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With another win yesterday, Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice has a clean sweep in class zero IRC of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn league.

Second in this class is Frank Doyle's J122E Cara on 11 points with Tom Roche's Meridian from Kinsale Yacht Club one point behind on 12 points.  Four are competing

In class one and two IRC, Annamarie & Denis Murphy's Grand Soliel 40, Nieulargo has a three-point margin over Finbarr O'Regan's Elan 333 Artful Dodger on 11points.Third overall after five races sailed is Kieran Collins' Olson 30 Coracle IV.

Full results are here. 

Published in Royal Cork YC

In contrast to last Sunday where Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League featured the heavy weather drama of broken spars, a grounding and a crew in the water, today's race was an airless one and racing for classes 1,2,3 and 4 (the spinnaker fleet) was abandoned writes Bob Bateman.

The white sail fleet got a start inside Cork Harbour with a first beat along the Eastern Shore.

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Royal Cork Yacht Club finished fourth in the silver fleet at the Global Team Race Regatta in Newport, R.I., USA at the weekend.

With steady sailing across a full range of conditions and against a fleet of determined opponents, the Royal Thames Yacht Club (London, U.K.) claimed the championship at the inaugural Regatta, a two-on-two keelboat team race hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court from October 5 to 7. The octet of sailors from the historic London yacht club won 18 of 21 races over the course of three days. The team representing the host New York Yacht Club finished second with 16 wins and five losses. St Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco) was third at 15-6 and Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo (Rome, Italy) fourth with a 14-7 record.

A dozen teams from 10 countries, including Japan, Argentina and Australia, travelled to Newport for a frenetic weekend of sailing at the very end of the northeast sailing season. They were rewarded with wind from 5 to 20 knots, a matched fleet of 22 Sonar keelboats, an efficient race committee that cranked out 126 races and the unparalleled hospitality of the New York Yacht Club. Proponents of team racing, including New York Yacht Club Commodore Phil Lotz, who threw his full support behind the event, hope the Global Team Race Regatta will spur team racing's ascendancy to the pinnacle of competitive small-boat sailing, the Olympic Games. Of course, one successful team race isn't going to sufficiently charm the International Olympic Committee, but there was nonetheless a lot riding on this event.

Gold Fleet:
1. Royal Thames Yacht Club (England), 18-3
2. New York Yacht Club (New York), 16-5
3. St. Francis Yacht Club (St. Francisco), 15-6
4. Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo (Italy) 14-7
5. Dutch Match & Team Racing Association (The Netherlands) 9-12
6. Bayerischer Yacht Club (Germany), 6-15

Silver Fleet:
1. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Italy), 11-10
2. Japan Sailing Federation (Japan), 10-11
3. Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club (Scotland), 10-11
4. Royal Cork Yacht Club (Ireland), 8-13
5. Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (Australia); 7-14
6. Yacht Club Argentino (Argentina), 2-19

Published in Team Racing

It was a drama–filled second race day of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League when near gale force winds swept through today's coastal course race writes Bob Bateman

The three boats competing in Class Zero were reduced to two when Conor Doyle's XP50 Freya split her jib at the harbour mouth forcing her retiral.

Southwesterly winds at Roches Point at the entrance to Cork Harbour were averaging 24 knots but gusting to over thirty.

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Dave Doyle's Muskateer from Great Island Sailing Club Photo: Bob Bateman

Prior to that, the zero start was postponed when Conor Phelan's Jump Juice fouled the pin end buoy of the start line and had to be freed and the line reset.

In a separate incident, in class one, the rail or rail wire on Paul Tingle's  XP33 Alpaca gave way and some of her hiking crew ended up in the water but were all recovered safely.

untitled 8922The course set by Race Officer Peter Crowley

Race officer Peter Crowley sent classes 0,1,2,3,4 on a coastal course starting close to Whitegate. Zero went to Daunt, Smiths, W1, No.5 with a finish at Cage. 

Class 1and 2 went to W1, Power Head, Ringabella, No.5 and a finish at Cage

Classes 3 and 4 got a shorter course out to Ringabella Harp and finish at Cage.

Race Officer David O'Brien sent the white sail division to Ringabella, Harp mark, back to W1, no 5 and finish at Cage. White Sail One got a slightly longer course but in the same area.

The 1720s sailed on the Harbour's Eastern Bank.

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Sigma 33 Flyover (David Marchant)  Photo: Bob Bateman

Results are here

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Miss Whiplash (John Downey) Photo: Bob Bateman

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Jelly Baby (Brian Jones) Photo: Bob Bateman

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Above and below the Elan 333 Chancer Photos: Bob Bateman

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Coracle (Barry Rose) to leeward and Finnbarr O'Regan's Artful Dodger Photo: Bob Bateman

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210The J109 Justus from Kinsale Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Ria Lyden's Ellida Photo: Bob Bateman

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210(Above and below) The J80 Jedi skippered by Fergus Coughlan Photo: Bob Bateman

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Bad Company, (Desmond/Ivers/Deasy) Photo: Bob Bateman

RCYC Autumn Yacht race210Robert Marchant's Fulmar Fever from Waterford Harbour Photo: Bob BatemanRCYC Autumn Yacht race210Sean Hanley's Luas, a HB31 Photo: Bob Bateman

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Two races in plenty of wind got Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League off to a great start in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman

From a combined fleet of 53–boats, fleets were split into Spinnaker, White Sail and 1720 sports boats (who had three races).

The wind was northwesterly in direction and building so that by 1.30 pm there was over 20–knots.  

Windward-Leeward courses gave crews a chance to get to grips with unruly gennakers!

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1The Class 1and 2 start line in the first race

Entries for the series came from across the south coast including a Schull–based Sadler 32 and two boats from Waterford Harbour.

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1Robert Marchant from Dunmore East sailing Fulmar Fever

The spinnaker fleet had five classes with four boats in class zero, including Conor Doyle's new XP44 Freya while his cousin Frank is sailing a new J122E Cara.

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1Conor Doyle's Freya

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1Tom MacCarthy's Tony Castro designed Bataleur 88

It appears Alan Mulcahy has changed from Red Bus to a large Beneteau First and is now sailing in White sail. And Tom MacCarthy has gone from Whislin' Dixie to sailing Bataleur 88. An indication of the strengthening breeze was that MacCarthy tore his Genoa in the first race and changed to a smaller jib for the second.

RCYC Autumn Yacht race1Alan Mulcahy's Moondance

Peter Crowley was PRO with the White Sail Racing run by David O'Brien with Barry Rose in charge of the 1720s. Click here for overall results to date

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With just over one week to go to the 2018 Royal Cork Yacht Club Autumn Series, things are heating up with good entries from all the south coast clubs including Kinsale Yacht Club, the newly founded Great Island SC, Monkstown Bay SC, Waterford Harbour SC and Schull Harbour SC all with entries in so far.

This year's series will be raced over five Sundays starting on the 30th of September and finishing on the 28th of October, there will be a good mix of laid courses and coastal style courses across the series as well as racing for 1720's on their own course with 3 race per day for the 1720's.

"This year's series will be raced over five Sundays starting on the 30th of September"

The new U25 Academy will also have two boats entered in the 1720 class.

North Sails Debriefing Sessions

We will be running the North Sails video training sessions again this year, with Nigel Young and Maurice O Connell, they will be out on the water videoing the action and relaying their findings when we get ashore after racing, Last year this really helped people improve boat handling, crew work, sail trim and all aspects of race and time management. To allow time for the video to be edited properly and not to delay people after racing there will be no debrief on week one and RCYC will then be doing the first week's racing after racing on week two and so on.

This year will see the introduction of the weekly awards (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) these fun awards will be presented at the debrief sessions each week, based on the findings of the on–the–water coaches.

With three race areas and top quality race management with Race Officers Peter Crowley, Barry Rose and David O Brien, it promises to be another great series. Please get your entry in now to ensure you don't miss out.

Click here for online entry

Published in Royal Cork YC

Cork Week 2018 has been awarded Gold Certification by the International ‘Sailors for the Sea’ Clean Regatta programme with the event sustainability partners MaREI Centre for Marine & Renewable Energy and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme.

The Clean Regattas programme is the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. The initiative helps people run more environmentally friendly events to protect local waters and beyond, raising the bar for ocean health around the world. “We are thrilled to support the Volvo Cork Week in their efforts to educate participants on environmental protection by serving as a model for responsible sailing.”– Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea.

"The ocean is in crisis, every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean from land"

The ocean is in crisis, every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean from land and 40% of the oceans are heavily affected by human activity, including pollution, overfishing and destructive fishing practices, and the loss of coastal habitats.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club implemented a range of Clean Regattas Best Practices to reduce our environmental impact, including the provision of reusable water bottles and hydration stations, compostable food and coffee containers, paper straws, energy conservation, online registration forms, and an information campaign on reducing single-use plastics and marine litter. 

Aoife Deane, Communications & Public Engagement Manager for MaREI commented “Our collaboration with Clean Coasts on supporting Volvo Cork Week in their efforts to run a cleaner, greener regatta represented an important opportunity for us to engage the sailors and members of the public on sustainability issues such as ocean degradation, marine litter and plastics”

Published in Cork Week

A stiff southwesterly breeze with a cloudy sky was the order of the day for the annual Naval Race at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman.

This year the organisers chose a central location in the Harbour close to Whitegate Jetty to start the race. This was to facilitate yachts from Monkstown, Cobh the Naval Squadron and the Royal Cork Yacht Club to participate.

RCYC Navy Yacht race2Mo Ghile Mear from MBSC rounding number 8 buoy

Race officer Tom O’ Mahoney sent the eight spinnaker entrants to Number eight Buoy on to Ringabella, back into the harbour before going to East Ferry and finishing at the Signal Tower on the Base with finger food and refreshments served in the Mess on Haulbowline Island.

RCYC Navy Yacht race2The White Sail start

The white sail fleet of 20 yachts had a similar course except the leg up to East Ferry was omitted.

RCYC Navy Yacht race2Royal Cork's under 25 team

RCYC Navy Yacht race2Pat Vaughan's Aramis

RCYC Navy Yacht race2Ria Lyden's Ellida

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Photographer Bob Bateman captured the sailing cruiser and mixed dinghy action in Cork Harbour during Royal Cork's 'At Home' Regatta 2018 last weekend.

A nice southwesterly sea breeze filled in on Saturday for the opening day of the Royal Cork “At Home” sponsored by Mater Private.

RCYC Rear Admiral (Keelboats) Kieran O’Connell did the honours as race officer for the Cruiser classes.

RCYC At Home14Colin Morehead, RCYC Vice Admiral, sailing “Bene Baby"

Setting a windward mark off the entrance to Cork Harbour and using navigation buoys for the gybe and leeward marks and this, coupled with starting the white sail fleet first, meant that all the fleets were in close proximity to each other.

RCYC At Home14George Radley’s “Cortegada” off Roches Point

Meanwhile, on the Curlane Bank. the dinghies sailed and it was nice to see some of the younger competitors sailing their first 'real' race having completed the sailing courses during the summer holidays.

RCYC At Home14Brian Jones (Rear Admiral Dinghies) sailing his J109 “Jelly Baby”

RCYC At Home14Paul and Deirdre Tingle’s “Alpaca”

RCYC At Home14“Bad Company “ (Deasy Ivers Desmond) avoid a lone fisherman off Roches Point

The National 18s sailed their own course also on the bank. And it all provided a colourful spectacle.

RCYC At Home14National 18s on the Curlane Bank course

Sunday turned out grey and much windier.

The wind was very flukey and a large lop met the keelboat fleet. On the dinghy course some of the younger competitors were brought out on the Committee boat, from there they got to watch the RS 200s, Fevas and other classes at high speed with the occasional capsize of course.

On return to shore it was time to enjoy the Ladies Afternoon Tea, Crab Fishing, The Admirals “Boules” match and the hotly contested Tug of War. The under twelve girls won albeit with a bit of help from some large helpers used to grinding winches....

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Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour has been celebrating the homecoming of the long-lost portrait of John ‘The Magnificent’ Smith Barry which has been jointly acquired by both Fota House, in collaboration with the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) when it was auctioned at Chiswick’s auction house in London earlier this year.

“We at Fota House & Gardens are delighted to have collaborated with our friends at the RCYC in welcoming home this small but significant painting of John Smith Barry during National Heritage Week”, says Victoria Tammadge, General Manager, Fota House & Gardens. “It is John that we have to thank for giving us the house that we know today as he had a huge impact on Fota House. We look forward to sharing this wonderful piece of Cork’s history at Fota for everyone to enjoy,” she continued. 

John the Magnificent Smith Barry1Admiral Royal Cork Pat Farnan, Anne O'Donoghue CEO Irish Heritage Trust and Dermot Burns Club Archivist Royal Cork Photo: Bob Bateman

John the Magnificent Smith Barry1Dermot Burns Club Archivist Royal Cork, Anne O'Donoghue CEO Irish Heritage Trust Victoria Browne Irish Heritage Trust, and Victoria Tammadge, General Manager Fota House and Gardens Photo: Bob BatemanJohn the Magnificent Smith Barry1 Gavin Deane General Manager of Royal Cork shares a joke with Victoria Tammadge General Manager Fota House and Gardens and Anne O'Donoghue CEO Irish Heritage Trust Photo: Bob Bateman

In the early 1800s, John Smith Barry (1793‐1837) extended Fota House from a hunting lodge with the help of architects Richard & William Morris into the stunning Regency mansion you see today on the magnificent estate on Fota Island. The painting was restored by fine art conservator Justin Laffan and will hang at both Fota House and the RCYC in Crosshaven on an alternate basis.

John was one of five children to his hugely wealthy father James Hugh Smith Barry and mother Ann Tanner (whom James never married). John inherited Fota, however, due to his illegitimate status he could not inherit the title of Earl of Barrymore. John was a very keen sailor and joined the soon to be Royal Cork Yacht Club in 1812. He was made Vice Commodore in August 1833 and Vice Admiral in 1834. His 90-ton yacht Columbine won the King’s Cup at Cowes Week in 1835. In the painting, we can see John in the library of Fota House wearing the RCYC uniform of the time with Columbine in near full-sail in Cork Harbour sporting the RCYC pennant on her main mast.

John the Magnificent Smith Barry1Admiral Pat Farnan, Royal Cork, Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Thomas Maloney and Anne O'Donoghue CEO Irish Trust.

Since 2007, Fota House is owned and managed by the Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity, and all proceeds are invested back into the upkeep and restoration of the property. Fota House operates guided tours from 10:00 – 17:00 daily (including Sundays and bank holidays). In 2017, Justin Laffan expertly restored five works from the Fota collection and will restore three more paintings live at Fota House during Heritage Week thanks to the Heritage Council’s MSPI Caring for Collections Grant scheme 2018. 

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