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Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour this year celebrates its 100th year anniversary and plans are in place to celebrate its history and further lay new roots to carry it on and grow for another 100 years writes Commodore Kieran Dorgan.

From the early days of the William Fife designed “Cork Harbour One Designs” Cove Sailing Club has a strong affiliation with boat building and the town itself. Today this is ever present with the large
number of “Rankin” dinghy boats that sail up and down the harbour front linking the clubs past and its future.  

Rankin sailing Rankin dinghy sailing off Cobh Photo: Mary Kidney

2018 was a defining year as the club worked diligently to build on its history and set about securing a solid foundation to continue and provide a platform for the people of Cobh and the surrounding areas
to enjoy sailing and all the fun and excitement it offers.

"2018 was a defining year as the club worked diligently to build on its history"

A detailed plan of all the events marking this historic year will be published in the coming weeks and we invite all past and present members to help share their memories, stories and pictures with the
Club.

The club is committed and focused in its pursuit to provide a marina facility that will be all-encompassing for the many varied sporting organizations to enjoy through Cobh, East Cork and
Harbour area; continuing the hard work and dedication of previous committees to deliver this most sought after piece of community infrastructure.  

cobh Blackrock yacht race2The Cobh to Blackrock yacht race Photo: Bob Bateman

The committee is working hard to produce our 100-year anniversary booklet and feel this will be a very special collaboration on the club's history.

The 2019 Sailing season promises to be a bumper year on the water with the return of the family-friendly, Social, Friday night racing in July and August for the cruiser classes providing a stepping
stone for new and novice members to try sailing and racing. Along with the highly successful “Cork Harbour Combined  Clubs League” with our neighbouring clubs, 2019 will be a busy summer for all.

We will endeavour to provide a safe fun space for our junior members to learn and develop their sailing skills through weekly summer racing and professionally accredited sailing courses.

The club is really looking forward to hosting some of the harbour’s most special races including the fabulous “Brooklands  Cup” and “Ballinacurra Cup” for dinghies made famous by the visiting boats
from around the harbour including the highly competitive but very social National 18 Class.

Our annual “Cove at Home” invites cruiser and  dinghy classes from all over the harbour to race in front of our iconic home town under the watchful eye of St. Colman’s Cathedral which also celebrates its
100 year anniversary of consecration in 1919.

The “Cobh Peoples Regatta” in August will be a celebration of sail with boats vying to win the Harbour’s most valuable silverware. The regatta will also host a very unique race for the “Rankin
Trophy”; this is an annual gathering of these very special boats and embodies the spirit of “Cove Sailing Club”.

The culmination of the 100-year celebration is the Legendary “Cobh to Blackrock” race and plans are afoot to have 100 boats compete in this annual harbour classic.

Our full range of membership for the 2019 season is now open.

Further information about membership and the 100-year celebrations will be provided on our club website www.covesailingclub.ie  over the coming weeks. 

Published in Cork Harbour

Cork Harbour will have a new name in sailing this season - the Great Island Sailing Club, formed to ensure the continuance of sailing at Cobh, following difficulties which arose in Cove Sailing Club as it attempted to build a marina at Whitepoint.

The development is on an amicable basis between the two clubs, according to both.

“The aim is to ensure that sailing continues and develops in Cobh and the new club is open for membership and registration,” said Johanna Murphy, Commodore of the new club where the Sailing Secretary is Pat Coakley

Kieran Dorgan, Commodore at Cove Sailing Club, said that club is continuing to pursue the completion of the marina. “The Committee are working to resolve the situation and wish to support sailing/boating activities in any way it can. We are fully committed to getting the club through the current situation, the marina completed and to continue with sailing/boating in the coming years. The centenary anniversary of the club is due to happen next year and our aim is to have the marina in place for the people of Cobh.”

“Everyone is working together to ensure that sailing continues and develops. That is what we all want for the harbour and for Cobh. Concentrating on that is what the Great Island Sailing Club will be doing,” said the Great Island SC Commodore, Johanna Murphy. “Things are progressing after the difficulties which arose, which it was necessary to resolve to ensure the continuance of sailing activities.”

Meetings were held over the past few months to resolve the situation, when members expressed concern that sailing activities were being affected by the demands of developing the marina.

The outcome is a decision to form the new club, to which cruiser and dinghy sailing is moving, while Cove Sailing Club continues in existence, with its focus on the marina. Cove SC is making its resources of support boats and dinghies available to the new club.

Developing a marina is a challenging and financially demanding business. The plans of Cove SC were hit when an expected and, it is understood, promised financial support grant from the public body, SECAD, did not materialise. The Port of Cork, which encountered public opposition to its own plans for major development at Ringaskiddy amidst concerns, particularly at Monkstown, for its possible impact on sailing, expressed objection concerns about the Cove SC marina plans, apparently because of its own expansion of cruise line berth facilities at Cobh.

A formal launch is planned in May, with a programme for both cruiser and dinghy sailing and the continuance of junior training.

The new club will be involved in joint sailing with the Royal Cork YC and Monkstown Bay SC, the Naval sailing Squadron and Eddie English’s Sail Cork, according to Johanna Murphy.

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Published in Tom MacSweeney

Cove Sailing Club launched its programme for the season with confirmation of joint cruiser racing to be sailed with neighbouring Monkstown Bay SC in an attempt by both clubs to boost cruiser participation in Cork Harbour writes Tom MacSweeney.

Cove SC Commodore Joanna Radley and Monkstown Bay’s Cruiser Class Captain Henry Jefferies said that the development had been discussed for some time and that both clubs would continue to have their own dedicated events, while also combining racing which would be held alternately at Cobh and Monkstown. Both clubs had experienced declining fleet numbers over recent seasons and this was a determined attempt to reverse the trend.

Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Rear Admiral for Keelboats, Kieran O’Connell, who was present welcomed the development and said that the RCYC would look forward to the possibility of joining in next season when all three clubs could strengthen cruiser racing.

CORK HARBOUR JOINT RACINGPROGRAMMECove Sailing Club Commodore Joanna Radley, Monkstown Bay Cruiser Class Capt Henry Jefferies and Cove Sailing Secretary Pat Coakley at the Announcement of the Joint Racing programme

“This is a wonderful harbour, with great opportunities for sailing, of which every opportunity should be taken,” is the approach being taken by the clubs. The joint Cove/MBSC events will concentrate on whitesail, which is the focus of Monkstown Bay SC cruisers. Cove includes spinnakers in its racing events.

The agreed approach, as previously reported by Afloat.ie will start with both clubs joining forces for the first time on Sunday May 21, starting together on the Cove SC line and again the following Saturday, May 27 On Saturday, June 3, the June Bank Holiday Weekend both clubs will race in Monkstown. The clubs will gather together again in Cobh on four Fridays in June – 9, 16, 23 and 30. A race to Kinsale, which will also be a ‘feeder’ for the Sovereign’s Cup there, is planned on Saturday, June 17. For boats not taking part in the Cup series, there will be a race back to Cork Harbour the following day.

KIERAN OCONNELL RCYCKieran O'Connell RCYC Rear Admiral Keelboats – looks forward to the possibility of joining in next season when all three Cork Harbour clubs could strengthen cruiser racing

In July Monkstown will hold its ‘At Home Regatta’ on Saturday, July 8, which SCORA, the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, is expected to support and on Saturdays, July 15, 22, 29, Cove will join MBSC in racing at Monkstown. On Sunday, July 23 racing will be in Cove. On Saturday, September 2, the Ballinacurra Race will start from Cove and finish in East Ferry. Saturday, September 9, is the date scheduled for the annual Cobh-to-Blackrock Race and there are joint MBSC and Cove SC events planned on Saturdays September 16, 23 and 30.

“Hopefully, this inter-club initiative will boost cruiser racing in Cork Harbour,” officers of both clubs said.

At the launch in the Quays bar and restaurant on the Cobh waterfront, Cove Sailing Secretary, Pat Coakley, announced an extensive sailing programme for both the club’s dinghy and cruiser fleets. Saturday sailing will include a dedicated training schedule, outlined by Michelle Gray Mooney.

MAURICE KIDNEY COVE SC LAUNCHMaurice Kidney outlining the Rankin Dinghy Revival at the Cove Sailing Club Launch

Maurice Kidney detailed the revival of the Rankins, the historic dinghy associated with Cove SC. On Saturday, May 20, the Rankins are planning a gathering in Cobh and Crosshaven for Ida Hadley, the sister of boat builders Eric and Dave Rankin, who built these wonderful Cork harbour dinghies from the late 50s to the 80s.

Published in Cork Harbour

Monkstown Bay and Cove Sailing Clubs have agreed a joint cruiser racing programme for this season which will set a new course in Cork harbour sailing, writes Afloat's Tom MacSweeney in the Evening Echo.

The neighbouring clubs have been in discussion for some time with the aim of engaging in joint racing. Like clubs around the country, it has been proving difficult to maintain cruiser racing, so getting together for inter-club racing is a way forward in strengthening interest in the sport.

Monkstown Bay SC cruisers concentrate on white sail racing while Cove has both white sail and spinnaker classes.

Both have agreed a series of inter-club white sail events, when cruisers from both will race together. They will also run their own club sailing programmes, so this could be the ‘best of both worlds’ for the sailors. It is a positive development, one to be welcomed in bringing clubs in Cork Harbour together.

While there may be some adjustments to the schedule as the season progresses, which can invariably happen with the best-laid plans, the agreed approach involves both clubs joining forces on Sunday May 21 and Saturday, May 27, starting together on the Cove SC line. Monkstown will, in the same month run its own weekly Thursday night league. Cove will launch its sailing programme with a formal announcement of the season’s plans on May 5.

On Saturday, June 3, the June Bank Holiday Weekend both clubs will race in Monkstown which will also be the Sea Hennessy Trophy for Monkstown boats, to honour that village’s much-revered sailor, the late Charlie Hennessy. The clubs will gather together again in Cobh on four Fridays in June – 9, 16, 23 and 30. A race to Kinsale, which will also be a ‘feeder’ for the Sovereign’s Cup there, is planned on Saturday, June 17. For boats not racing in the Cup series, this will be an overnight occasion, with a race back to Cork Harbour the following day.

In July Monkstown will hold its ‘At Home Regatta’ on Saturday, July 8, which SCORA, the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, is expected to support and on Saturdays, July 15, 22, 29, Cove will join MBSC in racing at Monkstown. On Sunday, July 23 racing will be in Cove.

August is generally the month when boats head West for holiday cruising, so no joint racing is planned, but they will gather again in September. On Saturday, September 2, the Ballinacurra Race will start from Cove and finish in East Ferry. Saturday, September 9, is the date scheduled for the annual Cobh-to-Blackrock Race and there are joint MBSC and Cove SC events planned on Saturdays September 16, 23 and 30.

Hopefully, this inter-club initiative will boost cruiser racing in Cork Harbour.

Published in Cork Harbour

Cove Sailing Club's own Beneteau First 36.7 Altair was the class one winner of yesterday's annual Cobh to Blackrock race writes Bob Bateman. The Cork Harbour fixture that was postponed due to bad weather a fortnight week ago set sail in light westerly winds yesterday with a good turnout of all sorts of cruisers and dinghies that included some local Rankin dinghy entries. 

The course was upriver from the start line at Cobh to the finish line at Blackrock Castle.

Cove Sailing Club Commodore Aidan Mc Aleavey, with support from the Naval Squadron's Soubrette from Haulbowline acting as comittee boat, sent the fleet off with a flooding tide and a beat up to Whitepoint then a reach onwards to Marino Point. 

The dinghy fleet started first then the white sail division followed by traditional craft with racing classes 1,2,3 last to start.

Second in class one was Ria Lyden's X332 Ellida with Paul Tingle's X34 Alpaca from Royal Cork third.

George Radley's Half tonner Cortegada was the class two winner. The race is part of CSC September League. Full results are here

Published in Cork Harbour

Due to this weekend's unfavourable weather forecast for Cork Harbour, Cove Sailing Club has postponed its Cobh to Blackrock Race until Saturday the 17th of September.

Published in Cork Harbour

#cove – Starting at 13:00hrs off Cobh Promenade on Saturday, Cove Sailing Club stages its annual Cobh to Blackrock Race season highlight in Cork Harbour. The Port of Cork and Union Chandlery have once again agreed to sponsor this year's racing that attracted over 100 boats in 2013.

The course is to continue along its traditional route passing Ringaskiddy, Monkstown, Passage, across Lough Mahon and along to the finish at Blackrock Castle.

All boats are then invited to continue up to the City Quays where complimentary overnight berthing will be provided by the Port of Cork at the Cork City Marina.

This year Cove Sailing Club are also very pleased to be able to invite competitors and their guests to the prize-giving at The Sextant which is just opposite the City Quays marina. A barbecue and home-made pizzas will be available at preferential prices for crews together with the Sextant's huge range of top quality beer and wine. 

Published in Cork Harbour

#tradsail – Now in its fourth year, Cobh Traditional Sail Regatta will be held from 27th to the 29th June 2014, on the waters adjacent to the amphitheatre of the town of Cobh. The event is organised in association with The Cove Sailing Club and the Naval Service Yacht Squadron. It is an opportunity to enjoy both sea and shore activities with traditional sailing trips, traditional music, sea shanties and an eventful prize giving ceremony.
The opening ceremony takes place in the Sirus Centre on Friday 27th at 19.30 hours, with entertainment provided by local sea shanties group the Mollgoggers and local musicians
On Saturday and Sunday a full programme of events is planned with the Rankin, Cork harbour One Design and White Sail Fleet racing in the beautiful setting of Cork Harbour. There will also be an opportunity to tour the traditional wooden vessels the Ruth, the Irene and the Soteria. Tours are also available to Spike Island .
In keeping with the ethos of the festival of promoting sailing amongst young people the festival is sponsoring eight young people to participate in a week's sail training on the Spirit of Oysterhaven in June. These teenagers are drawn from various schools and organisations in Cobh.
For more information click for the tradsail website

Published in Historic Boats

#corkharbour – With the aim of providing better racing for Cork harbour class three yachts, a new harbour intiative this season attempts to combine up to 30 yachts currently split between different clubs and courses, namely Royal Cork Yacht Club and Cove Sailing Club.

There will be two races held each month between the months of May and September inclusive (Dates and organisng club below),

There is currently between 20 and 30 class three boats racing every week in cork harbour, but unfortunately they are split between different race courses and clubs.

With the combined league organiser Kieran O'Connell says they will be creating a common ground for all to meet up and 'truly explore the potential that class three has in Cork harbour'.

There will be a prize giving dinner in November. 

All boats wishing to get involved in this league please contact Kieran O'Connell via the PDF flyer downloadable below. Closing date for entries is May 10th 2013.

Dates and Organising Club

May 10th Friday night Cobh
May 30th Thursday night RCYC
June 7th Friday night Cobh
June 21st Mid Summer Madness RCYC
July 14th Scora Chps Cobh
July 27th Race to Aghada RCYC
Aug 18th Cobh Peoples Regatta Cobh
Aug 29th Thursday night RCYC
Sept 7th Cobh to Blackrook Cobh
Sept 14th Naval Race RCYC

Published in Cork Harbour

#cobhtoblackrokrace – 80 boats of all shapes and sizes competed in yesterday's Cork Harbour Cobh to Blackrock race sponsored by the Port of Cork and Union Chandlery and hostedy by Cove Sailing Club.

The "all-in" start for 60 cruisers off the Cobh line was exciting both for the spectators and crews alike.

After racing 40 ribs and boats rafted up at the City Quays marina and a big crowd gathered at the Boardwalk Restaurant for the prize-giving and popular barbecue.

A raffle held after the prize-giving raised a massive €650 for the Joe English Trust.

Published in Cork Harbour
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