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Martin Mahon from Courtown Sailing Club in North Wexford is also a member of Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor, having lived in Holywood on the south side of Belfast Lough for some years. He regularly sails his Joubert-Nievelt 1/4 tonner Snoopy at RUYC but wanted to experience a big event, so he chose Calves Week. Snoopy finished second overall.

Martin made the long journey south with Snoopy on a trailer for the four-day regatta in Schull Harbour, which began on Tuesday 3rd August. Joining him were Robby and his son Josh Milhench and Gavin Watson. They sailed under the RUYC and Courtown SC flag in Class 3.

Snoopy began with a bullet in the first race on a Round the Islands course ahead of Peter O'Leary's First Class 8, Repo8. With a second in the Fastnet Race on Wednesday behind Patrick Collins' Dehler 34 Ealu from Baltimore and a third behind the same boat in the third race, also Round the Islands, they started the final race with high hopes of a big performance. But unfortunately, a friend of Martins' brought on board to boost the crew in the heavy winds of the last day, suffered a knock out in a big gust and had to be taken ashore. She is fortunately recovering. Snoopy retired and had to discard the seventh place.

Martin has returned north enthusiastic about taking part in more significant events.

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The overall lead changed in two of the four IRC classes on the final day of Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Calves Week 2021 Regatta that sees East coast visitors winning in Division Zero/One and Two. 

The top three IRC divisions of Calves Week were each won by crews who took three wins out of four for overall victory in West Cork this week.

There were no last race nerves today as Frank Whelan's new J/122 Kaya chalked up his third win to give the Greystones Sailing Club entry a comprehensive win of zero/one. Whelan finished on three points and a five-point margin over the modified 1720 sportsboat Antix Beag skippered by Anthony O'Leary of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Brian Jones' J/109 Jelly Baby, also from Royal Cork Yacht Club, maintained his third place in the 12-boat class one fleet.

The four-day Calves Week Regatta had a mix of courses taking in the Fastnet Rock on Wednesday and many of Carbery's Hundred Isles, together with laid courses in Roaringwater Bay and it is one of Irish sailing's most popular fixtures on the south coast.

Royal Cork's Cortegada overhauled by Howth's Red Cloud

George Radley's RCYC Half Tonner CortegadaGeorge Radley's RCYC Half Tonner Cortegada lost out on the final day to a Dublin J/80 Photo: Thomas Newman

After a series-long lead, George Radley's RCYC Half Tonner Cortegada was overtaken by Norbert Reilly's J/80 Red Cloud from Howth Yacht Club in the final race. A third race win today for Reilly gave him overall victory by four points. Third overall is Flor Riordan's Elan 31 Three Cheers in the nine boat class two fleet.

Racing in day three of Calves Week Regatta Photo: Thomas NewmanClass Two yachts round the weather mark in day three of Calves Week Regatta Photo: Thomas Newman

Baltimore Dehler 34 is class three winner

A third race win for Patrick Collins Dehler 34 Ealu from Baltimore Sailing Club sealed class three for the West Cork entry ahead of Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Martin Mahon). Peter O'Leary's First Class 8, Repo8 from Crookhaven Sailing Club is third. 

Rob O'Reilly's quarter tonner BonJourNo! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay Sailing ClubRob O'Reilly's quarter tonner BonJourNo! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club regaind the lead in the final race Photo: Bob Bateman

Quarter tonner Bon journo claims class four prize

Early class four regatta leader Rob O'Reilly's quarter tonner BonJourNo! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour won the final race today to move back to the top of the leaderboard deposing overnight leader Rene Wubben's Albin Ballad Seven Whistler from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.  Richard Hanley of Kinsale Yacht Club in the GK 24 Saoirse finished in third place.

Frank Caul's Grand Soleil 37 Prince of TidesFrank Caul's Grand Soleil 37 Prince of Tides Photo: Thomas Newman

White sail victory for Prince of Tides

Frank Caul's Grand Soleil 37 Prince of Tides from Royal Cork Yacht Club won the white sails IRC fleet with local Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Indulgence, a Dehler 36 skippered by Aidan Heffernan in second. Bryan Heffernan's Aisling, a Dufour 365, also from Schull Harbour Sailing Club,  was third.

Results are here

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Stronger winds on the third day of Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Calves Week 2021 Regatta has swept a new leader to the top of the biggest IRC Class.

The solid 16-knot breeze also brought changes to the class three and four leaderboards.

With another race win and on a six points total, Frank Whelan's new J/122 Kaya from Greystones Sailing Club now leads class zero/one into Friday's final day of racing in West Cork with a two-point margin over the modified 1720 sportsboat Antix Beag skippered by Anthony O'Leary of Royal Cork Yacht Club

Brian Jones' J/109 Jelly Baby, also from Royal Cork Yacht Club, stays third in the 12-boat class one fleet.

The four-day Calves Week Championships has a mix of courses taking in the Fastnet Rock and many of Carbery's Hundred Isles, together with laid courses in Roaringwater Bay and it is one of Irish sailing's enduring fixtures. 

The fleet enjoyed some great sailing for race three as described in the short vid (below) by North Sails Ireland’s Maurice O’Connell onboard Kaya in class zero/one 

Cortegada leads class two by a point

George Radley's RCYC Half Tonner Cortegada continues to lead class two, but Norbert Reilly's J/80 Red Cloud from Howth Yacht Club has moved up to second and whittled down Radley's lead to just a single point. Third is Flor Riordan's Elan 31 Three Cheers in the nine boat class two fleet.

Class Two yachts round the weather mark in day three of Calves Week Regatta Photo: Thomas NewmanClass Two yachts round the weather mark in day three of Calves Week Regatta Photo: Thomas Newman

Baltimore Dehler 34 takes class three lead

Another race win for Patrick Collins Dehler 34 Ealu from Baltimore Sailing Club gives him the lead from Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Martin Mahon). Peter O'Leary's First Class 8, Repo8 from Crookhaven Sailing Club is third. 

Seven Whistler tops class four

Rene Wubben's Albin Ballad Seven Whistler from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club has moved up from third to first place in class four after winning the third race. Wubben has a three-point lead over one-time leader Rob O'Reilly's quarter tonner BonJourNo! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour on nine points.  Richard Hanley of Kinsale Yacht Club in the GK 24 Saoirse is also on nine points in third place.

There's no change in the overall scores in White Sails IRC that continues to be led by Frank Caul's Grand Soleil 37 Prince of Tides from Royal Cork Yacht Club. Second is Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Indulgence, a Dehler 36 skippered by Aidan Heffernan. The Sovereign 400 VSOP skippered by Don McCarthy of the host club lies third. 

Racing concludes on Friday.

See regatta preview, entries and race schedule here

Results are here

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The modified 1720 sportsboat Antix Beag skippered by Anthony O'Leary of Royal Cork Yacht Club continues to lead the biggest class of Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Calves Week 2021 Regatta.

After Wednesday's race around the Fastnet Rock, O'Leary has managed to stay in front of some strong visiting boats to West Cork (including the reigning ISORA Champion Rockabill VI), but points are tight at the top of Class One with one point separating the top three overall and two races left to sail.

O'Leary is on four points, but Frank Whelan's new J/122 Kaya from Greystones Sailing Club is now into second place but on the same five points as Brian Jones J/109 Jelly Baby from Royal Cork Yacht Club, who stays third in the 12-boat class one fleet.

Cortegada continues to lead class two

RCYC Half Tonner Cortegada, owned by George Radley, continues to lead Flor Riordan's Elan 31 Three Cheers in nine boat class two and now has a two-point cushion. Norbert Reilly's J/80 Red Cloud from Howth Yacht Club has leapfrogged the Sunfast 32  Bad Company skippered by Frank Desmond for third.

Quarter Tonner Snoopy in charge of class three

Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Martin Mahon) also still leads Class Three IRC. Patrick Collins Dehler 34 Ealu from Baltimore Sailing Club is now second and ahead of Peter O'Leary's First Class 8, Repo8 from Crookhaven Sailing Club.

BonJourno tops class four

Rob O'Reilly's quarter tonner BonJourNo! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has taken the lead of five boat class four, toppling early leader Richard Hanley of Kinsale Yacht Club in the GK 24 Saoirse now in second. Rene Wubben's Albin Ballad Seven Whistler from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club stays third. 

White Sails IRC is led by Frank Caul's Grand Soleil 37 Prince of Tides from Royal Cork Yacht Club from Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Indulgence, a Dehler 36 skippered by Aidan Heffernan. The Sovereign 400 VSOP skippered by Don McCarthy of the host club lies third. 

Racing continues until Friday.

See regatta preview, entry list and race schedule here

Results are here

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Despite a strong fleet of visiting yachts to the West Cork coast for the opening race of Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Calves Week 2021 Regatta, Munster entries lead in all IRC divisions except one after a round the islands race for all classes today.

The customised 1720 Antix Beag skippered by Anthony O'Leary of Royal Cork Yacht Club leads the biggest class after the first race of four scheduled this week.

The modified sportsboat leads from Leslie Parnell's First 34.7, Black Velvet from the Royal Irish Yacht Club from Dublin Bay who also made the most of the light and bright conditions off Schull Harbour.  Recent J/109 coastal race performer Jelly Baby skippered by  Brian Jones of Royal Cork Yacht Club lies third in the 12 boat class one fleet.

Cortegada leads class two

RCYC Half Tonner Cortegada owned by George Radley leads Flor Riordan's Elan 31 Cheers in nine boat class two. Third is Radley's club mate, the Sunfast 32  Bad Company skippered by Frank Desmond.

Courtown Sailing Club's Quarter Tonner Snoopy leads in class three

Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Martin Mahon) leads Class Three IRC from Peter O'Leary's First Class 8, Repo8 from Crookhaven Sailing Club. In third place in the seven boat fleet is Great Island Sailing Club's Sigma 33 Musketeer skippered by Billy Burke. 

GK 24 tops class four

Five boat Class four is led by the GK 24 Saoirse sailed by Richard Hanley of Kinsale Yacht Club. In second place is Rob O'Reilly's quarter tonner BonJourNo! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour followed by Rene Wubben's Albin Ballad Seven Whistler from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.

White Sails IRC is led by Frank Caul's Grand Soleil 37 Prince of Tides from Royal Cork Yacht Club from Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Indulgence, a Dehler 36 skippered by Aidan Heffernan. The Sovereign 400 VSOP skippered by Don McCarthy of the host club lies third. 

Racing continues tomorrow (Wednesday) with a scheduled race around the Fastnet Rock.

See regatta preview, entry list and race schedule here

Results are here

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Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, whose victory in both divisions in 2019 clinched him the overall title, will defend on Tuesday in the first of four races to decide Calves Week Regatta 2021 in West Cork.

A fleet of 36 IRC racers will compete in four divisions (see entries below). A 12-boat Class One, in particular, is one of the biggest IRC gatherings of the Irish sailing season so far and follows another successful south coast regatta, the Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale in June.

It's a positive turnaround for Commodore Sean Norris and Schull Harbour Sailing Club who were forced to cancel 2020's regatta for obvious reasons. 

So positive, in fact, that the popular event reached its entry limit in June.

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association's Boat of the Year rankings includes Calves Week as one of the events of its points series for the annual award.

Calves Week schedule

The format for the four-day regatta is three daily 'Round the Islands/Marks' races as well as a Round the Fastnet Race on Wednesday morning. 

Starts each day are at 11.30 am at Copper Point or inside Schull Harbour as are the finish lines.

Calves Week 2021 ScheduleCalves Week 2021 Schedule

J/122 Kaya debuts in Schull

2018 titleholder Frank Whelan is also back in Class One even though his winning Grand Soleil “Eleuthera” has been replaced with a new Greystones' based J122 Kaya, that  debuted on the East Coast this season in ISORA coastal racing. 

Greystones' based J122 KayaThe Greystones' based J122 Kaya

Leslie Parnell's 34.7 Black VelvetLeslie Parnell's 34.7 Black Velvet Photo: Afloat

Also ready to challenge in the big boat class is Royal Cork's Brian Jones the winner of Saturday's Kinsale to Baltimore feeder race in his J/109 Jelly Baby.  It's not Jones' only victory this season either, the family crewed boat also won Kinsale's Fastnet Rock Race in June too. 

Family crewed J109 Jelly Baby from Royal Cork Family crewed J109 Jelly Baby from Royal Cork Photo: Bob Bateman

Calves Week 2021 Class 1 IRC Entries: 12Calves Week 2021 Class 1 IRC Entries: 12

George Radley's Half Tonner Cortegada will have to deal with two J/80 sportsboats, one local and one from Howth, as well as the well-sorted Sunfast 32, Bad Company of Frank Desmond from Royal Cork in nine boat Class Two.

George Radley's Half Tonner Cortegada Photo: Bob BatemanGeorge Radley's Half Tonner Cortegada

Lough Derg Dehler 36 Lisador is a freshwater visitor from Garrykennedy Sailing Club. 

Calves Week 2021 Class 2 IRC Entries: 9Calves Week 2021 Class 2 IRC Entries: 9

Calves Week 2021 Class 3 IRC Entries: 6Calves Week 2021 Class 3 IRC Entries: 6

Calves Week 2021 Class 4 IRC Entries: 5  Calves Week 2021 Class 4 IRC Entries: 5  

Calves Week 2021 Class WS1 IRC Entries: 4  Calves Week 2021 Class WS1 IRC Entries: 4  

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Schull Sailing Club was founded in the West Cork harbour in 1977. Once a thriving fishing community, like other coastal areas that aspect of the village has diminished, but sailing has continued to develop.

However, when Cork County Council didn't put forward the planned marina at Schull as a project for funding, it was a setback for the development of facilities that sailing needed.

That has not deterred the club, though Commodore Sean Norris says it leaves an "uncertain position" about the hopes for a marina there.

Sailing at Calves Week in West Cork Sailing at Calves Week in West Cork Photo: Bob Bateman

The club's major organisational effort is Calves Week Regatta and that is going ahead this year, scheduled for August 3-6 with entries already in and strong support coming from the smaller and older boats, which is at the biggest level seen for the event in recent years. There is also a good level of interest from visiting East Coast boats.

Sailing round the Fastnet Rock at Calves Week 2019 Photo: Bob BatemanSailing round the Fastnet Rock at Calves Week 2019 Photo: Bob Bateman

Commodore Norris is my guest on this week's Podcast, where he urges visitors to bring with them going ashore transport and says that, though onshore arrangements have to be mitigated because of Covid restrictions, he is optimistic for the Summer sailing season and positive about the future of the club.

Listen to the Podcast below

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The Commodore of Schull Harbour Sailing Club, Sean Norris, has confirmed that the 2021 Calves Week Regatta is going ahead as planned in August.

Calves Week has had a strong interest and has received 17 entries across all classes to date with reports of interest in entering also being expressed by some high profile new and returning campaigners.

"I would like to confirm that with the current easing of the Health Restrictions, our event will proceed on the previously announced dates of August 3rd to 6th, 2021" Norris told Afloat.

Class Zero yachts Rockabill (on starboard) and Eleuthera competing in the 2019 Calves Week. Photo: Bob BatemanClass Zero yachts Rockabill (on starboard) and Eleuthera competing in the 2019 Calves Week. Photo: Bob Bateman

Notably, the regatta has a number of entries to date in Class 4 and with more expected, Norris believes this will probably be the biggest in participation numbers in any regatta for a number of years.

Calves Week Race Officer Alan CrosbieCalves Week Race Officer Alan Crosbie

On the water, it will be very much business as usual at the CD Environmental sponsored Calves Week with Alan Crosbie returning as Race Officer, and organisers also hope to have some new course options available for participants.

"We are very hopeful that the heath regime will be very different by the time our event comes around but we are equally satisfied that all the necessary arrangements are and can be put in place to enable the event to proceed even if we do not move forward significantly from where we are now", Norris said. 

"While things will be different ashore this year, we would ask all participants to bear with us and the local businesses in ensuring that all is done in accordance with whatever guidelines are in place at that time so that everyone can enjoy our event in the safest possible way, he added.

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Schull Harbour Sailing Club has circulated past participants this week on its plans for staging West Cork's big regatta, Calves Week 2021.

"It is our intention to run Calves Week in its usual slot in the 1st week of August (August 3rd to 6th) subject of course to the health situation that pertains closer to the event date", Commodore Sean Norris told Afloat.

The West Cork Club faces significant and multiple challenges in planning and running the event that was cancelled in 2020.

"We are currently working our way through these (some more easily overcome than others) and once we are satisfied that we have adequately addressed those challenges we will issue a Notice of Race. We will also await the updated Government Plan for Living with Covid which we understand is due shortly, Norris said.

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In a brief statement issued this evening to sailors, Schull Harbour Sailing Club has cancelled its annual Calves Week regatta 'due to the ongoing COVID 19 situation'.

It was one of the last remaining key fixtures of the Irish 2020 sailing season.

West Cork's Calves Week Regatta was scheduled to run from Tuesday 4th August to Friday 7th August 2020.

In a statement, Schull Harbour's Financial Officer Jack Allen said the club 'wished to thank the sponsors of the event, particularly our main sponsor CD Environmental, the Race Officer Alan Crosbie and those who have already entered and all of the loyal supporters of Calves Week for their patience and understanding'.

The Club says it is looking forward to Calves Week 2021.

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