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Anthony O'Leary's 1720 sportsboat Antix leads after four of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series held today in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. 

Second in the six-boat fleet is Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea's T Bone two points behind O'Leary. Third is Gary Rhodes Heroes & Villains.

Over 70 boats are competing across 11 divisions in the premier South Coast Autumn series that has also attracted entries from Kinsale and Waterford Harbour. 

royal cork autumn league1Tight racing in the six boat 1720 class Photo: Bob Bateman

In the IRC divisions, Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice continues to lead in Class Zero IRC. Phelan is two points clear at the top of the in the six-boat fleet over club mate Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo. 

The RCYC leaders have established a good margin over a third-placed Kinsale entry, the Salona 45 Meridian skippered by Tom Roche.

royal cork autumn league1The Salona 45 Meridian skippered by Tom Roche on port tack Photo: Bob Bateman

In eight boat Class One IRC, Kinsale's Elan 333 Artful Dodger (Finbarr O'Regan) leads from Ronan & John Downing's Half-Tonner Miss Whiplash. Third is Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca. 

There were great conditions again for racing in Cork Harbour in just under 10 knots of breeze.

royal cork autumn league1Alan Mulcahy's Quarter Tonner Runaway Bus from Kinsale Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker from Royal Cork Yacht Club has eeked out a three-point lead over the early Cove Sailing Club leader in eight boat class two IRC. The CSC Sonar, No Half Measures skippered by Ewan O'Keeffe is now second but still ahead of Waterford Harbour Sigma 33 visitor Flyover steered by David Marchant. 

royal cork autumn league1Denis Ellis's Mazu, a First 35 from Cove Sailing Club competes in Whitesail One Photo: Bob Bateman

The Whitesail One division continues to be led by Derry Good's X 362 Sport Exhale. Likewise in the seven boat White Sail Two fleet where Kieran O Brian's MG335, Magnet stays on top.

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Crosshaven RNLI rescued two sailors this evening after their catamaran dinghy capsized East of the Spit Lighthouse within Cork Harbour. The Crew of Crosshaven RNLI received pagers at 5.35 pm and launched with James Fegan in command and Caoimhe Foster, Alan Venner and Derek Moynan also on board and made best speed to the area. On scene, the cold and wet crew were transferred from the hull of the vessel to the lifeboat and a medical assessment was made. The Crosshaven Coast Guard RIB also arrived on scene and it was decided they would get the crew ashore as quickly as possible and back to their warm car at White Point. The volunteer RNLI crew righted the upturned vessel and towed it to the slip at White Point for retrieval.

Conditions in the harbour were relatively calm with a NW Force 3-4 wind.

Speaking after the service, JP. English, Deputy launching authority, commended the RNLI crew for their speed of response and the casualty crew for staying with their vessel whilst awaiting rescue. He reminded water users “to always carry a means of calling for help, and to Respect the Water at all times.”

Shore crew on this service were Jonathan Birmingham, Paddy Quinlan, Susanne Deane, JP English, Claire Morgan and Vincent Fleming.

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Yesterday's Combined Clubs September Sailing Events in Cork Harbour saw Royal Cork Yacht Club stage the annual Naval Race writes Bob Bateman

A 16-knot southerly wind allowed RCYC Race Officer Peter Webster set a course east of No.11 buoy to send the fleet on a beat out to the mouth of the harbour to no. 3  buoy.

The fleet enjoyed a run back into the Harbour, a turn to port up the Cobh Roads before finishing off Haulbowline at the Naval Base.

See Bob Bateman Photo Gallery Below

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There some clean sweeps across the eight classes at Royal Cork Yacht Club's 2019 Dinghy Fest Championships held in Cork Harbour at the weekend writes Bob Bateman.

One of the biggest fleets of the weekend was the 19-boat Rankin World Championships fleet. Conor and Robbie English sailing ARC from the host club were runaway winners with wins in each of the five races. Second was Cobh Sailing Club's Ewan and David O Keeffe with Dan O'Connell John Hales third. The size of the victory in the 19-boat fleet also bestowed overall Dinghyfest Championship Status on the English brothers.

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Three firsts and three seconds gave Royal Cork's Harry Twomey and Harry Durcan a three-point winning margin in the 12-point 29er Southern Championships. Clubmates Lola and Atlee Kohl sailing Illegal Entry were second with Dublin Bay's Elysia O'Leary crewed by RCYC's Chris Bateman third. 

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In a clean sweep for Belfast Lough in the Irish Multihull Championships, Adrian Allen and Barry Swanston of Ballyholme Yacht Club were winners by four points after six races in the ten boat fleet. Clubmates Matthew and James McNicholl were second and Mat McMurtry and Emma Greer were third.

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There appears to be no stopping Eoghan Duffy and Cathal Langan in the Mirror class this season and the Mirror Southern Championships raced as part of DinghyFest was no different. The Lough Ree Yacht Club duo lost the opening race of six but won the remaining to win by nine points overall. Second was another Lough Ree Yacht Club pair Luke Johnston and Sarah White with Jessica and Mark Greer from Sligo Yacht Club third. 

Ewan Barry, Stanley Browne and Richard Leonard sailing Stormy D are the new National 18 Champions by three points after six races sailed in an 11-boat fleet. The trio won three races to be ahead of the Johnny Durcan skippered Aquaholics. Charles Dwyer's Shark II sailing with John Coakley and Peter Stokes, the winners of August's Cock O' The North trophy, were third. 

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In the 19-boat RS 200 Southern Championships fleet, Olympic Finn campaigner, Fionn Lyden sailing with Amy Harrington from Baltimore Sailing Club were overall winners with Donal O'Halloran and Nigel Young sailing under the burgee of Royal Cornwall YC were second. Erica Ruigrok and Sally Bell from Rush Sailing Club were third.

DinghyFest2 20191Fionn Lyden sailing with Amy Harrington in the RS200

In th smaller seven boat RS 400 fleet, thiRSty sailed by Govan Berridge David Coleman of Killaloe Sailing Club won after six races sailed from RCYC's Luke McGrath and Cian Jones. Third was Playbuoy sailed by Northern Ireland's Ryan Glynn and William Findlay from Strangford Sailing Club.

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Finally, Harry and Simon Pritchard from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club were winners of the RS Feva Southern Championships with six straight wins in the ten boat class. Cork Harbour crews Patrick Bruen and James Murphy were second with David Mcsweeney and George O Keeffe third.  

See photo gallery below by Bob Bateman. Overall results here

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Published in Royal Cork YC

Paul Tingle's Alpaca and Ronan Downing's Miss Whiplash shared the Cork Harbour spoils of victory in the annual Cobh to Blackrock Race sponsored by Horgan's Quay yesterday writes Bob Bateman.

Alpaca, an X34, was declared the winner in Class 1 ECHO and IRC and the Half Tonner Miss Whiplash was the overall winner in Class 2 ECHO and IRC according to results published by organisers Cove Sailing Club here

The fleet included Stephen McCarthy's new X44 yacht, Nadie from Kinsale Yacht Club.

As Afloat reported earlier, this year's race, staged in the centenary year of CSC, attracted a new sponsor and a fine fleet of 45 cruisers for the race up the River Lee to the Port of Cork Marina.

See Bob Bateman's Photo Gallery from the race start below

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Cove Sailing club’s Cobh to Blackrock Race takes place tomorrow with over 45 entries signed up for the annual Cork Harbour race.

As Afloat reported earlier, the weather forecast looks promising for the end of season fixture that takes place on the same date as RCYC's DinghyFest Regatta at Crosshaven.

As regular Afloat readers will know, CSC is celebrating 100 years in 2019 and are delighted to have new sponsor Horgan’s Quay on board for the cruiser event.

Published in Cork Harbour

This will be an exceptionally busy sailing weekend in Cork Harbour.

Cork Dinghy Fest, the Cobh-to-Blackrock Race, the National 18s Championships, the Irish Multihull Championships, the RS 200, 400 and Feva Nationals, the Mirror Southerns, the 29er Southerns and the Rankin ‘World’ Championships will all be raced.

What a weekend of sail to be seen in the harbour and the weather indications are good.

DinghyFest

The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven is the organising base for Dinghy Fest, Cove Sailing Club are the Blackrock Race organisers.

Dinghy Fest Su 3472Dinghy Fest racing in 2018 Photo: Bob Bateman

This will be the third running of Dinghy Fest which has reached out to all dinghy classes to take part and show the strength of this aspect of the sport. “Sailing friendship is the key to keeping Irish dinghy sailing alive,” according to Dinghy Fest Organiser and former All-Ireland sailing champion, Alex Barry. That approach has received a positive response.

"What a weekend of sail to be seen in the harbour and the weather indications are good"

The revival of the Rankin Class, a stalwart of harbour sailing for many years is thriving thanks to the work of Maurice Kidney from Cobh and Conor English from Crosshaven. They are hoping for 20 Rankins in Dinghy Fest, which would be the biggest turn-out of this class for very many years.

They will sail, as we revealed on Afloat.ie last week, for the Rankin ‘world cup’ which was originally raced at Ardmore in County Waterford in the 90s when that coastal village had a fleet of Rankins, many of them Cork Summertime visitors. The first three Rankins built are due to take part. The cup has been brought to Cork and the event is eagerly anticipated.

Cobh to Blackrock Race

Cruisers will race from Cobh to Blackrock, the overall prize being the Moonduster Trophy for IRC boats. The SafeTRX Trophy will go to the fastest boat. There will also be prizes for IRC, ECHO and Standard Class. The start area will be in the ‘Cobh Roads’ with First Gun at 1500 (3pm) for Whitesails and Standard Class and Class 1, 2, 3 to follow with Spinnakers, their usage depending as usual on the wind direction.

They can be a very colourful sight heading upriver if the wind is suitable.

Race organisers, Cove Sailing Club, say that results will only be given to boats which register on their website, with the deadline for entry tonight (Thursday).

Cork Port is offering free berthing at the city marina. Prizegiving in Goldbergs at 1800.

In times past, this race traditionally marked the end of the sailing season in Cork Harbour. It became a more serious race when it got South Coast Offshore Racing Association recognition.

• There is more about this race on the Podcast here

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Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Cruiser Class in Cork Harbour honoured their Class Captain Henry Jefferies, awarding him the ‘Goldie Cronin’ Trophy for dedicated service to the Class.

The trophy race is in honour of the late ‘Goldie’ Cronin who was Race Officer for the Cruiser Class for many years. Before that she had served as OOD – Officer of the Day – for the Vagabond dinghy class which was once the biggest class of boats raced at Monkstown. Many of its members graduated, on age grounds as they became more mature (!) into the formation of the club’s Cruiser Class and ‘Goldie’ moved with them. She was a “commanding and resolute figure” on the Sand Quay as she ran races, members of the Class recalled.

In presenting the trophy to Henry Jefferies, the Class paid tribute to him for his years of dedicated service. “It is a testament to his commitment and dedication and to how he has kept the Class alive over the past two years with his tireless efforts both within MBSC and the combined Cork Harbour clubs,” the Cruiser Class tribute said.

The unique trophy recalls the former ‘Alta’ race mark at Monkstown, around which ’Goldie’ insisted that boats should finish at the Sand Quay club line, to demonstrate their sailing abilities!

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In 2017 the Port of Cork jointly with Lanber Holdings purchased Marino Point, a deep-water port facility in Cork Harbour and set up Belvelly Marino Development Company which operates as Belvelly Port Facility. Following consultation with Belvelly Marino Development Company, stakeholders, residents and a design team the Belvelly Port Facility Masterplan was developed.

The masterplan sets out the strategic approach of Belvelly Marino Development Company and is a guide to the future development of Belvelly Port Facility. The aim of the masterplan is to create a framework for the proposed on-going industrial development of the site, while creating a high-quality workplace environment for the future workforce population.

Henry Kingston Port Engineering Manager at the Port of Cork said: ‘A lot of work has been going on in the background since we jointly purchased the Belvelly Port Facility in 2017 and we are delighted today to consult with residents, local representatives, and other stakeholders on the masterplan for the site. The Masterplan will act as a guide to both decision making and the phasing of any proposed developments to ensure the most appropriate fit for existing infrastructure and services and we welcome the views and input from stakeholders as we move forward to enabling works and the environmental clean-up of the site.’

It is envisaged that Marino Point will be developed to accommodate a range of industrial and port-related activities and could become a dynamic industrial hub for the area, thus creating employment.

As part of the Project Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework, one of the key future growth enablers for Cork is to deliver large scale regeneration projects for the provision of new employment and supporting infrastructure in Cork Docklands, as integrated, sustainable developments, including relocation of sites from the City Docks. Belvelly Port Facility has been identified to enable this type of growth.

The opportunity to optimise the rail connection on the site will be a focus going forward and the Port of Cork is committed to seeking out suitable port users/customers which could potentially use the rail connection to transport their goods.

Mr Kingston continued: ‘The potential uses of the site vary and could be anything from dry, break or liquid bulk cargo, bio energy, general industry and even tourism. As a key stakeholder in Belvelly Port Facility, the masterplan will allow the Port of Cork to plan for future growth and prepare for variations in trade, import and export of goods to and from Ireland and through Cork in particular. It will also facilitate the expansion and transfer of Port facilities from the Cork City Docklands and is part of the long term vision for the Port of Cork.’

Port master planning is in line with international best practice generally and is consistent with policy to improve integrated planning for all modes of transport. The National Ports Policy recognises strongly the desirability of this process for the long-term planning of all Port of National significance (Tier 1 and 2).

Public Information days will take place in Belvelly Port Facility on (today) Wednesday 4th September and at Passage West GAA Club on Thursday 5th September from 4-8pm.

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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. 

 

‘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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