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Cove Sailing Club has awarded Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker its Moonduster Trophy for his overall performance in today's Cobh to Blackrock Race in Cork Harbour.

Byrne and his Royal Cork Yacht Club crew outwitted a 36-boat fleet over a narrow and notoriously tricky course to take the overall prize. 

The on-form boat, Denis and Annamarie Murphy's Nieulargo, a Grand Soleil 40, was the Class One IRC Spinnaker division winner. Having won both SCORA's Fastnet 450 and Kinsale's Fastnet Race earlier this season they now add the class one prize for the Cobh to Blackrock Race.

A winning tactic for the Murphy's Nieulargo in eight boat IRC One was the ability to hoist a code zero spinnaker which proved an advantage on the narrow course. 

Cobh to Blackrock Race fleetThe Cobh to Blackrock Race fleet start off Cobh Promenade in a south-west wind

Nieulargo1st in IRC One - Nieulargo, Grand Soleil 40, IRL2129, Denis & Annamarie Murphy

Missing from this year's line up was a previous double winner of the in harbour race, Kieran Dorgan's Altair due to haul out for modifications.

A four-boat Class Two was won by Mike McCann's Etchells 22 Don't Dilly Dally followed by Byrne's Cracker.

1st in IRC 2 - Don't Dilly Dally, Etchells, Michael McCann1st in IRC 2 - Don't Dilly Dally, Etchells, Michael McCann

This morning's 1130 am start on a flood tide was delayed due to the arrival of a large container ship entering the harbour.

A clear blue sky and south-west winds gave the mixed cruiser fleet a beat up Cobh Roads past White Point and Black Point on the initial stage of the 10-km river race.

After Black Point, the yachts were able to free off and those in the Spinnaker divisions hoisted their kites on reaching Loughbeg. Spinnakers were doused though they when the fleet had to harden up for the finish at Blackrock Castle.

In White Sail which had the biggest fleet, "Prince of Tide" lead all the way to the finish followed by "Jolastan" and not far behind, the restored Cork Harbour One Design "Jap". 

Prince Of Tides 1st in Whitesail (ECHO) Prince of Tides, Grand Soleil 37B, IRL14544 Frank Caul

Jap, the restored Cork Harbour One Design, reaches the finish line at Blackrock Castle Jap, the restored Cork Harbour One Design, reaches the finish line at Blackrock Castle

George Radley Jnr's crew were suitably dressed for the conditions on the day in the Sadler 25, Creamy BeamGeorge Radley Jnr's crew were suitably dressed for the conditions on the day in the Sadler 25, Creamy Beam  

The mixed cruiser fleet included Maurice Kidney's YM Three TonnerThe mixed cruiser fleet included Maurice Kidney's YM Three Tonner

See the full photo slideshow of the Cobh to Blackrock Race by Bob Bateman below

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A pre-race favourite for Saturday's Cobh to Blackrock Race in Cork Harbour has been withdrawn. 

Cove Sailing Club Commodore Kieran Dorgan's First 36.7 Altair, a past winner of the 10-km in-harbour race, will miss the 2020 edition because the boat is hauled out of the water for the installation of a sail drive unit.

Dorgan will instead race the annual fixture with Ronan Downing's crew on the also much-fancied Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash.  

As Afloat reported previously here, the 2020 race has a reduced entry of 36 this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The race, that start on a flood tide, starts untypically early at 11.30 am due to Cork Harbour tide times tomorrow.

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Cove Sailing Club's 2020 Cobh to Blackrock Race will start earlier than normal this Saturday due to Cork Harbour tide times. A first gun at 1130 will see two separate starts for a combined fleet of 36 sailing cruisers (numbers restricted due to COVID) race on the flood off Cobh up to Blackrock Castle.

There is little doubting Kieran Dorgan's mastery of this race with wins for his yacht, the First 36.7 Altair, in both 2016 and 2018. It means he is the helmsman to watch even though this year there will be some interesting challenges to the Cobh Commodore. Form boat Denis and Annamarie Murphy's Nieulargo, a Grand Soleil 40, is also entered in Class One IRC Spinnaker division. The Murphy's have been big offshore this season winning both SCORA's Fastnet 450 and Kinsale's Fastnet Race but navigating the back eddies off Monkstown may yet be a different matter. 

Nieulargo (Grand Soleil 40) IRL2129, Denis & Annamarie MurphyNieulargo (Grand Soleil 40) IRL2129, Denis & Annamarie Murphy

Both Kieran Collins, Olson 30, Coracle and Ronan Downing's Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash are also entered in this crack nine boat division.

Coracle (Olson 30) 1883 Kieran CollinsCoracle (Olson 30) 1883 Kieran Collins

Miss Whiplash (Half Tonner) GBR5435R Ronan DowningMiss Whiplash (Half Tonner) GBR5435R Ronan Downing

Two separate starts are planned for the 2020 race with IRC spinnaker divisions going first.

Although the race is sailed on a flood tide boats still go aground if they stray too far from the channel, so local knowledge for navigating this course is a prerequisite for success.

Don't Dilly Dally (Etchells) 952 Michael McCann	Don't Dilly Dally (Etchells) 952 Michael McCann

IRC Two

IRC Two has just four boats competing and based on results from August club leagues, it is hard to ignore the threat of Michael McCann's well-sailed Etchells 22, Don't Dilly Dally. In a division that also contains the double Round Ireland Race winner Cavatina, A Granada 38, there will be no quarter given especially if Denis Byrne's Trapper 250, Cracker is sporting its new larger roached mainsail.

Jap (Cork Harbour One Design) C4 Clayton LoveJap (Cork Harbour One Design) C4 Clayton Love

White Sails

The biggest division in the 10-km race is the 23-boat white sail ECHO division where pride of place will surely go to the immaculately restored Jap racing on a generous handicap of .795. As Afloat previously reported Jap is now a special Royal Cork project boat and the 1897-built boat will be sailing past her shipyard of origin when she passes Carriagaloe going upriver this Saturday.

Ré Eile (Moody 31) IRL731 Damian AhernRé Eile (Moody 31) IRL731 Damian Ahern

Prince of Tides (Grand Soleil 37B) IRL14544 Frank CaulPrince of Tides (Grand Soleil 37B) IRL14544 Frank Caul

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Paul Tingle's Alpaca and Ronan Downing's Miss Whiplash shared the Cork Harbour spoils of victory in the annual Cobh to Blackrock Race sponsored by Horgan's Quay yesterday writes Bob Bateman.

Alpaca, an X34, was declared the winner in Class 1 ECHO and IRC and the Half Tonner Miss Whiplash was the overall winner in Class 2 ECHO and IRC according to results published by organisers Cove Sailing Club here

The fleet included Stephen McCarthy's new X44 yacht, Nadie from Kinsale Yacht Club.

As Afloat reported earlier, this year's race, staged in the centenary year of CSC, attracted a new sponsor and a fine fleet of 45 cruisers for the race up the River Lee to the Port of Cork Marina.

See Bob Bateman's Photo Gallery from the race start below

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Cove Sailing club’s Cobh to Blackrock Race takes place tomorrow with over 45 entries signed up for the annual Cork Harbour race.

As Afloat reported earlier, the weather forecast looks promising for the end of season fixture that takes place on the same date as RCYC's DinghyFest Regatta at Crosshaven.

As regular Afloat readers will know, CSC is celebrating 100 years in 2019 and are delighted to have new sponsor Horgan’s Quay on board for the cruiser event.

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Cove Sailing Clubs Cobh to Blackrock Race was a huge success with the 45–boat fleet enjoying a fast and breezy race to Cork. While the forecast and conditions of 20 to 25 knots might have deterred some competitors form taking part, those that ventured out enjoyed a great sail with plenty of excitement along the way. 

The standard white sail class started at 14:00 followed by the main fleet at 14:30. The Cobh start line with a large visiting liner made for a spectacular start with the 40 boats lined up in front of Cobh for the Safetrx sponsored race.

The fleet was joined by the KYC fleet following on from the Mary P race that left from Kinsale on with a very fast sail up Saturday morning, the fleet taking a nice break in the Quays bar Cobh before getting ready for the sprint to Cork.

The short sprint to Monkstown saw Denis Murphy's Nieulargo powering up past Whitepoint and revelling in the breezy conditions with Altair (Dorgan and Losty) and Jelly Baby (Brian Jones) close behind.

Boats then quickly hoisted kites for the run down to Marino Point which made for a spectacular sight as the fleet passed up the narrow river. Altair managed to get ahead of Nieulargo and Jelly Baby to lead into Lough Mahon closely followed by Conor Doyle's Freya which powered by and stretched her legs up through Lough Mahon quickly reaching Blackrock castle.

Altair held off Nieulargo to cross the line in 2nd place with Jelly Baby close behind in third. The corrected times results in Class 1 for both IRC and Echo were the same with Altair (Dorgan and Losty) first, Nieulargo 2nd and Jelly Baby 3rd.

Class 2 saw George Radley's half tonner Cortegada flying home to take victory in both IRC and Echo with Cavatina, Ian Hickey and Artful Dodger Finbarr O'Regan finishing tied 2nd on IRC.

Class 3 saw Leonard Donnery No Gnomes retain the trophy again this year.

For the overall Moonduster Trophy George Radleys Cortegada was the winner taking a well-earned victory to lift the beautiful Mooonduster replica trophy.
The newly presented Safetrx trophy for the fastest boat from Cobh to Blackrock was won by Conor Doyles beautiful new XP50 with an Elapsed time of just 43 minutes.

White sail which had a very large entry saw John and Fiona Murphys Esme take first in IRC from Derry Goods Exhale with Batt O'Learys Sweet Dreams third. In Echo, Esme was again first with Sweet Dreams second and Exhale third.

White sail Standard class saw Rory Allen's Mystic take the win from Ian Scandrett's Kernow in 2nd with Donal O'Driscoll's Re Orga in third place.

The Prize Giving took place in the Sextant bar where the huge crowd enjoyed a great barbeque with some well-earned refreshments. Prizes were presented by John Wallace from Union Chandlery and also Paul Ryan from Safetrx.

Many of the fleet stayed overnight at the Port of Cork pontoon before the return trips to Crosshaven, Kinsale and East Ferry yesterday.

Bob Bateman photographed a breezy edition of Cove Sailing Club's Saturday's Cobh to Blackrock race in Cork Harbour.

View his photo gallery below

cobh Blackrock yacht race3Kieran Dorgan's Atari (winner class 1) and Miss Whiplash (Ronan and John Downing)

cobh Blackrock yacht race3Frank Doyle sailing the J122 "Cara"

cobh Blackrock yacht race3Denis Murphy's Nieulargo on starboard with Atari on port

cobh Blackrock yacht race3Above and below Brian Jones in the J109 Jellybaby

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cobh Blackrock yacht race3Overall winner – George Radley's Cortegada

cobh Blackrock yacht race3Freya Conor Doyle ahead of Carroll Bros Chancer

cobh Blackrock yacht race3Freya leads Frank Doyle sailing Cara

cobh Blackrock yacht race3John and Fiona Murphy in the Elan 295 "Esme"

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cobh Blackrock yacht race3Anthony Mulcahy's Nicholson passes the finish line
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Cove Sailing Club's Cobh to Blackrock yacht race takes place in Cork Habour this Saturday (8th September) with a large fleet of 50 boats expected to take part.

As Afloat.ie previously reported, a competitive fleet is already entered with competition for the overall IRC Moonduster trophy expected to be keenly contested.

Conor Doyle's new XP50 Freya from Kinsale Yacht Club will be joined by Denis Murphy's Nieulargo and Brian Jones's Jelly Baby in a competitive Class 1 fleet with 12 boats already entered.

Miss WhiplashMiss Whiplash Photo: Bob Bateman

As is always the case with the annual trip up the river anything can happen and the overall trophy will come down to any number of factors. If the breeze is on the bigger boats should have the edge but if its Lighter the competitive half tonners Cortegada and Miss Whiplash could well be the ones to beat.

half tonner Cortegada George RadleyHalf tonner Cortegada skippered by George Radley Photo: Bob Bateman

Artful Dodger Finbarr O'ReganArtful Dodger (Finbarr O'Regan) Photo: Bob Bateman

Last year's winner Alpaca Paul Tingle will be back along with Altair (Dorgan and Losty), Artful Dodger Finbarr O' Regan's, a class 2 IRC national champion and past winner and regular competitor Bad Company (Desmond, Deasy, Ivers) any of which could be in the prizes.

Bad Company Peter DeasyBad Company (Desmond, Deasy, Ivers) Photo: Bob Bateman

There is a very large White Sail entry with over 15 boats already entered again with keen competition expected right through the fleet. The race is open to all boats with a separate 'standard' fleet open to boats that do not have a current echo or IRC cert.

Altair First 36.7 LostyAltair First 36.7 (Dorgan and Losty) Photo: Bob Bateman

The race is sponsored by Safetrx and Union Chandlery and competitors will berth in the Port of Cork Pontoon before heading to The Sextant bar for refreshments and the prize giving with many boats enjoying the free overnight berthing in the pontoon.

Entries are still open until to tomorrow Friday with all competitors asked to enter before the entry deadline of 16:00 Friday 7th September.

Entries and Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions here

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69 yachts have entered for the Cobh-to-Blackrock Race tomorrow writes Tom MacSweeney. This is the annual sailing race from Cobh to Blackrock which once marked the end of the sailing season in Cork Harbour. It no longer is that end-of-season fixture, because the sport has expanded its horizons into December for cruisers and year-round now for some types of dinghies. But the ‘Cobh/Blackrock Race’ as it is known is still a big attraction for all sailors, even those who would not normally be of the ‘racing fraternity.’ The race caters for all types of sailing boats, from dinghies to cruiser/racers. It is the day when a flotilla of boats of all shapes and sizes assembles off Cobh and sails to the city.

Some boats choose to take part as a cruise, but must carefully watch and avoid the racers for whom it is also part of the SCORA (South Coast Offshore Racing Association) League.

The history of the race goes back to before the time of Haulbowline Bridge being built when it started off Ringaskiddy where boats from Cobh, where the RCYC was then based and the Royal Muster YC in Crosshaven met. This was because the Crosshaven boats had access there via the ‘back channel’ past Spike Island. The building of the bridge to Haulbowline Island in the mid-60ds ended that and the race was then started from Cobh. Cork Boat Club once had a sailing section in Blackrock which raced in Lough Mahon and around Blackrock and had a ‘Home Regatta’ every year.

cobh blackrock sailingThe ‘Cobh/Blackrock Race’ as it is known is still a big attraction for all sailors, even those who would not normally be of the ‘racing fraternity.’ Photo: Bob Bateman

Until recent years the finish line of the race was off Blackrock Village which, depending upon the weather conditions, could be a struggle to reach having rounded Blackrock Castle! Afterwards boats moored against the Marina wall off Blackrock and the village was a colourful place as sailors gathered while the results were computed by Cove SC.

When Cork Port built its marina at the Custom House Quay and offered berthing after the race, the boats headed there after passing the finishing line set off Blackrock Castle.

That didn’t please the publicans in Blackrock, needless to say.

The race start will be off the Cobh Promenade. Cove Sailing Club are the organiser Mixed Dinghies and Dayboats will get their start gun first, at 1400 (2pm), followed by White Sail and then Class 1/2/3 cruisers and Sports Boats. The race is sponsored by Cork Port, Union Chandlery and the Sextant Bar.

The course is upriver from the start line at Cobh to the finish line at Blackrock Castle. “Competitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the navigation marks and depending upon weather conditions an extra leg may be included for specified Classes.”

The race time is chosen to suit the tide helping to carry boats towards Blackrock. But it has been known for some to go aground on mudbanks! From Lough Mahon there is the sight of Blackrock Castle, the delight of passing over the road traffic as it descends into the tunnel while the River Lee transports boats to the finish line.

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The 2010 Cobh to Blackrock Race on Saturday was an outstanding success and no bigger compliment could be paid than to say it was reminiscent of the event some twenty years ago as it had approximately 100 boats on the water writes Claire Bateman. The day was a scorcher with cloudless blue skies and while the wind may have been a little flukey, nonetheless the flotilla of mixed classes of all descriptions with happy families on board were determined to make the best of the wonderful day on the water. The flotilla was accompanied by many RIBS and practically any other sort of craft one could think of.

The racing was started from the beautiful Ketch Soubrette from the Naval Service Yacht Squadron Cove S.C. First off were the slow dinghies and the white sail and classic yachts and these presented no problem to the Race Officer. However, when it came to the turn of the cruisers, with a strong flood tide they charged the line, and a general recall ensued. The Race Officer then proceeded to start the J80s before having another attempt at the cruisers Zero to Class Four. This time a Z flag was flown and anyone over the line in the final minute would have a 20% penalty applied. Happily, all went well on this occasion with a clean start and although the breeze was light and flukey all boats managed to make the finish at Blackrock Castle before the time limit. The finishing boat was a former Aran Class Lifeboat, the Samuel J and the first boat to reach the line was Jim Sheerin of Royal Cork Yacht Club in his Catamaran, narrowly beating Eddie English in the Holy Grounder from Sail Cork. In days gone by Eddie used always be first to the finish line in his yellow Hobie. Happy memories!

The event played a big part in the Port of Cork Open Day and for the first time the race had the benefit of the Port of Cork City Marina. When the boats had completed the race at Blackrock Castle they proceeded right up to the city for the prize giving and other festivities planned. All the local towns and villages in and around Cork had events planned for the Open Day and what a difference to last year when the event was completely washed out.

What a coup for Cove Sailing Club with the wonderful reinvigoration of this much loved event. One of the nice things about this is that young children were to be seen sailing with their parents and being given the opportunity to helm all types of craft from Catamarans to Cruisers. It was that kind of event and a wonderful way to get youngsters interested in sailing and fostering a love of the sport.

Photos of the event on the Afloat Gallery 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. 

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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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