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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.


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 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!

Published in Cork Harbour

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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Great Island Sailing Club (GISC) ran a dinghy race around Spike Island in Cork Harbour on Sunday. It had an entry of 13 boats that included two Rankins, 10 GISC boats and a visiting boat from Monkstown Bay SC. It was the first race for a lot of junior sailors in GISC.

In Class 1 the MBSC 505 visitor, Norfolk and Chance, sailed by Charles, Myles and Isobelle McCarthy was the winner with 2nd, Miracle John Cotter and 3rd the RS400 Tadgh & Kate Scannell.

The Rankin winner was Helga, Fiona and Owen O’Connell, with Maurice Kidney and Johnn Wigham second in Rankin 12.

Class Two winner was the Topaz of David Radley & Ryan McCormick and 2nd Kaylee Kneeshaw in a Topper.

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Lord Mayor John Sheehan, County Mayor Christopher O’Sullivan, and Brendan Keating, CEO, Port of Cork today welcomed the Irish vessel Brian Boru and the Tall Ships Pelican of London and Maybe into the Port of Cork. The three ships having completed voyages as part of the Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme 2019 included 50 young people onboard as trainees.

A presentation ceremony also took place in the Port of Cork to celebrate the achievement of 25 young people from all backgrounds and a range of abilities across Cork City and County who completed voyages aboard the Irish vessel Brian Boru and the Tall Ship Pelican of London during the 2019 season. These voyages were made possible by a group of generous sponsors including Port of Cork, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Ardmore Shipping, and The Institute of Master Mariners.

Five trainees from the City and County crewed the Pelican on voyages from Belfast to Liverpool and on to Dublin. These trainees formed part of groups with up to 28 trainees and mentors on each voyage, which were part-funded using EU “Erasmus +” funding and involved active educational programmes of youth sailing development as part of “Youth Exchange” projects.

In addition, eight Cork-based young people took part on the Asgard Armada voyages aboard Pelican and Maybe sailing in convoy with Brian Boru and arriving alongside in Cork today.

The Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme was established in 2014 to provide access to Sail Training voyages on tall ships and large sailing vessels for young people from the region. Now in its sixth year, the scheme is one of the largest and most active on the Island of Ireland and runs in parallel with similar schemes now in operation under Sail Training Ireland in Belfast, Drogheda, Dublin, Waterford, Derry and Arklow. The participants are nominated through a network of youth and community groups in Cork and places are available to young people from all backgrounds and with all abilities. The scheme has supported approximately 140 trainees since 2014 and looks likely to grow from strength to strength over the coming years.

“It’s fantastic to see the impact these sail training voyages can have on the young participants. It can lead to a real transformation and in such a short period of time” Daragh Sheridan, Sail Training Ireland. 

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Brendan Keating Chief Executive of the Port of Cork said: ‘We are proud to support these sail training voyages which give young adults an opportunity which some have described as life-changing. Not only do they learn how to sail and skipper these fantastic vessels, they are taught personal development and become better equipped to deal with challenges, not just at sea but later in their everyday lives. Well done to all the sail trainees this year.’

The certificates were presented to trainees by Lord Mayor of Cork City John Sheehan and County Mayor Christopher O’Sullivan.

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Today's “Cobh Peoples Regatta” was a celebration of sail with boats vying to win Cork Harbour’s most valuable silverware writes Bob Bateman.

Today's cruiser racing followed yesterday's Cobh People's dinghy regatta, as Afloat reported here.

A blustery day with a lot of west in it, allowed Cove Sailing Club organisers to set a course starting off Cuskinny with a beat to Whitepoint and a run down past Cobh (several rounds) gave spectators a  grandstand view to enjoying the atmosphere of this Harbour Town and as an added bonus, on this occasion, Cobh had the visit of the beautiful Cruise ship Zuiderdam as an impressive backdrop.

In Class1, Brian Jones J109, Jelly Baby was the winner with Ronan Downing's Miss Whiplash second and George Radley's Cortegada third.

In the White Sail division, Mazu skippered by Denis Ellis, was first with Roy Hannon's Plumbat second and No Gnomes, Leonard Donnery third.

Bob Bateman Photo Gallery below:

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Claiming to be the 'largest stand-alone dinghy festival event in the country', the official launch of Cork Dinghy Fest took place in the Royal Cork Yacht Club last week.

Royal Cork Yacht Club Rear Admiral Brian Jones was joined by volunteers and sailors as they marked the announcement of the continued sponsorship and support from CH Marine and the Port of Cork for the popular biennial event.

As Afloat reported previously, Event chairman Alex Barry is looking forward to another great event and was very excited to announce that DinghyFest ’19 will play host to three national championships, four Southern Championships and even a world championships.

2019 is gearing up to be a great event, according to Barry, who says it was great to have such support from our sponsors this year. Barry is a strong advocate for dinghy sailing of any type, recently moving to a GP14 in advance of the Worlds in Skerries in 2020.

This year’s event will see boats of all shapes and sizes race over the two days with National Championships for Multihulls, National 18’s and RS Fevas, Southern Championships for RS 200s, 400s, 29ers and Mirrors and a world championships for the clinker-built Rankins of Cork Harbour. Strangely enough, the international entries have been slow to date for the Rankin, says Barry, but he’s holding out hope.

The event will take place on September 14th and 15th in the Royal Cork Yacht Club with entry and NOR available on the website here

Published in Royal Cork YC

A Mayo based renewable energy startup Solar MarineEnergy is making plans to build Ireland’s first floating solar energy plant which it proposes to locate in Cork Harbour, writes the Irish Examiner.

“We have secured permission from the Port of Cork to install a 1.5MW plant at Ringaskiddy and are in the process of signing up the Marine and Renewable Energy Centre as clients for our electricity,” said Solar Marine Energy chief executive and co-founder Eamon Howlin, adding he has now applied to Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government for a foreshore licence for the project.

Hoping to get the plant up and running next year, Mr Howlin said that in addition to providing a supply of clean green energy, the “floating photovoltaic” installation will allow the company to demonstrate the effectiveness of its technology to prospective clients around the world.

He said the proposed installation will have the capacity to provide enough electricity for the annual needs of 350 houses. Seven years ago, Mr Howlin and company co-founder Michael Whelan observed the emergence of floating solar energy. They identified a gap in the market for floating platforms built to international maritime standards.

The newspaper has more on this proposed coastal development. 

Published in Marine Science

The latest cruise ship from Saga Cruises, the highly anticipated 'Spirit of Discovery' has docked in Cobh on her make her maiden call to a wet Cork Harbour today.

As Afloat's Jehan Ashmore wrote yesterday, this brand new, luxury boutique British liner carries 999 passengers on board and was recently named by the Duchess of Cornwall, at an official naming ceremony in Dover.

Also as Afloat reported earlier, the Cork Harbour destination for the Spirit of Discovery was this week voted one of the world's top stopovers. 

Saga Cruises have a rich history calling to the Port of Cork and have included Cobh on their British Isles cruise itinerary for many years now, as well as Belfast and Dublin. To mark the maiden calls to Dublin, Belfast and Cork, the ports and Excursions Ireland jointly commissioned a special shamrock magnet for every passenger on the inaugural cruise.

See photo gallery below 

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Published in Port of Cork
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