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#royalcork – The Organisers of August's Cork Dinghy Fest 2015 have introduced an Optimist fun fleet to this year's event. This fleet is for the sailors that do not qualify for the main optimist fleet. The Royal Cork Yacht Club idea is that this fleet will take part in some point to point fun races, like a race around Spike Island or a race up the Owenabue River at high tide. The young sailors will also be involved in fun shore side activities if the weather does not permit them to take to the water on any given day. This is seen as a great way to include as many sailors as possible in the festival without compromising the racing of the other fleets.
The new format dinghy week runs from 20th – 23rd of August.
The main Optimist fleet has also been limited to the first fifty entrants. Sailors must be ranked in the top fifty, from their Junior or Senior National rankings 2014.
Event plans are now well under way and it is shaping up to be a unique sailing experience, with four main race areas as well as two point to point race areas.
Here is a quick look at what's on, according to the RCYC:
1. Fun activities for all after sailing, (Stand up paddle board races, adult Optimist racing etc.)
2. Aprés sail music,
3. Anto's Famous BBQ.
4. Special guest speakers,
5. Dinghies on display.
6. Invitational sailing by other classes after racing.
7. Tidal Briefing for the next day on each race area.
8. Night time bands and DJ's.
9. Dedicated camping
#dinghyfest2015 – The Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) and more than seven Irish dinghy classes have launched a Cork Harbour Dinghy racing fesival for 2015. As Afloat.ie reported in October the 'Dinghyfest 2015' will consist of four days of 'world class' racing, with courses inside and outside Cork Harbour. Dinghy fest 2015 will run from 20th to the 23rd of August.
Irish class associations have confirmed that they will be holding the following events during the 4 day regatta:
• RS200 - Euro Cup & National Championships
• RS Feva National Championships
• RS 400 Southern Championships
• Mirror National Championships
• 420 Nationals Championships
• Topper Munster Championships
• National 18 Southern Championships
There will also be mixed dinghy racing as well as an Optimist championship.
Announcing the event, Nicholas O'Leary, 'Dinghyfest 2015' Director of Sailing said:
"I've been moniitoring the growth of dinghy sailing over the past number of years and believe the time is now right to get all fleets together and host a National Dinghy Festival. I'm delighted that we will be hosting Dinghyfest 2015 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Over the last year or so I've seen a lot of old competitors and good mates migrate back to our roots of the dinghy classes. Graduates of old from the social Intervarsity Team Racing Circuit are now picking up affordable dinghies like the RS's, Lasers and Mirrors to name but a few. The latest to get into the dinghy craze is Ireland's Figaro "Full Irish" Campaigner, David Kenefick, who will join over a dozen RS 400's now racing in Cork Harbour.
"There's a fair amount of dinghy sailors who want to get together to race hard and renew friendships forged in their youth sailing days. Expats further afield will hopefully come to the party and Dinghyfest 2015 will facilitate those sailors coming home to compete and hopefully bring sailors, from the UK and beyond , to enjoy what Cork Harbour has to offer. We have four race courses planned and will look at rotating classes to challenge the tactical skills of all, with the varying conditions which each race area will present."
Dinghyfest 2015 will encompass a number of Class Championships with two, three and four days racing planned depending on the requirements. An overall Dinghyfest Championships will combine results for three days racing from the 21st to the 23rd and the finer elements will be detailed within the NOR and SI's. Entries for all events will be through the dedicated RCYC website which will be live on 1st February.