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There was plenty of sailing action in Cork Harbour from Oppies to 50-footers today and there was some shuffling of places at the top of the IRC leaderboards after today's brisk racing at the Royal Cork Yacht Club's Horgan's Quay Cork Autumn Series held writes Bob Bateman.
Class Zero of the league had a start near White Bay then a short beat to No 5 and what amounted to a sleigh ride downwind for five miles to Cork buoy with a stiff cool breeze in the glorious winter sunshine.
A strong 3.7-metre ebb tide made for some tough upwind legs beats for all classes.
All other classes sailed in-harbour courses, the seven 1720s flew small kites such were the conditions.
Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo continues to lead at the top six-boat fleet Class Zero fleet. Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice stays second and is now three points off the lead.
The two RCYC boats have established a good margin over a third-placed Kinsale entry, the Salona 45 Meridian skippered by Tom Roche, 11 points behind.
In eight boat Class One IRC, there is no change at the top as Kinsale's Elan 333 Artful Dodger (Finbarr O'Regan) still leads but after seven races sailed Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca is now second by a single point from the Jones family J109 Jelly Baby.
Ronan & John Downing's Half-Tonner Miss Whiplash is now fourth.
The Cove Sailing Club Sonar, No Half Measures skippered by Ewan O'Keeffe has moved into the lead in eight boat class two IRC. O'Keeffe overtook Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker from Royal Cork Yacht Club but is on the same 11 points. Third is Sean Hanley's HB31 Luas.
There is no change in the leaderboard after 12 races in the 1720 sportsboat fleet. Anthony O'Leary's Antix leads and second in the six-boat fleet is Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea's T Bone four points behind O'Leary. Third is Olympic Finn campaigner Fionn Lyden sailing Spiced Beef.
The Whitesail One division is now led by Denis Ellis's First 35 Mazu from Cove Sailing Club.
In the seven boat White Sail Two fleet Kieran O Brian's MG335, Magnet stays on top.
Full results here. Bob Bateman Photo gallery below.
Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice has lost the overall lead in Class Zero IRC. Phelan but is only a single point from club mate Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo at the top of the in the six-boat fleet. The two RCYC boats have established a good margin over a third-placed Kinsale entry, the Salona 45 Meridian skippered by Tom Roche, eight points behind.
In eight boat Class One IRC, there is no change at the top as Kinsale's Elan 333 Artful Dodger (Finbarr O'Regan) still leads but after five races sailed Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca is now second leaving Ronan & John Downing's Half-Tonner Miss Whiplash in third.
Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker from Royal Cork Yacht Club has eeked out a three-point lead over the early Cove Sailing Club leader in eight boat class two IRC. The CSC Sonar, No Half Measures skippered by Ewan O'Keeffe stays second but Waterford Harbour Sigma 33 visitor Flyover steered by David Marchant has been overtaken by Sean Hanley's HB31 Luas for third place.
Anthony O'Leary's 1720 sportsboat Antix leads after nine races. Second in the six-boat fleet is Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea's T Bone three points behind O'Leary. Third is Olympic Finn campaigner Fionn Lyden sailing Spiced Beef.
The Whitesail One division continues to be led by Derry Good's X 362 Sport Exhale. Likewise in the seven boat White Sail Two fleet where Kieran O Brian's MG335, Magnet stays on top.
Second in the six-boat fleet is Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea's T Bone two points behind O'Leary. Third is Gary Rhodes Heroes & Villains.
Over 70 boats are competing across 11 divisions in the premier South Coast Autumn series that has also attracted entries from Kinsale and Waterford Harbour.
In the IRC divisions, Conor Phelan's Ker 37 Jump Juice continues to lead in Class Zero IRC. Phelan is two points clear at the top of the in the six-boat fleet over club mate Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo.
The RCYC leaders have established a good margin over a third-placed Kinsale entry, the Salona 45 Meridian skippered by Tom Roche.
In eight boat Class One IRC, Kinsale's Elan 333 Artful Dodger (Finbarr O'Regan) leads from Ronan & John Downing's Half-Tonner Miss Whiplash. Third is Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca.
There were great conditions again for racing in Cork Harbour in just under 10 knots of breeze.
Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker from Royal Cork Yacht Club has eeked out a three-point lead over the early Cove Sailing Club leader in eight boat class two IRC. The CSC Sonar, No Half Measures skippered by Ewan O'Keeffe is now second but still ahead of Waterford Harbour Sigma 33 visitor Flyover steered by David Marchant.
The Whitesail One division continues to be led by Derry Good's X 362 Sport Exhale. Likewise in the seven boat White Sail Two fleet where Kieran O Brian's MG335, Magnet stays on top.
Phelan, counting a first and a second in the six-boat fleet has a margin of two points over club mate Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo.
In eight boat Class One IRC, Desmond, Deasy & Ivers in the Sunfast 32 Bad Company are the leaders on four points from Ronan & John Downing Miss Whiplash. Third is the Jones Family J109 entry Jelly baby.
There were superb conditions for racing as captured (below) by Alan Mulcahy on the Quarter Tonner Runaway Bus. In frame is Freya, an XP50 and YouGottaWanna, a J24 racing in Cork Harbour in 10 Knots plus under spinnaker.
A Cove Sailing Club Sonar, No Half Measures skippered by Ewan O'Keeffe has the lead in eight boat class two IRC. In second is Waterford Harbour Sigma 33 visitor Flyover steered by David Marchant. Third is Ian Hickey's Granada 38 Cavatin of the host club.
The White sail fleet sailed a course over at Whitegate and Whitesail One is led by Derry Good's X 362 Sport Exhale. A point of note here is that the Whitesail fleet is using their spinnaker poles to boom out jibs as agreed at this year's SCORA agm. A seven boat White Sail Two fleet is led by Kieran O Brian's MG335, Magnet.
Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell of North Sails Ireland shot this onboard downwind video of Class Zero overall leader Jump Juice in the first race.
Cork 300 will celebrate Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary, where it all began, and Cork’s maritime haven, with a series of events next summer.
In 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven will celebrate its 300th anniversary with an exciting series of events on and off the water across Cork harbour, called Cork300.
As Afloat reported earlier, the official Cork 300 launch was held on Saturday to outline the events planned.
Founded in 1720, by a group of 25 pioneering individuals, the Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in the world, and its tricentenary celebrations will take a look back at the origins of ‘where it all began’, which is attracting significant international interest from thousands of yacht clubs across the globe.
Sailing communities throughout Europe and as far as Australia, Hong Kong and San Francisco are expected to attend the Cork300 celebrations - which will take place primarily during the months of July and August 2020 – to participate in the exciting variety of competitive and non-competitive nautical and on shore events scheduled, many of which are also open to the public.
As part of the celebrations, communities across Cork harbour will host a vast array of sailing, racing, food, and entertainment events, along with a number of talks, ensuring Cork will be the only place to be in Summer 2020.
The Cork300 summer celebrations, which will be preceded by several other events including European Maritime Day and Seafest in May, will centre on three lead events: The Great Gathering of cruising yachtsmen and yachts from around the world in July, Three Championship Weeks of competitive dinghy sailing in August, and The Club At Home Regatta for all fleets, also in August.
Highlights over the summer include an eye-catching Classic Yacht Regatta; the historic Kingstown/Queenstown feeder race from Dun Laoghaire to Cobh; the world-famous annual Volvo Cork Week Regatta, an International Powerboat Championship Festival which will take place in Ireland for the first time; a Wild Atlantic Way sailing ‘cruise in company’ for visiting yacht clubs; the Royal Cork Fleet Review which will be a fantastic parade of sailing craft in Cobh.and a Gathering of Naval Ships in Cork City. The prestigious Morgan Cup, awarded by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) will also come to Ireland for the first time as part of Cork300.
The Royal Cork Yacht Club have also just received confirmation that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, has graciously donated a specially commissioned trophy for a unique race from Cowes in the UK to Cork to celebrate the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s tricentenary celebrations and the special relationship that exists between our two countries and sailing communities. The trophy will be awarded to the line honours winner of the Morgan Cup race in 2020, which forms part of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Season Points Championship and starts from the historic Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes.
Commenting on the Cork300 events series, Chairman of Cork300 Colin Morehead said, “I am incredibly proud to be Chairman of Cork300 – this is probably the most significant historic milestone that the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the sailing community worldwide will see in our lifetime, so it truly is an honour to be part of … and to share where it all began.
“Everyone, everywhere around the world, is invited to join in the celebrations and be part of the Cork300 crew. We have a really exciting events series planned with lots of more news to announce over the coming months.
“We are especially delighted to hear of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales’ support this week. This truly is an honour.”
“Cork300 will promote community, international friendship, sustainability and the role of sailing worldwide. We want to inspire and motivate future generations to sail and we hope to leave a legacy for sailing and Cork harbour, Ireland’s maritime haven, into the future.”
“Of course, Cork300 is made possible only by the support of our partners - AIB the premier partner, Volvo, Port of Cork, Cork County Council, Cork City Council and Heineken, so we would like to sincerely thank them for their generosity.”
Also commenting, An Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. said, “Cork300 is a momentous event for the Cork region. In my view, it will be the most significant maritime event in Ireland in our lifetime. Cork300 is already attracting significant international interest and will firmly position Cork as a maritime haven and must visit destination for anyone involved in sailing worldwide. The committee have put a huge amount of work into planning what looks like an amazing schedule of events across Cork harbour in summer 2020, and I would encourage everyone to get involved – be part of the crew.”
Colin Hunt, Chief Executive Officer at AIB, the premier partners for Cork300, said, “AIB is delighted to be sponsoring Cork300 and helping bring what will be a momentous event to the city next summer. As a bank, we have deep roots in Cork and have been part of the community for well over 100 years which is why we are proud to be backing something which brings communities from all over the globe together in one place.”
The current Cork300 schedule of events includes:
The Great Gathering, 6-7 July
Cruising yachts from across Ireland, Europe and around the world will start gathering in Cork Harbour for the Cork300 Great Gathering. In addition, The Irish Cruising Club will host a cruise from Howth Yacht Club in Dublin down the East coast through Ireland’s Ancient East to Cork. Day trips will be organised at key tourism spots.
Cowes to Cork Race, The Morgan Cup, 8-10th July to include trophy generously donated by HRH The Prince of Wales
Presented by the Royal Thames Yacht Club the Morgan Cup forms part of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Season Points Championship. More than 100 yachts are expected to depart from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off in Cowes in the UK on July 8th to commence a challenging offshore race to Cork. The Trophy donated by HRH The Prince of Wales will be awarded to the Line Honours winner who is expected to arrive in Crosshaven on 10th July. Hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Morgan Cup trophy will be awarded to the winning crew on handicap under IRC Rating.
Kingstown/Queenstown Race, 9-10th July
The historic Dublin to Queenstown Cork race will take place from Kingstown (Dun Laoighaire) to Queenstown (Cobh), with boats arriving to the finish line at the Sirius Centre in Cobh (a former club house of the Royal Cork Yacht Club) on the evening of Friday July 10th. The Kingstown to Queenstown race was first held in 1860 and was the first ever ocean yacht race to take place in Great Britain.
Classic Yacht Regatta, 9-11th July
During the Classic Yacht Regatta, Classic yachts will race within Cork harbour, with large yachts racing outside the harbour, which will be a fantastic sight for all to see from viewing points on Camden Fort Meagher and Crosshaven.
International Powerboat Festival, 11-12th July
Three very different powerboat events, organised by Powerboat Ireland, will take place in Ireland for the first time ever on 11th July as part of Cork300. Spectators will have the opportunity to see classic boats from the past mix with solar and alternative energy boats of the future. Alongside these boats will be a modern fleet of endurance offshore racing boats who will compete for the honour of being crowned UIM Offshore Marathon World Champion. In addition, the UIM Long Distance World Record “Cork - Fastnet – Cork” awaits any team that wishes to take on the challenge.
Royal Cork Fleet Review/ Parade of Sail, 12th July 11am
Royal Cork Fleet Review and fantastic parade of sail with all types of sea craft will take place in Cobh between the Sirius building in the town centre and Haulbowline, which were both former club houses of Royal Cork Yacht Club. This event will be followed by the much-anticipated Cobh Air Spectacular.
Wild Atlantic Way Cruise, July 12th – 19th
Following the Royal Cork Fleet Review, up to 100 cruising boats will set sail on a multi-stop ‘cruise in company’ tour around the south west coast of Ireland, with ports of call in Kinsale, Glandore, Baltimore, Schull, Bantry Bay and finally Dingle. Events will be scheduled along the way in conjunction with other yacht/sailing clubs.
Volvo Cork Week, 13-18th July
The biennial Volvo Cork Week Regatta is always a highlight on the sailing and Cork social calendar. 2020 will incorporate events including the Beaufort Cup for military and emergency services crews and the 1720 European Championships. The world-famous regatta will also include nightly crew parties, ticketed public party nights with live musical entertainment, and a Ladies’ Day charity lunch event.
Glandore Classic Regatta, 18-24th July
The established Glandore Classic Regatta was postponed in 2019 in order to coincide with Cork300 in 2020. This year’s event is set to be the largest yet as outstanding classic boats from around the world flock to the famous West Cork coast.
The Three Championship Weeks, 2nd-22nd August
Three Championship Weeks will take place at Royal Cork Yacht Club for sailors from across Ireland and around the world.
Week 1 from August 2nd – 7th will host a number of dinghy class championships lead by the Clubs three-person National 18ft Class, a fleet with legendary stamina both on and off the water, including the National 18s – Cock of the North Trophy.
Weeks 2 and 3 will host the Irish Optimist National Championships for kids aged 9 – 15 and the Laser National Championships for adults and kids.
Throughout these weeks, the village of Crosshaven will host a wide range of on-site social activities and entertainment for all participants and their families.
Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, is now a major focus of attention locally, nationally and internationally following the announcement of 300th-anniversary plans last night writes Bob Bateman.
The marquee at Royal Cork was packed fort the official launch of 'Cork 300', the year-long celebrations for the tricentenary of the Club at Crosshaven.
In a busy week for RCYC, last night's launch coincided with the conclusion of the World Forum of the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) hosted by the Cork Harbour Club over the last few days.
Unfortunately, yesterday's plans for the ‘ICOYC Commodores Cup Sailing’ in the club's own 1720 sportsboat fleet beneath Camden Fort in the Harbour could not take place due to weather.
Rear Admiral Kieran O'Connell acted as MC for the proceedings and the guest of honour was Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
As Afloat reported previously, RCYC Vice Admiral Colin Morehead said the event is “a milestone, a unique and special moment in the history of yachting,”
Morehead will take over as Admiral for the commemorative year next year. Listen into a podcast with Morehead and Afloat's Tom MacSweeney here.
In a series of announcements, RCYC revealed both Volvo and AIB Bank will play a key role in supporting the Cork 300 celebrations.
A special trophy will be commissioned to mark the occasion of the RORC Morgan Cup race sailing from Cowes to Cork next year.
“Twenty-five individuals formed the Water Club of Cork on Haulbowline Island, now the RCYC, in 1720. One yacht club with 25 members,” says the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s present Admiral, Pat Farnan. “There are now thousands across the globe whose combined membership in clubs runs into millions, all with one thing in common, a love of yachting.”
The oldest yacht club in the world will be a major focus of attention locally, nationally and even internationally this weekend when it announces the plans to celebrate its 300th anniversary - “a milestone event, a unique and special moment in the history of yachting,” according to Colin Morehead, Chairman of the club’s organising committee. He is currently RCYC Vice Admiral and will take over as Admiral for the commemorative year.
The announcement is on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning the club will get back to basics when the Autumn Series for cruisers, previously known – and still popular for many as the ‘October League’ – begins.
The Tricentenary has been given the banner slogan “Where it all began”
The Tricentenary has been given the banner slogan “Where it all began” and I have been talking to Colin Morehead about the commemorative plans which, he says, will be a great event for Cork Harbour, marking Ireland as an island nation with a maritime sport that should be seen as wanting to involve everyone.
“It truly is a phenomenal sport,” he tells me on this week’s Podcast to which you can listen to below.
The three-day event sees the Munster club host flag officers of some of the world's leading yacht clubs ahead of its 300th anniversary year celebrations in 2020.
Today's official opening included a flag-raising and opening ceremony at the Royal Cork Clubhouse followed by a welcome at Cobh Heritage Centre.
Guests included the Deputy Mayor Cork County Seamus McGrath, Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and guest speaker Damian Foxall, the Irish Round the World sailor.
Delegates are staying at Cork's Fota Island Resort where the ICOYC Forum will take place along with a number of events at the RCYC itself and other historic locations around Cork Harbour including Cobh, Spike Island and the Naval Headquarters.
A 16-knot southerly wind allowed RCYC Race Officer Peter Webster set a course east of No.11 buoy to send the fleet on a beat out to the mouth of the harbour to no. 3 buoy.
The fleet enjoyed a run back into the Harbour, a turn to port up the Cobh Roads before finishing off Haulbowline at the Naval Base.
See Bob Bateman Photo Gallery Below
There are already notable entries in for Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn Series 2019 that begins in just over ten days time under new sponsor banner: Horgan’s Quay, Cork.
Racing starts on Saturday, September 29th and continues on October 06th, 13th, 20th & 27th at Crosshaven.
League stalwart Anthony O’Leary, fresh from his podium finish at the New York YC Invitational Cup, is also signed up to compete.
A 70-boat fleet is expected with three race areas.
The 1720 class will race on one area, the spinnaker boats on another and the Whitesail fleet will also have a dedicated race area.
Ciaran McSweeney will be the Principal Race Officer for the event this year with Barry Rose Race officer for the 1720s and Kieran O'Connell in charge of the Whitesail fleet.
RCYC's O'Connell said: 'We would like to thank our new sponsor of the 2019 Autumn Series Horgan’s Quay Cork. This new Development Spanning six acres and located on the River Lee next to the Port of Cork. We are delighted to be working with Horgan’s Quay Cork on this year's Autumn Series, and the Horgan’s Quay Cork Autumn Series
Sailing Instructions will be available online from the 27th of September 2019. Online entry and Notice of Race here