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Conor Phelan's Custom Ker 37 Jump Juice has taken the lead of the biggest fleet on the 2021 O'Leary Insurances Sovereign's Cup on day two and now leads the 17-boat coastal division by two points. 

Second overall is overnight leader, Bob Rendell's Samatom, a new Grand Soleil 44 on five points.

Tied on points but in third place due to tie-break rules is local favourite Freya, the Xp50 skippered by Kinsale Yacht Club's Conor Doyle.

Bob Rendell's Samatom, a new Grand Soleil 44 from HowthBob Rendell's Samatom, a new Grand Soleil 44 from Howth Photo: Bob Bateman

The 17-strong division features some of the biggest yachts in the event. As regular Afloat readers will know, first, second (joint) and third from this month's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race are sailing in the Sovereign's coastal fleet.

Freya, the Xp50 skippered by Kinsale Yacht Club's Conor Doyle Photo: Bob BatemanFreya, the Xp50 skippered by Kinsale Yacht Club's Conor Doyle Photo: Bob Bateman

Aboard overall leader "Jump Juice" with "Samatom" to windward after rounding "Black Tom" mark in Courmacsherry Bay Photo: Maurice O'ConnellAboard overall leader "Jump Juice" with "Samatom" to windward after rounding "Black Tom" mark in Courmacsherry Bay Photo: Maurice O'Connell

Results here are provisional and subject to protest. 

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It's all change at the top of the leaderboard in IRC classes One, Two and Three after four races sailed at the Sovereigns' Cup in Kinsale today.

The new Howth Yacht Club J99 design of Michael and Richard Evans has outwitted the popular J109 designs that dominated racing after day one and now tops 14-boat class one at the end of the second day of the four-day competition in West Cork.

The Evans brothers leapfrogged the top three J109s overall to move into the overall IRC lead on 13 points, some eight points clear of the National Yacht Club's J109 Something Else (Brian and John Hall).

Third is the day one leader, Storm (Pat Kelly), one point behind Something Else on 22 points.

But it wasn't all plain sailing on day two of the biennial event with the wind shifting 180 degrees causing headaches for race management.

Half Tonner leads Class Two

In Class Two, David Kelly's Half Tonner King One from Howth has taken the lead by a single point from Royal Cork's Olson 30 Coracle VI skippered by Kieran Collins. Cove Sailing Club's Cortegada (George Radley) stays third overall in the five boat fleet.

YaGottaWanna Moves into the Class Three Lead

Dave Lane's YaGottaWanna from Royal Cork now leads clubmates Dave O Regan & Denise Phelan & Tony Donworth in the quarter tonner Supernova by shares the same six points.

Rob O'Reilly's quarter tonner BonJourno! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay SC stays third.

Results here are provisional and subject to protest. 

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Although Conor Doyle's Xp 50 Freya from the host club was the clear 'on the water' winner on the Sovereign's Cup Coastal Course today, it was Bob Rendell's new Samatom, a Grand Soleil 44, from Howth YC that took first place on IRC rating just ahead of Conor Phelan's custom Ker 37 Jump Juice from the Royal Cork YC.

Light winds and rain soon gave way for ideal racing conditions for the event's opening day at Kinsale Yacht Club today. 

As Afloat reported earlier, the overall 62-strong fleet competed on courses ranging from Cork Harbour to the Old Head of Kinsale at the start of the four-day regatta. 

(from left) Xp 50 Freya, the Grand Soleil 44 Samatom and the Xp 44 Wow at the start of the coastal race  Photo: Bob Bateman(from left) The X35 D-Tox, the Grand Soleil 44 Samatom and the Xp 44 Wow at the start of the coastal race Photo: Bob Bateman

The 17-strong division that features some of the biggest yachts in the event started racing with a short sprint to the O'Leary Insurance Group buoy before a long leg back to the Daunt Rock off Robert's Cove at Cork Harbour.

As regular Afloat readers will know, first, second (joint)and third from this month's Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race are sailing in this coastal fleet.

Full results here.

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After the first two races in IRC Class One, Pat Kelly's Storm from Howth Yacht Club and Rush Sailing Club leads the 14-boat division of the O'Leary Insurances Sovereign's Cup Regatta at Kinsale. 

Kelly is five points clear at the top after two races sailed in light to medium winds on the first day of the biennial event that has attracted a total fleet of 62 boats for the four-day event.

Close combat - J109s make up ten of the 14 boat IRC of fleet at the 2021 Sovereign's Cup  Photo: Bob BatemanClose combat - J109s make up ten of the 14 boat IRC of fleet at the 2021 Sovereign's Cup Photo: Bob Bateman

Dominating the top three places overall after day one, J109s also sit in second and third places in that division too. Kelly's clubmates Richard Colwell and John Murphy are second in Outrajeous with Royal Cork's Jelly Baby skippered by Brian Jones in third but tied on points.

Olson 30 leads IRC Two

In five boat Division Two IRC, Royal Cork's Olson 30 Coracle VI skippered by Kieran Collins leads from two half tonners on three points. David Kelly's Half Tonner King One is one point behind in second place with Cove Sailing Club's Cortegada on five points in third overall. 

The Olson 30 Coracle VI skippered by Kieran CollinsThe Olson 30 Coracle VI skippered by Kieran Collins

Quarter Tonner leads IRC Three 

A Royal Cork Quarter Tonner leads a five boat IRC 3 Division with Dave O'Regan, Denise Phelan and Tony Donworth's Supernova on top from David Lane's YaGottaWanna. In third place is Rob O'Reilly's BonJourno! Part Deux from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club.

Twomey takes White Sail win

A combined fleet of almost 20 White Sails entries racing in two Divisions enjoyed a single race that started and finished inside Kinsale Harbour off the historic Charles Fort saw veteran paralympian and former Kinsale YC Commodore John Twomey take the opening race bullet both on the water and under ECHO handicap.

White Sails principal race officer Donal Hayes sent both fleets off on different courses yet still managed to have the last boats in both finish within one minute of one another.

Sovereign's Cup provisional results after day one here 

Sovereign's Cup Day One Photo Gallery By Bob Bateman


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Less is more for a quality fleet now gathering for next week's O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup, one of the biggest regattas on the 2021 Irish sailing calendar.

A fleet of 62 boats will be in action at Kinsale from next Wednesday as the biennial Cup gets underway (Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th June 2021).

Denis and Annamarie Murphy's Nieulargo from the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven was the first entry received for the regatta and coincidentally won last weekend's 280-nautical mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race (D2D). Kinsale's own Conor Doyle on Freya, line honours winner into Kerry is also entered and both will compete in the Coastal division of next week’s event.

Conor Doyle;s Freya from the host club will compete at the 2021 Sovereign's Cup Conor Doyle's Freya from the host club will compete at the 2021 Sovereign's Cup

Class One counts no fewer than ten J109's that will add an extra competitive edge to the biennial regatta with crews keen to get their season off to a good start.

After missing out on the D2D, ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell's Outrajeous from Howth is one of ten J109s signed up for the Sovereign's CupAfter missing out on the D2D, ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell's Outrajeous from Howth is one of ten J109s signed up for the Sovereign's Cup

The four-day series is being staged at nearly half its normal size due to the Covid-19 pandemic but is one of the first regular events on the domestic Sailing calendar to resume. No indoor activities have been organised and restrictions on numbers ashore are in place. Overseas entries are unable to attend due to travel restrictions.

"We're following the guidelines very carefully to ensure we can stage a scaled-back but successful event this year," commented Anthony O'Neill, Regatta Director at Kinsale Yacht Club. "Our goal is continuity so that we can welcome back all our regular competitors for a full-scale regatta again in 2023."

Kinsale's own Sufast 3300 Cinnamon Girl	(Cian McCarthy) that had such a successful D2D race winning the two handed division is back in home waters to race in the Sovereign's Cup Coastal divisionKinsale's own Sufast 3300 Cinnamon Girl (Cian McCarthy) that had such a successful D2D race winning the two handed division is back in home waters to race in the Sovereign's Cup Coastal division

Last weekend's D2D Race, the first competition of the year in Ireland has provided a particularly strong entry for the Coastal class at O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup, with many East coast boats now in southern waters and is a sign of continued resurgent interest in racing offshore.

Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 Antix Beag from Royal Cork will be racing in the Sovereign's Cup IRC class Photo: Bob BatemanAnthony O'Leary's modified 1720 Antix Beag from Royal Cork (pictured during last night's RCYC June League) will be racing in the Sovereign's Cup IRC class Photo: Bob Bateman

"We are very pleased with the Coastal class that has attracted 17 crews and some of the biggest boats in the country who will race along the spectacular coastline from Cork Harbour to the Seven Heads during the regatta," said O'Neill. "The unspoilt sailing waters and spectacular scenery are what Kinsale is famed for, both at home and abroad."

Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600 Searcher from Dublin makes its Sovereign's Cup debut Pete Smyth's Sunfast 3600 Searcher from Dublin makes its Sovereign's Cup debut

Bob Rendell's new Samatom, a Grand Soleil 44, is racing in the IRC division of the Sovereign's CupBob Rendell's new Samatom, a Grand Soleil 44, is racing in the IRC division of the Sovereign's Cup

Ashore, the clubhouse dinghy park will be used for outdoor hospitality with social distancing measures in place along with limits on attendance. "We've planned this event on the national theme of an 'outdoor Summer' and there'll be plenty of options locally as the Kinsale businesses have extensive external spaces available to enjoy in safety."

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Kinsale Yacht Club has confirmed its O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup from 23rd to 26th June 2021.

"Having considered the recent announcement on the easing of government restrictions and after consulting all stakeholders, we have agreed that we can hold our reduced size Sovereign's Cup", said Regatta director Anthony O'Neill.

"We believe that there is a pent-up demand among all sailors to get back racing and that this year's event, albeit a more 'on the water' regatta, will cater very well for that demand".

Anthony O'Neill, Sovereigns Cup Regatta Director Anthony O'Neill, Sovereigns Cup Regatta Director

"We are very happy to be in the position that our early decision to plan for a smaller event with a target of 50 boats has now been proven to have been a prudent one. While the government announcement last Friday has effectively given the 'green-light' to sailing in controlled situations, there still remains many uncertainties and challenges for event organisers. Not least among those are restrictions and measures that may be required ashore", O'Neill said. 

"All of us at Kinsale Yacht Club are working hard to provide the best possible racing in June"

For that reason, a final decision on the level of social activity in Kinsale Yacht Club will not be made until closer to the event.

"We will be guided at that time by the guidelines in place with regards to numbers allowed at Events and Social Gatherings" he added.

"If the expected clarifications/alterations to the guidelines do not allow for the use of our Club facilities, then we are confident that participant's needs can be accommodated at the outdoor facilities of the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in the town".

In addition, all Hotels and Guesthouses will have indoor dining available for those participants who are residents.

"All of us at Kinsale Yacht Club are working hard to provide the best possible racing in June", ONeill concluded.

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The number of entries for June's O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup exceeded the target of 50 boats over the weekend.

As Afloat reported last month, there was an immediate uptake for the even when entries. The current entry list is available here.

Kinsale's Regatta Director Anthony O'Neill and his organising committee have closed the online entry system until further notice. The Government's Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions and guidelines will now be closely monitored to determine if more boats may be accommodated in the event.

Kinsale Yacht Club says a regatta waiting list has now been set-up and any boat interested should email Anthony O'Neill at [email protected] stating Boat Name, Sail No., Rating, Owners Name and Club.

Kinsale Yacht Club is now operating a waiting list for its June Sovereign's Cup Regatta Photo: Bob BatemanKinsale Yacht Club is now operating a waiting list for its June Sovereign's Cup Regatta Photo: Bob Bateman

KYC say the calibre of boats taking part in June has not been affected by the lower number of entrants necessitated by Covid-19.

Coastal Division

In the Coastal Division, Conor Doyle's Xp50 Freya, the biggest boat in the fleet, along with Tom Roche's Salona 45 Meridian, both from KYC are potential winners.

Ahead of the regatta, Doyle's crew will have honed their boat-handling skills in the Dun Laoghaire to Race earlier in June.

Conor Doyle's Freya from the host clubConor Doyle's Xp50 Freya from the host club Photo: Afloat

Other Sovereign's Cup regatta boats that will also have benefitted from the D2D race will be George Sisk's Xp44 WOW, Denis and Annamarie Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo, and the Burke/Lemass/Rigley team's Beneteau First 40 Prima Forte. These bigger boats will be joined by two other smaller boats, also competing in the D2D which are Johnny Treanor's Grand Soleil JustTina and David Riome/Mark Leonard's Valfreya from the host club.

Dublin J109s 

In IRC Zero, Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice and Niall Dowling's Ker 40+ Arabella are sure to feature strongly. In IRC 1 the J109's are set to repeat their 2019 'Battle of Kinsale' with Richard Colwell/John Murphy's Outrajeous, Simon Knowles' Indian and the Shanahan Family's Ruth.

Simon Knowles' J109 Indian from Howth Yacht Club will compete in IRC One of the Sovereign's Cup Photo: AfloatSimon Knowles' J109 Indian from Howth Yacht Club will compete in IRC One of the Sovereign's Cup Photo: Afloat

These along with Paul and Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca will be expected to do well as like the bigger boats in the Coastal Division they are also competing in the D2D race.

Eight Half Tonners will race in the IRC2 division of the 2021 Sovereign's Cup Eight Half Tonners will race in IRC 2 division of the Sovereign's Cup 2021 Photo: Bob Bateman

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In IRC 2 no less than eight Half Tonners will be participating. George Radley's Cortegada will be making the trip over to Kinsale from Cobh in Cork Harbour to take on the seven entries from Dublin Bay. Among those will be the 2019 IRC 2 winner Nigel Biggs in Checkmate XVIII and 2019 Irish Half Ton Cup winners Michael Wright and Rick DeNeve in Mata.

Nigel Biggs in Checkmate XVIIINigel Biggs in Checkmate XVIII

White Sails

The White Sail Divisions will be book-ended by KYC's James Matthews' new acquisition Fiscala, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49, and the biggest boat in White Sail.

In White Sail IRC2, will be the smallest boat Shillelagh, a Blazer 23 owned by Kinsale Yacht Club Ex-Commodore and former Sovereign's Cup winner John Twomey.

All in all, there should be intriguing racing in the battles not just for the individual class titles but for The Sovereign's Cup, the Portcullis Trophy and the Michelle Dunn Prix d'Elegance Trophy which are the perpetual trophies awarded for the best overall performing boat in IRC, the best overall performance in Echo and the best-presented boat at the event.

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In less than two weeks since registration opened for the O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup 2021, 30 entries were received. The speed at which the entries have come in is best exemplified by Denis and Annamarie Murphy's entry of Nieulargo which was received within an hour of registration opening. In this year's Sovereign's Cup, Nieulargo will race in the Coastal Fleet where they hope to build on their stand-out offshore success in 2020 when they won both the Kinsale Yacht Club Fastnet race and the inaugural Fastnet 450 Race.

These early 30+ entries received more than five months before the start of the event on June 23rd, have been welcomed by Regatta Director Anthony O'Neill as he and his organising committee rolls out its revised format Covid-19 compliant event.

Nieulargo - the first boat to enter Sovereign's Cup 2021 Nieulargo - the first boat to enter Sovereign's Cup 2021

The entry List may be viewed here.

Niall Dowling's Ker 40 Arabella

As the list shows, there are some very capable boats already entered in the Coastal Class. Among them is RIYC's, Solent based Ker 40+ Arabella entered by Niall Dowling. Dowling is very familiar with these waters, having won the 2018 Round Ireland Race in his then Ker 43 Baraka GP.

George Sisk's Wow will be in the mix as will the Patsy Burke/Lemass/Rigley Prima Forte. These boats, along with the Kinsale boats already entered, will ensure that this fleet will be hotly contested. Richard Colwell and John Murphy's J109 Outrajeous returns to defend the Class IRC Class 1 title which he and his team won in the 2019 Sovereign's Cup.

George Sisk's XP44 WowGeorge Sisk's XP44 Wow

As previously reported, this year's event has a target number of 50 boats, this is due to the potential uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that may be required at the time of the event.

The Shanahan family's J109 Ruth from the National Yacht Club, a former ISORA champion, is entered for the 2021 Sovereign's CupThe Shanahan family's J109 Ruth from the National Yacht Club, a former ISORA champion, is entered for the 2021 Sovereign's Cup

All boat owners who intend entering the event are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, especially considering the healthy number of entries received to date.

Enter here to qualify for the Early Bird Entry draw. The Early Bird Entry cut-off is February 14th, and a draw will take place for a €200 Kinsale Good Food Circle voucher for all entries received by that date.

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Registration is now open for the 2021 O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereigns Cup which will take place 23rd to 26th June in Kinsale Yacht Club, click here to enter online.

Participants will sail in Classes 0, 1, 2, Coastal and White Sail under PRO Jack Roy and RO Peter Crowley.

Due to the uncertainty around Covid-19 the event will be limited to 50 boats as outlined by Anthony O'Neill, Regatta Director. "Our reason for making this revision to our plans for the event is driven by the potential uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that may be required at different times during 2021. We are taking the prudent approach that will allow maximum flexibility to proceed with the event given the capacity of our clubhouse and marina."

With a limit of 50 boats, early entry is essential.

If KYC have no option but to cancel the event all competitors will be refunded their entry fees in full.

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The details of a revised plan for the O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup 2021 have been published by Kinsale Yacht Club together with a Notice of Race (NOR).

The Notice of Race is downloadable below as a PDF document (2mb)

Sovereign's Cup Regatta Director Anthony O'Neill has outlined how plans for the event, which is to take place from 23rd to 26th June 2021, have been revised and the reasons for doing so.

"We are all only too aware of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions necessary to curtail the spread of infection. We also know that this has led to the cancellation of many planned events this year. Given the potential uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that may be required at the time of this event, the target number of entries will be 50 boats".

This total number of boats may, at the discretion of the Organising Authority (KYC), be increased in order to have a reasonable number of boats in each division and at the same time remain compliant with Covid-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the event. It is intended that boats will be participating in IRC Classes 0, 1, 2, Coastal and White-sail.

Our reason for making this revision to our plans for the event is driven by the potential uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that may be required at different times during 2021. We are taking the prudent approach that will allow maximum flexibility to proceed with the event given the capacity of our clubhouse and marina.

In addition, our clubhouse may be restricted to booked table service only for food and beverages. Given that our marina is in the town we are confident that the local hotels, restaurants and bars will cater for the participants not accommodated in our clubhouse.

If the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions next June are such that we have no option but to cancel the event all competitors will be refunded their entry fees in full.

Registration opens on January 5th here

Listen to Sovereign's Cup Regatta Director Anthony O'Neill's July podcast with Tom MacSweeney here

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The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

ICRA Boat of the Year (Winners 2004-2019)

 

ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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