Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Displaying items by tag: Royal Cork Yacht Club

Michael McCann’s Etchells ‘Don’t Dilly Dally’ topped the RCYC cruisers Thursday evening June league in Spinnaker IRC Division on a total of six points, having had a first, second and third placing in three of the four races. Padraig Byrne’s 1720, ‘Zing’, placed second on eight points, and Frank Doyle’s J112,’ Cara’, was third on twelve.

Under ECHO handicap, ‘Cara’ topped the June racing with 5 points, Ria Lyden’s X332 ‘Ellida’ and Padraig Byrne tied in second on ten points. In Whitesails IRC racing, the McJenkins Family topped the league in their S&S 34.’Morning After,’ on six points.

Pat Vaughan’s ‘Aramis,’ a Contessa 33, was second on nine and Kieran O’Brien’s MG335, ‘Magnet,’ third on ten.

Batt O’Leary’s Jeanneau 36i, ‘Sweet Dreams,’ was first in Whitesail ECHO handicap on six points, with Paul O’Shea’s ‘Elegance,’ a Sun Odyssey 36i, second on seven and Aramis third on eight. The Friday evening whitesail league had five races, which were sailed under the club’s own handicap system. Two yachts finished at the top on 14 points – ‘22’ (Danny Rock) and ‘Phaeton’ (Clive Doherty). ‘22’ had one first, so was placed first. Ronan Twomey’s Rosmarina was third on 16 points.

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under

The Royal Cork Yacht Club cancelled its regular Thursday night league racing this week and called members to a meeting instead to discuss an incident between some boats in the racing fleet on the previous week’s Thursday and a tanker entering the harbour.

The Admiral of the RCYC at Crosshaven, Kieran O’Connell, said the action decided upon by the Executive Committee of the club was taken to ensure that the message of safety in racing was clearly understood by all involved and that Skippers of yachts must realise that they are ultimately responsible for their decisions during racing.

 Admiral of the RCYC at Crosshaven, Kieran O’Connell Admiral of the RCYC at Crosshaven, Kieran O’Connell Photo: Bob Bateman

There was a big turn-out at the meeting which heard from Cork Harbour Master, Capt. Paul O’Regan and Cork Pilot Tony Mulcahy, who was on the tanker, how tugs accompanying the vessel were used to assist it in reducing speed after several warning sounds made by the tanker when it neared the fleet, which was spread across the shipping channel were not responded to.

A photo from a social media feed posted on Facebook dated May 19th showing yachts and an accompanying ship and tug in Cork Harbour A photo from a social media post dated May 19th showing yachts, a ship and an accompanying tug in Cork Harbour Photo: via Facebook

A new system for race control is being agreed by the club with the Port of Cork.

Admiral of the RCYC, Kieran O’Connell, is my Podcast guest this week discussing the incident and the lessons to be learned from it for racing crews and skippers.

Listen to the Podcast below.

Published in Tom MacSweeney
Tagged under

The Cruiser Friday Evening May League racing winners at the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) under (IHS) the club’s In House Handicap series were: 1 – Big Mc, Celine McGrath; 2 – Kerensa, Eugene O’:Loughlin; 3 – Orion, Liam O’Keeffe.

RCYC Offshore Coastal Series

The first Offshore Coastal Series for cruisers at the RCYC raced on Sunday, was won in Spinnaker Class, under both IRC and ECHO handicaps, by Jelly Baby, Jones family; 2 – Alpaca, Paul and Deirdre Tingle; 3, Luas, Sean Hanley. White Sails IRC and ECHO winner, Ellida – Ria Lyden; 2, Magnet, Kieran O’Brien; 3, LabousGwen, Darren O’Keeffe.

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under

This Saturday (June 3), the annual Coolmore Race for Junior Crews of the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) will provide a great sight down the riverside from Carrigaline to Crosshaven.

The Coolmore Cup is an annual event which attracts a lot of support and will begin with a race briefing for crews at the club’s dinghy centre in Crosshaven at 1545.

This year’s race is being organised by Jim Hughes, who says he wants as many boats on the water as possible. ”If it floats, get it out! The club runs this fun race for its junior and youth sailors, but we would love to see families and friends together on the water. We want to see Mums and Dads (as crews), and we want to encourage the youths to take the helm. It is not all about who comes first; there will be a mix of prizes, from the best turned-out boat, the best-dressed crew, to the youngest helm to mention a few.”

High Tide will be at 1745 hours, and First Gun will be timed accordingly.

Club Admiral Kieran O’Connell and Rear Admiral of Dinghies Maurice Collins will start this year’s race in “an innovative way” - to be outlined at the pre-race briefing!

Published in Royal Cork YC

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney gave the Government's input on the 'Future of Sailing and the Blue Economy' at Royal Cork Yacht Club's annual corporate lunch last Friday.

Working on the theme 'Working together to make it sustainable for all', Coveney addressed a sellout audience at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour.

The Royal Cork Corporate lunch was a sell-out in Crosshaven Photo: Bob BatemanThe Royal Cork Corporate Lunch was a sell-out in Crosshaven Photo: Bob Bateman

The lunch was the first since the inaugural event in 2019 of the oldest yacht club in the world due to the Covid pandemic.

Flag Officers and guests at Royal Cork's Corporate lunch Photo: Bob Bateman Flag Officers and guests at Royal Cork's Corporate lunch Photo: Bob Bateman 

Royal Cork Admiral, Kieran O’Connell, said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for our corporate partners and members to connect with each other". 

Eoin Gunn AIB Daragh Conolly RCYc and Denis Byrne chair of Marina and Facilities Committee Photo: Bob BatemanEoin Gunn of AIB with Daragh Connolly of RCYC and SCORA and Denis Byrne, Chair of RCYC's Marina and Facilities Committee Photo: Bob Bateman

Pat Horgan of AIB and James Fegan of John Paul Construction Photo: Bob BatemanPat Horgan of AIB and James Fegan of John Paul Construction Photo: Bob Bateman

Guests included local Councillors Audrey Buckley and Paul Murtagh. The Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of Cork, Conor Mowlds, was also part of the speaker panel, along with Royal Cork's Cian O'Brien and south coast sailing club representatives and members of the Irish Sailing Association.

Cllr Audrey Buckley and Annamarie Fegan, the Vice Admiral of Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Bob BatemanCllr Audrey Buckley and Annamarie Fegan, the Vice Admiral of Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

Guests at the Royal Cork AIB Corporate lunch Photo: Bob BatemanGuests at the Royal Cork AIB Corporate lunch Photo: Bob Bateman

In a busy year for the Munster Club, RCYC looks forward to a busy season staging both the Topper World Championships and the Quarter Ton Cup in July.

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under

The 1720 Zing leads Royal Cork Yacht Club's May League (SPIN 1 IRC) in Cork Harbour. 

In an eight-boat fleet, the local sportsboat finished ahead of Michael McCann's Etchells 22, Don't Dilly Dally.

Third was the Jones Family's J122, Jelly Baby.

The nine boat White Sail division saw Ian Hickey's Granada 38 Cavatina win from Kieran O'Brien's MG335, Magnet. Third was the Dehler 34 Big Mc (McGrath Family).

Results below

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under

Royal Cork Yacht Club's Alana Twomey and Chris Bateman have a one-point lead after four races sailed at the Irish 29er Southerns Championships in Cork Harbour.

Royal Cork skiff sailors also hold second and third places overnight in the 11-boat fleet.

A race start at the Irish 29er Southerns Championships in Cork Harbour Photo: Bob BatemanA race start at the Irish 29er Southerns Championships in Cork Harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

Ben O'Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain (National Yacht Club) are second, and Rian Collins and James Dwyer lie third on ten points. 

The event is sponsored by Waterman Kelly Consulting Engineers.

Four more races will be sailed back to back on Sunday to complete the championships at Crosshaven.

 

29er Southern Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo Gallery By Bob Bateman

Published in 29er

Royal Cork yachts raised over €5,000 for charity in a 'Darkness into Light Sail' at Cork Harbour this morning.

Admiral Kieran O’Connell led a 37-boat club flotilla to the mouth of the Harbour at Roches Point, where he hosted a pennant at daylight (5.55 am). 

The special charity event was organised by RCYC's Rear Admiral Cruising, Mike Ryder. 

Royal Cork Yacht Club Darkness into Light Flotilla Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under

Royal Cork’s Harry Durcan and Grattan Roberts were part of the J122 El Ocaso that were declared overall winners of Antigua Sailing Week.

Racing onboard Chris Body’s J122 El Ocaso, they led CSA 2 by a slim margin of a single point going into the last day.

The crew were awarded the Lord Nelson Trophy as the overall Antigua Week 2023 winner.

Chris Body’s J122 El Ocaso crew that includes Grattan Roberts and Harry Durcan from Royal Cork Photo: Paul WyethChris Body’s J122 El Ocaso crew that includes Grattan Roberts and Harry Durcan from Royal Cork Photo: Paul Wyeth

Louay Habib caught up with them after racing on the final day, first Durcan, then Roberts in the audio below.

 
El Ocaso, GBR 4860, winners of the Lord Nelson Trophy 2023, at Antigua Sailing Week Photo: Paul WyethEl Ocaso, GBR 4860, winners of the Lord Nelson Trophy 2023, at Antigua Sailing Week Photo: Paul Wyeth
 
 
Published in Royal Cork YC

Colman Garvey’s KH+P Nolde, with a team from the Royal Cork Yacht Club scored a perfect 12 race wins at Antigua Sailing Week to dominate the Bareboat 2 Division overall.

Garvey's crew include Roy Darrer (grinder), Ger Coakley (main trimmer), Paul O’Regan (strategist) and Kieran Kelleher (tactician).

The final day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week was held in the strongest wind of the regatta, with solid south easterly trade winds gusting up to 18 knots.

Second was Alexander Pfeiffer’s KH+P Nevis, and third was Thomas Sparrer’s KH+P Anguilla.

“It’s been a hard week, especially living with these guys for the last six days!” commented Coleman Garvey. “This is a great regatta, good fun, with close racing every day. We first came here in 2013 as a once-in-a-lifetime regatta, and this is our sixth! This is only our second class win, so that shows you how hard it is.”

Published in Royal Cork YC
Tagged under
Page 7 of 68

Irish Sailing

The Irish Sailing Association, also known as Irish Sailing, is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing in Ireland.

Founded in 1945 as the Irish Dinghy Racing Association, it became the Irish Yachting Association in 1964 and the Irish Sailing Association in 1992.

Irish Sailing is a Member National Authority (MNA) of World Sailing and a member of the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

The Association is governed by a volunteer board, elected by the member clubs. Policy Groups provide the link with members and stakeholders while advising the Board on specialist areas. There is a professional administration and performance staff, based at the headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Core functions include the regulation of sailing education, administering racing and selection of Irish sailors for international competition. It is the body recognised by the Olympic Federation of Ireland for nominating Irish qualified sailors to be considered for selection to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. Irish sailors have medalled twice at the Olympics – David Wilkins and Jamie Wikinson at the 1980 games, and Annalise Murphy at the 2016 games.

The Association, through its network of clubs and centres, offers curriculum-based training in the various sailing, windsurfing and powerboating disciplines. Irish Sailing qualifications are recognised by Irish and European Authorities. Most prominent of these are the Yachtmaster and the International Certificate of Competency.

It runs the annual All-Ireland Championships (formerly the Helmsman’s Championship) for senior and junior sailors.

The Association has been led by leading lights in the sailing and business communities. These include Douglas Heard, Clayton Love Junior, John Burke and Robert Dix.

Close to 100 sailors have represented Ireland at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Membership of Irish Sailing is either by direct application or through membership of an affiliated organisation. The annual membership fee ranges from €75 for families, down to €20 for Seniors and Juniors.