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'Nieulargo', 'Don't Dilly Dally' & 'Prince Of Tides' Are Cobh to Blackrock Race Class Winners (Photo Gallery Here!)

12th September 2020
Denis Byrne's Trapper Cracker was the Moonduster Trophy winner in the 2020 Cobhh to Blackrock Race Denis Byrne's Trapper Cracker was the Moonduster Trophy winner in the 2020 Cobhh to Blackrock Race Photo: Bob Bateman

Cove Sailing Club has awarded Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker its Moonduster Trophy for his overall performance in today's Cobh to Blackrock Race in Cork Harbour.

Byrne and his Royal Cork Yacht Club crew outwitted a 36-boat fleet over a narrow and notoriously tricky course to take the overall prize. 

The on-form boat, Denis and Annamarie Murphy's Nieulargo, a Grand Soleil 40, was the Class One IRC Spinnaker division winner. Having won both SCORA's Fastnet 450 and Kinsale's Fastnet Race earlier this season they now add the class one prize for the Cobh to Blackrock Race.

A winning tactic for the Murphy's Nieulargo in eight boat IRC One was the ability to hoist a code zero spinnaker which proved an advantage on the narrow course. 

Cobh to Blackrock Race fleetThe Cobh to Blackrock Race fleet start off Cobh Promenade in a south-west wind

Nieulargo1st in IRC One - Nieulargo, Grand Soleil 40, IRL2129, Denis & Annamarie Murphy

Missing from this year's line up was a previous double winner of the in harbour race, Kieran Dorgan's Altair due to haul out for modifications.

A four-boat Class Two was won by Mike McCann's Etchells 22 Don't Dilly Dally followed by Byrne's Cracker.

1st in IRC 2 - Don't Dilly Dally, Etchells, Michael McCann1st in IRC 2 - Don't Dilly Dally, Etchells, Michael McCann

This morning's 1130 am start on a flood tide was delayed due to the arrival of a large container ship entering the harbour.

A clear blue sky and south-west winds gave the mixed cruiser fleet a beat up Cobh Roads past White Point and Black Point on the initial stage of the 10-km river race.

After Black Point, the yachts were able to free off and those in the Spinnaker divisions hoisted their kites on reaching Loughbeg. Spinnakers were doused though they when the fleet had to harden up for the finish at Blackrock Castle.

In White Sail which had the biggest fleet, "Prince of Tide" lead all the way to the finish followed by "Jolastan" and not far behind, the restored Cork Harbour One Design "Jap". 

Prince Of Tides 1st in Whitesail (ECHO) Prince of Tides, Grand Soleil 37B, IRL14544 Frank Caul

Jap, the restored Cork Harbour One Design, reaches the finish line at Blackrock Castle Jap, the restored Cork Harbour One Design, reaches the finish line at Blackrock Castle

George Radley Jnr's crew were suitably dressed for the conditions on the day in the Sadler 25, Creamy BeamGeorge Radley Jnr's crew were suitably dressed for the conditions on the day in the Sadler 25, Creamy Beam  

The mixed cruiser fleet included Maurice Kidney's YM Three TonnerThe mixed cruiser fleet included Maurice Kidney's YM Three Tonner

See the full photo slideshow of the Cobh to Blackrock Race by Bob Bateman below

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Cork Harbour Information

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.

‘'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.

Cork Harbour Festival

Ocean to City – An Rás Mór and Cork Harbour Open Day formerly existed as two popular one-day events located at different points on Cork’s annual maritime calendar. Both event committees recognised the synergy between the two events and began to work together and share resources. In 2015, Cork Harbour Festival was launched. The festival was shaped on the open day principle, with Ocean to City – An Ras Mór as the flagship event.

Now in its sixth year, the festival has grown from strength to strength. Although the physical 2020 festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, the event normally features nine festival days starting on the first week of June. It is packed full of events; all made possible through collaboration with over 50 different event partners in Cork City, as well as 15 towns and villages along Cork Harbour. The programme grows year by year and highlights Ireland’s rich maritime heritage and culture as well as water and shore-based activities, with Ocean to City – An Rás Mór at the heart of the festival.

Taking place at the centre of Ireland’s maritime paradise, and at the gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork is perfectly positioned to deliver the largest and most engaging harbour festival in Ireland.

The Cork Harbour Festival Committee includes representatives from Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, UCC MaREI, RCYC, Cobh & Harbour Chamber and Meitheal Mara.

Marinas in Cork Harbour

There are six marinas in Cork Harbour. Three in Crosshaven, one in East Ferry, one in Monkstown Bay and a new facility is opening in 2020 at Cobh. Details below

Port of Cork City Marina

Location – Cork City
Contact – Harbour Masters Dept., Port of Cork Tel: +353 (0)21 4273125 or +353 (0)21 4530466 (out of office hours)

Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0) 21 4831023

Crosshaven Boatyard Marina

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)21 4831161

Salve Marina Ltd

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0) 21 4831145

Cork Harbour Marina

Location: Monkstown, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)87 3669009

East Ferry Marina

Location: East Ferry, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)21 4813390

New Cove Sailing Club Marina

(to be opened in 2020)

Location: Cobh, Co. Cork
Contact: 087 1178363

Cork Harbour pontoons, slipways and ramps

Cork City Boardwalk Existing pontoon

Port of Cork 100m. pontoon

Cork city – End of Cornmarket St. steps and slip;

Cork city - Proby’s Qy. Existing limited access slip

Quays Bar & Restaurant, Private pontoon and ramp for patrons, suitable for yachts, small craft town and amenities

Cobh harbour [camber] Slip and steps inside quay wall pontoon

Fota (zoo, house, gardens) Derelict pontoon and steps

Haulbowline naval basin; restricted space Naval base; restricted access;

Spike Island pier, steps; slip, pontoon and ramp

Monkstown wooden pier and steps;

Crosshaven town pier, with pontoon & steps

East Ferry Marlogue marina, Slip (Great Island side) visitors’ berths

East Ferry Existing pier and slip; restricted space East Ferry Inn (pub)
(Mainland side)

Blackrock pier and slips

Ballinacurra Quay walls (private)

Aghada pier and slip, pontoon & steps public transport links

Whitegate Slip

Passage West Pontoon

Glenbrook Cross-river ferry

Ringaskiddy Parking with slip and pontoon Ferry terminal; village 1km.

Carrigaloe pier and slip; restricted space; Cross-river ferry;

Fountainstown Slip

White’s Bay beach

Ringabella beach

Glanmire Bridge and tide restrictions

Old Glanmire - Quay

Cork Harbour Festival & Ocean to City Race

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, Cork Harbour Festival will now take place 5 – 13 June 2021, with the Flagship Ocean to City An Rás Mór on 5 June.

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