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The RCYC Academy is made up of 16 and 25 year -olds who get the chance to experience local sailing plus a chance to compete nationwide at Summer events.
Winter sail training for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Under 25 Keelboat Academy sponsored by EY is continuing in Cork Harbour this February writes Bob Bateman Primarily using the club's 1720 sportsboats, the Academy is made up of 16 and 25…
On the second round of the course, the fleet negotiate no.7 buoy
With one race left to sail, Kieran Collins's Olson 30 Coracle IV of the host club has moved into the overall lead of the O'Leary Insurances sponsored  Royal Cork Yacht Club League in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. After five races…
Presentation of Pyewacket Trophy by Rear Admiral Dinghies, Brian Jones (left) to Atlee Kohl (centre) and Admiral Pat Farnan
The Royal Cork Yacht Club Junior Laying Up Supper 2018 was held on Saturday 24th 2018 in the clubhouse with parents and junior Sailors making up the 168 attendees. The end-of-year dinner was dispersed with the Class Captains giving an…
The start of race four
Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 Antix Beag from the host club continues to lead the all–in IRC spinnaker division of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League by a single point writes Bob Bateman. Staying second is Kieran Collins's Olson 30, Coracle IV. Moving…
Overall IRC leader Antix Beag at speed in Cork Harbour for the RCYC Winter League. Scroll down the page for photo gallery
Royal Cork Yacht Club Race officers set Course 97, a route that brought the O'Leary Insurance sponsored Winter League fleet to East Ferry in Cork Harbour and up to number 20 off Cobh writes Bob Bateman. The modified 1720 Antix Beag…
Of the six spinnaker boats competing in the RCYC League today, two with blue kites above are helmed by dinghy sailors “Nieulargo” Annamarie and Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 is helmed by daughter Mia (16). The Jones' Family  J109 is helmed by son Kian (20). See photo gallery below
Only the bravest hoisted spinnakers in the somewhat reduced fleet that took part in today's heavy weather outing of the O'Leary Insurance Royal Cork Yacht Club Winter League from Crosshaven writes Bob Bateman. The forecast proved correct in Cork Harbour…
Anthony O’Leary sailing the modified 1720 Antix Beag was the winner of the Spinnaker one class. Scroll down for more photos from today's race
Coracle helmed by Mel Collins got off to a good start and led across Cork Harbour followed closely by Anthony O’Leary sailing the modified 1720 Antix Beag in the first races of the O’Leary Insurance Group’s sponsored Winter League at Royal…
Frank Doyle's J122 Cara
A 15-knot northwesterly breeze brought the 2018 Royal Cork Yacht Club Autumn League to a close today writes Bob Bateman.  The series attracted entries from all the south coast clubs including Kinsale Yacht Club, the newly founded Great Island SC,…
Yachts wait for wind on the third Sunday of RCYC's Autumn League
In contrast to last Sunday where Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League featured the heavy weather drama of broken spars, a grounding and a crew in the water, today's race was an airless one and racing for classes 1,2,3 and 4 (the…
Heavy weather sailing off Roches Point in today's second race of the RCYC Autumn League. Scroll down for photo gallery
It was a drama–filled second race day of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League when near gale force winds swept through today's coastal course race writes Bob Bateman.  The three boats competing in Class Zero were reduced to two when Conor Doyle's XP50…
A 1720 sportsboat competitor deals with the gusty conditions for the first races of RCYC's Autumn League. Scroll down for gallery
Two races in plenty of wind got Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League off to a great start in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman From a combined fleet of 53–boats, fleets were split into Spinnaker, White Sail and 1720 sports boats…
Brian Jones sailing Jelly Baby. Scroll down for photo gallery
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…
Conor Doyle's Freya took just two hours to complete the Kinsale to Monkstown race
Kinsale Yacht Club's 'Mary P' Race and Cruise organised by Neil Prendeville from Kinsale to Monkstown on Saturday morning took just two hours for Conor Doyle's new Freya XP50 to complete.  The six KYC boats in the 'All In' Echo, IRC…
Cortegada (George Radley) crosses the finish, a transit between Committee boat and Blackrock Castle. Scroll down for photo gallery below
Cove Sailing Clubs Cobh to Blackrock Race was a huge success with the 45–boat fleet enjoying a fast and breezy race to Cork. While the forecast and conditions of 20 to 25 knots might have deterred some competitors form taking…
There was some tight racing off Kinsale in the first day of racing in the Optimist Nationals yesterday. Scroll down for Junior fleet racing gallery
It was a challenging day on the water in gusty conditions on day one of the Davy Irish Optimist Nationals in Kinsale Yacht Club. Scroll down for photo gallery below.
The Optimist fleet racing off Kinsale yesterday on day one of the Davy National Championships. Scroll down for photo gallery
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Justin Lucas leads the Davy Irish Optimist Nationals in Kinsale Yacht Club after three challenging races in gusty conditions on day one. Scroll down for our photo gallery by Bob Bateman below. Fleet leader – Justin Lucas of…
Royal St George Yacht Club J/109 Dear Prudence (Patrick Cruise O'Brien) at the Fastnet Rock in race three of Calves Week
In the performance of the Calves Week regatta so far, Frank Whelan's Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club took her third win of the week in the 13-boat class Zero/One class, this time in the event's Fastnet race on the…
Commodore of the Naval Service Michael Malone, Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD, Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Pat Farnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Mick Finn Lord Mayor of Cork, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Mark Mellett and Vice Admiral of Royal Cork Colin Morehead
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…
The huge starting-line of a kilometre in length was needed to accommodate the 85 boats
Still with two days of racing to go, Volvo Cork Week staged a spectacular gathering of all the racing yachts today for the iconic Harbour Race that included a massed start and sail past the historic town of Cobh. Photographer…
The wind gods smiled on the second day of Volvo Cork Week with a 15 knot southwesterly. Scroll down for day two photo gallery below
100 teams were competing inshore for the second day of Volvo Cork Week today. A long coastal race, in good breeze along the south coast, produced fantastic racing for classes IRC one, two and three.  Scroll down for Tim Wright photo…
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