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#CORKWEEK – Preparations for Cork Week 2012, one of the biggest and most succesful of Ireland's sailing regattas is well underway and this week the Royal Cork Yacht Club has launched a dedicated Cork Week 2012 website.
The event Chairman, Pat Lyons is keen to welcome all participants to the event.
"Once again, Cork Week will strive to keep down costs for all competitors, right across the board, we realise the importance of this in the current climate. However, we will make sure that the event is a memorable occasion. Next year's event will stage the Cork Week Festival, which will be a celebration of Cork's cultural heritage. Cork has a vibrant and artistic community and the festival will showcase that. We want to make Cork Week a unique experience and this will be expressed through performing arts, local cuisine and exhibitions of the history of the region. You will find bouncy castles and face painting at many events but Cork Week will provide far more than that."
Early expressions of interest have been very promising; a substantial big boat fleet is expected, including several that had a thrilling regatta in 2010. Many of the entries for the 2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup are also expected, including some of the best overseas yachts from Europe and further afield, including a strong team from Hong Kong.
Storm - a J109 favourite for Cork Week 2012 - Photo: Bob Bateman
The J/109 Irish National Championship will take place during Cork Week with 20 or more yachts expected from Ireland and overseas. Favourites for the national title include Pat Kelly's Storm, Irish IRC Boat of the Year and Glenn Cahill's Joie de Vivre. Paul Heys of J Boats also reports that the new J/111 class will also be well represented with at least six of the new breed debuting in their first major European Regatta.
Crosshaven, the venue, as always, for Cork Week 2012 - Photo: Bob Bateman
For the smaller IRC boats, the fleet is set to be just as competitive, the variety of sailing conditions and courses is a great all round test of the yacht and the crew and the yachts in IRC Two and Three make up a substantial percentage of the sailors racing at Cork Week. The committee hopes that the reduction in costs right across the board should be of great benefit to those boats in particular.
Visitors berthed in Crosshaven for the 2011 event. Photo: Bob Bateman
The 1720 Class has been having a renaissance in Ireland and a large fleet of the exciting yachts is expected. Purpose built for the Cork Week courses, there are 26 1720s in Cork alone and others are expected from abroad. Charter opportunities are available.
1720s comepting at this year's European Championships in Baltimore
It has also been decided to allow professional sailors to race at Cork Week in any of the classes, as Racing Chairman, Anthony O'Leary explains.
"We don't want to prevent anybody from coming to Cork Week and we have decided to take away any of the barriers to people who want to come and enjoy some wonderful racing. Competitors can expect a variety of courses set in open water, coastal and in the harbour, which should test the crew handling and get just about every sail out of the bag. We are blessed with some superb sailing grounds and we are intent on making full use of them. The focus for Cork Week is the same as it has always been, great sailing and a fabulous atmosphere ashore."
The management team is also keen to encourage participation by charter companies and corporate entries and plans are in place to offer assistance to ensure that Cork Week is a fun-filled regatta for all.
Search efforts were mounted last night after the man's family notified gardaí. The man, believed to be in his 60s, is thought to have disappeared from Ballincollig Regional Park in the west of the city, where his car and phone were found.
Sails bearing the UK Halsey badge are appearing from the McWilliam Sail loft in Crosshaven, Co. Cork just two weeks after the announcement that Cork sailmaker Des McWilliam has been appointed head of one of the world's largest sailmaking firms.
He will replace American sailmaker Butch Ulmer - the "U" of UK - who is retiring.
UK-Halsey was founded in City Island, New York in 1946 as Ulmer Sails and now has a network of sail lofts around the world, with 17 in North America, 21 in Europe, 3 in Asia, 4 in Australia, and two in South America. It has a reputation for using the most advanced techniques and technology to build long-lasting and fast sails.
The McWilliam loft in Crosshaven, which has been in business for 40 years, will become the nerve centre for development of the group.
McWilliam will continue to employ six manufacturing and service staff in the Cork harbour premises, including recent recruit Kenneth Rumball, the Irish Fireball dinghy champion.
McWilliam is a prestigious brand name - suits of their sails have equipped competitors in the Admiral's Cup, incorporating the Fastnet, and other international and national yachting events.
The first sail produced in Crosshaven under the new name was a spinnaker for a Dehler 34, followed by a Mermaid jib and a mainsail using the latest Titanium technology for a 50-foot yacht.
"I like the idea that we're sitting here in our old stone watermill in Crosshaven talking about high-grade aerodynamics across the world," McWilliam said, "however, I'm just as happy designing good sails for people who are passionate about getting out in a boat".
Locations of UK Halsey lofts around the world which are managed from Crosshaven by Des McWilliam
#ROYAL CORK – With only two points between Jump Juice (Kerr 37) and Gloves Off (Corby 38) going into the final race of the O'Flynn Exhams Autumn Regatta at Royal Cork YC last weekend, it was all to play for in Cork Harbour. Videographer Brian Carlin jumped from Gloves to Jump to capture the action of the top 2 custom boats in IRC 0 class for the last show down of the 2011 season...
In April of last year, Laura was walking her dog near Hop Island, when he ran out over the mud flats and got stuck in the mud. Laura went after him and eventually got bogged down herself. Her predicament was fortunately noticed from the shore line and the volunteer RNLI lifeboat from Crosshaven was tasked along with the Coast Guard helicopter, the fire service and local Coast Guard units to attend.
Bernard Lynch, Barry Woods, Chairman, Crosshaven RNLI, Vincent Fleming, Denis Cronin, Laura O'Mahony and Alan Barton, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Crosshaven RNLI and SAM
Volunteers Vincent Fleming, Denis Cronin and Bernard Lynch made best time to the area as the rising tide was filling rapidly. Crewman Fleming managed to thread the lifeboat through the flats until he got near to Laura, at which point Bernard Lynch entered the water and extricated Laura and 11 year old Sam into the lifeboat. Laura was then handed over to the care of paramedics at the shore. Thankfully, Laura and Sam were uninjured.
Laura remarked, "I never thought I'd have to use the services of the lifeboat but I am most grateful to them. They are so hard working and lovely, and were so kind when they rescued us. When I saw them I knew we were safe. They kept on reassuring me."
In the intervening period, Laura has raised €850 for the RNLI, and on Wednesday last visited the Lifeboat station with Sam to hand over the proceeds and personally thank the crew. She said "This cheque is just a small way of saying thank you,"
Brian Carlin was sailing onboard the Twomey's Corby 38 'Gloves Off' yesterday in the second outing of Royal Cork's Autumn regatta. The October event has attracted over a hundred entries and it is sponsored by O'Flynn Exhams Solicitors. His clip below features onboard action from the class one competitor plus lots of 1720 sportsboats, broaching in the gusty harbour conditions.
Main regatta report and photos from Bob and Claire Bateman here.
Strong westerlies that swept Royal Cork's Yacht Club's George Kenefick to success at the All Ireland championships on Lough Derg also blew for the second race of his club's Autumn regatta in Cork Harbour today writes Claire Bateman. Bob Bateman's action photos are below.
It was a day that kept the best wine until last. There was much sailing activity in the harbour with some seventy five cruisers sailing their various courses and some ninety dinghies from Optimists to Laser 4.7s sailing in a strong westerly breeze with warm overtones . Although the wind was there all day, and plenty of it, when the sun broke through in the early afternoon it created that special Cork Harbour sailing ambience.
A great start for the Autumn fleet. Photo: Bob Bateman. More pics below
Classes Three, Four, and Whitesail 1 and 2 sailed on the Eastern Bank with Race Officer Richard Leonard and he started with a triangle course followed by a windward/leeward course. There was plenty of excitement on this course with mention of Chinese gybes. The Dorgan Sonar from Cove Sailing Club revelled in the conditions and got the better of Ian Travers' Bandit from Kinsale (currently for sale on the Afloat boats for sale site here) while Michael Murphy's Shelly D had won the day in ECHO with Alan Mulcahy's Sundancer from Kinsale taking IRC.
Meanwhile on the Red Course with Race Officer David O'Brien it was a perfect day for the 1720s and fleets 1 and 2. Your scribe was watching the second race that started inside the harbour just inside Roches Point on a beat in a strong flood tide to W2, a screaming reach to Harp, a beat back to W2, back to W1 before a number of dramatically tight finishes near the Cage. The 1720s displayed the best of One Design racing as they came into W2 with one boat becoming the meat in the sandwich between the buoy and the fleet with no quarter being given and had to do their penalty turn. In the best 1720 tradition, despite the high, wind they hoisted their kites as they went hither and thither before most got sense and finally dropped their kites.On the day it was Denis Murphy's Aquatack from the home club took the honours followed Peter O'Flynn's Two 2 Tango.
At the time of prizegiving Class 2 were still involved with protests but first again this week on IRC was Brian Goggin's Allure (KYC) followed by the Desmond/Deasy/Ivers Bad Company from the home club. In Class Zero IRC in a reversal of last week's results Kieran and Brian Twomeys' Gloves Off got the better of Conor Phelan's Jump Juice on the day. In Class 1 IRC David Scott's EOS again took the spoils but Dan Buckley's Justus was going very well and took the second slot.
As Rear Admiral Cruisers Ronan Enright had promised, the prizegiving was bang on 5.30pm with the prizes being presented by Frank O'Flynn of the Sponsor Company who incidentally had been sailing on the Peter O'Flynn Two 2 Tango 1720.
Racing continues in the O'Flynn Exhams sponsored league next Sunday with a first gun at 11.55am.
The only hat-trick winner of the Irish Sailing Association's (ISA) All Ireland Sailing Championships, Royal Cork's Nicholas O'Leary will not be defending the title when the 2011 event is sailed in two weeks time. Names of the 16 invitees, drawn from dinghy and keelboat classes, were published today. Among those attending is O'Leary's father Anthony representing Cruiser Class Zero and his Crosshaven club mate, the 2011 1720 National Champion Mark Mansfield, a past winner of the event.
Nicholas O'Leary is one of 12 invitees – either national champions or top ranked sailors – who are unavailable to attend. Only 16 of 28 invitees had accepted the invitation by last week's entry deadline.
The Waterways Ireland sponsored event takes place at Lough Derg Yacht Club which was originally scheduled for three days but is now running on the 8th and 9th of October only. The event is raced in J80's.
The 16 invitees are as follows:
Ballyholme Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal St. George Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Sutton Dinghy Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Moville Sailing Club
Howth Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
Royal North Yacht Club
Ballyholme Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club has announced Pat Lyons will chair the club's biggest sailing regatta next season. Cork Week 2012 at Crosshaven is scheduled to run from the 7th - Friday 13th July 2012 following a decison to move the date back a week to avoid a clash with the Solent's Round the Island Race. Lyons has served on Royal Cork's Club Executive for the last 4 years.
Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork Yacht Club crew stay in the top ten overall after scoring two double digit results yesterday at the Rolex New York Invitational Cup. The Crosshaven crew counted a 20 and a 15 in the 22-boat fleet.After several days of late summer breeze and sunshine, thick fog rolled into Narragansett Bay, greeting competitors of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex and forcing a short postponement to today's racing. Twenty-two yacht club teams from 16 countries are here in Newport to contest the second edition of this biennial event.
After a delay of just under an hour, the fleet were sent up Narragansett Bay, north of the Newport Bridge where the flat water and 10-knot south-southwesterly built to a perfect 12-15 knots by the afternoon.
Yesterday after six races were completed, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club team, skippered by Olympic silver medalist Terry McLaughlin, had a solid lock on the top of the leader board with a 13-point advantage over the New York Yacht Club team.
But with a fleet this deep in talent, one bad race and a double-digit advantage can be whittled down. As McLaughlin presciently said yesterday, "That can disappear in a real hurry." Meanwhile the NYYC team, led by Ken Colburn with Phil Lotz, the 2009 Invitational Cup winner, as tactician kept their focus with fourth and second place finishes today and closed the gap with Canada to five points.
While Lotz' recap of their races sounded pretty matter-of-fact, the American team worked hard to get a good start on the right side and found a lane there that enabled them to tack when they wanted. Lotz said, "We were lucky enough that the right paid off and we kept our nose clean and got around the course. We were fortunate enough to get to the right side early." But with three more races planned, he was quick to add, "I think with a shifty nor'west tomorrow, it's anybody's game. Bad races are just as possible as good races. If it's more breeze and shifty, it's going to be a boat handling issue, and keeping your head out of the boat and seeing where the shifts are, and making sure you're going in the right direction."
Newport Harbor Yacht Club edged past Annapolis Yacht Club today to stand in third place overall.
The group of teams with first place finishes grew today with eight unique winners over the same number of races. Two boats that had barely cracked a top ten finish prevailed today: the German team from Norddeutscher Regatta Verein and Clube Naval de Cascais from Portugal.
For Patrick de Barros' Portuguese team, it all came together on the last race where they got off the start line well-positioned, rounded the weather mark in third, and then went to the left side of the course where they got in front and held their lead. Although NYYC team threatened, CN de Cascais covered them very closely at the finish and crossed ahead. Clearly buoyed by their performance de Barros said, "We have the speed, now we start to know how the boat functions. It's a very challenging course, a good course, but challenging. It's been really fantastic, we've enjoyed every minute."
The Royal Yacht Squadron enjoyed a good bump up the standings going from 11th to seventh. Helmsman Glyn Williams explained, "I was a little disappointed after yesterday's sailing, as I didn't feel we sailed to the potential. The team had done a lot of sailing together and we were just making unforced errors early in the week. So our first race today, we got cleanly off the line. At the top mark, we did a gybe set, which was incredibly clean and put us in the hunt. I told the team this morning that yesterday Annapolis moved from tenth to third, so there're options to go up in a series like this. The crew did a great job today!"
Oliver Stanley, RYS team captain, spoke of the competition, "I think the standard of sailing is as high as you get in any amateur regatta, anywhere in the world. It's a great privilege to be here -- make one mistake and you lose six places."
Stanley was with the team at the 2009 Invitational Cup event, when the RYS finished in 16th place overall. He recalled, "Given our finish, we weren't invited back on merit. We were invited on ancestry, history and tradition. It's very important that we're invited back on merit this time. We really want to be automatically invited, to have a top five finish. We'd be over the moon with that."
Racing continues tomorrow Friday through Saturday 16 - 17 September. Tomorrow's first warning signal is scheduled for 11:00 am.
Results after 8 races:
Team - Country - Points
1. Royal Canadian, CAN, 29
2. New York, USA, 34
3. Newport Harbor, USA, 61
4. Annapolis, USA, 63
5. Royal Hong Kong, HKG, 70
6. Eastern, USA, 76
7. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR, 77
8. Japan, JPN, 80
9. Royal Cork, IRL, 86
10. YC Argentino, ARG, 89
11. Royal Ocean Racing Club, GBR, 91
12. CYC Australia, AUS, 95
13. NRV, GER, 99
14. Royal Norwegian, NOR, 102
15. Royal Cape, RSA, 104
16. CN de Cascais, POR, 106
17. Royal Bermuda, BER, 106
18. NJK, FIN, 112
19. Itchenor, GBR, 116
20. YC Capri, ITA, 123
21. RCN Barcelona, ESP, 148
22. YC Punta Ala, ITA, 160
The 22 entrants
By country, the roster of participating teams is: Yacht Club Argentino (ARG); Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (AUS); Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (BER); Royal Canadian Yacht Club (CAN); Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (HKG); Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (ESP); Nyländska Jaktklubben (FIN); Itchenor Sailing Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR); Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (GER); Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL); Yacht Club Capri and Yacht Club Punta Ala (ITA); Japan Sailing Federation (JPN); Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (NOR); Clube Naval de Cascais (POR); Royal Cape Yacht Club (RSA); Eastern Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, Newport Harbor Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club (USA).