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O'Leary's Modified 1720 Stays Top of Calves Week Regatta after Fastnet Rock Race

5th August 2021
Rounding the Fastnet Rock at Calves Week Regatta - Class Two yachts, the Dehler 36 Lisador IRL1295 (Henry Hogg) of Garrykennedy Sailing Club and Frank Desmond's Sunfast 32 Bad Company from Royal Cork Yacht Club
Rounding the Fastnet Rock at Calves Week Regatta - Class Two yachts, the Dehler 36 Lisador IRL1295 (Henry Hogg) of Garrykennedy Sailing Club and Frank Desmond's Sunfast 32 Bad Company from Royal Cork Yacht Club Credit: Tom Newman

The modified 1720 sportsboat Antix Beag skippered by Anthony O'Leary of Royal Cork Yacht Club continues to lead the biggest class of Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Calves Week 2021 Regatta.

After Wednesday's race around the Fastnet Rock, O'Leary has managed to stay in front of some strong visiting boats to West Cork (including the reigning ISORA Champion Rockabill VI), but points are tight at the top of Class One with one point separating the top three overall and two races left to sail.

O'Leary is on four points, but Frank Whelan's new J/122 Kaya from Greystones Sailing Club is now into second place but on the same five points as Brian Jones J/109 Jelly Baby from Royal Cork Yacht Club, who stays third in the 12-boat class one fleet.

Cortegada continues to lead class two

RCYC Half Tonner Cortegada, owned by George Radley, continues to lead Flor Riordan's Elan 31 Three Cheers in nine boat class two and now has a two-point cushion. Norbert Reilly's J/80 Red Cloud from Howth Yacht Club has leapfrogged the Sunfast 32  Bad Company skippered by Frank Desmond for third.

Quarter Tonner Snoopy in charge of class three

Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner Snoopy (Martin Mahon) also still leads Class Three IRC. Patrick Collins Dehler 34 Ealu from Baltimore Sailing Club is now second and ahead of Peter O'Leary's First Class 8, Repo8 from Crookhaven Sailing Club.

BonJourno tops class four

Rob O'Reilly's quarter tonner BonJourNo! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has taken the lead of five boat class four, toppling early leader Richard Hanley of Kinsale Yacht Club in the GK 24 Saoirse now in second. Rene Wubben's Albin Ballad Seven Whistler from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club stays third. 

White Sails IRC is led by Frank Caul's Grand Soleil 37 Prince of Tides from Royal Cork Yacht Club from Schull Harbour Sailing Club's Indulgence, a Dehler 36 skippered by Aidan Heffernan. The Sovereign 400 VSOP skippered by Don McCarthy of the host club lies third. 

Racing continues until Friday.

See regatta preview, entry list and race schedule here

Results are here

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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 2021

West Cork's Calves Week Regatta is traditionally held in the first week in August

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