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#1720 – There was a clear cut victory in the 2015 1720 sportsboat National Championships for Tom Durcan's T–Bone steered by Alex Barry of Monkstown Bay SC yesterday. The 14-boat fleet sailed out in dense fog and had to wait for two hours for sufficient breeze to get the final two races of the event away.
In the end, T-Bone, with double Olympian Peter O'Leary on board, continued its overall lead and did not have to sail the last race of the day to secure the title. It is the second top performance by Alex Barry this season, the Cork dinghy helm took Bronze at the RS400 Eurocup in France this month too.
A tie on overall points was decided in Antix and Anthony O'Leary's favour for second with Ben Cooke's Smile and Wave third. Fourth was Dun Laoghaire's Team INSS sailed by Kenneth and Alex Rumball who were flying the flag for Leinster at what was a Munster dominated event.
Official results sheet below.
In a dramatic start to the 2015 title decider, one boat lost its rig in the final race yesterday afternoon.
Second is Ben Cooke's Smile 'n' Wave on seven with Kenny Rumball's Team INSS from Dun Laoghaire third on nine points. Provisional results are downloadable below.
#1720 – No sooner had Baltimore Sailing Club announced its 1720 National Championships last week than Royal Cork Yacht Club unveils its Union Chandlery sponsored 1720 European Championships to be held in the first week of September.
The nine race regatta will run from September 3rd to 5th and the proposed schedule of races is: Thursday 3rd of September up to four races; four more on Friday, concluding with one final race on Saturday.
More details in the NOR downloadable below.
#1720 – The popular West Cork sailing Village of Baltimore will next month play host to the 1720 National Championships which will be sailed in the picturesque setting of Roaring water Bay. The event is sponsored by Danske Bank. The Cork harbour 1720 Sportsboat fleet is still going strong in Ireland and with boats travelling down from Dublin, Crosshaven and even the UK to join the large local fleet already based in Baltimore.
The 2015 1720 National Championships will be organised by the Baltimore Sailing Club (BSC) in conjunction with the 1720 Sportsboat Class Association from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th June 2015.
This year's event looks to be attracting around some 20 entries, a weekend ahead of the ICRA Nationals and Sovereign's Cup Kinsale. As well as the great racing agenda, the 1720 class say there are good après-sail activities planned for the evenings including a big BBQ on the last night at the recently extended and renovated clubhouse of BSC. NOR and entry forms available for download below.
#lasereuropacup – Afloat's sailor of the month for March, Fionn Lyden from West Cork was the top Irish performer at the massive qualifcation series of the Laser Europa cup Regatta at Malcesine on Lake Garda ended on Saturday with two races for the 600 competitors – claiming a record for an Olympic class event.
Baltimore Sailing Club's Lyden finished narrowly missed a top ten finish overall, placing 11th in his 100–boat Laser standard fleet. The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch was 23rd, Daragh O'Sullivan from Kinsale Yacht Club was 27th.
In the battle for the final podium places, Alessio Spadoni ITA took the overall lead in the Laser event (100 entries) with Giovanni Coccoluto ITA in second. In the men's Radial (213 entries) Matthieu De By BEL leads from Dominik Perkovic CRO and in the women (85 entries) Silvia Zennaro ITA leads from Gintare Scheidt LTU.
Full results are here.
#baltimore – First pictures from Baltimore Sea Safari marine company show the West Cork village's smart new central pontoon and gangway being put in place in the inner harbour. The new Baltimore harbour facility will be beneficial as a landing place for visiting boats.
More on the sailing and boating wonders of West Cork in WM Nixon's blog here.
#opti –The Irish Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) will hold its spring training week at Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork over the February 2015 Mid-term break. This is Ireland's largest sailing camp and generally caters for up to 160 sailors from 8 – 15 yrs old.
Organisers say this is a tremendous family week as Baltimore has accommodation to suit everyone with a wide selection of Holiday Homes, Apartments, Bed & Breakfast and Casey's Hotel.
The village of Baltimore will be effectively taken over by approximately 160 keen sailors and their families for the week. A team of International coaches from Greece, Sweden, Spain & Poland are joined by top Irish coaches to provide training for sailors of all competencies, from those who have only recently started to sail to those who are competing internationally.
We particularly encourage sailors who have not attended an event outside their own club in the past, to consider coming to Baltimore, which is a non-competitive, fun week intended to build enthusiasm for sailing and to allow sailors from around the country to get to know each other.
It is very much a family-oriented event, with a programme of activities for children too young to sail, and events also organised for adults, such as the 'How to Rig an Oppi' class for novice parents! Schull & Fitbones provides activities for those 5 years and upwards who are not yet sailing, they do Baltimore Treasure Hunt and Playground games, Sherkin Island trip and an Adventure Challenge in Lough Hyne Woods .
The event is organised by IODAI which is comprised of volunteers, which are the parents of sailors. It takes 25 – 30 volunteers per day to run the event efficiently and the overall event is managed by Mandy Kelly and assisted by Jill Sommerville both parents of sailors. Because everyone is a volunteer, Baltimore is an 'all hands on deck' week, with parents encouraged to lend a hand with the work that goes into making it such a special event. Helping out with making sailors lunches, doing slip duty, rescue on the water, or safety checking of boats, means that parents will get to know each other just as well as the sailors do.
Evening activities are also on offer, including the ever-popular 'a cinema night, disco night and of course the cake competition on the last day of sailing. In addition the week finishes off with a one day regatta which helps sailors consolidate all they have learnt during the week & to put it into practice.
An IODAI forum takes place during the Baltimore week where all parents are invited to express their views or seek information on the running of the Optimist class.
The IODAI spring training week is an event not to be missed if you have a child who sails an Optimist. We will be announcing our key sponsors shortly.
Additional Information from
Mandy Kelly: 0868467129 or email [email protected]
Jill Sommerville: 0862340359 or email [email protected]
#The inaugural RCYC Inter Club Cup was sailed in Cork last Saturday. Event organiser Nicholas O'Leary and his team with Race Officer Bryan Hassett set up two parallel race courses with an exclusion zone between the race areas. Racing took place in an eight to twelve knot north easterly breeze off the Curlane Bank near the entrance to Cork Harbour. Match racing in 1720's with adult crews took place on the northern course and team racing in Fireflys with youth crews took place on the southern course.
After a series of round robins two semi finals and a final were sailed on both match and team racing courses. Racing was very close with the finals going to the last race in the "best of three" finals format. After some very tense racing Baltimore Sailing Club came out on top in both team and match racing finals.
Firefly: Darragh McCormack, Rosa Lyden, Eoin Lyden, Florence Lyden.
1720: Peter O'Leary, Youen, Jacob, Maria Coleman, Tom Hegarty.
#1720 – National 1720 sportsboat Champion Anthony O'Leary on Antix retained his title after three superb days of sailing in a 14–boat fleet at Baltimore Sailing Club, West Cork last weekend. Full results sheet downloadable below.
Racing commenced on Friday in glorious sunshine after a short postponement on shore, with the full 3 scheduled races being sailed in light winds west of Sherkin Island. Race 1 was won by Robert O'Leary's, Jacobs Bar and Races 2 & 3 by Anthony O'Leary's, Antix.
Day 2 again brought light winds but race officer Richard Leonard and his team did a great job, getting all 3 races finished despite a massive wind shift in race 3 with the final run turning into a beat mid way down the leg. Griffiths/Cook's Smile N'Wave won race 1, with Antix again wining the final 2 races of the day.
Sunday, the final day of racing saw a significant change in weather conditions with the crews waking up to rain and clouds that hadn't been seen in West Cork for some time. The race officer was up early to check the conditions with word coming ashore to the crews that sailing was going ahead outside the harbour.
Race 1 started after a general recall in 15 – 18 knots with line honours going to Denis Murphy's Aquatack (helmed by Mark Mansfield). The 8th and final race of the day and championships was sailed in winds gusting 25 knots giving spectacular plaining conditions with plenty of broaches and kites being shredded with Durcan/O'Shea's T-Bone taking line honours and second overall to Anthony O'Leary's Antix, with Robert O'Leary's Jacobs bar taking 3rd overall.
The next port of call for the class is Royal Cork's October league.
#baltimore – The village of Baltimore in West Cork was en fête yesterday (20th July 2014) with the opening of the newly-rebuilt clubhouse for Baltimore Sailing Club by Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine & Defence.
The opening follows a proposed Fáilte Ireland sale of the former Glenans sail training school premises in the West Cork town.
As Afloat.ie reported in April the new West Cork club house has been greatly welcomed by Irish sailing and yesterday, the scenic fishing village played host to hundreds of local and national sailors, visitors to the region and the local community, who were hugely supportive of the development of new Clubhouse and its facilities, which embraces all levels of sailing and encourages activity in the waters of the Carbery's 100 isles surrounding Baltimore. St. Fachtna's Silver Band from Skibbereen added to the carnival atmosphere, performing in the open air, with the stunning backdrop of Baltimore and the islands behind and boats of all shapes and sizes rafted up to complete the picture.
Minister Coveney stated: 'Baltimore is a very special place in West Cork, and the vibrancy is palpable from the moment one arrives here. There is an obvious high level of co-operation between the various groups in the village and its hinterland, culminating in the re-building of this impressive structure, offering outstanding facilities for locals and visitors. The Government and its agencies including West Cork Development Partnership, and Cork County Council, are delighted to lend support to the project, in the knowledge that it is significantly improving marine infrastructure in Baltimore. The Government has also supported the building of the new pier and service buildings in Baltimore, and I feel sure that, in the future, this harbour will see many new developments for the better in this wonderful part of west Cork'.
'This project is a testament to a fantastic volunteer effort by our members, supported by the people of Baltimore, and supporters and friends from many walks of life. In particular I'd like to pay tribute to Tony O'Driscoll, my predecessor as Commodore of the Club, whose relentless enthusiasm and hard work saw this project cross the line in jig time.' said Joan Collins, Commodore of the Baltimore Sailing Club.
Joan added: 'Baltimore has retained its friendly village atmosphere and this new clubhouse adds to the offering, with year round activity to encourage people to get on the water and enjoy the freedom of the waters of West Cork. The re-furbishment will be a great boost for our sailing fraternity, and we now have an option to host our events with style, while encouraging additional events which can only be of definite benefit to the Baltimore and greater West Cork area.
The Club is a vibrant and active summer club and has, and will, host several prestigious sailing events. With sailing every weekend throughout the summer and additional events out of season including at Easter (Laser Munsters), the National 18ft Class over June bank holiday weekend this year, and the Optimist Coaching week in February, we will hold many other great events later this year.'
Designed by architect John McCarthy and built by local builder, Michael Joe Leonard, the new Clubhouse space incorporates enhanced facilities for members and visiting sailors, including a new shower block (15 showers) and spaces facilitating events, training, seminars and storage and improved dingy parking. Totally transformed, and re-built at a cost of €400,000, the Club was supported by Cork County Council and West Cork Development Partnership, with match funding provided by the Club itself and by donations from members and the general public. Founded in 1952, Baltimore Sailing Club has over 600 members drawn from the locality and other regions, including several overseas members.
Baltimore is renowned for its sailing courses for children of all levels (85 children availing of this currently), and the Rambler Team Racing for junior club members is very popular again this year. Junior sailors from Crookhaven, Schull, Glandore and Baltimore are also involved in the inter-club Marconi Cup team racing event bringing communities closer together in the region. There is a course for adults in train this year also, and it is hoped to build on this offering into the future.
Sailing events in Baltimore include Baltimore Sailing Club Regatta will take place over the August bank holiday weekend, as will the 1720 Club. The inaugural WOMEN ON THE WATER (WOW) event on August 12th in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research (part of Cork Cancer Research Centre) will see craft of all shapes and sizes on the water, with onshore fun for all the family. Sponsorship cards are available at the clubhouse and Commodore Collins is confident this event will raise a substantial amount for cancer research.
The Club will also participate in Bart's Bash, one of the first clubs in Ireland to register for this massive world-wide charity event. The clubhouse will also be used by local organisations such as the Baltimore Bridge Club, RNLI, local festival groups and defibrillator personnel, truly embracing all strands of society in the area.