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Harold Cudmore Steers Restored Cork Harbour One Design 'Jap' to Le Voile Saint Tropez Classic Regatta Success

3rd October 2021
Cork helmsman Harold Cudmore lifts the trophy in St. Tropez after winning Le Voile Saint Tropez Classic Regatta on the restored Cork Harbour one Design, Jap. RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead is pictured third from left
Cork helmsman Harold Cudmore lifts the trophy in St. Tropez after winning Le Voile Saint Tropez Classic Regatta on the restored Cork Harbour one Design, Jap. RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead is pictured third from left

The restored Royal Cork Yacht Club Cork Harbour One Design Jap skippered by Harold Cudmore and with a crew that counts club Admiral Colin Morehead among its number have won Le Voile Saint Tropez Classic Regatta in the South of France.

Jap, built in Carrigaloe in 1897 and fully restored and sailing again as part of RCYC's 300th celebrations, took an unassailable lead in her class at the important classic regatta on Saturday.

Royal Cork member Terry Birles and his yacht Erin took fifth in their class.

Olympic helmsman Cudmore was on the tiller of the oldest and the smallest yacht at the classic yacht Centenary Trophy fleet.

The Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy is a French classic regatta reserved for boats of one hundred or more years old.

Jap on her way to a classic victory in St TropezJap on her way to a classic victory in St Tropez

Jap returned for the third time to try for the trophy, now one of the most prestigious in classic yachting circles. 

It's not Cudmore's first time sailing in Jap this season, he was at the helm in August during the Cork 300 celebrations in Cork Harbour as Afloat reported here.

One of seven remaining Cork Harbour One Designs, created by designer William Fife III, Jap was the ninth to be built in 1896 and was accepted into the class in 1897.

As regular Afloat readers will know, the immaculately restored 'Jap' was back on home waters in June 2020 at the marina at Royal Cork Yacht Club in celebration of Cork300.

And, as Afloat's Tom MacSweeney reported in March 2020, C4, Jap, after many years based on the South Coast of England, was donated by her owner to the Royal Cork YC.

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