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The RS Feva Southern Championships, scheduled for this weekend at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, has unfortunately been cancelled due to the bleak forecast throughout the weekend.

Saturday's wind in Cork Harbour is expected to increase throughout the day, and Sunday's conditions are predicted to be even worse.

The event organiser, Ewen Barry, expressed his regret over the cancellation and extended his appreciation to the parents and children who had entered, including six boats that had planned to travel from Dublin.

With 23 entries, the event was shaping up to be a great one. Barry assured that all entry fees will be refunded and the organisers are now looking to reschedule the event as a one-day affair during October.

In what turned out to be an eventful day in Cork Harbour waters, Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's 'At Home' on Sunday saw a near record-breaking 75 boats take part.

The dinghy sailing participants had a great day on the water, enjoying the warm weather and the competition. The event was run on the water by John Crotty as the Race Officer, whom Dave Horgan and Pat Hallissey assisted. 

The event witnessed some close competition, with Brendan Dwyer emerging victorious in Class One and Tim and Philip O'Connor taking home the top prize in Class Two.

Ruby Duggan was crowned the winner of The Feva Club Championships, which ran simultaneously. Meanwhile, Rian O'Neill secured the top spot in the Oppie class.

The deferred Monkstown Bay Sailing Club 'At Home', incorporating the Feva Club Championships, will be sailed on Sunday in Cork Harbour.

This is a 'dinghies-only' event as the Harbour cruisers are racing on Saturday in the annual Cobh-Blackrock Race.

The schedule of racing for the At Home is:

  • Oppies & Fevas FG 12:30
  • Class 1 & 2 FG 13:55

There will be no club racing on Saturday. The results from the At Home races will count towards the September League.

Prizegiving will take place in the Clubhouse after racing.

It is tight at the top of Class 1 and 2 in the August League at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club as evening racing moves towards seasonal closure in Cork Harbour.

Emmett O’Sullivan in RS Aero 7 leads Class 1 on 15 points, with Judy Moynihan and Therese Loesberg second in a Laser II on 16 and David O’Connell, who has had considerable success in winning two leagues already this season, is third in his Laser 7 on 17.

The tight competition is also at the top of Class 2, led by Ellen Bruen’s RS Fexa XL with 4 points from Tom and Tim O’Connor’s Mirror on 4.5, Isabelle and Myles McCarthy, RS Feva XL are third with 8.

Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has re-set its annual 'At Home' for Sunday. September 10. Bad weather forced cancellation in July.

The At Home will incorporate the Optimist and Feva Club Championships.

It will be a dinghy-only event as the Cobh-Blackrock annual race takes place the day before, which is a major event for all cruiser classes in the harbour clubs.

MBSC says it will post further details about its 'At Home' closer to September.

Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s July League Class 1 in Cork Harbour ended with veteran Laser and National 18 sailor, David O’Connell, taking a second monthly league win in succession.

After winning two of the nine races in his ILCA Laser 7, he finished on 10 points, adding to his victory in the June League. Emmet O’Sullivan, sailing an RS Aero 7, was second for the July League, on 17 points. Brian Jones and Gary Frost were third in their 505, finishing on 20 points.

RS Feva XLs took the top three places in Class 2. Harry Coole was the league winner on eight points, Daisy and Ruby Duggan second on 13, and Jack Horgan/NoahJoyce third with 34 points.

Strong winds in Cork Harbour forced the cancellation of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s annual ‘At Home Regatta’ on Saturday. The weekly Class 2 Friday racing had been cancelled the previous evening. Class 1 went ahead and was won by Emmet O’Sullivan, sailing an RS Aero 7. Second was David O’Connell in his Laser 7 and third was Brian Jones and Gary Frost in their 505. After two races that put O’Sullivan and O’Connell on top, sharing 10 points, with placing advantage of first at present going to O’Sullivan on the basis of having one first place. The 505 is third on 17 points overall.

Saturday's much anticipated Monkstown Bay Sailing Club (MBSC) 'At Home' Regatta was cancelled due to high winds forecast for Cork Harbour.

Westerly winds are forecast to guest over 30 mph.

Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s Tuesday night racing league continued with another spectacular evening’s racing in Cork Harbour last night.

The weekly league is a great event to get away from it all after the bustle of work, and last night was no different. The bay gleamed in the final rays of a sinking sun. The breeze was North Westerly, and an ebb tide was running. There was even a hint of strong wind, but in true Monkstown fashion, it came and went in the blink of an eye.

A light wind start at 7 pm in the shelter of the Sandquay, mixed things up for the competitors. Glassy conditions held the faster dinghies back. The PY race is an all-in race with a lovely variety of unusual dinghies that are not a common sight in Ireland.

MBSC Tuesday Night Photo Gallery by Chris Bateman

The tide had a dominating effect on the course and as a result, kept the racers tacking up the Blackpoint shoreline. This led to a few people running aground, shaking up the lead. Michael O’Brien and Ritchie Harrington in their 505 were having a great race, only to be stopped by the mud banks off the dockyard.

This allowed the Lasers and Aero’s to slip through, and there was no stopping them at that point. By this stage, the breeze had picked up.

In the end, Brendan Dwyer in his Laser, won what was a hard-fought race. Rob Howe came in second in his RS Aero, with Davy O’Connell taking third in his Laser after recovering very well from a capsize at the start line.

The evening’s race was great preparation for Monkstown’s At Home event, to be run this Saturday.

Great racing is promised, and a barbecue before prize giving will be the icing on the cake. Entry is free, and you can register online on MBSC’s website.

First gun will be at 2 pm.

Monkstown Bay Sailing Club (MBSC) will hold their ‘At Home’ annual regatta on Saturday with dinghy racing for National 18s, RS Fevas, Optimists and two classes for mixed dinghies offered in Monkstown Bay.

The First Gun for dinghies is at 1400 hours.

Cruiser racing is also offered in the schedule, with FG in the lower harbour for IRC, ECHO, Whitesail and Sportsboats at 1330.

Dinghy racing was cancelled at Monkstown last Friday evening due to the strong winds prevailing.

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