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Rockabill VI to Defend Calves Week Title With New Challengers on the Water in West Cork

2nd August 2021
Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill (left) and Frank Whelan's new J122 Kaya will contest the Calves Week title at Schull Harbour Sailing Club from Tuesday
Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill (left) and Frank Whelan's new J122 Kaya will contest the Calves Week title at Schull Harbour Sailing Club from Tuesday Credit: Afloat

Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, whose victory in both divisions in 2019 clinched him the overall title, will defend on Tuesday in the first of four races to decide Calves Week Regatta 2021 in West Cork.

A fleet of 36 IRC racers will compete in four divisions (see entries below). A 12-boat Class One, in particular, is one of the biggest IRC gatherings of the Irish sailing season so far and follows another successful south coast regatta, the Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale in June.

It's a positive turnaround for Commodore Sean Norris and Schull Harbour Sailing Club who were forced to cancel 2020's regatta for obvious reasons. 

So positive, in fact, that the popular event reached its entry limit in June.

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association's Boat of the Year rankings includes Calves Week as one of the events of its points series for the annual award.

Calves Week schedule

The format for the four-day regatta is three daily 'Round the Islands/Marks' races as well as a Round the Fastnet Race on Wednesday morning. 

Starts each day are at 11.30 am at Copper Point or inside Schull Harbour as are the finish lines.

Calves Week 2021 ScheduleCalves Week 2021 Schedule

J/122 Kaya debuts in Schull

2018 titleholder Frank Whelan is also back in Class One even though his winning Grand Soleil “Eleuthera” has been replaced with a new Greystones' based J122 Kaya, that  debuted on the East Coast this season in ISORA coastal racing. 

Greystones' based J122 KayaThe Greystones' based J122 Kaya

Leslie Parnell's 34.7 Black VelvetLeslie Parnell's 34.7 Black Velvet Photo: Afloat

Also ready to challenge in the big boat class is Royal Cork's Brian Jones the winner of Saturday's Kinsale to Baltimore feeder race in his J/109 Jelly Baby.  It's not Jones' only victory this season either, the family crewed boat also won Kinsale's Fastnet Rock Race in June too. 

Family crewed J109 Jelly Baby from Royal Cork Family crewed J109 Jelly Baby from Royal Cork Photo: Bob Bateman

Calves Week 2021 Class 1 IRC Entries: 12Calves Week 2021 Class 1 IRC Entries: 12

George Radley's Half Tonner Cortegada will have to deal with two J/80 sportsboats, one local and one from Howth, as well as the well-sorted Sunfast 32, Bad Company of Frank Desmond from Royal Cork in nine boat Class Two.

George Radley's Half Tonner Cortegada Photo: Bob BatemanGeorge Radley's Half Tonner Cortegada

Lough Derg Dehler 36 Lisador is a freshwater visitor from Garrykennedy Sailing Club. 

Calves Week 2021 Class 2 IRC Entries: 9Calves Week 2021 Class 2 IRC Entries: 9

Calves Week 2021 Class 3 IRC Entries: 6Calves Week 2021 Class 3 IRC Entries: 6

Calves Week 2021 Class 4 IRC Entries: 5  Calves Week 2021 Class 4 IRC Entries: 5  

Calves Week 2021 Class WS1 IRC Entries: 4  Calves Week 2021 Class WS1 IRC Entries: 4  

Published in West Cork, Calves Week, ICRA Team

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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.


At A Glance - Calves Week 2022

West Cork's Calves Week Regatta is traditionally held in the first week in August. In 2022 it runs from Tuesday August 2 to Friday August 5.

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