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The Admiral’s Chase this Saturday 4 July marks the return to organised activities at the Royal Cork Yacht Club as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed this week.

And in celebration of Cork300, will take a more traditional approach to racing, with Royal Cork Admiral Colin Morehead leading the fleet in Adrielle on a harbour course, flying and sounding a number of signals along the way.

The event is open to all keelboats and motor boats. First gun will be at 15:00 in the vicinity of Cage and full instructions will be provided on the day.

After the chase, if time allows, boats will muster in a safe anchorage in the harbour and then return to the club for The Admiral’s Chase Supper, where a burger and a beverage will be served for €5.

Booking for the chase and for the supper are required via the form available HERE.

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Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Colin Morehead has recorded a special video message for club members upon the wider return to sailing in phase two of Ireland’s roadmap to recovery from coronavirus.

Giving thanks to members or their patience and support in adhering to both club and Government guidelines, the admiral welcomed the return of staff to the club this week to get things back up and running.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, among their roles this week was to celebrate the retention of the club's Blue Flag – one of 10 marinas nationwide to hold the distinction this year.

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Junior sailing is under way once again, and keelboat fun events will resume from tomorrow, Sunday 14 June.

Youth sailing will also be to the fore in August with the Optimist Nationals, while the Laser Nationals are also still scheduled to take place that month.

The Tricentenary At Home will now be a three-day regatta, Morehead says, from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 August, including a big flotilla commencing in the Cobh Roads on the afternoon of Saturday 29 August.

It’s also hoped the weekend will see the opening of a special exhibition on the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s history at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh — which occupies the Royal Cork’s previous clubhouse.

Subsequent Cork300 events include the All Ireland Sailing Championships, the Sutton Book and the Irish Team Racing Nationals.

And the Autumn League is set to take on a greater significance as the largest keelboat event on the South Coast this year.

The latest updates from the Royal Cork are included in its regular email newsletter. If you do not currently receive this, send your details to [email protected]

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The 2021 International Topper World Championships come to Cork Harbour next year when they’re hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club from 24-30 July 2021.

With over 200 sailors from around the world expected, organisers say it will be a great opportunity for Ireland’s younger sailors to compete on the world stage — as well as a showcase of the Royal Cork and its facilities.

Ireland’s Topper prospects will also have a chance to prove their mettle the following weekend at the other end of the island, as Ballyholme Yacht Club hosts the UK Topper Nationals from 2-6 August 2021.

The news will also come as a boost to Topper sailors disappointed by last month’s cancellation of the National Series due to coronavirus restrictions, though it’s hoped a number of regional friendlies can be arranged for August.

Details on the official launch of next year’s Topper Worlds are coming soon.

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The National 18ft Class Association has very reluctantly concluded that they must cancel the 2020 UK & Irish Championships sponsored by AIB.

The event was due to be held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club this August as part of the Cork300 celebrations.

However, the remaining Government restrictions against coronavirus, in particular those on foreign travel and social distancing, will make it impossible to run a successful event, the organisers said.

Many options were considered, including a deferred 2020 date. But to protect the health of all and the sailing and social integrity of the regatta, the decision has been made to cancel.

Despite the disappointment, plans for a domestic season both in Ireland and the UK are under way with a revised calendar will be issued in the coming weeks, and an announcement on the rescheduling of the Class Championships will follow.

The cancellation does not impact the AIB-sponsored Optimist Nationals or the Laser Nationals, which are also planned for August but later in the month.

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Supervised sailing resumes for single-handed dinghies, as well as multi-handed dinghies crewed by single households, from Monday 8 June at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, with the beginning of Phase 2 of relaxing coronavirus restrictions.

Events being planned for the next three weeks in this new phase include a pop-up cruise in company within the Cork Harbour area, and possible overnight stays at anchor in places such as Oysterhaven and Kinsale.

Phase 3, which is scheduled for Monday 29 June, is expected to see the return of racing for single-handers and same household multi-handers, as well as keelboats, while national and regional events should be allowed to resume in Phase 4 in the second half of July.

Meanwhile, the Royal Cork has put two more trophies on display in the clubhouse for returning sailors to see. One was recently presented, that being the ICC Fastnet Award in recognition of the club’s tricentenary.

But the other comes from the club’s past — in the form of the restored Crosshaven Regatta Roche Perpetual Trophy, recently rediscovered in an attic clearcut. The Royal Cork has more on the story HERE.

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After a successful introductory webinar on tactics and strategy with Gonzalo ‘Bocha’ Pollitzer and Fernando Gwozdz last month, the Royal Cork Yacht Club is now offering members the opportunity to take part in a further four weekly sessions with the duo from this evening, Monday 1 June.

For €50 per household, members will have access to all four of the webinars which the club says leave you primed for when you get back on the water.

As the topics cross a number of classes, these webinars are aimed at all boats rather than being class-specific:

  • Monday 1 June at 7.30pm — Starts: Important concepts and priorities during each minute of the starting sequence
  • Sunday 7 June at 7.30pm — Key Moments & Communication: Decision making around the race course and “Calls” onboard
  • Sunday 14 June at 7.30pm — Upwind Tactics: a set of different scenarios to think about
  • Sunday 21 June at 7.30pm — Reaching/Downwind Tactics: Understanding the key factors for good decision making

For registration and more details, visit the RCYC website HERE.

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The latest in Royal Cork Yacht Club’s ‘[email protected]’ webinar series is a free tactics and strategy session (for members only) this Sunday 17 May with two of the most renowned coaches in the sailing world.

Gonzalo ‘Bocha’ Pollitzer and Fernando Gwozdz, from Argentina, have an impressive haul of world and national championships to their names, from Optimists to J24s.

Many will remember Fernando as resident coach in the Royal Cork for five years in the late 2000s, coaching the likes of Richie Harrington and Séafra Guilfoyle to success in the Optimist, 420 and Laser classes.

Now Fernando and Bocha have agreed to come on board to develop youth sailing in the Royal Cork.

This first session is open to all club members, coaches and instructors — sailor or non-sailor, young or old.

And the club says pending the success of the session, there will be tailored webinar series by class in the pipeline which will supplement Ireland’s upcoming return to sailing.

For more details on the strategy seminar this Sunday evening at 7pm, see the RCYC website HERE.

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The Royal Cork Yacht Club has congratulated members of its U25 Academy who have been getting involved in UK Sailmakers Ireland’s recent PPE-making efforts.

After closing its Crosshaven loft to customers in mid-March, UK Sailmakers Ireland last month took on the mammoth task of switching from its usual sail wardrobes to scrubs and masks for frontline HSE workers in the fight against coronavirus.

Among those pitching in were Erica Rhodes, Leah Hanlon, Griff Kelleher and David Jones, who earned the praise of their home club on social media.

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Ronan Downing was crowned virtual Champion of Champions in Sunday night’s (3 May) nail-biting finale to the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Virtual Regatta leagues for April.

With 20 of the club’s best virtual sailors qualifying for the final, it was always going to be hotly contested.

Royal Cork Admiral Colin Morehead opened the Zoom meeting with a virtual prize-giving for all fleets and over 50 households were in attendance.

Colin commented on how great it was to see the club and its members continue to stay engaged through these difficult times. He also encouraged anyone interested in taking part to join any one of the Royal Cork’s many Virtual Regatta leagues.

Newly elected Irish Sailing president David O’Brien also joined the session and discussed how sailing’s national governing body is working with Sport Ireland to understand the implications of the Government roadmap on our activities.

Racing kicked off at 1900 with a six-race series allowing one discard and the final race being a double-points, non-discardable race. J70s were the boat of choice for the first three races and 49ers for the final three races.

Spectators who joined on Zoom were able to view the racing and were treated to commentary from Nicholas O’Leary, Séafra Guilfoyle and Cian Jones.

With five different race winners over six races, it was thrilling to watch. Virtual Regatta veterans Ronan Downing, Daragh Connolly and Donal Hegarty were proving hard to beat.

Thankfully, Laser sailor Harry Pritchard was keeping the boys honest and was in the hunt right up until the end, including a win in race five.

With five races completed, Daragh Connolly had a commanding lead going into the sixth and final race but disaster struck at the start when he was over the line and infringed another competitor, instantly ruling him out of contention.

Oppie sailor Liam Duggan and Topper sailor Joe O’Sullivan had a great battle but Ronan Downing’s speed proved too much and as he passed the lads downwind to take the lead which he held through to the finish.

This meant Ronan took first place overall in the series, Harry Pritchard was second and Daragh Connolly managed to climb back up to ninth in the final race which game him third overall. Full results are HERE.

RCYC issued congratulations to Ronan and thanks to all for joining and taking part on the night, league sponsors North Sails and RopeDock, and Siobhan Carmody for managing results.

Those looking to join in on the fun can sign up for one of the May leagues which will commence soon.

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The Royal Cork Yacht Club continues its series of ‘[email protected]’ activities with a webinar next Monday evening (27 April) from 7.30pm on ‘The Duel’ at the 2018 RS400 Southerns.

Alex Barry and Harry Durcan will talk through the key moments of the intense battle they had at the championship in Baltimore in 2018.

Footage from the day, courtesy of Youen Jacob, was shot by drone from the roof of The Waterfront Baltimore and gives a remarkable bird’s-eye view of the thick of the action.

Keep an eye on the RCYC event page HERE for details for the link to the webinar.

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At A Glance – 420 Dinghy Specifications

Crew 2
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction GRP
Rig Bermuda
Keel Centerboard
Trapeze Single
LOA 4.2 metres (13 ft 9 in)
Beam 1.63 metres (5 ft 4 in)
Draft 0.965 metres (3 ft 2.0 in)
Hull weight 80 kilograms (180 lb)
Mast height 6.26 metres (20 ft 6 in)
Main & Jib area 10.25 square metres (110.3 sq ft) [1]
Mainsail area 7.45 square metres (80.2 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 2.8 square metres (30 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 8.83 square metres (95.0 sq ft)

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