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Glandore Classic Boat Regatta in West Cork was postponed this year until July 2020 so that it can be part of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the world’s oldest yacht club.

The 2020 Glandore Classic Regatta is set to be the biggest and most exciting of the series, as the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club partners with Cork 300 to bring a selection of the outstanding classic boats from around the world to the famous West Cork coast.

Cork Harbour will be the place to be in July 2020, as the city pulls out all the stops with a “Great Gathering” to welcome hundreds of boats from Ireland, UK, Europe and the US. There will be a series of activities on the water, as well as a varied social schedule that will impress even those 25 founder members 300 years ago.

Navies from around the world have indicated that they will be sending vessels to join the gathering, as well as senior dignitaries who will join the Irish President and celebrities in the Opening Day Parade of Sail.

A key part of the Cork 300 is the Classic Boat component, planned and run by RCYC in partnership with the Glandore Classic Regatta.

World-Class Classic boats will assemble in Cork for the ‘Gathering’, and will then either race or cruise in company, along the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ to Glandore, where four days of exciting racing awaits them. As there will be two important Classic events running together Glandore are expecting an impressive turn out of International entries, including some of the larger Fifes as well as other big classic yachts that will be taking part in Cork and going on to Cowes.

Yachtsmen and women love to come to Glandore, not only for the racing, and the chance to see other beautiful boats, but also for the beautiful surroundings and the world famous Glandore Craic!

Published in Historic Boats

As a fleet of Irish historic yachts depart for Morbhian Traditional Yachting Regatta and Dun Laoghaire Regatta announces up to 70 classic boat entries will compete in its inaugural Kingstown 200 Cup, classic boats continue to register for Glandore's Classic Boat Festival that runs from Sunday July 23rd to Friday July 28th. Cuilaun of Kinsale, a 54 ft McGruer Ketch, and MacDuach, a 60ft Galway Hooker have recently signing up. The Old gaffers Tir na N’Og and Helcia have also registered or committed in the last few days, bringing the count to over 50 classic boats so far.

Many of the early registrations are from the UK, Dublin, or further afield, which is to be expected given the logistics involved in sailing to the Fastnet Coast. 

Glandore Yacht Club plans four days of exciting racing, as well as the pageantry of the Parade of Sail, and the fun ‘cruise in company’ to Castletownshend with lunch at the celebrated Mary Anne’s gastro-pub. The Water Wags will be coming down from Dublin to demonstrate ‘syncronised sailing’.

The Classic Regatta this year will host a new memorial event, racing the City One dinghies to commemorate their designer, Theo Rye, a talented marine architect who worked on many well know Classic restorations and re-launch projects including Peggy Bawn and the A K Ilen.

The Regatta and racing will be planned to allow time for sailors to visit each other’s boats, exchanging knowledge, experience and complements.

Published in Historic Boats

Glandore Classic Boat Regatta celebrates its 25th anniversary this July with a Parade of Sail that will feature the fully restored AK Ilen, Ireland's sole surviving Sail Trader.

There will be four days of first class racing, with eight different classes so far plus a ‘cruise in company’ to Castletownshend from July 23–28 as part of the Glandore regatta line–up.

A demonstration of ‘synchronised sailing’ from the Dublin Bay Water Wags will also be a regatta highlight.

Ilen, a centre–piece of the West Cork event, is a 56-ft sailing ketch that was built in 1926 in the Baltimore Fishery School Boatyard for the Falkland Islands Company.

She was designed and sailed to the Falkland Islands by Conor O'Brien, who in 1925, was the first Irishman to complete a circumnavigation of the world in the 42-ft ketch, Saoirse, also built in Baltimore.

The Ilen served seventy years as a trading vessel in the tempestuous seas of the South Atlantic before being brought back to Ireland in 1998.

Now nearing completion, Ilen is the focal point for a remarkable maritime project embracing the A.K. Ilen School for wooden boatbuilding in Limerick and Hegarty's boatyard in Oldcourt.

Joining Ilen in Glandore, elegant classic boats like Peggy Bawn, Celtic Mist, Spirit of Oysterhaven, Peel Castle and Big Momma will also be part of the historic parade of sail. 

One very interesting participating boat will be the Naomh Lua, a 1954 Watson which served as the lifeboat for Shannon Airport for 30 years, built to rescue 120 passengers from the Shannon estuary.

Glandore harbour from seaGlandore harbour from sea. Photo courtesy: Dennis Horgan

The 25th anniversary regatta will be opened by Dee Forbes, the Director General of RTÉ, the first woman to hold the role in the state broadcaster.

Classic cars will be coming through the village on Sunday 23rd, and there will be classic West Cork craic in the pubs and restaurants after each daily prize giving, including music and dancing in the street.

For hungry sailors coming off the water there will be food trucks on the pier for instant snacks, and BBQ facilities will be available in the GHYC yard for those living on board who are self-catering. 

For non-sailors guided walks will be available, including to the famous Drombeg Stone Circle. Sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, and whale watching are all available from Union Hall, across the harbour.

Published in Ilen

#glandoreclassicboats – Star of this year's Glandore Classic Regatta Jolie Brise, arguably one of the most famous cutters in the world, rounded the Fastnet Rock today as part of the 80–boat historic boat Glandore fleet that featured in last Saturday's Sailing blog by WM Nixon. 

Jolie Brise is celebrating the centenary anniversary of her construction by the Paumelle yard in Le Havre in 1913. The world famous, gaff-rigged pilot cutter was the last boat to carry the royal mail under sail and has won the Fastnet Race three times, including the inaugural race in 1925.

Jolie Brise is owned, maintained and sailed by the pupils of Dauntsey's School.

The 56' gaff-rigged pilot cutter built in Le Havre in 1913, launched by the Paumelle yard to a design by Alexandre Pâris.

Published in Historic Boats

#glandoreclassic – Time was when local One Designs really were just that. Utterly local. If you travelled to some attractive sailing centre, there was special interest in the possibility of watching the historic boats unique to the area racing each other in a continuation of inter-family rivalries going back several generations. It was something which added to the fascination of the place - the local boat couldn't be seen anywhere else

But in recent years, it's the classes themselves which have started to do the travelling. Roads have improved, and road trailers have certainly improved. And with the vintage one designs, maintenance can be such a matter of personal dedication that people have become accustomed to bringing the boat home for the winter, rather than making do with whatever facilities may be available on the waterfront.

Once you've started doing that as a matter of course, with road trailing an inevitable part of the mixture, the thought of trundling off to some exotic regatta venue begins to seem natural, however much the home port racing continues to be each local class's ultimate energiser.

It can lead to crazy situations, where elegant little old keelboats find themselves whizzing past each other in opposite directions on some motorway, both groups of boats bound for distant regattas where they'll feature as the ultimate local one design roadshow. This happened on a small scale last weekend, when two of the ancient Howth 17s crossed the bridge from Anglesey on the long road haul from Holyhead to the Solent for the Cowes Classics, while below them on the shores of the Menai Straits, boats of the local Fife One Design class were gearing themselves up on their trailers for the lengthy trek to the Glandore Classics Regatta, which starts today.

The Fifes have been to Glandore several times, and they're an ornament to have about the place. But out of respect for the boat which is going to be the queen of the show, let us first salute the supreme Centenarian star of the Glandore regatta, the pilot cutter Jolie Brise. glandore2

Jolie Brise as she was in 1923 when bought by George Martin, one of the intstigators in 1925 of the Fastnet Race, which she won.

It's ironic that this ship, perhaps the greatest pilot cutter of them all, originated in Le Havre, whereas it was the Bristol Channel which saw the pilot boats most actively developed. Today, the Bristol Channel, while important enough, is no longer in the forefront of the world's shipping waterways. But in Mediaeval times, when merchants and ship's captains tried to move cargoes westward in sailing vessels which could scarcely get to windward at all, the huge tides of the Bristol Channel gave it an inbuilt advantage.

It meant that ships leaving Bristol – which, like Limerick, is virtually in the centre of the country – had a guaranteed favourable conveyor belt every six hours. They shaped their course inshore and anchored as the ebb drew to a close, rode out the flood without losing any ground, and then took the next ebb to make vital westing.

Only a prolonged period of westerly gales would delay the process, and on one occasion in the great days of sail, 800 ships of all sizes became weatherbound in the inner reaches of the Bristol Channel. It was such a sight when this vast fleet finally began making westward progress as the storms relented, that headlands along both shorelines were crowded with spectators.

With success in this specialised shipping trade inevitably involving much local knowledge, the professional pilots were the maritime aristocrats of the Bristol Channel. It was a rugged job, often involving meeting incoming ships way out beyond the Isles of Scilly. In order to be successful at it, you had to have a weatherly vessel which got swiftly to the ship rendezvous area, yet kept her crew in relative comfort while waiting at sea, and with all that, could be still be easily sailed back to her home port at the head of the Bristol Channel, sometimes just with the ship's boy doing the job single-handed.

Not surprisingly, as sail gave way to power in pilotage vessels as in merchant ships, the former sailing pilot cutters became much prized as cruising yachts. Fast, able, easily handled, comfortable, and with accommodation ready to go rather than requiring conversion from some former cargo-carrying or fishing role, they were ideal. And yet, ironically, the supreme surviving example of the type came not from the Bristol Channel, but from Normandy in France.

Odd as it may seem today when French sailing is pioneering extremes of advanced seagoing technicality with record breakers like Hydroptere and Francois Joyon's Atlantic speedster, back around 1912 the French were rather conservative in their ships. So even though the newly built mini-liner Nomadic was on station just round the corner in Cherbourg to ferry passengers to the keenly anticipated new ocean greyhound Titanic, in Le Havre construction was getting under way on a sailing pilot cutter whose lines were still completely traditional. Even if they were the ultimate and very elegant refinement of a type, the new boat still represented a line of thinking which dated back for at least a century.

With the Great War of 1914 accelerating technical development, and its conclusion in 1918 making available many government surplus advanced motor driven vessels which could easily be adapted for pilotage work, the new sailing pilot cutter Jolie Brise scarcely ever did a day's real pilotage work, and after 1917 she did a bit of fishing. Yet the word was out among post war enthusiasts for the new sport of ocean racing that this under-utilised fast sailing vessel was sitting in Le Havre in danger of neglect, and looking for sailing challenges to bring her to life. She was bought by George Martin who was promoting the new idea of the Fastnet Race, and in 1925 she showed her quality by winning the inaugural Fastnet.


The lines of Jolie Brise are the ultimate development of the traditional pilot cutter type. LOA 56ft, LWL 48ft, Beam 15.7ft, Draft 9.5ft, 44 tons TM

Over the years she was so successful on both sides of the Atlantic that as they couldn't find the lines plan as drawn by Alexandre Paris for construction in the venerable Albert Paumelle's yard in Le Havre, they took them off the hull using traditional techniques. These days, you can use a system (developed in Ireland for taking the lines off historic wrecks) which does it with lasers. But back then it was a lovely yet painstaking job of working with sticks and string, and in Jolie Brise's case the lines are so lovely that I had them stuck up on the wall above the desk for years, and now keep them handy in the computer for ready reference when the lines of some modern boat look too ugly for words.

They're lovely, but archaic. She was the last of the line, and the best. The heavily angled rudder-post is a nonsense, yet it wouldn't look right any other way. And though she has a heavy hull, the water is left sweetly astern. For as the old Thames Barge skippers used to say, it's not the bow that is most important for easy speed, but the stern.

She's heavy, yet it's all of a piece with her type that the actual hull freeboard is low aft - it just doesn't look that way with the substantial bulwarks. But as designer Jack Laurent Giles said of her after crewing aboard in his younger years, when the wind was above Force 3 on Jolie Brise offshore, you needed to wear your seaboots, but were otherwise totally comfortably as the sea swilled merrily but harmlessly around your feet on the afterdeck.

Jolie Brise today, owned by Dauntsey's School since 1977, and used for sail training

She has been lucky at times to survive until her Centenary, but her life has been secure since 1977, when she was bought by Dauntsey's School in Dorset for sail training purposes. All credit to the school for taking on this absorbing challenge. But just as in times past Whitbread became the name of a major ocean race rather than a beer brand, so today there's a slight danger that Dauntsey's might be better recognized as the name of an organisation which runs one very special sailing ship, rather than a school.

Whatever, it's clear that Jolie Brise is one of those vessels which are just very special to sail aboard. Not simply because of her history, remarkable and all as that is, but more because of the technical and physical challenges of getting the best out of a wonderful old boat, and sailing her in a manner which respects the genius of the people who created her a hundred years ago.

The Fife One Designs in their home waters of the Menai Straits. In all, 33 boats have been built in wood or glassfibre to this 1926 William Fife design

In her purposeful traditional style, she'll make a neat contrast in Glandore with the 24ft LOA Fife One Designs, which thrive in their heartlands off Beaumaris in the Menai Straits. The boats were designed by William Fife III in 1926, and the class is in great heart, with 33 boats built, and wooden ones able to keep up the pace with a batch of glassfibre ones which were built by Dickie's of Bangor.

The glassfibre version was built locally by Dickie's of Bangor

The Fifes are exceptionally pretty boats which suit their beautiful home waters

However constructed, they're exceptionally pretty little boats, and in view of comments we've had on this site in recent months about the narrow width of the side-decks on classics like the Dublin Bay 21s and the Belfast Lough Waverleys, it's interesting to note that the Fifes have wide side decks which enable them to sail at angles of heel which hugely impress the spectators, even if it limits speed and increases leeway.

The side decks are exceptionally wide........

....which facilitates sailing at some extraordinary angles of heel.

Clearly the Royal Anglesey, their home club, has a membership of eclectic origins, as top helms recently have included Ewan McEwan and Mick McGarry. But despite these Scots and Irish intruders, the class is so closely identified with North Wales and projects such an attractive image for their area that when they go off on tour - as they've been doing for quite a few years now - the North Wales tourism body puts a bit of sponsorship the class association's way.

Now there's a thought. No boat is more clearly identified with one specific port than the Howth 17s. Howth tourism is under the umbrella of the Howth is Magic organisation. It's too late to do anything much this year, but next time the Howth 17s get a rush of blood to the head about going to some event, even, maybe Howth is Magic can wave a wand and come up with some readies.

As it is, the class - off their own bat - travelled by several flatbed trucks to Glandore Classics 2003, with 15 boats in all going to West Cork. It was a prodigious logistics achievement which I remember all too well as, in a period of mixed weather when the Seventeens insisted on doing their own thing with offshore races as well as in-harbour events, we found ourselves detailed off with our 35-footer to be one of the mother ships. The reason you're called the mother ship is because the mother is always the last to know Then as now, the Seventeens seemed to communicate by some sort of telepathy incomprehensible to anyone else.

The only time the Howth 17s and the Fifes were together at a Classics Regatta was at Lough Erne in 2010

Howth 17s Aura and Deilginis racing out of Castlehaven bound for Glandore at the Glandore Classics 2003. Both boats have been in Cowes Classics this past week, but in very different weather. Photo: W M Nixon

Oddly enough, the only time the Fifes and the Howth 17s have been together was at the Lough Erne Classics in 2010, when the Fifes had a goodly number, but only thre Howth 17s flew the flag. And it has been just two Howth 17s – Aura and Deilginis - which made the journey to the Cowes Classics Inshore Classes event this past week, and as it has been plagued by calms, instead we'll use a picture of the 1970-built George McGruer ketch Cuilaun of Kinsale (Michael O'Flaherty & Brian Smullen) at the bigger boats Panerai Classics at Cowes last week.

The 1970-built Cuilaun (Michael O'Flaherty & Brian Smullen) at last week's Panerai Classics at Cowes. The boat in the foreground is a vintage Scandinavian 22 Square Metre.

But inevitably with all this local one design classes energy being spread separately at various events, you can't help but wonder if there might be an opening in Ireland for a dayboat Classic One Designs Regatta. It may well be that each class prefers to get undivided attention. But on the other hand, when you think of a regatta in which boats as diverse as Glens, Waverleys, Belfast Lough Fairies, Howth 17s, Strangford Lough Rivers, Lough Erne Fairies, Dublin Bay Mermaids, Water Wags and Cork Harbour One Designs are all racing on the same waters with their own starts, it has a certain appeal.

The first thing that a classic one design keelboat needs is a mooring. It is simply too undignified for them to be shunted in and out of a marina berth. And there's only one place I can think of where sufficient moorings could be laid in reasonable shelter, and that's at Strangford Lough YC at Whiterock. And this is a venue which might bring in the rather splendid 29ft River class sloops, designed by Alfed Mylne in 1919, thriving mightily as a local class these days, but emphatically not boats which have gone down the road trailering route like the Fifes.

The problem is that Whiterock lacks the necessary shore infrastructure of ample hotel accommodation near the anchorage. When you factor in the shoreside requirements, it becomes a very narrow target. So maybe the only option is with the National YC in Dun Laoghaire, for until the next phase of the harbour plan is implemented, there is space between the Carlisle Pier and the East Pier for temporary moorings off the National, while Dun Laoghaire can well cope with visitors seeking accommodation.

The success in June of Crosshaven's National 18s championship in Dublin Bay showed that the National can happily deal with strange classes. We can be quite sure there'd be nothing stranger than a gathering of all the Irish local one design classes (and the Welsh ones too, if they wish). It's an interesting thought. Meanwhile, good luck to the Fifes in Glandore, and the wonderful Jolie Brise too.

Published in W M Nixon

#glandoreclassic – The 11th Glandore Classic regatta opens next Saturday in Glandore Harbour. This regatta for historic boats has been hosted every other year since 1992 by the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club.

Among the  line up of classics for this year's regatta, Jolie Brise is visiting as part of her 100th anniversary celebrations.

As winner of the first Fastnet race she will be making a reprise Fastnet rounding as part of this year's Glandore Classic Regatta.

Other well known entries this year include the lovely Fife Solway Maid who returns for her third Classic Regatta at Glandore last visiting in 2001. The Fife one designs of the Menai straits are also entered for this year these are regular visitors to the event and for the first time this year they are bringing a new build Fife on her first outing.

There is a new programme for Oar and Sail in the regatta this year. There are Bantry Gig long boats entered for the first time, with entries from Fionnbarra Unite and Integrite, these will be a sight in the harbour during the weekend.

The Regatta opens Saturday in the Evening, the Parade of Sail will be on Sunday afternoon with fireworks on the village on Sunday night. This will be followed by a full week sailing programme, including the Fastnet event, closing dinner on Thursday and prize giving will be on Friday evening July 26th.

Full regatta events programme is here

Published in Historic Boats


20th to 26th JULY 2013

Organising Authority

Glandore Harbour Yacht Club



1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing(RRS)

1.2 Handicapping will be under the KLR Formula (Klassiker Rennwert) for Classic Boats; ECHO for modern cruising boats and Portsmouth Yardstick for all dinghies and day sailing boats. Handicaps may be adjusted on a daily basis by the Race Committee as they deem necessary in the interests of all competitors.

1.3 The Irish Sailing Association Safety Regulations for day racing shall apply.


2.1 The Regatta will be a Category C event.

2.2 Boats may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority.


3.1 The regatta is open to all 'classic' sailing yachts and dinghies, and modern cruising yachts.

3.2 Eligible boats may enter by completing the Entry Form available online at: together with the required fee which can be paid by PayPal or on registration in the Regatta Office.

3.3 Yachts that are in possession of a Rating Certificate of any type shall submit these Certificates upon registration.

3.4 All competitors shall comply with the ISA or their own National Governing Authority eligibility requirements.


4.1 Required fees are as follows:

4.2 Race Entry Fees

40ft. LOA and above €100

30ft. to 39ft. LOA €85

20ft to 29ft €75

Up to 19ft & Workboats €45

4.3 Non Racing Entry Fees

Parade of Sail only €20

Crane In & 0ut €120


5.1 Registration: Saturday, July 20th, 2013, from 10.00hrs to 20.00hrs

All skippers must sign the Registration Form in the Regatta Office

5.2 Skipper's Briefing: Sunday, July 20th, 2013 at 10.30hrs

5.3 Racing for all classes:

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 none – crane in

Sunday, July 21st, 2013 none - Parade of Sail (PM)

Monday, July 22nd, 2013 Harbour & Offshore Racing

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 Fastnet Race

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 Cruise/Race to Castletownshend

Thursday July 25th, 2013 Harbour & Offshore Racing

Friday July 26th, 2013 Harbour & Offshore Racing

5.4 There will be not more than 2 races per day for all harbour classes, except Friday when there will be 1 race.
On Sunday July 21st, there will be the Parade of Sail.
On Wednesday July 24th, the cruise/race to Castletownshend will take place.

5.5 The Warning Signal for the first race each day will be 12.30hrs.
Warning Signal times for the Fastnet, other offshore races and cruise/race to Castletownshend will be posted not later that 1800hrs on the day before the event.


6.1 The Sailing Instructions will be available to boats on completion of registration requirements on Saturday, July 20th, 2013.


7.1 The Regatta will be sailed in the waters of Glandore Harbour and Glandore Bay, approximately between Galley Head and Toe Head and to Fastnet Rock, Co Cork, Ireland.


8.1 The courses to be sailed by classic yachts & modern cruising boats may include marks inside and outside Glandore Harbour.

8.2 The Sailing Instructions will include the details of courses to be sailed by all classes.


9.1 The Parade of Sail will be at approximately 1500hrs hours on Sunday July 21st and will be sailed around marks within the harbour.

9.2 Directions for the Parade of Sail will be attached to the Sailing Instructions.

9.3 The Parade of Sail is treated as a 'race' for scoring purposes. All boats participating will be scored point's equivalent to 1st place. These points cannot be used in tie breaks and boats failing to participate shall be scored 'Did Not Start'. The parade of sail cannot be used as a discard in scoring.


10.1 The Scoring Penalty, rule 44.3, will apply to all classes except dinghies. The penalty will be 20%, rounded up to next whole number, of the total entries for the boats class added to the boats finishing score.

10.2 All boats, except dinghies, shall carry a yellow flag to signal acceptance of a scoring penalty.

10.3 For the dinghy classes, rule 44.1 is changed so that the Two-Turns Penalty is replaced by One-Turn Penalty.


11.1 (a)When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat's series score will be the total of her race scores.

(b) When 5 races have been completed, a boat's series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

(c) When 8 or more races have been completed, a boat's series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.


12.1 Visitor moorings are available in Glandore Harbour, a number of club moorings will be assigned to visiting fleets, and cruising vessels should be prepared to lie to their own ground tackle.

12.2 A water taxi will available for the duration of the regatta before and after racing and to schedule at other times.


13.1 Keelboats shall not be hauled out during the regatta except with and according to the terms of prior written permission of the race committee.

13.2 Lift in and Lift out will take place at Union Hall Pier. Lift in Lift out time will be posted closer to the regatta date.

13.3 Cost of lift-in and lift-out is not included in entry fee.


14.1 Prizes will be awarded in all classes.

14.2 The Regatta Committee may operate a system which restricts the number of prizes awarded to any one competitor.


15.1 Glandore Harbour Yacht Club, members thereof, and any event Sponsor, are providing this series of races only on the understanding that the Club, its members, or the Sponsors, or its representatives, bear no responsibility whatsoever for any loss, damage or injury to any boat or person howsoever arising, directly or indirectly by any accident or wrongful or negligent act, default or omission of any person during the event.

15.2 It is the sole and exclusive responsibility of each owner or owners' representative to decide whether or not to start or continue to race.

15.3 Owners/Skippers shall acknowledge their responsibility on the Entry Form & Registration Form and draw the attention of their crew and associates to this disclaimer. Owners, skippers, helms and crew shall ensure that they are adequately insured against any claim against them, arising out of their participation in this event.


16.1 For further information and contacts check the Glandore Classic Regatta website at: or

Or use the links below

Diarmuid O'Donovan—Commodore Glandore Harbour Yacht Club

John Dowling—Vice Commodore Glandore Yacht Club & Classic Regatta Chairman

Bill Sandberg—Principal Race Officer

2013 CH Marine Glandore Classic Regatta Programme



July 15th t0 July 20th

Arrival of Boats

Friday 19th July

Launch of Bantry Long-boats and Race

Saturday 20th July LW 09:42 (1.0) HW 15:48 (3.6)

Crane in

Bantry Long Boats Race . Sack Transfer. Captain's Gig

Official Opening in the square

Sponsors Reception in the new Club House

Jimmy Crowley & Stokers Lodge in Concert in Glandore Church

Sunday 21st July LW 10:43 (0.8) HW 16:45 (3.8)

Bantry Long-Boats Rowing Race

Parade of Sail

Music in the street with Two Time Polka (Sponsored by GLandore Inn)


Monday 22nd July LW 11:38 (0.6) HW 17:38 (4.0)

Harbour Racing

Offshore Racing

Sail & Oar/Day boat Island Picnic

RNLI Quiz in Casey's Bar

Tuesday 23rd July LW 12:28 (0.5) HW 18:27 (4.1)

Jolie Brise Cruise/Race to Fastnet Rock (20NM)

Harbour Racing

Sail & Oar Event

Classic Ladies Lunch in The Rectory

Wednesday 24th July LW 13:16 (0.5) HW 19:14 (4.1)

Harbour Racing

Offshore Racing

Cruise to Castletownsend

Gerald Butler, auther of "The Lightkeeper: A memoir" reading from his book in Hayes'Bar

Thursday 25th July LW 14:02 (0.5) HW 19:59 (4.0)

Harbour Racing

Offshore Racing

Sail & Oar event

Regatta Dinner in The Rectory

Friday 26th July LW 14:46 (0.6) HW 20:45 (3.9)


Sail & Oar event


Grand Prize Giving

Farewell Party

Welsh Male Voice Choir in Glandore Church

Saturday 27th July LW 15:31 (0.8) HW 21:31 (3.6)

Crane Out



Published in Historic Boats

Details of this year's CH Marine Glandore Classic Regatta ware announced last Thursday at Heineken Ireland Brewery in Cork. Diarmuid O'Donovan of Glandore Harbour Yacht Club said he was very pleased with the quality of the 26 boats entered so far. He is particularly pleased that the Jolie Brise is coming as part of her centenary celebrations. Jolie Brise was built in 1913 in Le Harve and won the inaugural Fastnet Race in 1925 and again in 1929 and 1930. She still holds the record the most Fastnet Race wins.

Other UK boats attending will be 6 Menai Strait Fifes from Anglesea, Fife Yacht Solway Maid and the superyacht Blue Leopard.
There will be 5 Bantry Longboats giving an exhibition of sailing and rowing and performing tasks over the weekend 19th-20th July. The Bantry Longboat "Integrité" from Wales and the Henley Whaler "Molly" from Henley-on-Thames will also be in Glandore.
Michael Brogan's well known Galway Hooker" Mac Duach" will be sailing from the west coast for the event. Jarlath Cunnane will be sailing from Galway with "Northabout" in which he completed both the North-West and North-East Passages in Arctic waters.
We are also looking forward to a wide selection of West Cork boats including the Caastletownshend Ettes, the Towelsail Yawls – the Lobster Boats – and the Long Island Mackerel Boats as well as a number of new acquisitionas and old friends which will be awaited with interest.
A highlight of the Classic Regatta will be a Fastnet Rock race on Tues 23rd July to commemorate and honour Jolie Brise. The Parade of Sail will take place Sunday July 21st.

Among the shore entertainment will be Jimmy Crowley & Stokers Lodge in concert in Glandore Church on Saturday July 20th, Two Part Polka in a street party outside the Glandore Inn (courtesy of The Glandore Inn) on Sunday July 21st followed by the Fireworks display. A Welsh Male Voice choir from Haverfordwest will perform in Glandore Church on July 26th. Gerald Butler will read from his book "The Lightkeeper: A Memoir" in Hayes' Bar on Wednesday 26th. Gerald was on duty at Fastnet Rock Lighthouse during the Fastnet disaster of 1979.


The Glandore Classic boats committee Cormac O'Carroll, John Dowling,Chairman, Diarmuid O'Donovan, Commodore GHYC, Nicky Bendon, CH Marine Front: Frances Lynch, Lal Thompson

As a Gathering Event this year we are expecting a very busy and enjoyable July in Glandore.
We thank our name sponsor CH Marine as well as Dubarry, Glenmar Shellfish, Cork County Council, the Gathering, ISA, Stena Sealink, McCarthy Insurances and others.

Published in Historic Boats

The pilot cutter "Jolie Brise" will be taking part in the CH Marine Glandore Classic Regatta next July as part of her centenary celebration.

The Jolie Brise won the inaugural Fastnet race in 1925 and again in 1929 and 1930. She still holds the record for the most wins in the Fastnet race. She was described, by January's 2013 Classic Boat magazine, as "one of the most famous yachts ever".

Making return visits to Glandore this year are super yacht "Blue Leopard", famous Fife yacht "Solway Maid" and local schooner "Spirit of Oysterhaven".

There are several boats coming from the UK including five Anglesea Fifes and the Welsh Bantry Longboat "Integrite".

There will also be four Irish Bantry Longboats taking part. Among the other Irish boats this year will be Jarleth Cunnane's "Northabout" of North West and North East Passage fame and Michael Brogan's Galway Hooker "Mac Duach".
New events this year will include an overnight cruise to Castletownshend and an island picnic. Popular events again this year include a Fireworks display, Parade of Sail and street party. There will also be a full entertainment programme including Jimmy Crowley in concert, Two Part Polka and Welsh Male Voice choir in Glandore Church.
The week will include something for everyone, sailor and non-sailor, people afloat and ashore and those who just come to enjoy Glandore and the ambience of a great scene onshore and beautiful boats under sail.

Published in Historic Boats

#classicboats – Among the regatta highlights of this Summer's Glandore Harbour Yacht Club's Classic Regatta will be the attendance of the French built Pilot Cutter Jolie Brise, winner of the inaugural Fastnet race in 1925.

The CH Marine sponsored Glandore Classic Regatta is held every two years in Glandore Harbour and attracts owners and sailors of traditional and classic working boats and yachts from Ireland and abroad.

This year the Jolie Brise is celebrating her 100th birthday this year and will participate in the Glandore Classic Fastnet race on July 23rd.

The regatta will be officially launched next week in Cork city.

Published in Historic Boats

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.


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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