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So said Rory Allen who, with his son Gearoid, is the proud new owner of a much-travelled dinghy, the French” boat as it’s being called by the Rankin Class of owners, sailors and enthusiasts about Rankin boats, the revival of which we first reported in this Podcast on Afloat four years ago when interest was reawakened in the Rankin Dinghy, a boat with a great history in Cork Harbour, emanating from Cobh.
Maurice Kidney and Conor English were the two men who drove that revival and Afloat was invited back to Whitepoint, just outside the town, to witness the latest stage in the remarkable progress of what they started as “a dream” as Maurice Kidney said to me.
“We’ll keep the tradition going. That’s the idea. We’ll carry on and keep traditional sailing going in Cork Harbour.”
This occasion was the handing over of two Rankins to their new owners. The “French” boat had been returned to Cork from France by ferry, the other boat had been recovered from Kinsale.
The “French” Rankin has also been to Wexford, London and Donegal.
“There’s many seamiles clocked up on this one,” said Roddy Cooke, who once owned her. He worked previously with London Port and with BIM and is now at the Maritime College in Cork.
From the start of their revival of the boats built by the Rankin brothers in Cobh, the Class has now got to the stage where 25 Rankins are “available to sail,” said Maurice. “Our effort is to get them all out on the water. We also have a development programme going of converting Rankin punts to sailing.”
“During the past two Winter seasons, Rankin punts have been repaired and converted to sailing, other Rankins have been located by the group,” Conor English said “and they all add to our growing numbers on the water. The aim is fun in sailing, rather than racing, though they can race as well, but a simple, family-friendly itinerary of events is what we plan.”
“This is for my sons too and then onto our grandsons, so we will pass this boat on from generation to generation,” said Johnny Hudson the new owner who was given possession of the Rankin brought back from Kinsale to Cork Harbour at the gathering in Whitepoint. “This is sailing, but also education in the history and the heritage of the harbour which we are really being asked to mind for the future in these boats and we will do that,”
It was a very special occasion, a true example of restoring older boats, recognising that what is old is not necessarily to be forgotten, but can be turned into a sailing attraction for new generations.
To get the atmosphere and flavour of the occasion, listen to my Podcast below, with the voices and the sounds of the Rankins.
The showcase event of the Cork Harbour Festival, the Ocean to City – An Rás Mór that draws huge crowds every year is the race is the largest of its kind in Ireland and attracts competitors from all over – including UK, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, USA, Germany and The Netherlands reports Bob Bateman
See Bob Bateman Photo Gallery Below
The 200-strong fleet gave spectators a chance to see an array of vessels - from traditional wooden boats, currachs, gigs, Chinese dragon boats, kayaks and even stand-up paddle boards.
The nine-day Cork Harbour Festival which celebrates our maritime heritage, continues all this week until Sunday June 9th. With over 70 maritime events taking place, there is still time to go on a yacht in Cork Harbour, try a scuba dive in Myrtleville, enjoy a surf lesson with Swell Surf School and take part in Sunset Coasteering where you can experience the thrill of swimming in sea caves.
See Bob Bateman's photo gallery of the Ocean to City race here
Cork is famous for its bridges and Atlantic Sea Kayaking are offering the public the opportunity to see Cork city from the water and to paddle and kayak under the beautiful bridges. On Saturday (June 9) Blackrock Sailing Club will host a special regatta where teams will race against each other around Cork Harbour.
Sailing, motor and rowing boats can join a group of Drascombe boats as they enjoy the natural heritage of Cork Harbour and visit Cobh, Aghada, East Ferry, Ballinacurra, Crosshaven and Passage.
Dr Tom Doyle from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in UCC, will give a talk on the dangers of marine plastic pollution (June 5) while the Department of History in UCC will present three lunchtime lectures on maritime history in St Peter’s Cork, on June 4, 5 and 6.
Cork’s maritime heritage and culture will be celebrated through music and prose. The Gab Storytelling Group will recount memorable maritime stories and harbour ditties in the Top Bar in Cork Opera House (June 6). Renowned maritime choral group The Molgoggers will perform sea shanties and sea songs in Nano Nagle Place (June 7) while Songs of the Sea, an evening of song exploring the high seas with the Cork Singers Club will take place in Spailpín Fánach on Sunday June 9. All these events are free.
The Cork Harbour Festival is a wonderful family friendly festival. CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory are hosting a special Children’s Maritime Workshop with Cork Nature Network on Saturday June 9 where children can learn about the ocean. Children and adults can fish for crabs on Cobh Promenade while tasting delicious sea food platters.
Beyond the River which tells the story of Dusi Canoe Marathon, one of the world’s toughest river races will screen in Triskel Arts Centre and guided tours of Elizabeth Fort and Spike Island will take place. Several Cork Harbour Festival events are also taking place during Seafest. On Saturday June 8 join Meitheal Mara and have a go in a traditional currach or a Chinese dragon boat. The Rebel Plunge Swim takes place on Sunday at 1.30pm. Competitors will enter the water at the Port of Cork and will swim 3.8km to Blackrock Village.
Both Crosshaven and Kinsale RNLI lifeboats were launched at 11am this morning (Sunday 2 June) to assist a 17’ boat with one person on board, broken down off Roberts Cove in a strengthening Force 6/7 westerly wind.
The angling boat 'Deora De’ was nearby and responded to the distress call and took the casualty vessel under tow towards Crosshaven and met with Crosshaven lifeboat a mile South of Roches Point. Due to the poor Sea state and in agreement with the skipper of the 'Deora De', they continued the tow to Roches Point and calmer water before handing over the tow to the lifeboat who then brought the vessel into Crosshaven. Kinsale lifeboat was stood down when the Coast Guard were aware of the 'Deora De’s' intervention.
"A 17’ boat with one person on board was broken down off Roberts Cove in a strengthening Force 6/7 westerly wind"
The lifeboat was crewed by James Fegan with Molly Murphy, Susanne Deane and Jenna O’Shea. Shore crew were Mick Canty, Jonny Birmingham, Derek Moynan, Vince Fleming and Sandra Farrell.
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Jon Mathers commented that the arrival of the angling boat ‘Deora De’ so quickly helped a situation that could have been catastrophic as the casualty boat was only 100 metres from the rocks and had an anchor which was dragging, compounded by the vessel being anchored by the stern into the weather. We would like to note our appreciation to the Skipper of the ‘Deora De’ for his timely intervention.
More than 30 Heads of State and Ministers, UN Representatives and Ambassadors from island nations around the globe will convene in Cork Harbour for this year’s Our Ocean Wealth Summit to discuss the impact of climate change on island nations. Our Ocean Wealth Summit takes place at Cork City Hall over 2 days on 9 & 10 June, following Ireland’s national maritime festival, SeaFest, this year.
The Prime Minister of St. Lucia Mr. Allen Chastanet, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa Ms Fiame Naomi and Foreign Minister of the Maldives Mr. Abdulla Shahid and the Maltese Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Carmelo Abela, and political representatives from Grenada, Barbados, Belize, Fiji Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad & Tobago and many more will be arriving for the Summit. Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and the UN Special Envoy for the Oceans Peter Thomson and former US Secretary of State John Kerry are also among those participating at the Summit to highlight the challenges faced by small island nations as a result of climate change, and to galvanise efforts to protect the world’s seas.
Marine Institute CEO Peter Heffernan said, “The health of our oceans is critical to the health of our planet. Almost three quarters of the earth’s surface is covered by the oceans and it absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity. Plastics in our oceans are affecting over 700 species from plankton to whales, and climate change is impacting the world’s oceans in terms of acidity and global warming. We must act as a collective.
Tackling these global challenges will also present many opportunities for innovative developments in a circular blue economy. Along with the Dept. for Agriculture, Food and Marine and the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Marine Institute is working with small island nations to prioritise our oceans’ health and that will be the focus of the Our Ocean Wealth Summit 2019 in Cork.”
Moderated by Tara Shine, a climate justice activist and advisor, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit will continue on Monday 10 June, with an impressive line up of experts, leaders and speakers on sustainability for the oceans.
PwC Partner, Declan McDonald, said, “Development of our ocean economy in a sustainable manner is a key theme that will be explored at the Summit. Responsible investment aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is of increasing significance to the global investment community and will be an important enabler to continue developing our marine resources. We at PwC are delighted to be supporting such an important and international event.”
The Summit programme will reflect also the in-depth collaboration between relevant agencies, including Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Tourism Ireland, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute, and the diverse programme reflects a strong cross-governmental approach, spearheaded this year by the Department of Agriculture Food & Marine and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.
Cove Sailing Club launched an exciting centenary programme at Cork Harbour's Sirius centre in Cobh, the former clubhouse of the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Friday, May 17 writes Bob Bateman.
In order to mark the special occasion, CSC Commodore Kieran Dorgan published a 100-year anniversary booklet commemorating the club's important history from 1919 to 2019.
The well attended launch night for the 2019 season – that included the display of vintage club trophies – got an extra boost with the news that Cork County Council had approved Cove Sailing Club plans to construct a new 25 berth marina located at Whitepoint, Cobh as Afloat previously reported here.
In cruiser racing news from Cobh, Johanna Murphy, the Commodore of SCORA, who attended the CSC function, told Afloat she is expecting a sizeable south coast fleet of 25 boats to race from Great Island Sailing Club in Cobh to Dunmore East on June 1st, the first time the Cork fleet has sailed east to Waterford in a number of years.
The CSC programme was quickly underway with Saturday's race to Ballincurra as Afloat reports here
Following the launch of the Cove Sailing Club centenary programme on Friday, the club race to Ballinacurra in Cork Harbour had a strong fleet of Royal Cork Yacht Club National 18 dinghies competing yesterday.
Bob Bateman photographed the fleet and other Cork Harbour sailing fixtures including the weekend cruiser racing that had a reduced fleet due to the Leinster v Munster Rugby fixture.
Photo gallery below
Three cruise ship maneuvres made for a busy Cork Harbour tonight with plenty of marine leisure activity too as captured by Bob Bateman below.
Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat was on exercise, while a 1720 sportsboat and RIB were out on a Royal Cork Yacht Club 'Try Sailing' taster.
Ocean Escapes, a Sea Safari and Boat Hire company were berthing at Crosshaven's Pier while a small fleet of seven boats turned out for RCYC's Friday night White Sails League, also from Crosshaven.
Over the years, rowing has had its highs and lows in Cork Harbour, where the history of the sport on Leeside as the River Lee wends its way from the city towards the harbour mouth, can be traced to the founding of the Cork Harbour Rowing Club in Glenbrook.
That is one of three closely-linked harbourside communities, situated between the town of Passage West and the village of Monkstown, both of which have followed the rowing tradition, even though the Glenbrook Club no longer exists.
Even though it is no longer in existence, the 160th anniversary of its founding will be celebrated this Saturday with the marking of the ‘Passage of Time” at Passage West, when the town’s Rowing Club hosts ‘The Middle Harbour Race.’
“Today, the sport is stronger than ever in our harbour with three river clubs, six coastal clubs and a very active currach scene. Saturday will see boats of all descriptions take to the water to celebrate the history of rowing in the harbour,” Laura O’Mahony of the Passage Club told me.
Racing will begin at 11 a.m. and include the Fr. Mathew Challenge for currachs, the Captain Mackey Challenge for kayaks; the Ringmahon House Challenge, for FISA/one designs; the Lough Mahon Challenge 3km sprint and a very special 3-mile race for the Middle Harbour Cup.
"The town of Passage West will be en fete on Saturday when rowing will be the dominant harbour sport"
The year after its foundation, the Cork Harbour Rowing Club held its inaugural regatta when its crew rowed a three-mile race in 18 minutes. That record remains unbroken to this day. The crew which set that, so far unbeaten record was: A. Stamers, E. Minehear, P. Power, T. Boland and Charles J. Leahy, the coxswain).
The Middle Harbour Challenge Cup race will recall the setting of that record and it will be interesting to see if it can be beaten.
The town of Passage West will be en fete on Saturday when rowing will be the dominant harbour sport.
Along with the races, there will be shoreside entertainment. This will include a special exhibition in Passage West Maritime Museum adjacent to the quayside about the history of Cork Harbour rowing; a market of locally-produced crafts and goods, a ‘Picnic in the Park’ and the Cobh Animation Team demonstrating clothing worn back in 1859 when the Cork Harbour club was founded.
More on the podcast, listen below
Cork Harbour sailors are being offered a different opportunity this season – to turn left rather than right when they leave Roches’ Point at the mouth of the harbour…
This will be a new departure for Cork Harbour boats.
Apart from the annual race to Ballycotton, which was revived in 2017, they have mostly turned westwards to Kinsale and onto West Cork when racing.
The South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) has included a new Coastal Race to dominate the June Bank Holiday Weekend for Cork Harbour sailors when Great Island Sailing Club will run a race to Dunmore East on the Waterford coastline.
“We are really happy to be running this race,” said South Offshore Racing Association Commodore Johanna Murphy, also Commodore at the Great Island Sailing Club in Cobh. “It’s the first time in many years that SCORA has ventured East for a race and Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will put on a great reception for all boats taking part.”’
The plan is to start the race at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Roche’s Point.
Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will finish it at Dunmore East.
On the following day the SCORA Plan is for the Cork Harbour fleet to stop in Youghal for lunch to see the new pontoon they have on offer, according to Commodore Murphy.
The SCORA calendar for the season includes the Kinsale Spring Series, which starts this Sunday; Calves Week in Schull and the RCYC Autumn Series. The ‘Offshore League’ includes the Kinsale/Fastnet Race, the race to Dunmore East and the Kinsale/Baltimore ‘feeder’ race to Calves Week.
All White Sail Classes will be included in the SCORA Leagues, as well as the Spinnaker boats.
“SCORA ran a Sailwave Results software training day at the RCYC and Kinsale YC ran an evening about Class handicap bands,” according to the SCORA Commodore. “Also this year SCORA will be providing online registration for all boats wishing to race in any SCORA League. It will be mandatory to complete this form to be eligible for a result in 2019.”
The SCORA Committee, led by Commodore Johanna Murphy includes club representatives: Cian McCarthy of Kinsale YC; Mel Collins RCYC; Michael Murphy Treasurer/Schull Harbour SC; Henry Jeffries Monkstown Bay SC; Rene Wuben, Waterford Harbour SC and Kieran Dorgan Cove SC.
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