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A 40-boat cruiser-racer fleet, fine sailing breezes and autumn sunshine brought the AIB Autumn Series to life in Cork Harbour today. 

Royal Cork Yacht Club organisers staged two races on the first day of racing that continues for four more consecutive Sundays running until October 25th.

Race officer Barry Rose took charge of the Zeros, Ones and Twos assisted by Denis Kiely, Eoin Clayton, Roddy Hogan and Pauline McKechnie. Rose set two windward-leeward courses for today's racing outside of Cork Harbour.

RCYC Rear Admiral Darragh Connolly was the White Sails Race Officer with Siobhan Hoop and Dom Long assisting over today's round the cans course inside the harbour.

Next week the 1720 sportsboats (competing for Munster honours elsewhere in the harbour this weekend) will join the fray so RCYC's pre-event prediction that it will ultimately muster 50 boats proves accurate. 

Jump Juice in command in the first races of the RCYC Autumn LeagueJump Juice in command in the first races of the RCYC Autumn League Photo: Bob Bateman

Jump on Top in Zero 

Two firsts for the ex-Commodore's Cupper Jump Juice skippered by Maurice O'Connell on behalf of Conor Phelan puts the Ker 37 on top in four-boat IRC Spinnaker Zero division with 2020's top-performing Grand Soleil 40, Nieulargo (Denis Murphy and Annamarie Murphy) second and Wan Waterman's X37, Saxon Senator third.

AltairTight at the top: Kieran Dorgan's Altair (above) leads but is on the same points as Ronan Downing's Miss Whiplash (below) Photos: Bob Bateman

Miss Whiplash (Half Tonner) GBR5435R Ronan Downing 

First 36.7 Altair leads IRC Spinnaker One

Kieran Dorgan's Altair is back into Cork Harbour IRC Spinnaker One racing with a splash topping the scoresheet in the league's competitive IRC One eight-boat fleet. Altair missed the Cove Sailing Club Cobh to Blackrock Race earlier this month where she was a favourite but more than made up for it in today's performance. A win for the Cove Sailing Club First 36.7 in today's second race means she holds first overall but is on the same five points as Ronan Downing's Half-Tonner Miss Whiplash. Kieran Collins' Olsen 30, Coracle IV is one point behind in third place.

Mike McCann's potent Etchells 22 Don't Dilly DallyMike McCann's Etchells 22 Don't Dilly Dally Photo: Bob Bateman

Etchells 22 First in IRC Spinnaker Two

Two wins from two races mean Mike McCann's potent Etchells 22 Don't Dilly Dally tops IRC Two from Dave Lane's J24, YaGottaWanna on six points, the same as Richard Leonard's Bolero, Bandit in third place.

Racing continues next Sunday. 

Provisional results are here

AIB Autumn Series Day One Photos By Bob Bateman

Published in Royal Cork YC

Perhaps the most accurate form guide to Sunday's first race of the Royal Cork Yacht Club's AIB Autumn League is the club's own Naval Race fixture last weekend that was raced over a coastal course for the combined Crosshaven fleet. 

The rebel county series takes on extra significance this Sunday in Cork Harbour for cruiser-racing fans due to the complete absence of Dublin Bay racing activity due to the COVID-19 Level Three shutdown in the capital.

RCYC is hoping for a 50-boat turnout but this opening weekend it may be shy of that total as the 1720s are racing separately. From an early entry list seen by Afloat, it looks like there will be two boats in Class Zero, seven in Spinnaker One, five in Spinnaker Two and up to 19 boats in the White Sail division, a similar turnout to that achieved for September's Naval Race (35) and the Cobh-Blackrock Race (36) before it.

Ian Hickey's Cavatina, a Granada 38, is racing in Spinnaker Two divisionIan Hickey's Cavatina, a Granada 38, is racing in Spinnaker Two division Photo: Bob Bateman

Of course, late entries from the Kinsale Yacht Club cruiser fleet can still swell the Autumn League ranks and some are already expected including Cian McCarthy's Sunfast 3300, Cinnamon Girl.

As Afloat reported previously, AIB’s support of Cork300 is continuing through to the Autumn Series for five Sundays, commencing September 27th and concluding on October 25th. 

Cian McCarthy's Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl is expected to enter the RCYC Autumn SeriesCian McCarthy's Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl is expected to enter the RCYC Autumn Series Photo: Bob Bateman

Naval Race's coastal course

Many of those who raced to the Sovereigns in the Naval Race will be racing again in a series that is also part of SCORA's Inshore League that will also feature two coastal races as part of its schedule.

The Naval race Spinnaker division sailed a course around the Sovereigns while the White Sails sailed around the Outer Cork Harbour Buoys.

The spinnaker fleet had a strong wind downwind leg to the Sovereigns, followed by a tough beat back to Robert's Head, with a fetch home from there, a race of nearly four hours duration.

Nieulargo, the Grand Soleil 40,  has been a champion performer this seasonNieulargo, the Grand Soleil 40, has been a champion performer this season Photo: Bob Bateman

Battle of the sailmakers

In a season where Denis Murphy's Nieulargo, (with Doyle Sails' Nin O'Leary calling the shots) has been all-conquering, it was suddenly all-change in the Naval fixture as the Grand Soleil 40, was bested by Ronan Downing's Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash. Miss Whiplash, sailing with keelboat Olympic helmsman Mark Mansfield of Quantum Sails onboard, won on IRC by 3 mins 40 from Nieulargo. Brian Jones' J109, Jelly Baby was third with Barry Hayes of UK Sails aboard. 

Hats off - Half Tonner Miss Whiplash was the Naval Race winner over a coastal courseHats off - Half Tonner Miss Whiplash was the Naval Race winner over a coastal course Photo: Bob Bateman

The battle of the sailmakers is likely to resume in the spinnaker division on Sunday with Mansfield, at least, staying with the Miss Whiplash crew plus the addition of Maurice O'Connell of North Sails joining the fray as skipper of Jump Juice in the absence of Conor Phelan. North Sails will also have Nigel Young sailing onboard Frank Caul and John Molloy's Grand Soleil 37, Prince Of Tides, the White Sails division winner of the Naval Race. 

Frank Caul and John Molloy's Grand Soleil 37, Prince Of Tides Photo: Bob Bateman

With plenty of dirty bottoms visible during the Naval Race, there's been a good deal of pre-series boat bimbling activity ashore this week.

Mike McCann's Etchells 22, Don't Dilly DallyMike McCann's Etchells 22, Don't Dilly Dally Photo: Bob Bateman

Michael McCann's potent Etchell's 22 Don't Dilly Dally was seen ashore at Salve Marina. Jump was seen on the slings in Crosshaven.

Jump Juice on slings in CrosshavenOn the road - Jump is transported in slings on a laneway at Crosshaven this week before making her splash for Sunday's AIB-sponsored series. The 14-year-old yacht is a veteran of the 2006 and 2008 Rolex Commodore's Cup. Skipper Prof O'Connell says he has pulled together a young, relatively inexperienced crew (with the exception of John Sisk) for the Cork Harbour end of season event

Half Tonner Cortegada returns

George Radley's Cortegada who has spent the summer in the shed undergoing modifications is expected to make a return to the water this weekend. The half-tonner has been undergoing a rebalancing that includes moving the mast aft and, according to Barry Hayes, the new configuration should be 'very quick'. 

It is understood the Kinsale-based Quarter Tonner Runaway Bus will not compete in the league this year.

Making up for this, in part, however, is a relatively new arrival to Cork Harbour, George Radley Jnr and his crew on Creamy Beam, a vintage Sadler 25 that featured in Tom MacSweeney's recent podcast here.

George Radley Jnr and his crew on Creamy Beam, a vintage Sadler 25Sock it to 'em - George Radley Jnr and his crew on Creamy Beam, a vintage Sadler 25, racing in the Cove to Blackrock race with a novel class flag (below) displayed Photos: Bob Bateman

Longstanding white sails participant Shelly D had to be taken out at Rossbrin in West Cork with drive trouble recently. It means that after 40 years of participation in the league, Michael Murphy's Moody 30 is unlikely to compete in 2020.

Denis Byrne's Cracker, a Trapper T250, was the Spinnaker 2 IRC in the 2019 league and also a class winner in this year's Cobh to Blackrock RaceDenis Byrne's Cracker, a Trapper T250, was the Spinnaker 2 IRC in the 2019 league and also a class winner in this year's Cobh to Blackrock Race Photo: Bob Bateman

Harbour courses

Most of the Autumn Series racing is scheduled to take place in Cork Harbour or its approaches under laid marks or round the cans courses with two races per day and three for the 1720s, subject to weather.

Appendix A of the Sailing Instructions shows possible race start locations 

Racing takes place within three groups; Group A is for Class Zero, Spinnaker One and Two, B is for the 1720s (the sportsboats start with their Munsters this weekend at Monkstown Bay) and then Group C for Whitesail One and Two.

Kieran O'Brien's MG335 Magnet was the White Sails IRC 2 winner in the 2019 league but then dismasted in the club’s winter league a month later Kieran O'Brien's MG335 Magnet was the White Sails IRC 2 winner in the 2019 league but then dismasted in the club’s winter league a month later Photo: Bob Bateman

Health Declaration

As part of the sailing instructions, competitors are required to complete a Health Declaration online in advance of taking to the water. This is a once-off form here and required from each sailor in advance of competing. The sailors are required to complete the same once and only submit a second form if answers change. 

Light southwesterly winds are forecast for the first race.

Sailing Instructions are downloadable below

Published in Royal Cork YC
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After six races sailed with one discard at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist Dinghy Class Burns Trophy Alana Twomey continues to lead the 24-boat main fleet in the month-long Cork Harbour series at Crosshaven.

Lying second overall is JP Curtin with third place taken by Oisin Pierse. 

As Afloat reported previously, RCYC's Burns Trophy is now in its 26th year and this year's edition has had some ideal racing conditions so far. 

Two races, plus one for fun, is the format under PRO Andrew Crosbie. 

Bob Bateman's photo gallery is below and results are here.

Published in Royal Cork YC

Crosshaven is expecting a full turnout in both spinnaker and white sail divisions for next week's Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn Series and if the recent Cove Sailing Club's Blackrock Race and yesterday's RCYC Coastal Race is anything to go by then the series is set to be a very competitive one. 

AIB’s strong support of Cork300 will continue through to the Autumn Series that starts next weekend for five Sunday’s, commencing September 27th and concluding on October 25th.

Racing will take place with a First Gun at 11.25 am each week.

Top yachts Nieulargo, Miss Whiplash, Don’t Dilly Dally and Cracker are all showing good form through the season while seasoned campaigners like Jump Juice and Coracle will no doubt add to an impressive crew line up for the end of season event.

Leaving the current Dublin Covid restrictions to one side, the 1720 National Championships are scheduled to take place in Cork Harbour on the weekend of the 25th – 27th September, the results from the Sunday of that racing will carry forward into the remainder of the Autumn Series. Royal Cork says that as there will be a full fleet in Cork for the opening weekend it is likely numbers could remain in double digits for the rest of the series.

Notice of Race and entry details

Published in Royal Cork YC

Royal Cork Yacht Club's annual Naval Race in Cork Harbour was sailed as a coastal fixture on Saturday with the Navy sending its yacht Tailte out from Haulbowline to compete.

After a short leg across the harbour, the RCYC spinnaker fleet, led by Brian Jones's Jelly Baby, raced to the Sovereigns off Kinsale in lumpy seas and good sailing breezes. 

The White Sails division raced across a course to Corkbeg, out to No 3, then Cork buoy into Ringabella and home.

Bob Bateman's Photo Gallery is below

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Fifty Shades sailed by Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and  Eddie Rice are the winners of the 2020 National 18 Foot Class Irish National Championships after an eight race series sailed off Cork Harbour at the weekend.

Walsh and crew won by six points from FOMO sailed by Alex Barry, Andrew Woodward and Grattan Roberts. Third in the nine boat fleet was Colin Chapman's Aquadisiacs sailing with Eric Lyons and Morgan O'Sullivan. 

Full results are here

Published in National 18

After four races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist Dinghy Class Burns Trophy Alana Twomey leads the 24-boat main fleet in the month-long series.

Lying second overall is JP Curtin with third place taken by Oisin Pierse. 

RCYC's Burns Trophy is now in its 26th year and this year's edition has had some ideal racing conditions so far. 

Two races, plus one for fun, is the format under the stewardship of PRO Andrew Crosbie. 

Bob Bateman's photo gallery is below and results are here.

Published in Optimist

Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Colin Morehead was aboard Royal Cork's Jap for some pre-race preparations before next Saturday's big race from Cobh to Blackrock. 

'She's So light, so responsive, an absolute joy to sail' was the verdict from the Admiral as the immaculately restored but engineless Cork Harbour One Design was put through its paces just south of Spike Island.

As Afloat previously reported the yacht that has been gifted to RCYC was originally built in Cork Harbour at Carrigaloe in 1897.

Jap is stored ashore by RCYC in its own special container and launching trailer. Plans are afoot to introduce more people to the historic craft over the course of the winter and next season.

See Bob Bateman's Jap photo slideshow below

Published in Cork Harbour

It is unusual to have two leading figures sharing the "Sailor of the Month (Services to Sailing)" award. And it surely unique when one is Admiral of the world's oldest yacht club, the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, in its Tricentenary Year, while the other is Commodore of the National YC in Dun Laoghaire as it marks its 150th Anniversary.

Yet both have shared an indomitable spirit in encouraging and leading their members in whatever sailing and club activity is possible through the COVID-19 crisis, and both, in turn, have seen their members support with a sense of responsible community which is a credit to both clubs, and to Irish sailing generally.

This was celebrated by a very special occasion on the morning of Saturday, August 22nd, when a small but select and carefully-choreographed gathering, hosted by Commodore Martin McCarthy at the National YC, marked the imminent start of the Fastnet 450 Race to the Fastnet Rock and Crosshaven. Afloat and ashore, it was to be a very special event which cemented the links between the clubs and their senior flag officers, and provided Irish sailing with a much-needed highlight in a difficult year.

Admiral Morehead attended from Cork – as did his predecessor Thomas G French for the first such race 160 years ago, in 1860 - and there too was the new Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Una Power, to show her support for the increasingly important role sailing fulfills in the harbour.

ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan and SCORA Commodore Johanna Murphy at the National YCISORA Chairman Peter Ryan and SCORA Commodore Johanna Murphy at the National YC

Also, there were former NYC Commodore and current ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan - whose organisational support and loan of Yellowbrick Trackers was vital to the success of the race – and current SCORA Commodore Johanna Murphy of Cobh who, together with RCYC Rear Admiral Annamarie Murphy and Mark Mansfield, formed the core trio that put this very successful pop-up race into place.

As for the Guests of Honour, they emphasised the long and healthy links between the two clubs. One was Clayton Love Jnr, who amalgamated the Royal Cork and Royal Munster in 1967 to give it full strength for its Quarter Millennium fifty years ago, when he served as Admiral RCYC while at the same time being President of the Irish Yachting Association, which he guided into national authority status from being the Irish Dinghy Racing Association.

At the National YC for the start of the Fastnet 450 were Clayton Love Jnr – Admiral of the Royal Cork YC for its Quarter Millennial Celebrations in 1969-70, and founding President of the Irish Yachting Association – with the National Yacht Club's Carmel Winkelmann, who in the 1960s was involved in founding the NYC's Junior Section, and then played a major national role in junior training for the IYA.

And the other was the National Yacht Club's own indomitable Carmel Winkelmann, who in the 1960s led the way in setting up the pioneering junior training section in the National YC, and from that went on to play a major national role in Junior Training through the IYA.

It may have been a socially-distanced gathering of very restricted numbers, but in national sailing terms – both current and historical - it certainly packed formidable firepower, and well illustrates why we feel honoured to celebrate Colin Morehead and Martin McCarthy as our "Sailors of the Month (Services to Sailing)" for August 2020.

Published in Sailor of the Month

Alex Barry, Sandy Rimmington and Richard Leonard sailing Aquadisiacs were the overall winners of an 11-boat National 18 Southern Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club last weekend.

The Royal Cork/Monkstown Bay trio won by a margin of three points over Barry's older brother Ewen steering FOMO crewed by Stanley Brown and Dion Barrett on 14 points. Two points back was third overall, Fifty Shades sailed by Laser ace Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and Eddie Rice. 

The  Aquadisiacs crew sailed a consistent seven-race series on Cork Harbour dipping only once out of the top three in a scoreline that included two race wins.

National 18 Southern Championships 2020 Results

National 18 Southern Championships 2020 ResultsNational 18 Southern Championships 2020 Results

See National 18 Southerns photo slideshow by Bob Bateman below

Published in National 18
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