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Calves Week Programme and Sponsor Announced

28th June 2011
Calves Week Programme and Sponsor Announced
Schull Harbour Sailing Club has announced the programme for Calves Week 2011 and as well as full programme of coastal, offshore and overnight races, the top sailing event in West Cork has also announced Heineken Lager has come on board as title sponsor writes Claire Bateman. Calves Week runs from Friday 29th July to Sunday 7th August.

With the high powered excitement of the ICRA National Championships and the Sovereign’s Cup behind them, the eyes of the sailors are now turning westward with the first of the visiting boats already arriving in Schull Harbour to enjoy leisurely cruising prior to joining the racing action on the August weekend.

Principal Race Officer, Neill Prendeville of Kinsale YC, will take charge of the on the water events and has promised a mixture of laid and natural courses using the many islands of Roaring Water Bay, while Denis Kiely of SCORA, will oversee the handicaps and results.

The opening SCORA overnight race will start from Crosshaven on Friday 29th July and will round the Fastnet before finishing in Schull Harbour, while the Whitesail Fleet will have an early start in Kinsale on Saturday morning, July 30th.

The opening and closing receptions will take place in the Fastnet Marine Centre that is currently undergoing major refurbishing prior to staging the World Team Racing championships at the end of August, and the Thursday prizegiving ceremony will take place in the historic Grove House on the Colla road.

With confirmed entries now approaching the fifty mark, it is hoped that the many hundreds of sailors and friends that will crowd into Schull for the week of exciting racing and onshore festivities will provide a major tourist lift for the area .

Calves Week Schedule of races

Fri 29th July.  Crosshaven-Fastnet –Schull  (Overnight SCORA Offshore Series)

Sat 30th July. Kinsale –Schull  ( WhiteSail Offshore day race)

Sun 31st July. Schull - Baltimore (Coastal Race)

Mon 1st August  Baltimore Regatta.

Tue 2nd August  Offshore Trophy Race

Thr 4th August  Coastal Trophy Race

Fri 5th August  Schull-Fastnet-Crookhaven

Sun 7th August Schull Regatta.

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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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