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Cobh People's Regatta Celebrates Cork Harbour Sailing

18th August 2019
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Cobh People's Regatta Celebrates Cork Harbour Sailing

Today's “Cobh Peoples Regatta” was a celebration of sail with boats vying to win Cork Harbour’s most valuable silverware writes Bob Bateman.

Today's cruiser racing followed yesterday's Cobh People's dinghy regatta, as Afloat reported here.

A blustery day with a lot of west in it, allowed Cove Sailing Club organisers to set a course starting off Cuskinny with a beat to Whitepoint and a run down past Cobh (several rounds) gave spectators a  grandstand view to enjoying the atmosphere of this Harbour Town and as an added bonus, on this occasion, Cobh had the visit of the beautiful Cruise ship Zuiderdam as an impressive backdrop.

In Class1, Brian Jones J109, Jelly Baby was the winner with Ronan Downing's Miss Whiplash second and George Radley's Cortegada third.

In the White Sail division, Mazu skippered by Denis Ellis, was first with Roy Hannon's Plumbat second and No Gnomes, Leonard Donnery third.

Bob Bateman Photo Gallery below:

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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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