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Derval and Michael Murphy at the Royal Cork for Shelly D's 40th anniversary year competing at RCYC's Autumn League
A gathering at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this month celebrated the 40 consecutive years that the Moody 30, Shelly D and her various crews, have competed in the Autumn league writes Bob Bateman. Purchased in 1978 at…
Calves Week racing in West Cork
The violent overnight thunderstorms certainly cleared the air in Schull for the start of day four of Calves Week writes Michael Murphy. Unfortunately, it also cleared the wind, leaving race officer Alan Crosbie starting his fleets in a falling southeasterly…
 Act 2 Owners Michael O’Leary, David Andrews and Tom Roche all of the Royal Irish Yacht Club with their crew and supporters celebrate in Schull on their Calves Week win in the Fastnet Race
The successful Dun Laoghaire White Sails Dufour 425 campaigner 'Act 2', was back in the silverware this week with a win in the Fastnet race at Calves Week. Owners Michael O’Leary, David Andrews and Tom Roche, all former international offshore…
Calves Week competitors arrive at the Fastnet Rock
A 180-degree wind shift to the east from the previous two days of westerlies, presented Calves Week race officer Alan Crosbie with a problem on how to get fleet to the Fastnet and back, without forming a large reaching procession…
Brian Jones's J109 Jelly Baby in winning form in day two of Calves Week. Scroll down for photo gallery
The weather gods certainty decided to be kind to Schull today for the second day of Calves Week, by providing a sun-filled summers day with a steady 15 knots of a warm westerly wind, and a long inter-island interesting course…
Calves Week 2019 opened in a brisk westerly wind today
Thrills and spills were the order of the day for the opening races at Calves Week 2019, Schull, sailed in a brisk westerly wind, gusting close to thirty knots at times writes Michael Murphy Race Officer Kieran McSweeney, who was…
Brian Jones' Jelly Baby (on port) and Finbarr O'Regan's Artful Dodger are both expected to race from Kinsale to Baltimore this Saturday
The West Cork Sailing Festival kicks off this Saturday when SCORA will start an offshore race off Kinsale to Baltimore starting at 8 am. This replaces the traditional overnight race from Crosshaven, which had suffered from declining numbers in the…
This year’s Calves Week incorporates a race in the SCORA offshore series and will feature racing for six classes
With over 65 confirmed entries at present, representing fourteen clubs, ranging from Galway to Dublin, the 2019 Calves Week organised by Schull Harbour Sailing Club, is again shaping up to provide competitive and exciting racing for the annual West Cork…
Royal St George Yacht Club J/109 Dear Prudence (Patrick Cruise O'Brien) at the Fastnet Rock in race three of Calves Week
In the performance of the Calves Week regatta so far, Frank Whelan's Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club took her third win of the week in the 13-boat class Zero/One class, this time in the event's Fastnet race on the…
The Olsen 30 Coracle (Kieran Collins) is competing in Calves Week Class Two
The weather gods continued to shine on PRO Alan Crosbie and his well-drilled team at sunny Gas Calves Week in Schull, West Cork as the large fleet lined up in a 15–knot westerly wind for another inner harbour start on day…
In class one of Calves Week Frank Whelan's Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club had a first in both IRC and ECHO divisions
Following the celebrations at the opening ceremony on Monday evening, it was a far cry from Quail and Cork Dry Gin as the sixty-three boat fleet took to the water in Schull Harbour for race one in Calves Week. The…
Indulgence racing at last year's Calves Week Regatta
With over 60 confirmed entries at present, the 2018 Calves Week organised by Schull Harbour Sailing Club from August 7th- 10th, is again shaping up to provide competitive and exciting racing for the annual West Cork festival of sailing writes…
Jib and Tonic (Morgan Crowe) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club competing at Calves Week
Friday morning in Schull must have turned into a nightmare for Calves Week Race Officer Neill Prenderville, when he awoke to find the West Cork venue covered in fog and a forecast for further wind and rain. Competitors had previously…
With much fresher weather forecasted for today's Fastnet race, a contingency plan has been put in place which may see only the larger boats attempting to round the rock, while the remaining fleets enjoy the relative comfort of an inshore course.
Following the postponement of Calves Week's scheduled Fastnet race, Thursday's racing took place, with the start line off the mouth of Schull harbour in West Cork in a building westerly breeze which eventually reached 12/14 knots. All the fleets raced…
Calves Week racing
Calves Week OD Neill Prenderville certainly got his fleet into the feelgood mood,when he requested over the VHF that all competitors smile for the RTE camera crew covering the event prior to the start of the second race of the series…
Paul O'Higgins' Dublin Bay based Rockabill, a JPK 10.80, competes in the first race of Calves Week. Scroll down for photo gallery
Calves Week 2017 Regatta kicked off today in West Cork and Bob Bateman captured the action for Afloat.ie in the photo gallery below. The opening day started out clear and bright with a light northerly wind, forcing OD Niall Prendeville…

Calves Week Regatta takes place in Schull in early August, continuing the annual tradition in West Cork since the inception of the Schull Harbour Sailing Club in 1884.

In more recent years, a more compact schedule as an alternative to the older two-week even has proved popular.

The four-day Calves Week Championships with the usual mix of courses taking in the Fastnet Rock and many of Carbery's Hundred Isles, together with laid courses in Roaringwater Bay is one of Irish sailing's enduring fixtures. 

A daily prize-giving takes place on Main Street in Schull, which sees a nautical festival theme for the village organised by local businesses.

 

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