Menu
Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Displaying items by tag: Royal Cork Yacht Club

With the news that this October's 5o5 World Championships have been cancelled in Bermuda, extra focus is now on Royal Cork's staging of the event in 2022 when the Five-Os come to Cork Harbour

Michael Quirk, President of the International 5o5 Class Association, announces that the 2021 World Championships scheduled to be held in Bermuda at the end of October, has been cancelled.

Concern over travel issues that competitors may have due to Covid 19 quarantines and the impact of the pandemic on shipping costs led to the decision.

While Bermuda is faring well with only a small number of active cases, no hospitalizations and approximately 75% of the adult population vaccinated, competitors from the Antipodes cannot readily travel and return to their homes. Restrictions and quarantine problems between European countries and concern over potential quarantine requirements from contact tracing led to the view that cancellation was prudent.

The Class looks forward to holding its 2022 World Championships in Cork from August 3 – 13th 2022.

120 crews from over 15 nations are expected for the 2022 championships.

As Afloat previously reported, this will be the fourth time RCYC will have hosted the 505 World Championships, having welcomed visiting crews previously in 1959, 1964 and 1982

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under

Royal Cork Yacht Club congratulated the rescheduled Astra Construction Topper 'Winter' Championships winner at Crosshaven yesterday evening after two full days of competition on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour.

As Afloat reported earlier, after four races sailed on Saturday, the host club's Liam Duggan lead the 69 boat 5.3 fleet and on Sunday's two races the RCYC youth extended this lead to six points over clubmate Rian Collins.

Third overall was Ballyholme YC visitor Daniel Palmer from Belfast Lough.

In the much smaller seven boat 4.2 fleet, Riain O'Neill overhauled Hugo Boyd of Ballyholme YC overnight to take the title.

Organisers chose to sail one extra race on Saturday as permitted in the sailing instructions to give the 76 boat fleet a full day on the water in some great Cork Harbour sailing breezes. 

Two races were sailed on Sunday in a light southerly breeze to bring the number of races sailed to six overall. The smooth operation afloat, however, did not stop a number of racing protests before the final results could be announced.

Full results are here

Royal Cork's Annamarie Fegan, Rear Admiral Dinghies and Maurice Collins, Class Captain of the RCYC Toppers along with PRO Richard Leonard presented the prizes.

See day one racing report and photo gallery here. Day two racing and prizegiving galleries are below

RCYC Astra Topper Championships Day Two Racing Photo gallery by Bob Bateman

RCYC Astra Topper Championships 2021 Prizegiving Photo gallery by Bob Bateman

Published in Topper

Royal Cork Yacht Club may have had to cancel its planned Topper World Championships scheduled for next month due to COVID but the Astra Construction Topper 'Winter' Championships at the Crosshaven club is just the ticket for 76 Topper youth sailors in Cork Harbour this weekend.

After four races sailed on Saturday, the host club's Liam Duggan leads the 69 boat 5.3 Fleet. Duggan has a three-point cushion over clubmate Rian Collins. Lying third is Royal North of Ireland's Bobby Driscoll. 

In the much smaller seven boat 4.2 fleet, Hugo Boyd of Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough leads overall.

Full results are here

Astra Topper Championships Photo Gallery By Bob Bateman

Published in Topper

After eight races sailed and with two discards applied, Oisin Pierse is the leader of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist dinghy July Main fleet Series. 

With for race wins on his scorecard, Pierse has a six-point margin over Isha Duggan on 16 points. In thid place is Dougie Venner.

Provisional results are here

Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist Photo Gallery By Bob Bateman

Published in Optimist

With four races sailed in Royal Cork Yacht Club's July cruiser league and with one discard now applied after Thursday evening's race, Fiona Young's Albin Express, North Star continues to lead the 12-boat IRC division by two points overall. 

Jelly Baby (Jones family) has overtaken Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X34 Alpaca and the J109 is now second overall by a single point.

In the 11-boat Whitesail fleet, the leader remains Prince of Tides, (Frank Caul/John Molloy) in IRC by a point. Kieran O'Brien's Magnet is second and Tom McNiece's Sigma 33, Minx III is now third. 

Full results are here

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under

Although there was a small enough turnout, the Irish Examiner sponsored Round Spike Island Race was sailed in beautiful sunshine in Cork Harbour.

Eight keelboats and six dinghies competed for the annual Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted event.

Scroll down for photo gallery below

The cruisers went off first being given a course to No. 3 buoy at the mouth of the harbour and then round Spike and a finish in the river at Currabinny Pier near the Royal Cork clubhouse at Crosshaven.

The dinghies had a reach mark laid off Spike and then onwards to round the island.

Alex Barry, at the helm of the winning National 18 dinghy Photo: Bob BatemanAlex Barry, at the helm of the winning National 18 dinghy Photo: Bob Bateman

Alex Barry, at the helm of a National 18, won the dinghy prize against a mixed fleet including an Oppie, a Topper, a Wayfarer and three visiting 505s.

The Young Family's North Star was the Cruiser winner of the Round Spike Island RaceThe Young Family's North Star was the Cruiser winner of the Round Spike Island Race Photo: Bob Bateman

The Young Family's North Star won the keelboat prize.

Bob Bateman's RCYC Round Spike Island Photo Gallery

Published in Royal Cork YC

In Royal Cork Yacht Club Thursday Cruiser Leagues, Fiona Young's North Star leads IRC Spinnaker and ECHO handicap Divisions. Paul and Deirdre Tingle's Alpaca is 2nd. Jelly Baby (Jones family) is 3rd in IRC. Frank Doyle/Cara 2nd in ECHO and Richard Leonard's Bandit 3rd.

In Whitesail, the leader is Prince of Tides, Frank Caul/John Molloy in both IRC and ECHO. Kieran O'Brien's Magnet is second and Sean Hanley's Luas third in IRC. John and Fiona Murphy are second in ECHO sailing Esme' Magnet are third. 

Peter Webster leads the Friday Whitesail League with Clive Doherty's Phaeton second and Fiona Young's North Star third.

Richard Leonard's BanditRichard Leonard's Bandit Photo: Bob Bateman

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under

This year's Cork Harbour Round Spike Island Race will take place on Sunday at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven in both dinghies and keelboats for the 'Irish Examiner 'trophy.

Boats of all types and sizes regularly compete in the annual race.

High Tide at Cobh is 12:28 hours, giving boats 3.5 metres to get around, so First Gun for the race will be at 11:55 hours in the vicinity of Cage buoy.

Even small Optimist dinghies compete in the Round Spike Island raceEven small Optimist dinghies compete in the Round Spike Island Race Photo: Bob Bateman

Published in Royal Cork YC

Royal Cork's National 18 dinghy League had a seven boat turnout for Wednesday's race in Cork Harbour.

The three-man dinghy fleet returned to the racecourse at Royal Cork on June 10th for the first racing league of 2021 and have been racing every Wednesday as part of a busy 2021 line up.

As Afloat previously reported, highlights of the upcoming calendar include the National 18 Championships (Cock O’ The North) in August, the presentation of The Curlane Cup for the overall winner of the combined harbour races plus the Cork Harbour Archipelago Raid, a series of harbour point to point races which plays on the famous Swedish Archipelago Raid.

National 18 RCYC League Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman 

 

Published in National 18

Royal Cork female helmswomen finished first and second overall at the 29er Irish National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this afternoon. 

After a ten race series on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour, in which brother and sister Lola and Atlee Kohl won four races, the duo was crowned Irish champions on 20 points with a three-point margin clubmates Alana Twomey and Chris Bateman. Still, the winners were only decided in the last race this afternoon.

Overall winners - the Kohls Overall winners - the Kohls Second overall - Alana Twomey and Chris BatemanSecond overall - Alana Twomey and Chris BatemanJames Dwyer and Oisín MacSweeneyJames Dwyer and Oisín MacSweeney

Most of the racing was held in 12-15 knots, testing sailing conditions.

Rounding out the podium, a third RCYC combination James Dwyer and Oisín MacSweeney, took third overall.

Royal St. George siblings Emily and Jessica Riordan of Dun Laoghaire Harbour were the top female combination in fourth overall in the 15-boat fleet.

Royal St. George's 29er siblings Emily and Jessica RiordanRoyal St. George's 29er siblings Emily and Jessica Riordan

The youth skiff racing is seen as a step up boat to the Olympic 49ers skiffs. 

Cork native and World Sailing Vice President Marcus Spillane, a former President of the International skiff class, spoke to the sailors at the prizegiving. 

The 29er event is one of the Cork 300 events postponed last year and sponsored by AIB and Mervue Laboratories.

There was a training camp in the club in the week leading up, which many of the competitors attended.

29er Irish National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo Gallery

Published in Royal Cork YC
Page 1 of 49

Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Associations

ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Events 2021

vdlr21 sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton
quantum sidebutton
watson sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
https://afloat.ie/resources/marine-industry-news/viking-marine

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
wavelengths sidebutton
 

Please show your support for Afloat by donating