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Kinsale X-yacht Freya, skippered by Conor Doyle, sailed to ORC success in the 2022 Middle Sea race in October and is pictured above competing on her home waters at the 2021 Sovereign's Cup
Sovereign's Cup Regatta Director Tony Scannell has published the Notice of Race (downloadable below) for next June's 15th Cup for Cruisers, Coastal and White Sails fleets. Scannell confirmed Kinsale Yacht Club is looking forward to welcoming everyone back to a 'full-strength'…
The 1720s will stage their 2023 European Championships as part of the Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club in June
The relatively new venue for the fleet of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club will host the first event of three confirmed fixtures for the 1720s in 2023, the recent well-attended AGM has heard. The resurgent 1720s celebrated their 30th anniversary at Cork…
The 2022 1720 Sportsboat Champions  from Atara skippered by Ross McDonald at Baltimore Sailing Club prizegiving
The march of the revived 1720 Sportsboats goes on despite their design origins at least thirty years ago. But even with all the fresh talent in the class, it was as if you were in the weekend's Championship at Baltimore,…
Action from the 1720 Nationals at Baltimore in 2019
Baltimore Sailing Club will play host to this year’s 1720 Nationals from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 September. Registration will take place Wednesday 7th September from 5-8pm and on the following morning from 9-10am. The entry form and Notice of…
The crew of the 1720 Rope Dock Atara (Aoife English & Ross McDonald) celebrate class success at Volvo Cork Week’s conclusion afloat, unaware that it was going to be enhanced by the “Boat of the Regatta” award that evening
Volvo Cork Week 2022 was July’s regatta highlight, and with the Royal Cork YC’s Tricentenary cancelled in 2020, the Tri-Centenary +Two had much to celebrate, not least the remarkable revival of the 30-year-old 1720 Sportsboat Class, which in 2022 is…
Overall 1720 Europeans Champions Rope Dock/Atara Aoife English, Paddy Good, Killian Collins Robbie English, and (right) Ross McDonald of Royal Cork YC/Howth YC title=
43 1720 Sportsboats raced at the biggest meeting for the one-design class for many years at Cork Week. The racing was as intense as the partying at the RCYC Clubhouse. Veteran 1720 sailors joined forces with younger crews for close racing…
Overall 1720 leader Ross McDonald at the helm of Atara title=
Rope Dock Atara, with Ross McDonald on the helm representing Royal Cork YC & Howth YC, scored a 4-1-1 today (Thursday) to all but secure the 1720 European Championship title at Cork Week.  After three days of light and complex…
Ross McDonald's Atara crew take a breather after a well-earned win in the 1720 European Championships in Cork Harbour
The 44-boat 1720 sports boat class had a stand-alone Cork Harbour Race on Wednesday as part of their European Championships being staged in conjunction with Volvo Cork Week Regatta. The third day of Cork Week was blessed with sunshine and…
Robert Dix's 1720 sportsboat Elder Lemon (2888) on day two of Volvo Cork Week 2022 at Crosshaven
Just one race was completed on day two of Cork Week for the 44-strong 1720 Class European Championships. Light and shifty winds added to the complexity on the water as Race Officer Ciaran McSweeney and his race management team were obliged…
The first 1720 fleet race at Volvo Cork Week
Current 1720 European champions Robbie English, Aoife & Ross McDonald from Royal Cork YC / Howth YC lead after the firsthree races sailed at Volvo Cork Week. Despite the balmy air temperature, RCYC's own sportsboat class’s return was marked by dense fog on the…
Controlled excitement – 1720s in Cork Harbour in a breeze that does them justice
When anybody asks how the concept of the Cork 1720 Sportsboat Class first came to see the light of day in Crosshaven in the early 1990s, the response these days tends to be “Which version of the story would you…
1720 sportsboat East Coast Winners - The Waterford Harbour 1720 Root 1 crew (from left) Charlie Boland, Geoff Tait, Steve McConnell, Julian Hughes, Max Sweetman and Shane Hughes
Waterford Harbour Sailing Club took the top three places overall at the 1720 East Coast Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday, with the Dunmore East's club's Julian Hughes taking the title by two points.  The Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted a four-class…
The Beneteau First 21 class will race for National Championship honours as part of the RIYC's Dun Laoghaire Cup in May
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will host a four-class Dun Laoghaire Cup for sportsboats in May with racing for 1720, SB20, J80 and Beneteau First 21 classes.  The 1720 East Coast Championship, the J80 East Coast Championship and First 21 National…
Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork is, predominantly, a ‘summer club’ that is very busy when seasonal visitors arrive in the village from Cork City, Dublin and other locations. That does not limit its ambitions to develop the sport as…
A file photo of the 2017 Turkey Shoot regular 1720 competitor Optique (right). The sportsboat is currently lying third overall in the 2021 DBSC Series
The 1720 sportsboat 'What did you Break?' is the overall leader of the mixed cruiser DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay after two of seven races sailed.  Download results below as a pdf file. Second is the former GBR…
Meet Breaking Bad, another 1720 for the RCYC fleet
Proof of the continuing resurgence of the 1720 sportsboat class was evident in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour at the weekend with the arrival - and naming of - another addition to the Royal Cork fleet.   Given the number at the…

At a Glance - 1720 Irish Sportsboat 2023 Calendar

  • 27-28 May - Open event at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
  • 21-24th June - European Championships /Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club
  • 21st-23rd September - Irish Nationals at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club 

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