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Kinsale Yachts Join in Cork Harbour Combined Clubs Race (Prizegiving Photos Here)

1st September 2019
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 Johanna Murphy, Commodore of SCORA and GISC gets the Cork Harbour Combined Clubs prizegiving underway at the Oar Bar in Crosshaven Johanna Murphy, Commodore of SCORA and GISC gets the Cork Harbour Combined Clubs prizegiving underway at the Oar Bar in Crosshaven Photo: Bob Bateman

Today and into September the Cork Harbour combined clubs are taking it in turn to run events for Royal Cork Yacht Club, Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, Cove Sailing Club and Great Island Sailing Club (GISC) writes Bob Bateman

Yesterday’s event was run by Great Island Sailing Club (GISC). The race was for the “Ken Beazley Trophy”, the late Ken Beazley was a crew member of Radley's 1970 Nautor’s Swan 36 Cecille campaign and later had a Targa 32.

At the same time, Kinsale Yacht Club was holding the Neil J Prendeville Trophy. It is one of the longest-running sponsorships now running for 37 years and it consists of a race from Kinsale to Cork Harbour to be finished by Neil himself on the Mary P.

Cork Combined clubs1Neil Prendeville

Nine KYC Cruiser’s raced followed by a spectator fleet. Finding they were to be in Cobh on the day, Johanna Murphy, Commodore of SCORA and GISC invited the Kinsale Yachts to participate in the race and this provided spectacular views as they sailed up passed the cruise liners of which there were two in Cork Harbour yesterday.

Cruise Liner in Cork HarbourThe Magellan cruise liner outward bound (passing Whitegate Refinery in Cork Harbour

A joint prizegiving was held in John Paul English’s Oar Bar in Crosshaven to facilitate the Kinsale competitors who sponsored the Food and Function Room.

Cork Combined clubs1Dave O’Sullivan, Commodore of Kinsale Yacht Club, inspects the 'Mary P Trophy'

The gathering was joined by Dave O’Sullivan Commodore of Kinsale Yacht Club and a very pleasant evening of prize-giving was had by all.

Prizegiving photos below by Bob Bateman

Cork Combined clubs1Aidan Kneeshaw joint race officer with Pat Coakley Commodore Johanna Radley, Finbarr O’Regan “Artful Dodger” 1st IRCCork Combined clubs1Aidan Kneeshaw, Johanna Radley, John Downing, “Miss Whiplash” 2nd IRCCork Combined clubs1Aidan Kneeshaw, Johanna Radley, Roy Hanan, “Plumbat” 3rd IRCCork Combined clubs1Aidan Kneeshaw, Johanna Radley, Stephen Lysaght, “Reavra 2” 2nd in IRC 2Cork Combined clubs1Johanna Radley, Shirley Scandrett, presenting the Ken Beazley Trophy to Sean Hanley “Luas” Cork Combined clubs1 Commodore David O’Sullivan KYC, Commodore Johanna Radley GISC, Stephen McCarthy 2nd IRC Neill Prendeville SponsorCork Combined clubs1Commodore David O’Sullivan KYC, Commodore Johanna Radley GISC, Stephen Lysaght 2nd Echo Neill Prendeville SponsorCork Combined clubs1Commodore David O’Sullivan KYC, Commodore Johanna Radley GISC, Brian Jolly Winner Mary P Trophy Neill Prendeville Sponsor

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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. 

 

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