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Evans's J99 Snapshot Takes The IRC One Lead at Calves Week

5th August 2022
Ritchie and Mike Evans sailing J/99 Snapshot from Howth Yacht Club are top of the Class One IRC leaderboard after two races sailed at Calves Week in West Cork
Ritchie and Mike Evans sailing J/99 Snapshot from Howth Yacht Club are top of the Class One IRC leaderboard after two races sailed at Calves Week in West Cork Credit: Bob Bateman

The notorious variable northerly wind in Schull Harbour, West Cork, created a problem for Calves Week OD Alan Crosbie, who cleverly devised a short cross harbour starting beat before sending the various fleets on an interesting inter-island three-hour course around Carburys hundred isles.

In Class Zero IRC, it was business as usual for Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI taking the top spot with Royal Irish clubmate Prima Forte (Paul Burke) from Dublin Bay taking the ECHO trophy.

A reversal of yesterday's results in class One saw the Howth-based J99 Snapshot clinching victory from the Parnell family Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet. 

In Class Two, it was a clean sweep for the Bad Company crew from the Royal Cork, winning both divisions.

In Class Three, Patrick Collins Ealu continues to dominate the IRC fleet, with local Schull boat Aphrodite winning ECHO for Edmund Krugel.

Class Four IRC continues to be dominated by Rob Reilly's Bon Journo, with Cove-based Netta J taking the ECHO trophy.

Des Corbett's Cove-based Sadler 25 Netta JDes Corbett's Cove-based Sadler 25 Netta J Photo: Bob Bateman

In the White Sail classes, Kieran O'Brien's Magnet from RCYC held off the challenge of fellow club member Prince of Tides to claim the IRC trophy, while the Kinsale-based Y Dream won ECHO.

Kieran O'Brien's MG335 Magnet from Royal CorkKieran O'Brien's MG335 Magnet from Royal Cork Photo: Bob Bateman

In White Sail 2, Simon O Keeffe's Lady Min continued Wednesday's success with another victory ahead of Niall Mc Philips' Guapa.

Racing continues on Friday. The full results are below.

Race Results

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Published in Calves Week, West Cork

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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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