37 by Melges, designed by Mark Mills and built by Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., and FIBRE Mechanics in the United Kingdom. The strict one-design nature of this new, purpose-built class combined with the fact that all 20 boats are owned and maintained by the New York Yacht Club, will ensure a level playing field never before seen in amateur big-boat sailing. The regatta will run through September 14. A broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube will allow fellow club members, friends, family and sailing fans from around the world follow the action as it happens. Twenty teams from 14 countries and five continents will compete in the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

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Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork team Yacht Club has moved up to fourth overall after yesterday's heavy weather races on Day 3 of Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup.

O'Leary represented the Royal Cork Yacht Club at the first Invitational Cup in 2009, winning two of the first three races sailed in this event. He's been a fixture ever since, bringing along one or more of his three sons to each edition. For the sixth Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, Anthony O'Leary has sons Robert and Nicholas with him and the familial dynamic in heavy air was apparent as they were one of the fastest boats on the water all day.

As Afloat reported yesterday, O'Leary's crew for the Big Apple event is: Cliodhna Connolly, Emma Geary, Sophie Browne, Clive O Shea, Robert O Leary, Nicholas O Leary, Ben Field and Timmy Murphy

"It was very enjoyable, plenty of breeze," said the elder O'Leary. "It was a bit like our season at home: dull, the odd bit of rain and plenty of wind. We had a poor start to the first race because there was a lot going on and we were a bit late to get to the line. We didn’t do too badly overall, we pulled ourselves back very well to get to fifth because I think we were worse than 10th at the top mark. Second race, we had a very good start and things just went right for us. We were able to sail our own race for most of it."

RCYC teamRCYC team in New York includes Cliodhna Connolly, Emma Geary, Sophie Browne, Clive O Shea, Robert O Leary, Nicholas O Leary, Ben Field and Timmy Murphy

On the final run of the day, the Royal Cork team (with team mum Sally O'Leary in red above) put on an impressive display of downwind power, turning a solid lead at the final mark into an overwhelming one by the finish. Unfortunately for the Royal Cork crew, there are no bonus points for the margin of victory in sailing. But the speed the team showed today, says O'Leary, is a good sign for the final two days.

"We’re getting used to the boat a bit more every day," he said. "We’ve sailed similar boats, but we’ve not sailed the 37, other than one day at home. We’re getting the knack of it. There’s plenty of races left in this competition."

The IC37 by Melges sailboat may be new to them, but the breezy and lumpy conditions on Rhode Island Sound for Day 3 of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup were old hat for the teams from Australia's Royal Sydney Yacht Club, Ireland's Royal Cork Yacht Club and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Those three teams shined brightest on a gloomy, overcast day that saw many crews struggle to keep their feet and their keels under them. Among those licking their wounds this evening at the mid-regatta Lobster Bake were Day 2 leader San Diego Yacht Club, which blew apart their spinnaker on the first downwind leg of the day's second race and struggled to 16th place without the crucial downwind horsepower. As a result, what was a developing blowout yesterday is now a very competitive regatta. San Diego still leads, but by just four points, while only eight points separates first from fourth.

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial regatta hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I. Since the event was first run in 2009, it has attracted top amateur sailors from 43 of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs from 21 countries. After five editions in the Swan 42 class, the 2019 event will be sailed in the IC37 by Melges, designed by Mark Mills and built by Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., and FIBRE Mechanics in the United Kingdom. The strict one-design nature of this new, purpose-built class combined with the fact that all 20 boats are owned and maintained by the New York Yacht Club, will ensure a level playing field never before seen in amateur big-boat sailing. The regatta will run through September 14.

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' team representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron  didn't have an emphatic win today, but the Squadron's 3-2 scoreline won the day and significantly strengthened the team's second-place position in the overall standings. Belgiorno-Nettis finished fourth in his first Invitational Cup in 2015 and second in 2017. His rather average start to this regatta—an 11th and ninth—seemed a bit out of character. Since then it's been nothing but top-three finishes for the Aussie crew, and they can now see a clear path to the first overall victory in the regatta for a Southern Hemisphere club.

"This boat is quite an easy boat to handle in heavy air," said Belgiorno-Nettis. "We're comfortable with that and we just keep fiddling around with what makes the boat go faster. We have a great dynamic between the trimmers, main sheet and even our tactician who is working the runners, just trying to figure out what is the mode that the boat is going to go best in as the breeze builds. And we've just been able to find it. Our scoreline in the last few races in this heavier air indicates we've at least been as fast as the other teams and been able to get around the course."

The third star of the day was the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, a two-time winner of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, which won the first race by a strong margin. In Race 2, the Canadian crew ground back to fifth after a tangle at the pin end of the starting line left skipper Terry McLaughlin and his team staring at a lot of transoms on the first beat. The Canadians are currently third, four points behind the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and one point in front of the team from Royal Cork. Rounding out the top five is Japan Sailing Federation, with 40 points.

Former champion Royal Thames Yacht Club, in sixth with 50.4 points, leads a knot of five teams within five points of one another, each with designs on cracking the top five or even making the podium.

Racing for the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will continue through Saturday, September 14

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Anthony O'Leary's Ireland team from Royal Cork Yacht Club are up to fifth after a good showing in the second day of the New York Invitational in the new Mark Mills-designed IC 37s.

O'Leary's crew for the Big Apple event are: Cliodhna Connolly, Emma Geary, Sophie Browne, Clive O Shea, Robert O Leary, Nicholas O Leary, Ben Field and Timmy Murphy

It may be a different year, a different boat, but so far it is still the same outstanding performance for San Diego Yacht Club. Through four races in the Cup, the premier Corinthian one-design keelboat championship, the West Coast team has shown the blazing boatspeed, precision teamwork and tactical acumen that qualified them for this prestigious international championship a year ago. With a first, third and first today, San Diego skipper Tyler Sinks has staked his crew to a 17-point lead after just four races. There's a lot of sailing left in this event—up to eight more races over three days—but the early marker by the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) has put the rest of the fleet on notice: either find a way to keep Bow No. 7 in the rearview mirror, or start fighting for second place.

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Since the event was first run in 2009, it has attracted top amateur sailors from 43 of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs from 21 countries. After five editions in the Swan 42 class, the 2019 event will be sailed in the IC37, designed by Mark Mills and built by Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., and FIBRE Mechanics in the United Kingdom. The strict one-design nature of this new, purpose-built class combined with the fact that all 20 boats are owned and maintained by the New York Yacht Club, will ensure a level playing field never before seen in amateur big-boat sailing. The regatta will run through September 14. 

"We just tried to sail our own boat, keep the boat moving fast," said Sinks of today's sterling performance by the San Diego Yacht Club team. "The team did a great job at minimising mistakes, and our tactician Jake LaDow kept us heading the right direction. The team was sailing really well. It was one of those days we felt the conditions played in our favour; windy, but also very shifty. We just connected the dots and ended up having a really good day."

Thanks to 10 days of practice and racing in the IC37 by Melges over the summer, the San Diego Yacht Club came into the regatta confident in their boat handling and boatspeed, and with a good feel for the local conditions.

"I think when you have speed, you really don’t need to push it," said Sinks. "We feel comfortable starting anywhere on the line so if we have to win a side, we feel good about that. But, in general, we’re just trying to get off the line with speed and have the ability to do what we want."

Three solid, if unremarkable starts today, gave LaDow the ability to play the variable breeze, which he did to perfection.

"It was extremely head out of the boat," says LaDow, who showed wisdom beyond his 26 years during today's sailing. "My head was on a swivel. Also doing runners, I was balancing how much I had to be tuned into the speed versus looking at puff and shift. There were an infinite amount of decisions to be made today with puff and shift on the racecourse, and the current. I was just constantly evaluating other boats, where they’re going fast, where the breeze is and all that."

In the last race, San Diego didn't take over the lead until the final moments of the race.

"That was all Nick Martin, who was trimming the kite and the jib for us all day," said Sinks. "We had a good shift that allowed us to sail up to the top group, and I think we had a couple of better jibes than the other teams. That was really the difference in the end. We were barely able to get across Southern, who was right behind us and got caught up with the other boats, and we were able to shoot out ahead. It’s not how you start the race, it’s how you finish. I think the only point in the race where we were leading was at the very end of the race. So it worked out for us."

While it's hard to find fault in their performance today, LaDow said that legendary sailor Vince Brun, a SDYC member who is serving as the team's coach, won't let them get too cocky.

"Vince has an eye that most people don’t have, and he can always find something we can improve on," said LaDow. "All the teams are good and getting better, so we've got to keep that learning curve steep for us as well. Vince has been a huge part of that, refining our sail shape, crew work on the boat, everything. It’s been huge having his input."

Behind San Diego is a knot of five teams separated by five points. And just 15 points separates 11th from second, where Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) sits after finishing the day with a first and a third.

"It was a really good day," said RSYS skipper Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. "We were very happy with the crew work. We’ve only just stepped onto these boats last week, so we’re still learning. [The IC37 by Melges] is a great boat. Compliments to the New York Yacht Club coming up with this design and commissioning it and doing everything they've done and getting it so even. It really is about crew work and that’s a lot of good fun."

Racing for the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will continue through Saturday, September 14, with a live broadcast of each race via Facebook and YouTube. Racing is scheduled to start at 11 am each day.

1. San Diego Yacht Club, 2, 1, 3, 1; 7 points; 2. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 11, 9, 1, 3; 24 points; 3. Japan Sailing Federation, 1, 4, 9, 11; 25 points; 4. Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 7, 3, 12, 5; 27 points;. 5. Royal Cork Yacht Club, 6, 6, 14, 2; 28 points; 6. Yacht Club Italiano, 4, 12, 5, 8; 29 points; 7. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, 3, 7, 13, 9; 32 points; 8. Royal Thames Yacht Club, 5, 5, 6, 19; 35 points; 9. New York Yacht Club, 8, 14, 7, 7; 36 points; 10. Royal Swedish Yacht Club, 9, 2, 8, 18; 37 points; 11. Southern Yacht Club, 14, 19, 2, 4; 39 points; 12. Yacht Club Argentino, 13, 15, 4, 16; 48 points; 13. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, 19, 8, 15, 6; 48 points; 14. Itchenor Sailing Club, 16, 13, 10, 10; 49 points; 15. Royal New Zealand Yacht Club, 12, 11, 11, 17; 51 points; 16. Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, 15, 10, 17, 13; 55 points; 17. Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, 10, 18, 18, 15; 61 points; 18. Royal Yacht Squadron, 17, 16, 19, 12; 64 points; 19. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, 18, 17, 16, 14; 65 points; 20. Yacht Club de France, 20, 20, 20, 20; 80 points.

Full Results here

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