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Wind and sun provided champagne sailing on day three of Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Sailing Series 2018. It was a perfect day for the windward leeward course with a blustery 20–knot breeze blowing from Bullen’s Bay.

The 1055 first gun for the Matthews Helly Hansen sponsored event sent the fleet off to a laid mark weather mark with a subsequent run eastwards to the leeward mark near Bulman.

Kinsale yacht Club sailing spring1Kinsale Boats Headcase and  Diamond (pictured above) dominate Class Three with Headcase ahead by 2 points going into the last day. Photo: Bob Bateman

Kinsale yacht Club sailing spring1Fulmar Fever (R Marchant) competing in today's Kinsale Yacht Club April League. Photo: Bob Bateman

The strong breeze may have favoured the big boats but it was spills and thrills in class three with skilled sailors who knew their boats well showing others how to organise the many spinnaker hoists required.  

Two races were sailed and careful race management ensured that the whole fleet were alongside KYC marina in plenty of time to see the Munster match on TV.

"In Class one, the duel continued between Nieulargo and Jump Juice who now have 11 points each with Alpaca third on 15 points"

 

Kinsale yacht Club sailing spring1A classic Tofinou day yacht competing in the Kinsale Series Photo: Bob Bateman

In Class one, the duel continued between Nieulargo and Jump Juice who now have 11 points each with Alpaca third on 15 points.

Kinsale yacht Club sailing spring1Royal Cork's Jump Juice skippered by Conor Phelan Photo: Bob Bateman

Class Two’s Oracle IV has an impressive lead over Artful Dodger and Slack Alice who only have a point between them.

Kinsale Boats Headcase and Diamond dominate Class Three with Headcase ahead by 2 points going into the last day. Waterford Boats Fulmar Fever and Flyer are drawn at 18 points each.

Godot leads the White Sail fleet every day on the water but on corrected it’s Sweet Dreams and Gunsmoke 2 who are in the running for first place overall with Godot third.

It’s all to sail for next Saturday 28th April with the final two races planned by race officer Denis Kieran. The FG is at 1155 HRS.

Scroll down for overall results at the end of day three at the bottom of this post  

Day three photos by Bob Bateman:

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Class One IRC and ECHO

Nieulargo D Murphy

Jump Juice C Phelan

Alpaca P Tingle

Class Two IRC

Oracle IV - K Collins

Artful Dodger - F O’Regan

Slack Alice - S Stratham 

Class Two ECHO

Slack Alice - S Stratham

Oracle IV - K Collins

Artful Dodger - F O’Regan

Class Three IRC

Headcase - M Helsten

Diamond - J Matthews

Fulmar Fever - R Marchant 

Class Three ECHO

Headcase - M Hellstern

Fulmar Fever - R Marchant

Diamond - J Matthews 

White sail IRC

Gunsmoke 2 - S Cohan

Sweet Dreams - B O’Leary

Godot - J Godkin 

White Sail Echo

Sweet Dreams - B O’Leary

Gunsmoke 2 - S Cohen

Godot - J Godkin

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Having lost two weeks racing in the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series to weather, PRO John Stallard was determined to get some racing in this week. With temperatures in the low single digits and considerable wind chill the fleets, 10 Squibs, 6 Toppers and 5 Mixed Dinghies, took to the water in Kinsale today. The wind was blowing from the South East at 17 knots, gusting 23 – 26 knots and the decision was made to move the racing area to the inner harbour.
FG at was at 10.55hrs and the Squibs got away on time. Fuggles, Jeff Condell & Jeff Cochrane, lead from the start with Badger, Rob Doyle & Rob Gill, Fifty Shades, Cliodhna & Finbarr O’Regan, and Allegro, Colm Dunne & Fiona Ward all close on his heels. Fuggles held off the competition with Badger 2nd and Allegro 3rd. Race 2 got underway immediately after the finish. This time it was Allegro who took the lead and rounded the windward mark first, however Fuggles over took him on the 2nd beat by going up the left side of the course and he secured another 1st, Allegro 2nd and Fifty Shades was 3rd. Race 3 saw the same finishing order for the top 3 and this was enough for Fuggles to take the lead overall with Fifty Shades lying 2nd and Allegro 3rd. With less than 2 minutes separating the top 6 Squibs this fleet has gotten very competitive and should make for a great season ahead.
The Mixed Dinghies were again dominated by Micheal O’Suilleabhain & Michael Carroll in the 420 – they were planing up wind today – and they secured two bullets. Sean Collins in the Laser Radial was 2nd in the first race today and was in a good position to take 2nd in the second race until he capsized, the gusty winds made for a difficult righting and this allowed Tom Good in the Laser 4.7 to overtake him and secure 2nd. Georgina Griffin in the 2.4m bravely stayed the course for both races.
The Topper fleet has several newcomers and today’s conditions were very challenging for them. For the first race we had several capsize. Dorothy Matthews got a great start and lead from the off. Rachel Akerlind was 2nd in Race 1 with Frances Corkery and Francesca Lewis 3rd and 4th and 2 DNF. Due to the cold and the strengthening wind 3 Toppers decided to retire before the start of the second race. John Stallard made the decision to give the Toppers just 1 round of the course and Dorothy Matthews again dominated with Francesca Lewis 2nd and Frances Corkery 3rd. As with the Mixed Dinghies the Toppers were sent home after the second race.
Many thanks to John Stallard and his race management team aboard Destiny – rumour has it people were multi tasking as they got 3 races completed in 1 hr 35 mins – and all the RIB drivers/crew for mark laying and safety boat duty, on what was probably the coldest Frostbite day ever.

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Strong and bitterly cold north-westerly winds scotched racing in Dublin Bay and Kinsale yesterday. Winds gusting to 30–knots in snow showers. it was more than enough to put paid to the second race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series, the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite racing and yesterday afternoon's DMYC dinghy frostbite series in Dun Laoghaire Harbour too with an early call by organisers on Saturday night.

Go–ahead organiser Fintan Cairns went to sea with his 40–boat DBSC Spring Chicken fleet early yesterday morning and was on station in his DBSC Committee Boat Freebird but winds built to such an extent in the short time they were afloat that it left Cairns with no option but to 'pull it', as the fleet got ready for the second of six races in the popular warm-up to the DBSC Summer Series.

It was 'very cold, making the wind feel even heavier', Cairns told Afloat.ie

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After four races at the 2017 Dragon South Coast Championship, locals Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Simon Furney have the overall lead from Royal St. George's David Williams and Peter Bowring writes Bob Bateman.

See results and photo gallery below.

The Dublin Bay boat has the same eight points as the Kinsale Yacht Club leader but double wins today gives Good the advantage in the nine–boat fleet.

Kinsale boat Shawn Kingston's Grey Hare is third and another Kinsale entry, Adrian Bendon's Mar J is fourth.

This morning's racing schedule was put forward to 11am due to a wet windy forecast but it turned out to be light winds on the way out to the first start at the Old Head of Kinsale. Winds were not long in filling in, however, and 15 /18 knots from west–south–west and a lumpy sea produced classic Kinsale conditions.

Williams' Phantom led at the first windward mark but a gybe set from Good proved to be winning move as got into the lead and held on til the finish. 

Racing continues tomorrow. The Race Officer is Kinsale's own Alan Crosbie.

Dragon South Coast Championship after four races

1 IRL211 Little Fella Cameron Good Henry Kingston Simon Furney KYC 8 4 2 1 1
2 IRL176 Phantom David Williams Peter Bowring/Hilary Murray Arthur Mehigan/Conor Grimley RStGYC 8 3 1 2 2
3 IRL188 Grey Hare Shawn Kingston Tony Kingston Harry Lewis KYC 15 2 5 4 4
4 IRL156 Mar J Adrian Bendon Choryna Kiely Matthew Beecher KYC 18 1 3 7 7
5 IRL201 Jaguar Martin Byrne Conor Byrne Adam Winkelman RStGYC 20 5 9 3 3
6 IRL695 Magic Warren Brown/Kevin Hayes Killian Murphy Clare Hayes/Eamonn Timoney GHYC 22 6 6 5 5
7 IRL180 Serafina Maeve Cotter Daniel Murphy Brian Goggin KYC 24 8 4 6 6
8 IRL110 Aphrodite Peter Hayes Tiernan Brown Killian Forde/Ruairi Brown GHYC 31 7 8 8 8
9 IRL157 Tenacious Anthony O'Neill Dave Horgan Eoghan O'Neill KYC 36 9 7 10 10

 

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#RNLI - Lifeboat crews from Ireland will feature in a new 12-part Last year alone, RNLI lifeboats in Ireland documentary for the BBC.

Saving Lives at Sea, showcasing the lifesaving work of the RNLI, starts next Wednesday 16 August at 8pm on BBC Two.

And the first episode will include the dramatic rescue of three fishermen from a sinking trawler and the rescue of 30 people from the Astrid tall ship in Kinsale.

The 12-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews around Ireland and the UK, and gives a unique insight into the lives of the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members, who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline every year.

From Ireland, the series will feature lifeboat crews from Castletownbere and Kinsale in Cork, Skerries in Dublin and Bangor on Belfast Lough.

Castletownbere will be in episode three, as the crew rescue a lone sailor in storm conditions and rescue two fishermen from a boat that sinks.

Saving Lives at Sea features real-life rescue footage accompanied by heart-warming and emotive testimonials from the crew and the people they rescue.

The series has been filmed over the past year, with lifeboat crews using RNLI and special cameras and welcoming filmmakers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboats in Ireland launched 1,136 times rescuing 1,649 people.

Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast weekly from Wednesday 16 August to Wednesday 1 November on BBC Two at 8pm. The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

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Unseasonal weather provided very challenging conditions for the 145 entrants in The Davy Munster Optimist Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club. Sailors travelled from as far away as Dublin and Galway for the event. Six races were planned over Saturday and Sunday.

Day 1 saw the Regatta Fleet grounded as the winds were just too strong but they had a full morning of shore based activities which included learning about wind, tides and the RRS. The AP flag was flown for the Senior and Junior fleets while the Principal Race Officer, John Stallard, waited for conditions to abate. The decision was made to remain in the outer harbour and after a 2 hour delay racing got under way. With torrential rain and gusting winds the conditions were testing for all on the water – sailors and committee/support boats alike– this combined with the delayed start meant that two races were completed.

Day 2 and both fleets got afloat on time. With 10-12 knots out of the southwest the Senior and Junior fleets got under way with minimal delay. There was quite a swell outside the harbour which provided a testing beat for the fleets and caused some to retire from the race. However both the Senior and Junior fleets completed the race in under 50 mins. The wind had shifted more southerly so after readjusting the course Race 2 got off with minimal delay. By now the swell was building somewhat and winds were 12 – 14 knots but the fleets were really enjoying sailing in the open waters outside Kinsale Harbour. As the wind had settled into the SSW the course stayed true and the 3rd race got underway within minutes of the final boat finishing. Competitors were quite happy to head ashore after Race 3 as the swell had proved to be quite tiring for all on the water.

The Regatta Fleet got afloat on Day 2 but under very testing conditions. The Regatta Fleet Race Officer, Siobhan Keane Hopcraft, decided to keep them in the inner harbour. Even in there the winds too strong for some however the fleet got 4 races sailed which was an achievement for all given the conditions.

Results:
Senior Fleet
Gold 
1st Rory O’Sullivan RCYC 
2nd Leah Richard NYC 
3rd Hugh Turvey HYC/NYC 

Silver

1st Kei Walker RStGYC

2nd Adam Doyle TBSC

3rd Ciara O’Regan RStGYC

Junior Fleet

Gold
1st Johnny Flynn HYC/RStGYC 
2nd Luke Turvey HYC/NYC 
3rd Fiachra McDonnell RBYC 
4th Sam Ledoux NYC 4th Killian Reidy FYC
5th Adam Walsh LRYC/HYC 5th Jessica Riordan RStGYC

Silver

1st Lucy Bateman RCYC

2nd Fiachra Farrelly HYC

3rd Rocco Wright HYC

Fair Sailing Award Aoibhin Farrelly HYC

Best Local Sailor Regatta Fleet Harvey Matthews
Best Local Sailor Junior Fleet Alejandra Peleteiro
Best Local Sailor Senior Fleet James Dwyer Matthews

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Is he a Diamond geezer or isn’t he? Has he Juice Jumped? Is this the Prof walking on water? Or is he riding at least two horses at once? Maybe it’s an attempt to give the term “Dear Departed” a whole new meaning? You tell us.

All we know this pic in Kinsale today is of Prof O’Connell spreading it about a bit, as he was aboard the Quarter Tonner Diamond (that’s her he’s leaving) to get her tuned, yet was also seen at the helm of Jump Juice and doing a bit of winning.

He would probably also have liked to have had a hand in Justin Lucas’s Optimist performance, giving him the tactical advice which swept the board in the Youth Nationals today at Ballyholme. Why be on only two boats at once when you can be everywhere at the same time, a universal presence?

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#ChowderCookOff - Save the date as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off that brings 32 counties to Kinsale to compete for the title of All Ireland Chowder Champion!

As reported on Afloat the small commercial port in scenic west Cork is renowned for its culinary status thanks to the Kinsale Good Food Circle who are organising the Chowder Cook Off.

Tickets are €15 available at the door of the mega marquee on the lawn of Acton’s Hotel. You are the judge and decide who will be crowned all Ireland Chowder Champions!

So Cast Your Vote in the 7th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off for this coming Sunday.

Kinsale Good Food Circle want your help to find the best chowder chef in Ireland. A representative from each of the 32 counties will compete for the title of “All-Ireland Chowder Champion” at the annual All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off.

Everyone attending the event will have a chance to vote for their favourite chowder-chef. For further details of the culinary event click here.

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There is always something interesting to be reported upon and discussed about the maritime sphere, I believe and so I always want to broadcast interesting stories on This Island Nation.

This week one underlines the importance of maintaining knowledge of our maritime history and passing it onto future generations.

That point was made to me on the quayside at Kinsale on the South Cork coastline where the town’s historical society laid wreaths at a memorial to two brothers, Tim and Mortimer McCarthy from a fishing family in the area, who had both won Polar medals for their service with the world’s renowned Polar explorers - Mortimer with Captain Scott on the Terra Nova Expedition in 1910.

A mountain in Antarctica is named after Mortimer McCarthy. His brother, Tim, was with Shackleton and Tom Crean on the legendary rescue voyage for the Endurance crew from Elephant Island in the James Caird lifeboat. But Tim is not as well-known as Tom Crean. The remembrance ceremony was held a hundred years to the day since Tim McCarthy, was killed while serving aboard the tanker SS Naragansett when it was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U44 off the South Coast of Ireland during World War One.

“The memory of these men is part of the history of this maritime town and must be preserved,” said Terry Connolly. “It is important that we remember and that we pass on what we remember to the younger generation so that they can know their history.”

He is correct about passing on our history to the next generation. He also referred to the “connection of the coincidence of history between Polar explorers and Irish revolutionaries” which you can hear about on the programme.

Underlining the ‘Family of the Sea’ concept which I focus in my programme, George Wheeler, whose grandfather was one of the 46 crew that died with Tim McCarthy aboard the Naragansett, travelled from Britain to lay a wreath at the memorial.

DUBLIN RULED BY ‘SHONEENS’ AND ‘WEST BRITS’
Dublin, in the 19th century, was administered by “an over-staffed public service where jobs were got by influence and monetary status rather than competence and ability.” The decision-makers were “mainly Protestants, scorned by the Nationalists as ‘Shoneens’ and ‘West Brits’ ..”

I will leave you to listen to the programme below to hear the full story of this period in Dublin!

LOSS OF R116
And in this edition of the programme we remember the tragedy of the loss of Coast Guard helicopter R116.

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All 3 fleets left the marina under blue skies and bright sunshine in Kinsale this morning for the final day of the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series. A nice breeze of 7 – 9 knots was blowing from the west and it looked like all would have a great days racing. However Mother Nature was playing with the fleets today and before the first race was over conditions had changed dramatically. A squall passed through which peaked at 24 knots and resulted in many of the Topper and Mixed Dinghy fleets capsizing.
In the Mixed Dinghy fleet Micheal O’Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll in the 420 took line honours in the first race but a very strong performance by Tom Good in a Laser 4.7 meant that he took 1st on corrected time. Sean Collins in a Laser Radial was 3rd and Chris Baker in a full rig Laser came 4th. The 2nd race started with the wind blowing 14 – 16 knots and the Race Officer, John Stallard, made the decision to shorten the race rather than risk losing it completely if the wind continued to build. The 420 took line honours again but were unable to pull away from the Lasers sufficiently and Sean in the Radial came 1st on corrected time, Micheal and Michael in the 420 came 2nd and Tom came 3rd in the 4.7. The third race was very challenging for all on the water. Micheal and Michael in the 420 sailed a great race to finish 4 minutes ahead of the fleet which secured them 1st, Tom in the 4.7 came 2nd and Sean in the Radial was 3rd. Micheal and Michael had done enough to win the series with Sean Collins 2nd and Sean Murphy 3rd.

The Topper fleet showed great stamina and resilience today. Unfortunately the squall resulted in 2 boats retiring from the first race. Dorothy Matthews took line honours with Maeve Buckley 2nd and Francesca Lewis 3rd. This resulted in the series being wide open. In the second race Maeve managed to pull ahead and take 1st with Dorothy 2nd and Francesca 3rd. By now the Topper fleet were very wet and cold and so the decision was taken to send them home. Maeve had done enough to take the title and receive the new Destiny Topper trophy, kindly presented to the club by Bruce & June Matthews. Francesca had sailed a very steady series and was 2nd with Emer Heery 3rd.
17 Squibs sailed today with the title there for the taking. In the first race most of the fleet opted to get out of the ebbing tide and go up the left side of the course. Pulpo, Commodore Tom Roche & Finbarr O’Regan opted for the right side and this looked like it would pay off until the main halyard popped out and they lost ground. Allegro, Colin Dunne & Rob Gill, were rock steady on the runs, despite the challenging conditions, and this consolidated their lead giving them a 1st. Purfling, Barry Ryan & Donal Small came 2nd and Viking Gold, Jeff & Claire Cochrane 3rd. The second race saw Allegro round the windward mark in the lead and they held on to take another 1st. Breakaway, David Matthews & Elizabeth Bond, put in a very strong performance and took 2nd with Sensation, Denis & Brid Cudmore 3rd.
By now the conditions were causing gear failure and fatigue and only 11 boats started the final race. On the first run 5 squibs arrived to the leeward mark together. Unfortunately Breakaway had to retire on the second beat. Allegro and Fuggles, Jeff Condell & Eoghan O’Mahony, were leading the fleet on the final beat with Sensation close behind. Allegro pulled away on the final run to take 1st and secure the title. Fuggles came in 2nd and Sensation 3rd. This was enough for Sensation to take 2nd overall with Fuggles 3rd.

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