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For the first time, The DBSC Mermaids are holding their annual Championship in Crosshaven over 4 days from 1st - 4th August hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The fleet has enjoyed numbers in excess of 25 to 30 boats at its most recent championships but this year’s event is shaping up to be something special with a fistful of former champions deciding to rejoin the fray and relive old memories and try to put the current crop of recent younger winners under a little pressure.

Current form would have to recognise Daragh Mc Cormack, last year’s champion on home waters, in his exceptional boat Innocence no 188, as the firm favourite. He won the Munster’s earlier this year and dominated the Skerries regatta last weekend. In the hands his club mate Vincent Mc Cormack Innocence was also a clear winner in a competitive fleet at the Leinster’s during the Volvo Regatta earlier this month.

Innocence MermaidMermaid National Champions 188 – Innocence helmed by Darragh McCormack and crew Mark McCormack and Johnny Dillon Photo: Ted Kelly

Regular winner Jonathan O'Rourke in Tiller Girl 77 will be certain to be in the hunt as will Mark Boylan, the youngest ever winner a few years ago in a very windy Galway Bay.

Sam Shields, twice winner, has bought the famous Helen 76 and completely rebuilt her and would have high expectations of being in the frame with his experienced crew.

Also returning is the noted Rush sailor Paddy Dillon, another former winner, in Wild Wind 131 who will be anxious to build on his experience with the outstandingly successful J 109 Storm Team over the last couple of years. A solid 2nd in Skerries as his first outing in years consolidates his credentials for consideration as a serious contender.

Mermaid Clinker 100 and 119 2Mermaid racing comes to Cork Harbour in August Photo: Afloat

Long-time Mermaid stalwart, Derek Joyce has refurbished his unbeatable steed from the 2000s, Zeila 187 and he will be attempting to match Roger Bannon’s record of six wins over the years. It is also expected that Roger Bannon might be there with rumours circulating that Kate Grimes is returning from Dubai especially for the event to crew for him.

News is also circulating of several rebuilding projects around the country with the hope that some may make it to the starting line in Crosshaven, including Nichapando 114 and Perhaps 111.

Exciting times for this iconic class!

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In the first race of the Ronan Enright Solicitors July League at Royal Cork Yacht Club last night, Ronan and John Downing's Half Tonner Miss Whiplash was the winner of the 19-boat IRC Spinnaker division writes Bob Bateman.

It was a light wind race with the breeze from a Westerly direction in Cork Harbour. From a Committee Boat start, the fleet sailed to Cage then to Corkbeg, with a beat to 8, a run to 7 and a beat again to 10.

Royal Cork July Sailing League1Royal Cork July Sailing League Committee Boat Photo: Bob Bateman

Second overall was the Bolero Bandit with the Jones Family J109, Jelly Baby third. Results are here.

Royal Cork July Sailing League1The Half Tonner Miss Whiplash was the winner of the first race of the Royal Cork July Sailing League Photo: Bob Bateman

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First overall in Saturday's Royal Cork Yacht Club's annual Round the Island Race in Cork Harbour was the Sunfast 32, Bad Company (Desmond/Ivers/Deasy). 

The RCYC race was part of the North Sails Open League and had a finish at the Naval Base at Haulbowline.

This year's keelboat race edition had a smaller entry than normal due to the event coinciding with Crosshaven's Trad Sail festival. 

Kieran Collin's Olson 30 Coracle IV was second in the IRC Spinnaker division with the Jones family's J109 JellyBaby third. 

In IRC White Sails, Derry Good's Exhale won from Sean Hanley's HB 31 Luas. Third was Leonard Donnery's No Gnomes, a Nicholson 33.

See photo gallery by Bob Bateman below

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A group of 29er and RS200 sailors took a well-deserved exam study break to attend the annual Royal Sprint Championship last weekend hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Two beautiful days of 29er & RS200 racing were held in 10 – 14 knots of wind near the oil refinery in Cork Harbour.

The 29er winning team with an impressive seven (seven) bullets over ten races was Lola Kohl crewed by Chris Bateman.

Dawson Kohl and Sophie Crosbie Second place 29erDawson Kohl and Sophie Crosbie, Second place 29er

In second place, capturing the remaining three (three) bullets, was Dawson Kohl and Sophie Crosbie. Third place was Atlee Kohl and Jonathan O’Shaughnessy, closely followed by Rory O’Sullivan and Rob Keal in fourth place.

RS sprintDavid Jones and Griff Kelleher (First place RS200)

Meanwhile in the RS200’s – David Jones and Griff Kelleher took home first while Jack Young & Ellie Aneiros were a close second.

Special thanks to the event volunteers who made this event possible: Race Officer Andrew Crosbie, Paul Keal, Brian and Mary Jones, Sandie O’Shaughnessy, Linda O’Keefe and Barbie Kohl.

RCYC SprintRCYC Sprint competitors and volunteers

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16 boats raced in last night's Royal Cork Yacht Club's Thursday night series in Cork Harbour  sponsored by UK Sailmakers Ireland in a light ESE breeze writes Bob Bateman

Spinnaker fleets one and two took a beat to Corkbeg (RCYC course 93) across an ebbing tide and eased sheets to number 14 off Cuskinny a turn right to beat to East Ferry 2 back via number 12 and finish at the cage.

The five-boat whitesail fleet was given a race out the harbour to number three and then back to Cage Buoy.

Results are here

Royal Cork harbour sailing11720 A cheery wave from the under 25 crew before the start of racing Photo: Bob Bateman

Royal Cork harbour sailing1(Above and below) Ellida (Ria Lyden) took a Southerly option heading for first mark and it paid off as she won IRC1 Photo: Bob Bateman

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Royal Cork harbour sailing1Coracle (77883) with the Collins family on board leads the event overall Photo: Bob Bateman

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The 2019 Irish Sailing Youth National Championships hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club provided wild oscillations in weather conditions over the four days of planned racing. Thursday was certainly the calm before the arrival of Storm Hanna and three races for the 420 class were completed in light and fickle conditions. Friday dawned with raceable conditions in the morning but the oncoming storm would have provided little opportunity to get on the water and over to the race area and back again before the onset of the strong winds around lunchtime thereby forcing the cancellation of racing. Saturday looked as if it would provide perfect 420 sailing conditions in the strong breeze at the tail end of the storm but a long postponement eventually saw racing eventually cancelled late in the afternoon.

Sunday dawned with fog and no wind, but the fleet launched at 8:30 in the morning to head out to the race course and they were eventually rewarded with a modest breeze in bright sunshine. The Ferguson sisters from the National Yacht Club provided consistency over the two days of racing with five race wins to retain the title again this year after their win in Dun Laoghaire in 2018. In second place with two race wins were another female crew of Lucy Kane and Emma Gallagher followed by Morgan Lyttle and Patrick White in third position. 

420 winning crewsThe 420 winning crews at Royal Cork Photo: courtesy Wavelength Images

The Youth Nationals has traditionally been used by the 420s for team selections to travel to the European or World Championships each year. As Afloat.ie reported earlier here, Nicola and Fiona Ferguson will represent Ireland at the World Championships at Vilamoura in Portugal whilst the qualifiers for the 2019 Junior European Championships at Vilagarcia de Arousa on the North East coast of Spain are as follows:

  • Lucy Kane (East Antrim Boat Club) and Emma Gallagher (Malahide Yacht Club)
  • Morgan Lyttle Royal (St. George Yacht Club) and Patrick Whyte (Lough Ree Yacht Club)
  • Ben Graf and Alexander Farrell (Lough Ree Yacht Club)

Royal Cork Yacht Club and their team of volunteers and race officials are to be congratulated on running a magnificent event under testing weather conditions.

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A Howth Yacht Club brother and sister Jamie and Eve McMahon emerged on top of the 200-plus entries at the Irish Sailing Youth Championships sailed in Cork over the weekend in five classes. Both were competing in the single-handed Laser Radial event where Jamie won the class and Eve finished as best girl in fifth overall out of 27 entries.

Prizes were presented this evening on the lawn at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour.

See photo gallery of prizewinners by Bob Bateman below

Irish sailing youth prizes2RCYC Admiral Pat Farnan (left), Brian Jones Rear Admiral Dinghies (centre) and IS President Jack RoyIrish sailing youth prizes2There was a fleet of 200 youth sailors for the 2019 Championships at RCYCIrish sailing youth prizes2IS President Jack Roy addresses the sailorsIrish sailing youth prizes2Justin Lucas, 7th in the Optimist TrialsIrish sailing youth prizes2Jessica Riordan, Optimist first girlIrish sailing youth prizes2Luke Turvey, fifth in the Optimist trialsIrish sailing youth prizes2Ben O'Shaughnessy, fourth in the Optimist trialsIrish sailing youth prizes2Sam Ledoux, third in the Optimist TrialsIrish sailing youth prizes2Rocco Wright, second in the Optimist TrialsIrish sailing youth prizes2 James Dwyer Matthews, Optimist Trials winnerIrish sailing youth prizes2Eve McMahon, fifth overall and first girl in the RadialIrish sailing youth prizes2Chris Bateman, third overall in the RadialIrish sailing youth prizes2Micheal O'Suilleabhain, second overall in the RadialIrish sailing youth prizes2Emily Riordan, third overall in the 4.7Irish sailing youth prizes2Alannah Coakley, second in the 4.7Irish sailing youth prizes2Cillian Foster winner of the 4.7Irish sailing youth prizes2Morgan Lyttle and Patrick Whyte, third in the 420Irish sailing youth prizes2Lucy Kane and Emma Gallagher, second in the 420Irish sailing youth prizes2Nicola and Fiona Ferguson, 420 winnersIrish sailing youth prizes2Daniel Palmer, second in the Topper 4.2Irish sailing youth prizes2Peter Doyle, winner of the Topper 4.2 Irish sailing youth prizes2Ella Fitzgerald, third and first Topper lady

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Oisin Mac Sweeney, second of Topper 5.3Oisin Mac Sweeney, second of Topper 5.3

Darragh CollinsDarragh Collins, first in the Topper 5.3

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In Cork Harbour, five youth national sailing titles were decided at the four-day Irish Sailing Youth Championships hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven though Storm Hannah disrupted the event programme writes Bob Bateman.

Ferguson victory in 420

In a commanding performance, defending champions Nicola and Fiona Ferguson from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire won the double-handed 420 class counting no fewer than five race wins.

Although hopes were high that the high winds would ease sufficiently on Saturday afternoon, near gale force gusts continued into the evening. However, light winds on the final day allowed every class to sail between two and four races each to complete their championship series.

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McMahons Win in Radial

Howth brother and sister Jamie and Eve McMahon emerged on top in the singlehanded Laser. Both were competing in the single-handed Radial event where Jamie won the class and Eve finished as best girl in fifth overall out of 27 entries.

The pair qualify to be part of the Ireland squad at the Youth World Sailing Championships in Poland this July subject to Eve achieving a qualifying result at an international regatta next week.

"Host club victory went to Cillian Foster in the single-handed Laser 4.7"

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4.7 result for Foster

Host club victories went to Cillian Foster in the single-handed Laser 4.7 (subject to protest) while in the single-handed Topper 5.3 event while Darragh Collins was the winner, second was Oisin MacSweeney and Lola Kohl took third.

Dwyer Matthews Wins in Oppies

The series was also a selection trials event for the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland to decide the national squads for international events this season. Cork's James Dwyer Matthews who won the weekend's event tops the list 28 and will lead the world championship team.

Full results are here

Scroll down for photo gallery of today's action. Prizegiving photos are here.

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Today's second day of racing at the Irish Youth Sailing Championships was scrubbed in anticipation of the arrival of Storm Hannah at Royal Cork Yacht Club this morning.

Optimist class racing, however, did go ahead on a sheltered race course on the Curlane Bank at the Cork Harbour venue.

Tomorrow's racing schedule has been postponed for one hour to gauge the conditions before a further decision on the championships is made.

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After a light and flukey start, Royal Cork Yacht Club sailed three races for 420s and Laser Radial classes in the first day of competition at the Irish Sailing Youth National Championships in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman

In the ten–boat 420 class, the National Yacht Club's Nicola Ferguson on five points has a two-point lead from East Antrim's Lucy Kane with Morgan Lyttle of the Royal St. George Yacht Club a point behind in third.

Irish Youth Sailing Cork1The Ferguson sisters lead the 420 class Photo: Bob Bateman

In the 28-boat Radial class, Micheal O'Suilleabhain of Kinsale on five points leads last weekend's Munster Championship winner Jamie McMahon of Howth Yacht Club by one point. Local hopes are with Atlee Kohl of RCYC on 11–points.

Micheal O'Suillebhain Laser SailorRadial leader Micheal O'Suillebhain from Kinsale Photo: Bob Bateman

Irish Youth Sailing Cork1Munster Championship winner Jamie McMahon lies second overall in the Radials Photo: Bob Bateman

In the Optimist class selection trials, James Dwyer Matthews leads this 60-boat event by just three points over Howth's Rocco Wright.

A fourth, additional race had been planned in light of forecasts of gales on Friday but after six hours on the water the fleets racing in the Cuskinny and Curlane Bank areas of Cork Harbour were sent ashore.

Racing continues tomorrow subject to forecast. Full results are here

Scroll down for photo gallery of today's action

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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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