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Celebrating 222 years, the oldest regatta in Ireland is set in one of Ireland's most spectacular harbours writes Bob Bateman. Kinsale Regatta in County Cork was a fun packed weekend, with many land-based events in addition to the traditional water activities. These range from ocean yachts to mixed dinghy racing, a long-distance swim around Sandycove Island and children's sailing.

Sitting outside Una Crosbie's Cafe drinking a traditional cup of tea (i.e tea leaves with a strainer) in balmy conditions gave a continental feel with live entertainment provided by the Blarney Brass and Reed Band.

From Crosbie's, it was possible to watch the dinghies wending their way down the slipway to participate in their various races.

Kinsale regatta1Kinsale Harbour Master Julian Renault Photo: Bob Bateman

The start-finish line could be seen from our vantage point as the yachts returned from their race they hardened up at the Spit Buoy and the earlier finishers were two of the beautiful 2.4R single-handed dinghies sailed by both sailability and able-bodied people. Then the classic lines of the Dragons hove into view providing a magnificent special as they headed for the finish line.

Kinsale regatta1(Above and below) Kinsale's Para Euro Medal Winner Gina Griffin was competing in Kinsale Regatta Photo: Bob Bateman

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"Earlier finishers were two of the beautiful 2.4R single handed dinghies sailed by both sailability and able-bodied people"

Following on came the cruisers lead by John Godkin sailing 'Godot' followed by a plethora of smaller dinghies including the Toppers which are getting in some last minute practice before heading to China next week.

Kinsale regatta1John Godkin's Godot Photo: Bob Bateman

Kinsale regatta1There were many shoreside activities to keep the large crowd entertained Photo: Bob Bateman

Kinsale regatta1(Above and below) A spectacular fireworks display lit up the sky over Kinsale on Sunday night Photos Bob Bateman

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#RNLI - The hugely successful Cork RNLI charity lunch and auction is set to return after an absence of five years.

The revamped fundraiser for Baltimore, Crosshaven and Kinsale’s RNLI lifeboat stations will take place in the 18th century mansion now home to the Maryborough Hotel in Douglas on Friday 5 October.

Cork has a long and proud association with the RNLI which goes back generations. The men and women who volunteer as lifeboat crew come from local communities and give hours of their time and dedication to the charity.

From the rescue of the Rambler crew by Baltimore RNLI during the Fastnet Race, to rescues of fishermen, divers, swimmers and boaters, the lifeboats and their crew provide an invaluable service.

Last year the Baltimore, Crosshaven and Kinsale RNLI lifeboat stations launched 86 times and brought 116 people to safety. Not every callout is life and death, but to the people involved in every mission, the lifeboats are their lifeline in times of trouble on the water.

The lunch and auction will get underway at 12.30pm with guests welcomed in the Orangery to the accompaniment of live music from Conor Ocean. This will be followed by a three-course lunch in the Sherrard Suite at 1.30pm.

Master of ceremonies Alan Shortt will provide the entertainment and lead the post-lunch auction and draw. The event will finish at 4pm.

RNLI fundraising committee members Avril O’Brien and David Doherty are looking forward to what promises to be an event to remember.

“We are delighted to reintroduce the RNLI lunch and auction,” Avril said. “It was always a popular occasion and as well as raising vital funds it became a highly anticipated social and networking event.

“Volunteer lifeboat crew give so much to the RNLI in terms of their time and dedication to the service and they need to be supported with the best in kit and equipment. Every person who buys a ticket to the fundraiser or bids on an auction item will have the knowledge that they are helping save lives at sea.”

Tickets priced at €65 are now on sale online via Eventbrite and will be sold in tables of 10. For more information about the event contact RNLI Munster community fundraising manager Mary Creedon at [email protected]

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#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI rescued six people yesterday afternoon (Sunday 22 July) when their 20ft RIB dive boat got into difficulties at the Old Head of Kinsale.

The all-weather lifeboat under coxswain Kevin Young and a crew of six launched at 1.20pm on a busy Sunday to the casualty vessel at the western Hole Open.

Weather conditions were good with a reasonable wind blowing.

The lifeboat reached the distressed RIB within 15 minutes and immediately took the boat under tow and away from the danger of the rocky shoreline.

All arrived back in the safe surrounds of Courtmacsherry Harbour at 3.20pm, and the lifeboat refuelled and returned to its mooring in readiness for any further callout.

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BreakingNews.ie reports that a swimmer near Kinsale, Co Cork was in critical condition after a suspected heart attack yesterday evening (Monday 11 June).

The man in his 60s was among a group of swimmers at the popular bathing spot of Sandycove, who raised the alarm when they noticed him face down and unresponsive in the water.

Rescue 117, the Irish Coast Guard’s Waterford-based helicopter, winched the casualty on board for transfer to a nearby ambulance that took him to Cork University Hospital, where his current condition is unknown.

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Wind and sun provided champagne sailing on day three of Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Sailing Series 2018. It was a perfect day for the windward leeward course with a blustery 20–knot breeze blowing from Bullen’s Bay.

The 1055 first gun for the Matthews Helly Hansen sponsored event sent the fleet off to a laid mark weather mark with a subsequent run eastwards to the leeward mark near Bulman.

Kinsale yacht Club sailing spring1Kinsale Boats Headcase and  Diamond (pictured above) dominate Class Three with Headcase ahead by 2 points going into the last day. Photo: Bob Bateman

Kinsale yacht Club sailing spring1Fulmar Fever (R Marchant) competing in today's Kinsale Yacht Club April League. Photo: Bob Bateman

The strong breeze may have favoured the big boats but it was spills and thrills in class three with skilled sailors who knew their boats well showing others how to organise the many spinnaker hoists required.  

Two races were sailed and careful race management ensured that the whole fleet were alongside KYC marina in plenty of time to see the Munster match on TV.

"In Class one, the duel continued between Nieulargo and Jump Juice who now have 11 points each with Alpaca third on 15 points"

 

Kinsale yacht Club sailing spring1A classic Tofinou day yacht competing in the Kinsale Series Photo: Bob Bateman

In Class one, the duel continued between Nieulargo and Jump Juice who now have 11 points each with Alpaca third on 15 points.

Kinsale yacht Club sailing spring1Royal Cork's Jump Juice skippered by Conor Phelan Photo: Bob Bateman

Class Two’s Oracle IV has an impressive lead over Artful Dodger and Slack Alice who only have a point between them.

Kinsale Boats Headcase and Diamond dominate Class Three with Headcase ahead by 2 points going into the last day. Waterford Boats Fulmar Fever and Flyer are drawn at 18 points each.

Godot leads the White Sail fleet every day on the water but on corrected it’s Sweet Dreams and Gunsmoke 2 who are in the running for first place overall with Godot third.

It’s all to sail for next Saturday 28th April with the final two races planned by race officer Denis Kieran. The FG is at 1155 HRS.

Scroll down for overall results at the end of day three at the bottom of this post  

Day three photos by Bob Bateman:

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Class One IRC and ECHO

Nieulargo D Murphy

Jump Juice C Phelan

Alpaca P Tingle

Class Two IRC

Oracle IV - K Collins

Artful Dodger - F O’Regan

Slack Alice - S Stratham 

Class Two ECHO

Slack Alice - S Stratham

Oracle IV - K Collins

Artful Dodger - F O’Regan

Class Three IRC

Headcase - M Helsten

Diamond - J Matthews

Fulmar Fever - R Marchant 

Class Three ECHO

Headcase - M Hellstern

Fulmar Fever - R Marchant

Diamond - J Matthews 

White sail IRC

Gunsmoke 2 - S Cohan

Sweet Dreams - B O’Leary

Godot - J Godkin 

White Sail Echo

Sweet Dreams - B O’Leary

Gunsmoke 2 - S Cohen

Godot - J Godkin

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Having lost two weeks racing in the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series to weather, PRO John Stallard was determined to get some racing in this week. With temperatures in the low single digits and considerable wind chill the fleets, 10 Squibs, 6 Toppers and 5 Mixed Dinghies, took to the water in Kinsale today. The wind was blowing from the South East at 17 knots, gusting 23 – 26 knots and the decision was made to move the racing area to the inner harbour.
FG at was at 10.55hrs and the Squibs got away on time. Fuggles, Jeff Condell & Jeff Cochrane, lead from the start with Badger, Rob Doyle & Rob Gill, Fifty Shades, Cliodhna & Finbarr O’Regan, and Allegro, Colm Dunne & Fiona Ward all close on his heels. Fuggles held off the competition with Badger 2nd and Allegro 3rd. Race 2 got underway immediately after the finish. This time it was Allegro who took the lead and rounded the windward mark first, however Fuggles over took him on the 2nd beat by going up the left side of the course and he secured another 1st, Allegro 2nd and Fifty Shades was 3rd. Race 3 saw the same finishing order for the top 3 and this was enough for Fuggles to take the lead overall with Fifty Shades lying 2nd and Allegro 3rd. With less than 2 minutes separating the top 6 Squibs this fleet has gotten very competitive and should make for a great season ahead.
The Mixed Dinghies were again dominated by Micheal O’Suilleabhain & Michael Carroll in the 420 – they were planing up wind today – and they secured two bullets. Sean Collins in the Laser Radial was 2nd in the first race today and was in a good position to take 2nd in the second race until he capsized, the gusty winds made for a difficult righting and this allowed Tom Good in the Laser 4.7 to overtake him and secure 2nd. Georgina Griffin in the 2.4m bravely stayed the course for both races.
The Topper fleet has several newcomers and today’s conditions were very challenging for them. For the first race we had several capsize. Dorothy Matthews got a great start and lead from the off. Rachel Akerlind was 2nd in Race 1 with Frances Corkery and Francesca Lewis 3rd and 4th and 2 DNF. Due to the cold and the strengthening wind 3 Toppers decided to retire before the start of the second race. John Stallard made the decision to give the Toppers just 1 round of the course and Dorothy Matthews again dominated with Francesca Lewis 2nd and Frances Corkery 3rd. As with the Mixed Dinghies the Toppers were sent home after the second race.
Many thanks to John Stallard and his race management team aboard Destiny – rumour has it people were multi tasking as they got 3 races completed in 1 hr 35 mins – and all the RIB drivers/crew for mark laying and safety boat duty, on what was probably the coldest Frostbite day ever.

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Strong and bitterly cold north-westerly winds scotched racing in Dublin Bay and Kinsale yesterday. Winds gusting to 30–knots in snow showers. it was more than enough to put paid to the second race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series, the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite racing and yesterday afternoon's DMYC dinghy frostbite series in Dun Laoghaire Harbour too with an early call by organisers on Saturday night.

Go–ahead organiser Fintan Cairns went to sea with his 40–boat DBSC Spring Chicken fleet early yesterday morning and was on station in his DBSC Committee Boat Freebird but winds built to such an extent in the short time they were afloat that it left Cairns with no option but to 'pull it', as the fleet got ready for the second of six races in the popular warm-up to the DBSC Summer Series.

It was 'very cold, making the wind feel even heavier', Cairns told Afloat.ie

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After four races at the 2017 Dragon South Coast Championship, locals Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Simon Furney have the overall lead from Royal St. George's David Williams and Peter Bowring writes Bob Bateman.

See results and photo gallery below.

The Dublin Bay boat has the same eight points as the Kinsale Yacht Club leader but double wins today gives Good the advantage in the nine–boat fleet.

Kinsale boat Shawn Kingston's Grey Hare is third and another Kinsale entry, Adrian Bendon's Mar J is fourth.

This morning's racing schedule was put forward to 11am due to a wet windy forecast but it turned out to be light winds on the way out to the first start at the Old Head of Kinsale. Winds were not long in filling in, however, and 15 /18 knots from west–south–west and a lumpy sea produced classic Kinsale conditions.

Williams' Phantom led at the first windward mark but a gybe set from Good proved to be winning move as got into the lead and held on til the finish. 

Racing continues tomorrow. The Race Officer is Kinsale's own Alan Crosbie.

Dragon South Coast Championship after four races

1 IRL211 Little Fella Cameron Good Henry Kingston Simon Furney KYC 8 4 2 1 1
2 IRL176 Phantom David Williams Peter Bowring/Hilary Murray Arthur Mehigan/Conor Grimley RStGYC 8 3 1 2 2
3 IRL188 Grey Hare Shawn Kingston Tony Kingston Harry Lewis KYC 15 2 5 4 4
4 IRL156 Mar J Adrian Bendon Choryna Kiely Matthew Beecher KYC 18 1 3 7 7
5 IRL201 Jaguar Martin Byrne Conor Byrne Adam Winkelman RStGYC 20 5 9 3 3
6 IRL695 Magic Warren Brown/Kevin Hayes Killian Murphy Clare Hayes/Eamonn Timoney GHYC 22 6 6 5 5
7 IRL180 Serafina Maeve Cotter Daniel Murphy Brian Goggin KYC 24 8 4 6 6
8 IRL110 Aphrodite Peter Hayes Tiernan Brown Killian Forde/Ruairi Brown GHYC 31 7 8 8 8
9 IRL157 Tenacious Anthony O'Neill Dave Horgan Eoghan O'Neill KYC 36 9 7 10 10

 

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#RNLI - Lifeboat crews from Ireland will feature in a new 12-part Last year alone, RNLI lifeboats in Ireland documentary for the BBC.

Saving Lives at Sea, showcasing the lifesaving work of the RNLI, starts next Wednesday 16 August at 8pm on BBC Two.

And the first episode will include the dramatic rescue of three fishermen from a sinking trawler and the rescue of 30 people from the Astrid tall ship in Kinsale.

The 12-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s lifeboat crews around Ireland and the UK, and gives a unique insight into the lives of the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members, who rescue thousands of people and save hundreds of lives around our coastline every year.

From Ireland, the series will feature lifeboat crews from Castletownbere and Kinsale in Cork, Skerries in Dublin and Bangor on Belfast Lough.

Castletownbere will be in episode three, as the crew rescue a lone sailor in storm conditions and rescue two fishermen from a boat that sinks.

Saving Lives at Sea features real-life rescue footage accompanied by heart-warming and emotive testimonials from the crew and the people they rescue.

The series has been filmed over the past year, with lifeboat crews using RNLI and special cameras and welcoming filmmakers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboats in Ireland launched 1,136 times rescuing 1,649 people.

Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast weekly from Wednesday 16 August to Wednesday 1 November on BBC Two at 8pm. The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

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Unseasonal weather provided very challenging conditions for the 145 entrants in The Davy Munster Optimist Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club. Sailors travelled from as far away as Dublin and Galway for the event. Six races were planned over Saturday and Sunday.

Day 1 saw the Regatta Fleet grounded as the winds were just too strong but they had a full morning of shore based activities which included learning about wind, tides and the RRS. The AP flag was flown for the Senior and Junior fleets while the Principal Race Officer, John Stallard, waited for conditions to abate. The decision was made to remain in the outer harbour and after a 2 hour delay racing got under way. With torrential rain and gusting winds the conditions were testing for all on the water – sailors and committee/support boats alike– this combined with the delayed start meant that two races were completed.

Day 2 and both fleets got afloat on time. With 10-12 knots out of the southwest the Senior and Junior fleets got under way with minimal delay. There was quite a swell outside the harbour which provided a testing beat for the fleets and caused some to retire from the race. However both the Senior and Junior fleets completed the race in under 50 mins. The wind had shifted more southerly so after readjusting the course Race 2 got off with minimal delay. By now the swell was building somewhat and winds were 12 – 14 knots but the fleets were really enjoying sailing in the open waters outside Kinsale Harbour. As the wind had settled into the SSW the course stayed true and the 3rd race got underway within minutes of the final boat finishing. Competitors were quite happy to head ashore after Race 3 as the swell had proved to be quite tiring for all on the water.

The Regatta Fleet got afloat on Day 2 but under very testing conditions. The Regatta Fleet Race Officer, Siobhan Keane Hopcraft, decided to keep them in the inner harbour. Even in there the winds too strong for some however the fleet got 4 races sailed which was an achievement for all given the conditions.

Results:
Senior Fleet
Gold 
1st Rory O’Sullivan RCYC 
2nd Leah Richard NYC 
3rd Hugh Turvey HYC/NYC 

Silver

1st Kei Walker RStGYC

2nd Adam Doyle TBSC

3rd Ciara O’Regan RStGYC

Junior Fleet

Gold
1st Johnny Flynn HYC/RStGYC 
2nd Luke Turvey HYC/NYC 
3rd Fiachra McDonnell RBYC 
4th Sam Ledoux NYC 4th Killian Reidy FYC
5th Adam Walsh LRYC/HYC 5th Jessica Riordan RStGYC

Silver

1st Lucy Bateman RCYC

2nd Fiachra Farrelly HYC

3rd Rocco Wright HYC

Fair Sailing Award Aoibhin Farrelly HYC

Best Local Sailor Regatta Fleet Harvey Matthews
Best Local Sailor Junior Fleet Alejandra Peleteiro
Best Local Sailor Senior Fleet James Dwyer Matthews

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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