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Kinsale Yacht Club's Matthews Centre and Helly Hansen Spring Series is led by Denis Murphy's Nieulargo on IRC and ECHO after today's first race in breeze writes Dave O'Sullivan.

The committee boat, White Tiger, anchored with difficulty just south of Bulman and race officer Denis Kieran (with helpers T. O’Brien, G. Kieran, S. Keane Hopcraft, S. Horgan and G. Noonan) got the twenty-nine boat fleet off into a boisterous east breeze to Sovereign followed by a leeward leg to Hake and Sandy Cove. After two gruelling laps, competitors were finished near Bulman by mark boat Big Blue (C. Clarke and D. Boyd).

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The second race started at Charles Fort sending the fleets round Bulman once again to Sovereign with a long off wind leg and two laps of Sandy Cove & Bulman. The finish was also at Charles Fort.

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The east breeze strengthened all day leading to rough conditions and some thrills and spills. All boats were back on the marina at 1600 HRS.

It all starts again next Sunday (14th April) at 1155 HRS. 

Scroll down below for photo gallery by Bob Bateman

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Results...

Class Zero ECHO & IRC

1. Nieulargo - D. Murphy
2. Jump Juice - C Phelan
3. Freya - C. Doyle

Class One IRC

1. Artful Dodger - F. O'Regan
2. Bad Company - F. Desmond
3. Just Us - D. Buckley

Class One ECHO

1. Just Us - D. Buckley
2. Artful Dodger - F. O'Regan
3. Bad Company - F. Desmond

Class Two IRC and ECHO

1. Flyover - D. Marchant
2. Diamond - J. Matthews
3. Fulmar Fever - R. Marchant

White Sail IRC and ECHO

1. Godot - J. Godkin
2. Gunsmoke - S. Cohen
3. Y Dream - S. O'Riordan 

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The final race of the Frank Godsell sponsored March League took place in gentle spring conditions in Kinsale Yacht Club writes Commodore Dave O’Sullivan.

For the third week in a row, the weather favoured the lighter boats and James Matthews and his crew on Diamond were in winning form. They won on both ECHO and IRC and were followed in both by Stephen Lysaght's Too and Class Captain Cian McCarthy's EOS.

Meanwhile, in White Sails David Hanly and his band of raiders from the RCYC onboard Fast Buck, made it look easy, romping home in front of Y Dream and Miss Charlie.

The generosity of Frank's sponsorship is renowned and the bar talk afterwards was whether or not this was his 40th year sponsoring the March League. To be certain, it was agreed to celebrate the 40-year event this year and the next two years!

Results…

Spinnaker IRC & ECHO

1. Diamond (J. Matthews)
2. Reavra Too (S. Lysaght)
3. EOS (C. McCarthy)

White sail

1. Fast Buck (D.J. Hanley)
2. Y Dream (S. O’Riordan)
3. Miss Charlie (P. Beckett)

All sailors are reminded that the Matthews/Helly Hansen sponsored Spring Series starts next Sunday 7th April with the warning signal at 1155 HRS.

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The promised light winds never materialised and the second week of the Frank Godsell sponsored, March League at Kinsale Yacht Club was sailed in a delightful 15-knot breeze writes Dave O'Sullivan. The course, taking in Sandycove and CentrePoint, was testing with three spinnaker hoists and three hard upwind beats.

As often happens in Kinsale, the harbour finish can provide one final banana skin and today's treat was a particularly low tide. A number of boats learned how shallow the harbour can get and although there were one or two red faces there was no damage done.

A good day stolen at the start of Spring.

Results…

Spinnaker IRC & ECHO

1. Diamond (J. Matthews)
2. Reavra Too (S. Lysaght)
3. Luv Is (T. Kingston)

White sail

1. Y Dream (S. O’Regan)
2. Miss Charlie (P. Beckett)
3. Fast Buck (D.J. Hanley)

It’s still all up for grabs next Sunday 31st, the final race of the League, with the FG at 1125 HRS. Competitors are reminded of the change to Irish summer time next Sunday (clocks go forward).

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Six boats braved the chilly morning and were soon lining up near the start line at Charles Fort for the first race of the Frank Godsell March League at Kinsale Yacht Club on 18th March 2019. 

Race Officer Donal Hayes on Fiona got things promptly underway at 1125 HRS. The blackboard (pictured above) displayed a course of Bulman to Starboard followed by a laid mark to Starboard with two laps and then Bulman to port and straight to the finish line.

Quarter tonner Diamond (J. Matthews) was the winner on both IRC and ECHO with EOS (C. McCarthy) second on both handicaps and LuvIs (T. Kingston) third on both. Chameleon (P. O’Donovan) and Fast Buck (D.J. Hanley) were fourth and fifth respectively.

There was a sole white sail competitor, the lovely Impala Deboah (M. Hargrove).

The competitors and sponsor are confident of an increase in the size of the fleet for next weeks edition with FG on Sunday 24th at 1125 HRS

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The third Watersports Inclusion Games will take place in Kinsale this August.

Building on the success of Dublin in 2017 and Galway in 2018, Kinsale Yacht Club will host the biggest showcase yet of inclusive watersports activity on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.

The weekend will have the latest on adaptations and innovations for optimised watersports delivery, as well as a focus on examining, measuring and promoting the therapeutic benefits of water activity and the impact of watersports on wellbeing.

The event is organised by Irish Sailing in association with Canoeing Ireland, Rowing Ireland and Cork Local Sports Partnership, supported by Kinsale Yacht Club Sailability, Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre, Sailing Into Wellness and Spinal Injuries Ireland, and funded by the Sport Ireland Dormant Accounts Sports Inclusion Fund.

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All equipment will be provided, and no experience is required for the free weekend that will include sailing, rowing, canoeing and fast boat rides, with more watersports likely to be added.

Clubs, organisations and community groups working with people with disabilities who are interested in bringing a group or individuals, or in having a presence at the expo element of the event, are invited to register their interest.

Individuals interested in attending the event with up to two family members or friends may also register, as can watersports activity providers who would like to showcase their organisation. Volunteers of all experience levels are also needed for the weekend.

Children aged under 18 and vulnerable adults attending must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

For more details visit the Facebook event page. For all registrations of interest, contact Johanne at [email protected] who will outline booking details.

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There was no Kinsale Yacht Club Custom Rigging Frostbite racing yesterday due to high winds writes Dave O'Sullivan.

The overall positions at the end of the series are below.

The next KYC event is the Frank Godsell sponsored March League scheduled for Monday 18th March, Sunday 24th March and Sunday 31st March. This is a Cruiser Class open event for “all in” Spinnaker and White Sail - FG 1125 HRS each day.

Squibs

1 Allegro (Colm Dunne & Rob Gill)
2 Outlaw (Ian Travers & Keith O’Riordan)
3 Badger (Jeff Condell & Jeff Cochrane).

Squibs (ECHO)

1. Allegro (Colm Dunne & Rob Gill)
2. Sibu (Geraldine & Denis Kieran)
3. Sedition (Neil Prendeville & Dominic Falvey)

Lasers

1. Dorothy Matthews 4.7
2. Robert McGarvey Radial
3. Rory Carroll 4.7

Toppers

1. Hannah Akerlind
2. Rachel Akerlind
3. Francesca Lewis

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A south-east lump with a 12-knot breeze (gusting to 18/20 knots later) greeted our competitors on the fourth morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series at Kinsale Yacht Club.

Race Officer John Stallard aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) laid a weather mark near the south-east shore and a leeward mark close to Castlepark. Two W/L races were sailed in boisterous conditions.

Squibs

The Squib fleet was led by Allegro (C Dunne & R Gill) who scored two firsts, Outlaw (I Travers & K O’Riordan) scored two seconds followed by Flora (B Nash & B Tullier) and Sensation (D & B Cudmore) who both scored a third each.

Lasers & Mixed Dinghies

Dorothy Matthews won the first race with Robert McGarvey second and Daniel Ackerlind third - all sailing Lasers. The second race, in more difficult conditions, was won by Dorothy Matthews with Kevin Daly second in a Flying Fifteen.

Toppers

Race one saw Hannah Ackerlind score a first with Rachel Ackerlind second - the positions were reversed in race two. Francesca Lewis got a third in both races.

It will all start again next Sunday 3rd March at 1100 HRS.

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A strong SW breeze greeted our competitors on the third morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series in Kinsale writes Dave O'Sullivan.

Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Michele Kennelly (welcome back) and Siobhan Keane Hopcraft aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) decided that the wind was far too strong for the Toppers who were promptly sent home. The tenacious Squibs started on time at 1100 HRS followed five minutes later by the very competitive Laser fleet.

"After one race both fleets were heading for home as the wind speed had increased to 25 knots"

After one race both fleets were heading for home as the wind speed had increased to 25 knots. Everybody was ashore before 1300 HRS.

Squibs

The Squib fleet was led by Badger (J Condell & J Cochrane) with Allegro (C Dunne & R Gill) second and Sensation (D & B Cudmore) third. Sensation just pipped Outlaw (I Travers & K O’Riordan) at the finish line with Outlaw having to tack off at the last second as Sensation came through on Starboard.

Overall positions after seven races -

Allegro 1st, Badger 2nd and Outlaw 3rd.

Lasers

The tough conditions suited the more experienced sailors and the five boat Fleet was led by Dorothy Matthews with Tiarnan Brown second and Rory Carroll third.

Overall positions after six races -

Dorothy Matthews 1st, Robert McGarvey 2nd and Rory Carroll 3rd.

It will all start again next Sunday 17th at 1100 HRS.

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Another amazing sunny day greeted the sailors competing in the Custom Rigging Frostbites in Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday 10th February writes Dave O'Sullivan. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Sue Horgan aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) fixed a weather mark in blustery SW conditions and got the fleet away promptly at 1100.

The Toppers and Lasers sailed two races before a rising wind created boisterous conditions later in the day. The hardy Squib fleet got in a third race with a very exciting spinnaker run on the last downwind leg giving plenty of spills and thrills.

Three fleets raced (Squibs, Topper and Lasers) with 24 boats in all.

Squibs

The ten boat Squib fleet was led by Allegro (Colm Dunne & Rob Gill) who got two firsts and a third with Outlaw (Ian Travers & Keith O’Riordan) close behind with a fifth and two seconds and Badger (J Condell & J Cochrane) lying third overall with a second, a first and a fourth. Sensation (D & B Cudmore) scored two thirds and a fourth on their first day out, having missed last week, putting them very much in contention with four more race days to go.

Lasers

The five boat Laser Fleet was led by Dorothy Matthews with two firsts followed by Robert McGarvey with a second and a fourth. Rory Carroll is lying third on the day with a fifth and a third. Daniel Ackerlind who has just joined the fleet put in a great performance on his first day out with a third and a second.

Toppers

The eight Topper fleet was led by Rachel Ackerlind with two firsts putting her in fourth place overall. Frances Corkery with a second and a third is still first overall closely followed by Hanna Ackerlind in second place overall and Francesca Lewis in third place overall.

It will all start again next Sunday 17th at 1100 HRS.

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12 races over six weekends for Squib, Laser, Topper, and mixed Dinghy fleets gets the 2019 sailing season off to a flying start in Kinsale next month.

Racing will be on laid courses within the harbour off Charles Fort with a First Gun of 10:55hrs each day starting on February 3rd.

An entry Fee of €40 single handed and €60 for all others applies for the Custom Rigging sponsored Frostbite Series.

See KYC web site www.kyc.ie for further details including entry forms and SI’s

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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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