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With five wins from five races and discarding a first place in her overall score tally, the Greystones Sailing Club's Grand Soleil 44 'Eleuthera' made a clean sweep of Class Zero of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale today.  

It marks a successful return to the south coast for Frank Whelan's County Wicklow campaign that won the Cork Week crown in Cork Harbour in 2018.

Second overall was Conor Phelan's Jump Juice from Royal Cork on eight points. Denis & Anne Marie Murphy's Nieulargo, a Grand Soleil 40 was third. 

Jump Juice Conor PhelanThe Ker 36.7 Jump Juice Conor Phelan Photo: Bob Bateman

The result chimes with Afloat's pre-regatta prediction here

See full overall results here and read WM Nixon's review of the 2019 Sovereign's Cup here.

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Day Three of the Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale today started in the harbour for both of the White Sail fleets in low mist and drizzle.

Former Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore and veteran Irish Paralympian John Twomey was the leader of Class 2 on Shillelagh after day one while Waterford Harbour Sailing Club’s Shane Statham on Slack Alice was the leader of the other White Sail fleet going into today's rounds. 

Photo gallery by Bob Bateman below

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Kinsale Yacht Club has cancelled today's second day of racing at its 2019 Sovereign's Cup regatta due to easterly winds forecast to gust to 40-knots by lunchtime writes Bob Bateman.

The 95-boat fleet completed a full programme of racing in yesterday's opening day of the O'Leary Life sponsored series and Afloat's coverage from all the classes yesterday is in one handy link here

As predicted by Afloat here, some of the early leaders in the series (that concludes on Saturday) already have their sights set on overall victory.

All are competing for class wins as well as the overall Sovereign’s Cup for the best boat under IRC rating and the Portcullis Trophy for best boat under ECHO performance handicapping.

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Day One - A three-way tie on four points overall makes it tight at the top of a 16-boat Dragon fleet competing at its first-ever showing in the O'Leary Life sponsored Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale. 

After two races sailed, Martin Byrne's Jaguar Sailing Team (201) leads by dint of his second race victory this afternoon but Kinsale Yacht Club's own 'Little Fella' (Good/Kingston/ Furney) is second and Byrne's Royal St George YC clubmate Peter Bowring sailing Phantom lies third.

The next three boats are also tied on points. 

The Kinsale event doubles as the Irish National Dragon Championships in a build up to Kinsale Yacht Club's staging of the Dragon Gold Cup in September 2020.

Somewhat unusual easterly breezes for Kinsale and a lumpy sea with 16-knots provided Principal Race Officer Jack Roy with testing conditions for day one of the Cup across three courses.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow morning at the Cup but easterly winds are forecast as gusting as high as 40 knots.

Sovereigns Cup dragons1Cameron Goods Little Fella is second overall

Results are here. All provisional and subject to protest.

Scroll down for photo gallery from Day One of the Sovereigns' Cup Dragon action by Bob Bateman below

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It's turning into an early battle of the Half Tonners in Class Two of the O'Leary Life sponsored Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale writes Bob Bateman.

Class Two is the Cup's biggest class with 19 boats competing and Half Tonners occupy five of the top six places so far. The event also comprise the Irish Half Ton Championships.

Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XVIII (Royal Irish YC / Howth YC) leads the Class Two IRC (and the Half Tonner class) counting a 1, 2 to be three points clear of John Swan's Harmony of Howth Yacht Club. As regular Afloat readers will know, talented trimmer Neil Makley from North Sails UK, is racing with Biggs and is already making his presence felt, it appears.

Breaking up the Half Tonners is Royal Cork's well-sailed Olson 30 (Kieran Collins).

Somewhat unusual easterly breezes for Kinsale and a lumpy sea with 16-knots provided Principal Race Officer Jack Roy with testing conditions for day one of the Cup across three courses.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow morning at the Cup but easterly winds are forecast as gusting as high as 40 knots.

Sovereigns Cup Class two1John Swan's Harmony is second overall after two races sailed in Kinsale

Results are here. Scroll down for photo gallery from Day One of the Sovereigns' Cup Class Two and Half Tonner action by Bob Bateman below

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A battle of Olympic proportions ensued at the top of Class One IRC of the O'Leary Life sponsored Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale today with two former Olympic Star helmsmen on the top two rivals overall writes Bob Bateman.

There should be no surprise that in this nine-boat fleet, J109s occupy the top three places given eight of the fleet are J designs.

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Leading with a 1,2 scored in today's first two races is Howth Yacht Club's new J109 campaign Outrajeous (Richard Colwell and John Murphy).

Sovereigns Cup Class One1Olympic helmsman Peter O'Leary is on board with John Maybury's Joker II

Onboard is Mark Mansfield, the four-time Olympian calling the shots. In second place is the four-time winner of the ICRA Championships, John Maybury's Joker II who has brought in Beijing and London Star helmsman Peter O'Leary for tactical support.

In third place, is Brian Jones's Jelly Baby from Royal Cork.

Somewhat unusual easterly breezes for Kinsale and a lumpy sea with 16-knots provided Principal Race Officer Jack Roy with testing conditions for day one of the Cup across three courses.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow morning at the Cup but easterly winds are forecast as gusting as high as 40 knots.

Results are here. All provisional and subject to protest.

Scroll down for photo gallery from Day One of the Sovereigns' Cup Class One action by Bob Bateman below

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Last year's Cork Week winner, Frank Whelan's Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera is in the driving seat again on the south coast having scored two race wins in the first day of the O'Leary Life sponsored Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale writes Bob Bateman.

Whelan beat Conor Phelan's Ker 36/7 Jump Juice in both races today in the five boat fleet setting up an interesting dog-fight 'til Saturday.

As regular Afloat readers will know, Eleuthera's crew for this week's Sovereign's cup includes D2D winning "Rockabill VI" strategist Mark Pettit as tactician.

Maurice O'Connell, from North Sails, who was with Eleuthera for the ICRA Championships earlier this month, has moved over to Phelan's Jump for this event.

The third boat in contention in Class Zero is Denis Murphys’ Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo from Royal Cork. Denis competed in the ICRA National Championship two weeks ago at the Royal St George YC and did not do that well, but in stronger winds, she is well known for being a bit of a giant killer and currently lies third overall.

Somewhat unusual easterly breezes for Kinsale and a lumpy sea with 16-knots provided Principal Race Officer Jack Roy with testing conditions for day one of the Cup across three courses.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow morning at the Cup but easterly winds are forecast as gusting as high as 40 knots.

Results are here. All provisional and subject to protest.

Scroll down for photo gallery from Day One of the Sovereigns' Cup Class Zero action by Bob Bateman below

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George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay leads the eight-boat Coastal Class in the O'Leary Life sponsored Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale after today's first race writes Bob Bateman.

Although the Dublin Bay boat leads, Kinsale yachts are second and third. Thomas Roche's, Salona 45 Meridian is second and Conor Doyle's Xp 50 Freya third.

Somewhat unusual easterly breezes for Kinsale and a lumpy sea with 16-knots provided Principal Race Officer Jack Roy with testing conditions for day one of the Cup across three courses.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow morning at the Cup but easterly winds are forecast as gusting as high as 40 knots.

Results are here. All provisional and subject to protest.

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Sovereigns Cup Coastal1Conor Doyle's Xp 50 Freya crosses George Sisk's Wow at the start of the first Coastal Race

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The fleet is in and Kinsale Yacht Club fires the first gun of its 2019 O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup tomorrow writes Bob Bateman

Competitors gathered today at the club and a briefing was held in the evening sunshine.

Regatta Director, Bobby Nash is heading up a team that aims to build on the success of previous events both on and off the water. 

The regatta will have a turnout with entries nearing the 100-mark. Afloat previewed the entries and likely winners here

Sovereigns Cup1Nigel Biggs prepares leading Class Two contender Checkmate XVIII

Among the front runners are some of the new national title-holders who won their events at the recent ICRA national championships on Dublin Bay just a fortnight ago.

ICRA overall winner, Anthony Gore-Grimes’ X302 Dux from Howth Yacht Club will be a contender for the Sovereign's Cup that is decided on the international IRC rating system.

Sovereigns Cup1The Outrajeous J109 crew from Howth Yacht Club: Ben Colwell, David Cotter, Richard Caldwell, Mark Mansfield and John Murphy

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The new Dublin Bay J99 Juggerknot II has withdrawn from the Sovereign's Cup on the eve of the Kinsale Yacht Club regatta.

The Royal Irish contender, skippered by Andrew Algeo, although entered for the south coast Grand Prix will not compete tomorrow.

In a packed 2019 racing calendar, the new marque debuted in Spi Ouest in April and has already taken in the  2019 ICRA Nationals and the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race, both in June.

It will be disappointing news for Kinsale's Class One IRC as the withdrawal weakens its already small fleet. Read our 2019 Sovereign's Cup preview here.

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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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