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New Era in Cork Harbour Cruiser Racing Begins Tonight

1st June 2018
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The new Cork Harbour Raving League is being run in association with Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, the Naval Yacht Squadron and Cove S.C. The new Cork Harbour Raving League is being run in association with Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, the Naval Yacht Squadron and Cove S.C. Photo: Bob Bateman

A new era of inter-club racing starts tonight in Cork Harbour, writes Tom MacSweeney. The new Great Island Sailing Club, based in Cobh, is to start the Cork Harbour Combined June White Sail League.

First Gun is set for 7 p.m. and the start will probably be in the vicinity of No.9 or 11 buoys off Whitegate, depending upon wind and weather conditions, to give boats from all clubs in the harbour a central gathering point.

The League is being run in association with Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, the Naval Yacht Squadron and Cove S.C.

Johanna Murphy, Commodore at Great Island S.C. said this week that she is “really hoping that it works out as it would be so good for the harbour and all the clubs involved.” Success will depend on the level of support from the clubs, boat owners, Skippers and crews, whether this step in harbour racing succeeds.

Racing will be under both IRC and ECHO handicaps. There will be weekly prizegiving after racing in Cobh and the RCYC will also hold a prizegiving for its club members, after racing. There will be three further Friday night races in in June, organised by GISC. Prizes to be won are the Titanic Trophy for IRC and the Querida Perpetual Trophy for ECHO handicap. The overall presentation night for the league will be on June 29 at Cobh. Monkstown Bay and the RCYC are listed to host racing in subsequent months.

GISC is also encouraging more people to take part, publishing on its Facebook Page a notice asking people who would be interested in crewing to contact them, “as Skippers are short of crew.”

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It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy. 

 

‘Afloat.ie's Cork Harbour page’ is not a history page, nor is it a news focus. It’s simply an exploration of this famous waterway, its colour and its characters.

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