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Irish Olympic Star sailor and Cork harbour local Peter O'Leary was on board the American TP52  Interlodge for a gentle warm up in Cork Harbour this afternoon and Afloat went with him. From the East Coast of the USA, Austin Fragomen is sailing this ultra-modern TP52 designed by Judel Vrojlik.  The boat has been optimized for IRC and is one of eight entries d in the regatta's super zero class. Racing starts in the morning. Bob Bateman's photos over the fold:








Published in Cork Week

More than 2000 sailors are descending on Crosshaven for Cork Week writes Louay Habib. They will race in fourteen different classes over a variety of courses ranging from the complex harbour course to the fast Trapezoid Course in Atlantic swell. The Royal Cork Yacht Club is bristling with rigs, as competing boats, arriving from overseas, mingle with local boats. Visit Malta Puma, the race sailing school Reflex 38, arrived on Thursday night, having taken two and half days delivering the boat from the Hamble, near Southampton.

'We had a fantastic trip across the Irish Sea." Commented skipper Tim Thubron. "The delivery crew were a great bunch and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed the sail over as we had plenty of decent breeze. We are really looking forward to some competitive action on the water, I have been to Cork Week many times and it is a superb place to race. In fact we have already done a bit of boat on boat racing already; we came over with two other Reflex 38s and had a bit of a competition to make it to Crosshaven. We celebrated our safe arrival with an excellent meal at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Part of Visit Malta Puma's crew were father and daughter, Ekkehart and Jess Staufenberg who come from Norwich, on the East coast of England.

"I do a fair bit of dinghy sailing on the Norfolk Broads but this was my first time sailing offshore." Explained Jess. "It was a fantastic experience, something I will always remember. Before we left I was really hoping to see dolphins and sixty miles off Land's End, my wish came true, a pod of twelve came up around the boat; it was a really magical moment."

Racing at Cork Week starts on Monday 12th July and concludes on 16th July. Each evening the tented village will host live music, besides being a wonderful place to sail, Cork Week is also a great place to party!


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Although talk that sailing numbers are down is a persistent theme in 2010, Cork Week has always attracted the big boats and Crosshaven organisers say this year is no exception. The Super Zero Class is expected to be a competition between seven magnificent hi-tech flyers. The turboed TP52, Pace was at Cork Week 2008 and since Johnny Vincent took charge, the British based crew has been in cracking form; impressing at the RORC Easter Challenge and the Vice Admiral's Cup. From the East Coast of the USA, Austin Fragomen has brought over Interlodge, the ultra-modern TP52 designed by Judel Vrojlik has been optimized for IRC and should match Pace, for pace. Several other TP52s are racing including Silver Surfer, debuting and Cork Week with an international line-up.

Richard Matthews Humphreys 42, Oystercatcher XXVI scooped up the class trophy for IRC Zero in 2008 and was a contender for boat of the week. Matthews has shipped the boat over from the Caribbean after a very competitive season. Amongst the well drilled crew is Crosshaven's own, Eddie English. Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39, Antix is in great form, winning class at the ICRA Nationals in May. However, IRC Zero is brimming with talent. Piet Vroon's Ker 46Tonnerre de Breskens is Crosshaven bound. Dave Dwyer's Mills 39, is a proven winning race boat and Bernard Gouy's Ker 39, Inis Mor is over from France along with Jac Pelletier's Landmark 43, Qualiconsult. To be honest, this is probably the most competitive class at Cork Week and the bookies would have this one going to the wire.


Heart of the action: The Crosshaven venue for next month's Cork Week. Photo: Bob Bateman

Cork Week plays host to the J/109 Europeans and 17 one designs are entered with many from the UK. Racing is bound to be tight and expect some raised voices with crews hiking hard, jostling for position, especially at mark roundings. In a no discard series, consistency is at an optimum and it is almost impossible to pick out the favourites but of the UK boats, Robin Taunt's Jibe has a wealth of experience and Brian Morton's Juke Box was well placed in 2008. Of the Irish entries, Ian Nagle and Paul O'Malley's Jelly Baby had an excellent ICRA Nationals in Dublin and John Maybury's Joker II was the top Irish J/109 at Cork Week 2008.

Paul Kirwan's Sigma 38, Errislannan was one of the early entries. In 2008 they won the Sigma 38 Europeans at Cork Week and they are back to defend their title. From bow to stern, Errislannan is very much a family boat and they are up against some top opposition from the UK. The Sigma 38 Europeans is once again staged at Cork Week 2010.

A host of Corby Yachts are entered prompting Cowes designer, John Corby to put up some champagne prizes. Corby designed yachts competing include; Robert Davies, brand new Corby 36, Roxy 6 which will be representing Ireland in the forthcoming Rolex Commodores' Cup. In all over a dozen boats are expected to be racing at Cork Week, tuning up for the country versus country, pro-am event in August.

Cork Week attracts a huge variety of boats from all over the world and whilst the Gentleman's Class may not have the high tech gear and elite sailors competing. The seamanship in the class is very apparent. National Yacht Club member, Philip Dilworth, will be racing Grand Soleil 42, Orna. A previous class winner of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race, 2008 Cork Week winner and class winner at the recent ICRA Nationals, Orna is obviously well sailed.

Of course sailors go to Cork Week to compete but also they come from far and wide to have fun and enjoy the occasion. Like a great party, taking a spin on the dance floor is an excellent way to end the evening!

Crosshaven throws on quite a pageant and the local community really gets involved which gives the regatta a great atmosphere, the 'tented village' is buzzing with life. Many other regattas do not have the evening activities all in one place, Cork Week does and the 'session' to be had is more memorable by the fact that everybody is there; you keep bumping into people and having just one more.

There are a variety of tents to suit but one of the great concepts for Cork Week is the abundance of music, something that visitors really enjoy. Screaming your head off to Bon Jovi or sing along to a ballad with your mates or loved one, are truly memorable moments.

Published in Cork Week

Crosshaven RNLI Inshore Lifeboat undertook one of their longest distance services when they were  tasked at 17.02 to a 10m Rib on passage from Falmouth to Baltimore, 12 miles south of Roches Point, when one of the crew suffered a suspected spinal injury. The Lifeboat transferred crewman Kevin Higgins onto the casualty vessel who assessed the injured crewman in radio consultation with the lifeboat Station Doctor. The lifeboat and RIB then proceeded to Crosshaven at a slow 5 knots arriving some 2 hours later. The casualty was then transferred to Cork University Hospital by ambulance. The helm on this Service was Ian Venner with Ritchie Kelleher.

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Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat went to the aid of an eighteen foot yacht on passage from the Kinsale area to Crosshaven this evening. The yacht with two persons on board suffered mechanical failure and was having trouble making way into a headwind.

Initially, the yacht was assisted by the motor Cruiser “Callie” who took them on initial tow and informed the Coastguard in Valentia who made the decision to Launch the Crosshaven lifeboat at 7pm. The Volunteer crew made up of  Helm Con Crowley with Vincent Fleming and Ritchie Kelleher made their way to the rendezvous between the Cork Bouy and Rennies Point and relieved the motor cruiser of the tow. Crewman Ritchie Kelleher

Boarded the yacht and helped rig the tow for the 40 minute journey back to Crosshaven where the yacht was secured.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats

Cork Week has published provisional class bands for July's regatta. So far there are seven entries in IRC super zero, 15 in class IRC zero, 17 in IRC one, 14 in IRC two, 21 in IRC 3, 19 in IRC four, 18 in IRC five, 18 in IRC 6 and 36 entries in white sails, sports boats and J109s. To find out who has entered for Cork Week 2010 this year, use the links below to check out each class.



IRC Super 0

Sail No.BoatType of BoatClassOwnerIRC TCF
GBR528R PACE TP 52 IRC Super 0 Johnny Vincent 1.375
USA5206 INTERLODGE 2006 JV TP 52 IRC Super 0 Austin Fragomen 1.374
GBR11N APOLLO TP 52 IRC Super 0 Nigel &Donna Passmore 1.352
GBR521R BOB Farr 52 IRC Super 0 Gray, Laidlaw, Hayward 1.314
ORC88 HIGHLAND FLING Wally 82 IRC Super 0 Irvine Laidlaw 1.269
FRA34625 SOLANO Latini 52 IRC Super 0 Frederic Rialland 1.264
USA23 Breakaway Santa Cruz 70 IRC Super 0 Mike Webb 1.26

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Sail No.BoatType of BoatClassOwnerIRC TCF
NED46 TONNERRE DE BRESKENS 3 Ker 46 IRC 0 PW Vroon 1.245
GBR4321 OYSTERCATCHER XXVI Humphreys 42 IRC 0 Richard Matthews 1.219
GBR4241L BREVITY Swan 42 IRC 0 Mark Devereux 1.182
NED42039 BARAKA GP Swan 42 IRC 0 HJ deGraaf 1.173
GBR150L NOVUS ARCA Beneteau First 50 IRC 0 Tony McBride 1.158
IRL1109 BLUE BELLE Ker 11.3 IRC 0 John O'Connell 1.157
FRA36789 Qualiconsult Landmark 43 IRC 0 Jac Pelletier 1.15
IRL4208 WOW Farr 42 IRC 0 George Sisk 1.149
GBR9166R INDEPENDENT BEAR Corby 41.5 IRC 0 Neil White 1.131
IRL3939 ANTIX Ker 39 IRC 0 Anthony O'Leary 1.128
FRA35439 INIS MOR Ker 39 IRC 0 Bernard Gouy 1.121
IRL2003 GLOVES OFF Corby 38 IRC 0 Kieran Twomey 1.116
NED8005 WEERGA King 40 IRC 0 W Liezenga 1.116
GBR5433R JAMMY DODGER J/133 IRC 0 Neil Martin 1.111
IRL39000 MARINERSCOVE.IE Mills 39 IRC 0 David Dwyer 1.103

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Sail No.BoatType of BoatClassOwnerIRC TCF
GBR4778R EH01 Beneteau 47.7 IRC 1 Global Yacht Racing Ltd 1.101
GBR4477L KOKO KAI First 44.7 IRC 1 Andrew Arthur 1.1
GBR970R JUA KALI Grand Soleil 43 IRC 1 Agace/Huges/Hurndall 1.095
US43545 Echo Zulu Frers 45 IRC 1 Mike Rider 1.095
FRA36859 STAMINA III A40 RC IRC 1 Michel Peretie 1.093
GBR809 Lutine Swan 53 IRC 1 Lloyds of London YC 1.089
IRL1281 AQUELINA J/122 IRC 1 Sheila & James Tyrrell 1.088
FRA13220 TRILOGY II Peterson one off IRC 1 Jean Gabriel Samzun 1.077
IRL1965 MUSTANG SALLY Corby 36 IRC 1 Rob Allen & Others 1.075
GER6333 ROCKALL 3 Corby 36 IRC 1 Christopher Opielok 1.074
GBR1236L ROXY 6 Corby 36 IRC 1 Robert Davies 1.072
GBR1031L Leadbitter Sloop IRC 1 Fairview Sailing 1.07
GBR7383R PUMA LOGIC Reflex 38 IRC 1 Sailing Logic Limited 1.069
GBR6506N NIGHT OWL PRIMA 38 2.46 IRC 1 Ed Hall 1.067
GBR7382R JAGUAR LOGIC Reflex 38 IRC 1 Will Sadler 1.067
GBR8886 LIQUID VORTEX Beneteau First 40.7 IRC 1 Hot Liquid Racing 1.067
NED317 CISNE Swan 43 IRC 1 David Collins 0.976

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Sail No.Boat 
Type of Boat 
GBR407T GENIE First 40.7 IRC 2 Andrew Jackson 1.062
GBR9388R Lion Reflex 38 IRC 2 Chris Reddish 1.061
GBR7385R PANTHER CLIPPER Reflex 38 IRC 2 Neal Kelshaw 1.061
GBR9380R FORWARD THINKING Reflex 38 IRC 2 Steve Nicholls 1.052
IRL13500 D-TOX X35 IRC 2 Donal O'Leary 1.052
IRL9000 Isor JS9000 IRC 2 Patrick O'Donovan 1.05
IRL1946 Aisha Dufour 40 IRC 2 Kevin Lane 1.048
GBR7380R LIGHTNING REFLEX Reflex 38 IRC 2 Geoffrey West 1.045
GBR4242L XPLETIVE Xc 42 IRC 2 Mike Crompton 1.044
GBR5833R Blackadder Corby 33 IRC 2 Dr. Johathan & Mrs. Barbara Price-Jones 1.044
IRL3709 AXIOM X37 IRC 2 Michael O'Neill 1.039
BEL3537 Tontin Archambault A35 IRC 2 Wouter Borghijs 1.031
IRL4430 SAMBA Jeanneau Sunfast 40.3 IRC 2 John Downing 1.031
GBR8844R PREMIER CRU OF COQUET Beneteau First 36S7 IRC 2 Mike Rudge 1

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Sail No.BoatType of BoatClass 
GBR6969L GRAND SLAM Grand Soleil 37 Sport IRC 3 Robin Dollar & Michael Ronson 1.031
GBR7508R A-CREWED INTEREST Sloop IRC 3 Keith Lord 1.031
GBR9880T Marisco Madness Elan 37 IRC 3 Chris Clarke 1.03
IRL1481 Acquisition Beneteau 36.1 IRC 3 Stuart Cole & Patrick O'Leary 1.03
GBR3037R Vavavoom Elan 37 IRC 3 Richard Calveley 1.029
IRL3504 Wardance Beneteau First 35 IRC 3 Brenda Reddington / Paul & John Lowry 1.025
IRL1365 X-POSURE Bermudian Sloop IRC 3 Lorcan O'Toole 1.024
IRL2805 INDULGENCE Dehler 36 IRC 3 Aidan H Heffernan 1.024
IRL9834 TRUE PENANCE Projection 35 IRC 3 Martin Darrer & Coleman Garvey 1.023
IRL673 MUMBO J35 IRC 3 Dermot Cronin 1.014
GR986R Strata 6 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i IRC 3 East Anglian Sea School 1.011
GBR1638L Grand Cru Dufour 425 IRC 3 Peter Curphey 1.001
IRL1158 DANU Moody 35 IRC 3 Adley Family 1
IRL1477 Wavetrain Channel 32 (one-off) IRC 3 Andrew & Simon Coveney 0.996
IRL6810 AURORA Dufour 34 IRC 3 Michael O'Hare 0.996
IRL3323 Dexterity X332 IRC 3 Alan McNeff 0.99
IRL6021 ELLIDA x332 IRC 3 Ria Lyden 0.988
IRL7066 X RATED X332 IRC 3 John & Clair Gordon 0.985
IRL7290 FELIX X332 IRC 3 Michael Wallace 0.983
GBR9395R ELEVATION J/133 IRC 3 Jackie & Robert Dobson 0.977
IRL34218 LADY ROWENA Sadler 34SE IRC 3 David Bolger 0.912

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Sail No.Boat 
Type of Boat 
IRL9216 J'ZUS OUTHAUL J92 IRC 4 Brian Dempsey 0.985
GBR1536L MOJITO Bavaria 39 Cruiser IRC 4 Peter Dunlop 0.975
GBR6687T SKYWAVE Elan 333 IRC 4 Adam Corkery 0.975
IRL3402 Lulu Belle Uncorked Elan 340 IRC 4 Chris Stockdale 0.972
IRL4385 Dunkerron Dufour 385 IRC 4 Robert O'Sullivan 0.97
IRL2010 Alpaca Beneteau First 31.7 IRC 4 Paul & Deirdre Tingle 0.962
IRL2005 Gosling Beneteau First 31.7 IRC 4 Ger O'Sullivan 0.961
IRL2706 KODACHI Corby 27 IRC 4 Denis Ellis 0.961
IRL993 PRIMA NOCTE Beneteau 31.7 IRC 4 Patrick Burke 0.959
IRL3007 THIRTY SOMETHING Beneteau First 31.7 IRC 4 Brian Kavanagh & Others 0.959
IRL3175 LEGALLY BLONDE Beneteau 31.7 IRC 4 Cathal Drohan & Paul Egan 0.959
IRL1193 CATALPA Beneteau First 31.7 IRC 4 Derry Nash 0.958
GBR8287 PERSEPHONE OF LONDON Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Nigel Goodhew 0.984
GBR8338 WITH ALACRITY Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Chris & Vanessa Choules 0.984
GBR8377 GAUNTLET OF TAMAR Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Kevin Hood & Gillian Burgess 0.984
GBR8399 PAVLOVA III Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Max Walker 0.984
IRL738 ERRISLANNAN Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Patrick Kirwan 0.984
IRL9388 JOKER Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Mike Broderick & Dave Gibbons 0.984
IRL8237 Persistance Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Charles Broadhead, Jerry Collins and Ian Stuart 0.975

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Sail No.BoatType of BoatClassownerIRC TCF
IRL26026 RUTHLESS Corby 26 IRC 5 Conor Ronan 0.958
IRL1265 ORION Sun Odyssey 32i IRC 5 Neil O'Donovan 0.955
IRL1521 GRANNY SHRULE Sun Odyssey IRC 5 Brett Wilson 0.955
GBR3615T MANANA Granada 340Regina IRC 5 Micael & Elaine McKeown 0.953
IRL222 ZOOM Dehler DB1 IRC 5 Nicola & Stuart Harris 0.951
IRL4170 SLACK ALICE GK 34 Bermudian Sloop IRC 5 Shane Statham 0.95
IRL9732 WICKED Sunfast 32 IRC 5 Mark Mendel 0.949
FRA9156 DICK DASTARDLY Half Tonner IRC 5 Brian Cusack, Stuart Kinnear & RO'Neill 0.946
IRL2525 YANKS $ FFRANCS Corby 25 IRC 5 Vincent O'Shea 0.943
IRL16859 BAD COMPANY Jeanneau Sunfast 32 IRC 5 Desmond/Ivers/Deasy 0.943
IRL2507 IMPETUOUS Corby 25 IRC 5 Fergal Noonan & Robert Chambers 0.938
GBR581R ANTIX X302 IRC 5 John Allen 0.936
IRL9187 AURORA Corby 25 IRC 5 Ronan Lyden 0.936
IRL1972 NO EXCUSE X302 IRC 5 Ted Crosbie 0.934
IRL7495 MAXIMUS X302 IRC 5 Paddy Kyne 0.933
IRL3255 C'est la Vie Beneteau 32S5 IRC 5 Declan Murphy 0.93
GBR7754T China Blue Maxi 1100 IRC 5 Chris deGlanville 0.93
IRL3691 SILKBREEZE Dehler 36 IRC 5 Ernie Dillon 0.929

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Sail No.Boat 
Type of Boat 
IRL3450 VAL KRISS First 345 IRC 6 Nigel Dann, Vincent Murphy & Michael Hennessy 0.936
IRL3492 BIG DEAL Dehler Nova IRC 6 Derek Dillon 0.926
IRL4021 Egalite Dehler 34 IRC 6 David Griffin 0.923
IRL4369 Charisma Sigma 33 IRC 6 Des Lyons 0.915
IRL4434 MINX III Sigma 33 IRC 6 Tom McNiece 0.915
IRL4506 SEA HAWK Sigma 33 OOD IRC 6 Clem McElligott 0.915
IRL78 NO GNOMES Nicholson 30 IRC 6 Leonard Donnery 0.914
IRL999999 Z Faroux quarter ton IRC 6 James O'Brien, Kenefick & Kenefick 0.908
GBR18472 JAY J/24 IRC 6 William & Patrick Coakley 0.9
IRL4794 HARD ON PORT J/24 IRC 6 Flor O'Driscoll 0.888
IRL9591 PROMETHEUS Impala IRC 6 Paul Murray 0.888
GBR737 Jenny Sonar IRC 6 Andy Cassell 0.885
FRA6374 HAKUNA MATATA Super Arlequin IRC 6 Jean-Francois Nouel 0.868
IRL325 Orient Express Albin Express IRC 6 Frank O'Regan 0.86
IRL457 MOONRAKER Bermudian Sloop IRC 6 Brian Mathews 0.854
IRL7050 WOODY Thomas 25 Custom IRC 6 Dominic Losty 0.852
IRL1294 Ben Lui Shipman 28 IRC 6 Vincent Donnelly & Dave Hunter 0.84
IRL286 SKYBIRD Moody 33 MK2 IRC 6 Daniel Fawsitt 0.828

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White Sail / Sports Boats / J109

Sail NoBoatType of BoatClassnon spi tcfOwner
GBR7682T LANCASTRIAN Starlight 46 White Sall 1.049 Neil Eatough
IRLL532 ORNA Grand Soliel 40c (White Sail) White Sail Philip Dilworth
3 Aine Bradwell 18 White Sail
538 Eilie Albin Viggen White Sail Mark Reardon
GBR4404L Tiffane Folkdancer 27 White Sail Austin Goudge
GRB8633T Ariel of Hamble Dufour 40 White Sail BBC Yacht Club
IRL228 Rapparee Contessa 28 White Sail Tom O'Mahony
IRL1275 Midnight Trapper Racing/Cruising Yacht White Sail Glen Barry, Gareth O'Callaghan & Cathal O'Connor
IRL1950 XTENSION X372 White Sail 0.953 Conor O'Donovan
IRL1968 Tranquilizer Bavaria 32 Holiday White Sail 0.925 Colin R Morehead
IRL2406 EXPRESSION Jeanneau Sunlight 30 White Sail 0.868 Billy Duane
IRL2510 LADY T Jeanneau 31i White Sail Michéal Lynch
IRL3651 AISLING Dufour 365 Grand Large White Sail 0.947 Bryan Heffernan
IRL7212 Phaeton Westerly GK 29 White Sail Clive Doherty
6 MIKADO SB3 sports/SB3 Denis Byrne
3096 Red Kite SB3 sports/SB3 Roger Harford
GBR111 Magic Marine UK SB3 sports/SB3 Hugh Styles
IRL3117 No Name SB3 sports/SB3 Domhnall McAuley
NZL3287 Sharkbait SB3 sports/SB3 Ben Duncan
GBR1773 Yknot Cork 1720 sports/1720 Michael Wilson
IRL1755 JMC 1720 sports/1720 James & Mick McKenna
IRL1843 King Louie
1720 sports/1720 Malcolm Thorpe
1609R Bluejay J/109 J/109 Greg Burgess
GBR1508R JUDGEMENT DAY J/109 J/109 Jonathan & Andrea Tithecott
GBR1509R JIBE J/109 J/109 Robin Taunt
GBR6663 Jackhammer J/109 J/109 John Ballinger
GBR6709R GO EASY J/109 J/109 Ed Winter & Steve Armitage
GBR7509R JEEZ LOUISE/J'NICKIT J/109 J/109 James Arnell
GBR9091R Juke Box J/109 J/109 Brian Morton
GBR9760R Stalker J/109 J/109 Steven Tapper
IRL1206 JOKER II J/109 J/109 John Maybury
IRL2067 JUSTUS J/109 J/109 Dan Buckley
IRL8541 Mermaid J/109 J/109 Seamus Fitzpatrick
IRL9490 JURA J/109 J/109 Barry McCabe & Others
IRL9609 JELLY BABY J/109 J/109 Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley
IRL29213 SOMETHING ELSE J/109 J/109 J.Hall, B Hall, S McDonnell

Published in Cork Week

Crosshaven will play host to the annual Crosshaven Traditional Sail event on the weekend of June 18-20, with traditional boat races, currach competitions, and even a 'pirates and wenches' fancy-dress party.

Proceedings kick off on Friday June 18 with an 8pm opening ceremony at the Anchor Inn. Saturday's racing gets underway after a 12pm skippers briefing, with entertainment and food in the village throughout the day and more of the same on Sunday. The festival has, in the past, attracted a wide variety of Gleoiteogs and other traditional craft, and more information is available on

Published in Cork Harbour

Three units of Cork Fire Brigade dealt with a fire that broke out close to a diesel tank in a boatyard in Crosshaven today. No one was hurt in the blaze that broke out at lunch time and there was no damage to boats. Containers stored in the yard near a travel lift have been damaged, according to bystanders.

Published in Cork Harbour
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Cork Week – The World's Top Fun Regatta

Since 1978 Cork Week has been setting the bar for Irish Sailing and Afloat Magazine has documented the growth of the biennial event over the past 30 years to the stage today where it is widely regarded as one of the world's top regattas. For all the latest news and updates on Cork Week click here.

Take a small sleepy fishing village. Add water (well, the Atlantic Ocean) and old-fashioned Irish charm. Stir in seven bars, three restaurants, 50 bands, 400 performers and 180 hours of entertainment. Bake in warm sunshine for one week every two years. Sprinkle with 7,000 high-earning visitors.

This is the recipe for success at Cork Week regatta – an icon of Ireland's summer sport that has a bigger reputation overseas than it has at home. 


Above: Looking south towards Crosshaven. Photo: Bob Bateman 

Competitors come from as far away as the US, Hong Kong, Australia, France, Germany and Belgium. 2006's regatta attracted first time entries from the Philippines, South Africa, Italy and Sweden but the mainstay of the biennial event is a huge representation from England, Scotland and Wales.

Cork Week, of course is not the only regatta of its kind in the world and many copycat events have sprung up across Europe. But Cork continues to have a special mix that lives up to its billing as the number one fun regatta in the world.

For a typical 450 entries, 80% of them would come from overseas, and they are heading here to race but also for the fun.

In many respects Cork Week, when it first started in 1986, took its inspiration from the success of Cowes Week on the Solent but from the beginning Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) organisers wanted to do more than ape a British event.

They saw a gap in the regatta market and took a bold decision to do away with convention and rewrite the rules for sailing regattas. It sounds cliched some 23 years later but they wanted to produce a regatta that was run by sailors for sailors.

What this actually meant was they set about banning professional sailors from attending Cork at a time when regattas across Europe were suffering from the invasion of paid-to-sail crews. It was a situation that left amateur skippers and crews, representing the majority of the sailing community, tired of heading home without any silverware.

The plan was risky, of course, because pros were an influential bunch required to establish the regatta as a credible venue. Banning them was especially problematic for a remote venue on the outskirts of Europe where the high costs of transporting crew and equipment could have kept many away.

But the crews didn’t stay away and the ‘no-pro’ rule, as it became known, has worked in Cork’s favour. Amateur sailors embraced the idea and owners return to Crosshaven year after year to race against each other for a week of Corinthian fun.

Cork went one better by going back out to the professional circuit and inviting pros to a special restricted class within the week where they could race with each other.

In 2004, for example, it attracted some real professional glamour. American Roy Disney came to town, as did the German billionaire Hasso Plattner, both racing massive Z-86 racing machines around Cork harbour. It was a show stopper and put the glitz into Cork.

It hasn't all been plain sailing however. The Cork week organisation has had its difficulties. Four years ago the host club, the RCYC was so intent on having a good time that it lost money on the enterprise. Thankfully it’s now on a firm financial footing again and the event looks stronger than ever.

Around the same time, many Irish sailors began to think that Cork Week had become just the ‘The Solent on tour’.

They were turned off by the high prices of local accommodation for the week. Dublin sailors complained that the successful Crosshaven formula had been over cooked. They resented paying up to 500 Euro to share a bedroom for the week.

Thankfully that too has been ironed out with a bigger range of accommodation now on offer.

But perhaps in the crush most Irish sailors forgot to appreciate just what they have on their own doorstep. Nowhere was this point more clearly made than in early June when the world’s top offshore sailors called in unexpectedly to our south coast.

They came principally in search of wind in leg eight of the Volvo Round the World race. They found little wind, unusually, but before they left they wrote prose worthy of a Failte Ireland copywriter.

In his log, navigator Simon Fisher wrote: “Our day started sailing in and out of the mist rolling down off the hills and, as the sun rose and the mist burnt off, it gave way to spectacular views of rolling green hills and a weather-beaten rocky coastline. With castles and towers stationed on each headland, it gives you the feeling of sailing through a scene out of Lord of the Rings.”

With endorsements like that, it’s easy to see why Crosshaven will teem again with sailors and supporters for a festival of sailing that’s more like Galway Races on water than a regular Irish sailing regatta.

Although Cork Week's not all about rubbing shoulders with serious money, it is hard to ignore the economic value of the event.

Putting a figure on it can be difficult but Cork Week chairman Ian Venner reckons it is worth 10 million Euro to the local economy. It's like Ireland –v– England at Lansdowne road in an otherwise sleepy fishing village.

You can read Cork Week's own history of the event here.

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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - FAQS

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are geographically defined maritime areas where human activities are managed to protect important natural or cultural resources. In addition to conserving marine species and habitats, MPAs can support maritime economic activity and reduce the effects of climate change and ocean acidification.

MPAs can be found across a range of marine habitats, from the open ocean to coastal areas, intertidal zones, bays and estuaries. Marine protected areas are defined areas where human activities are managed to protect important natural or cultural resources.

The world's first MPA is said to have been the Fort Jefferson National Monument in Florida, North America, which covered 18,850 hectares of sea and 35 hectares of coastal land. This location was designated in 1935, but the main drive for MPAs came much later. The current global movement can be traced to the first World Congress on National Parks in 1962, and initiation in 1976 of a process to deliver exclusive rights to sovereign states over waters up to 200 nautical miles out then began to provide new focus

The Rio ‘Earth Summit’ on climate change in 1992 saw a global MPA area target of 10% by the 2010 deadline. When this was not met, an “Aichi target 11” was set requiring 10% coverage by 2020. There has been repeated efforts since then to tighten up MPA requirements.

Marae Moana is a multiple-use marine protected area created on July 13th 2017 by the government of the Cook islands in the south Pacific, north- east of New Zealand. The area extends across over 1.9 million square kilometres. However, In September 2019, Jacqueline Evans, a prominent marine biologist and Goldman environmental award winner who was openly critical of the government's plans for seabed mining, was replaced as director of the park by the Cook Islands prime minister’s office. The move attracted local media criticism, as Evans was responsible for developing the Marae Moana policy and the Marae Moana Act, She had worked on raising funding for the park, expanding policy and regulations and developing a plan that designates permitted areas for industrial activities.

Criteria for identifying and selecting MPAs depends on the overall objective or direction of the programme identified by the coastal state. For example, if the objective is to safeguard ecological habitats, the criteria will emphasise habitat diversity and the unique nature of the particular area.

Permanence of MPAs can vary internationally. Some are established under legislative action or under a different regulatory mechanism to exist permanently into the future. Others are intended to last only a few months or years.

Yes, Ireland has MPA cover in about 2.13 per cent of our waters. Although much of Ireland’s marine environment is regarded as in “generally good condition”, according to an expert group report for Government published in January 2021, it says that biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation are of “wide concern due to increasing pressures such as overexploitation, habitat loss, pollution, and climate change”.

The Government has set a target of 30 per cent MPA coverage by 2030, and moves are already being made in that direction. However, environmentalists are dubious, pointing out that a previous target of ten per cent by 2020 was not met.

Conservation and sustainable management of the marine environment has been mandated by a number of international agreements and legal obligations, as an expert group report to government has pointed out. There are specific requirements for area-based protection in the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the OSPAR Convention, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Yes, the Marine Strategy Framework directive (2008/56/EC) required member states to put measures in place to achieve or maintain good environmental status in their waters by 2020. Under the directive a coherent and representative network of MPAs had to be created by 2016.

Ireland was about halfway up the EU table in designating protected areas under existing habitats and bird directives in a comparison published by the European Commission in 2009. However, the Fair Seas campaign, an environmental coalition formed in 2022, points out that Ireland is “lagging behind “ even our closest neighbours, such as Scotland which has 37 per cent. The Fair Seas campaign wants at least 10 per cent of Irish waters to be designated as “fully protected” by 2025, and “at least” 30 per cent by 2030.

Nearly a quarter of Britain’s territorial waters are covered by MPAs, set up to protect vital ecosystems and species. However, a conservation NGO, Oceana, said that analysis of fishing vessel tracking data published in The Guardian in October 2020 found that more than 97% of British MPAs created to safeguard ocean habitats, are being dredged and bottom trawled. 

There’s the rub. Currently, there is no definition of an MPA in Irish law, and environment protections under the Wildlife Acts only apply to the foreshore.

Current protection in marine areas beyond 12 nautical miles is limited to measures taken under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives or the OSPAR Convention. This means that habitats and species that are not listed in the EU Directives, but which may be locally, nationally or internationally important, cannot currently be afforded the necessary protection

Yes. In late March 2022, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said that the Government had begun developing “stand-alone legislation” to enable identification, designation and management of MPAs to meet Ireland’s national and international commitments.

Yes. Environmental groups are not happy, as they have pointed out that legislation on marine planning took precedence over legislation on MPAs, due to the push to develop offshore renewable energy.

No, but some activities may be banned or restricted. Extraction is the main activity affected as in oil and gas activities; mining; dumping; and bottom trawling

The Government’s expert group report noted that MPA designations are likely to have the greatest influence on the “capture fisheries, marine tourism and aquaculture sectors”. It said research suggests that the net impacts on fisheries could ultimately be either positive or negative and will depend on the type of fishery involved and a wide array of other factors.

The same report noted that marine tourism and recreation sector can substantially benefit from MPA designation. However, it said that the “magnitude of the benefits” will depend to a large extent on the location of the MPA sites within the network and the management measures put in place.

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