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Calves Week Attracts Fleet of 74 for Roaringwater Bay Races

2nd August 2016
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Calves Week 2016 regatta opened with a reception provided by local producers for the 74–boat fleet Calves Week 2016 regatta opened with a reception provided by local producers for the 74–boat fleet

74 boats from around Ireland and the UK have arrived for this year's GAS Calves Week 2016 in Schull Harhbour, West Cork writes Oonagh Buckley. They were welcomed on a wet night by the organising committee to a reception provided by local producers such as West Cork Pies and Gubbeen Smokehouse, washed down with Cork Dry Gin.

The weather promises to improve for the opening day's sailing around the islands of Roaringwater Bay. Neil Prendiville has returned as Race Officer for the week which promises all types of conditions for the six competing fleets.

Published in Calves Week

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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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