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Staying Calm In A Calm Is A Matter Of Staying Put For Classics

13th July 2022
The Cork Harbour One Design, Jap helmed by Harold Cudmore is from the drawing board of William Fife, and the design dates back to 1895
The Cork Harbour One Design, Jap helmed by Harold Cudmore is from the drawing board of William Fife, and the design dates back to 1895 Credit: Bob Bateman

Let’s face it, most classics need a bit of a breeze to give of their best, and there’s nothing more disagreeable than rolling about in windless frustration under a rig that rattles. Thus for exactly half of the Classics Division, “Include Me Out” seems to have been the motto for the day.

Terry Birles Classic Erin from Royal Cork YC Photo: Bob BatemanTerry Birles Classic Erin from Royal Cork YC Photo: Bob Bateman

But somehow Dafydd Hughes’ vintage S&S 34 Bendigedig from Aberaeron (it’s south end of Cardigan Bay, and not be confused with Aberdaeron inside Bardsey) found enough wind power to get round the course and take the win, second going to Patrick Dorgan with the Cork Harbour OD Elsie, while the Tina Class Bilou-Bellle (J J Ollu) from France was third, which means she currently leads overall.

Patrick Dorgan's Cork Harbour One Design Elsie from Royal Cork YCPatrick Dorgan's Cork Harbour One Design Elsie from Royal Cork YC Photo: Bob Bateman

Harold Cudmore at the helm of Cork Harbour One Design Jap of Royal Cork YCHarold Cudmore at the helm of Cork Harbour One Design Jap of Royal Cork YC Photo: Bob Bateman

White Bay on the east side of Cork Harbour near Roches Point was the picture-perfect racing area for the Classic Class today. The elegant class includes boats that are over 100 years old, loving restored by their guardians.White Bay on the east side of Cork Harbour near Roches Point was the picture-perfect racing area for the Classic Class today. The elegant class includes boats that are over 100 years old, loving restored by their guardians. Terry Birles’ Fred Shepherd sloop Erin dates back to 1912 (on port) and was built in Maine USA. The 30ft gaff cutter Lady Min (B7) was launched in Schull in 1902 and is raced at Volvo Cork Week by Simon O'Keeffe, the grandson of the original owner Maurice O’Keefe.Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Yves Lambert’s 37ft Dick Carter sloop Persephone was launched in 1969 and is the sistership to the 1966 One Ton Cup winner Tina.Yves Lambert’s 37ft Dick Carter sloop Persephone was launched in 1969 and is the sistership to the 1966 One Ton Cup winner Tina. Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Dafydd Hughes’ S&S 34 Bendigedig hales from Aberaeron, West Wales, and is a sistership to Ted Heath’s Morning Cloud. Dafydd intends to race Bendigedig, solo around the world in 2023.Dafydd Hughes’ S&S 34 Bendigedig hales from Aberaeron, West Wales, and is a sistership to Ted Heath’s Morning Cloud. Dafydd intends to race Bendigedig, solo around the world in 2023. Photo: Rick Tomlinson

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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