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Cruiser racing has returned with a strong turn-out at the RCYC in Crosshaven for the start of evening racing.
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Eighteen boats came to the start line for the first Thursday evening cruiser league race.

Despite rain, mist and fog, which had gripped the South Coast in unpleasant weather for the past few days, the pent-up demand for the return of competition was shown in tight racing.

For RCYC Rear Admiral for Keelboat Racing, Daragh Connolly, it was the end of a long wait for the racing fleet to get back on the water competitively and the sailors took the opportunity.

Racing results on the RCYC website here

Published in Tom MacSweeney

The National 18 dinghy class has been "training" for the last three weeks but last night marked an official return to racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club with the lifting of COVID-restrictions.

Colin Barry officiated as Race Officer over three races to mark the start of the 2021 summer sailing season with the final course shortened.

29er youth skiffs were also out from Royal Cork 

See Bob Bateman's photo gallery below 

Published in National 18
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Four Royal Cork boats are contesting Wednesday's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race including two noted offshore performers who have previously won big in Irish races. 

The RCYC foursome includes the Murphy family's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo, last year's winner of the inaugural Fastnet 450 Race over a similar course from Dun Laoghaire to Cork Harbour

The Crosshaven flotilla also includes the former double Round Ireland Yacht Race winner Cavatina, a vintage 1978 Granada 38 skippered by Ian Hickey, that is a proven giant-killer.

Murphy sisters Molly and Mia are the drivers on the Grand Soleil Nieulargo in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race Photo: Bob BatemanMurphy sisters Molly and Mia are the drivers on the Grand Soleil Nieulargo in the 2021 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race Photo: Bob Bateman

Also competing is Paul Tingle's X-34 Alpaca and David Coleman's Blue Oyster.

Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X34 AlpacaPaul and Deirdre Tingle's X34 Alpaca Photo: Bob Bateman

 Royal Cork Yacht Club boats in the 2021 D2D Race

  • Alpaca X-Yachts X-34, IRL35221, Skipper: Paul and Deirdre Tingle, Class: IRC Racing, Rating: 0.994
  • Blue Oyster Oyster 37, IRL3852, Skipper: David Coleman, Class: IRC Racing, Rating: 0.932
  • Cavatina Granada 38, IRL3861, Skipper: Ian Hickey, Class: IRC Racing, Rating: 0.928
  • Nieulargo Grand Soleil 40, IRL 2129 Skipper: Denis & Annamarie Murphy, Class: IRC Racing, Rating: 1.023

As Afloat reported, the race is shaping up to be a highlight of the sailing season and has attracted a formidable line-up of Irish offshore sailing talent.


David Coleman's Oyster 37 Blue Oyster Photo: Bob BatemanDavid Coleman's Oyster 37 Blue Oyster Photo: Bob Bateman

38 boats are lined up for Wednesday's start at 2 pm, a date that Afloat's WM Nixon is calling a Clarion Call for Ireland's 2021 Sailing Season.

Also racing from Royal Cork are pro sailors Mark Mansfield on the Dublin Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club and Maurice O'Connell on Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600, Searcher from Howth.

Published in Dun Laoghaire Dingle

Following weeks of waiting for Covid 19 travel restrictions to be relaxed, extensive research of all options and agonising over the decision, the Royal Cork Yacht Club says it has been left with no option but to cancel its staging of the 2021 Topper World Championships in Cork Harbour.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of when overseas travel restrictions on non-EU countries in Ireland may be lifted, the club said it 'sadly had no option but to cancel' the July event.

The club came to the decision jointly with the International Topper class.

Up to 200 young sailors from around the world planned to come to the event that was scheduled to dovetail with the UK National Championships, following on two days later at Ballyholme YC in Northern Ireland, from the 2nd to 6th August – providing sailors with a fortnight of top-quality racing.

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In a joint statement from ITCA World and Royal Cork Yacht Club said: 

"The decision was taken with the safety of sailors and their families, club members and the wider local community at its heart. We also appreciate that sailors and their families need certainty now in order to make their bookings for the event, or to plan alternative activities. Additionally, the lack of clarity on when non-essential overseas travel would be allowed into Ireland and the need to commit significant sums now to prepare for the event that has so much uncertainty around it, has left the organisers with little choice but to cancel the event.

The proposed travel restrictions into Ireland from 19th July will enable EU visitors to travel under the Digital COVID Certificate which will not require self-quarantining based on vaccination or a negative PCR test. However, those travelling from outside of the EU, including from the UK, will have to present a pre-travel PCR test, self-quarantine on arrival and undergo post arrival testing. Considering the strong representation expected from GBR, this has been deemed too restrictive to expect visitors to travel.

ITCA World President Andy Millington said, 'We have exhausted every avenue in an effort to see how it might be possible to run the World Championships with the continued travel restrictions on competitors being able to travel to Cork without quarantining and the added uncertainty over the new variant of Covid 19. In discussions with the RCYC we both agreed that cancelling the 2021 championship in time for families to make alternative holiday or sailing plans was sadly the right thing to do. We would like to thank our partners Ronstan, Rooster and Topper International who had undertaken to generously support the event."

The event was to form part of the continued Tricentenary celebrations of the Royal Cork Yacht Club which mark it's founding in 1720, making it the oldest yacht club in the world. The club is committed to hosting a Topper World championship and have requested to bid for the International Topper 2023 World Championships.

Commenting, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Colin Morehead said, "It is with considerable regret and sadness that we have to cancel the International Topper Class World Championships. While the vaccine rollout is progressing and restrictions are lifting, the health of our members, our visitors and country continues to be the main priority. I look forward to working with the International Topper Class Association on the possibility of hosting the event in Cork in the near future."

A full refund of entry fees will shortly be processed in line with the Notice of Race.

ITCA World will now focus on its plans for the 2022 International Topper World Championship at Fraglia Della Vela Riva, Garda, where we look forward to welcoming back Topper sailors from across the globe. There are plans to include an inaugural Topper 6.4 championship for those who may by then have outgrown the 5.2 rig and lost the chance to race a world championship but don't want to miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to race on the majestic Lake Garda.

We look forward to seeing you at Riva 2022!" 

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Published in Royal Cork YC

Royal Cork Yacht Club Keelboat training has been cancelled for this evening due to severe weather conditions on the South Coast.

The Keelboat Committee are planning a training session this Sunday 23rd May First Gun at 10.25 am. 

It is proposed to run a coastal training course for both White Sailors and Spinnaker Sailors.

Published in Royal Cork YC

Tonight is a big night for the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, where the Rear Admiral for Keelboats is looking forward to firing the starting gun again this evening.

It's not for racing, but for keelboat training, as a prelude to getting back to the racing mode.

More boats are being launched daily in Cork Harbour as the pent-up demand for a return to competition is being released.

"We are glad to be getting back on the water. It will be exciting to blow the start gun for training on Thursday night and even better to sound the racing start in June," says Daragh Connolly, Keelboats Rear Admiral, at the RCYC as preparations are finalised for getting yachts into racing mode again.

Daragh Connolly, RCYC Keelboats Rear AdmiralDaragh Connolly, Keelboats Rear Admiral at Royal Cork Yacht Club

Racing itself won't resume until after June 7, so the training sessions will be used to get racers prepared and up to speed for events like the Sovereigns Cup and the resumption of evening cruiser racing next month.

"The situation is improving, but we are clearly not out of the woods yet," club Admiral Colin Morehead has told members, announcing that facilities are gradually re-opening.

As well as the plan for keelboats, other adult sailors, including National 18s and Lasers, are being told by their Class Captains about restarting racing.

Youth sailors are already back on the water and training in pods of 15.

Daragh Connolly is my guest on this week's Afloat Podcast (below), where he outlined the plans for a return to racing and how club members were welcoming it.

Published in Tom MacSweeney

Clubs are hoping to get young sailors back into activity with the easing of restrictions on training. However, as in all sports, there is some concern about the effects of the lengthy restrictions on youth's interest in sport.

Principal Coach at the Royal Cork in Crosshaven, Ben Fusco, says: "We are looking forward to the return to Junior Coaching on the May weekend. Preparations are well underway to get all of our junior and youth sailors back on the water and shaking off the cobwebs of an extended off-season. We have a robust training plan in place for each of the Classes."

With the easing of restrictions for junior training, Monkstown Bay SC in Cork Harbour says that it will be starting its Sunday morning coaching sessions for Optimists. It has also opened applications for this year's sailing courses. 

Applications will close at the end of May, the club says.

Published in Cork Harbour

The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour is buying a J24 keelboat to widen its fleet of club boats.

Funding for this is coming from the sale of two of its existing fleet of four 1720 sportsboats.

"To consolidate the club fleet and bring a broader offering, two of the four club 1720s have been sold back into the fleet," according to the club. "The remaining two boats are currently being revamped and made ready for the season ahead.

"With the proceeds, a deal is complete on a J24 and, once Covid restrictions allow, the boat will be brought to the club, allowing for a broader offering of boats for members both young and old."

Published in J24
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Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour has expressed disappointment that there has not been more clarity on when sailing can see a full return to the water following yesterday's Government announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions.

RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead told Afloat “I was disappointed that we did not receive clarity on when we can see a full return to our sport".

Morehead said sailing, powerboating and windsurfing are recognised as inherently low-risk activities with regard to infection or transmission of Covid-19 as they are carried out in an open and unsheltered environment.

As Afloat reported earlier, there was a little of concrete in the easing of restrictions to allow regatta organisers to make decisions for summer events.

The Government has announced the phased easing of some Covid-19 restrictions during the month of April.

RCYC Admiral Colin MoreheadRCYC Admiral Colin Morehead

Royal Cork Yacht Club was forced to cancel a range of events in 2020 as part of its tricentenary celebrations, including its internationally famous Cork Week Regatta in Crosshaven.

"We continue to plan for a full schedule of events across the summer albeit yesterday’s lack of clarity is creating significant challenges from a planning perspective", Morehead said.

"I am delighted to see the return of sail training for our Junior Sailors in pods from April 26th and will, of course, continue to promote the support of, and compliance with, whatever Covid19 restrictions are outlined by the Government, Health Authorities and Irish Sailing to ensure we return to full on the water activities for all our members, young and old as quickly as possible.”

The Government says it plans to continue this cautious approach, gradually easing restrictions, while a substantial level of the population is vaccinated during April, May and June, after which, it should be safe to reopen society more widely.

Published in Royal Cork YC
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The start of the sailing season with two events in March in Cork Harbour has been set back.

Two scheduled events have had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, both by the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

The first of these is the popular and very well-supported PY 1000 All-In Dinghy Race, which takes its name from the value of the cash prize.

Also cancelled is the keelboat March League for cruisers.

Published in Royal Cork YC
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