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Andrew Crosbie and Stephen O'Shaughnessy in the National 18 'Virtual MissFits' were the 2021 Ballinacurra Race winners hosted by Cove Sailing Club in conjunction with the National 18 dinghy class. 

Among other competing boats, Nine Eighteens contested the race that has traditionally been an annual pilgrimage from Royal Cork in Crosshaven to 'Jacko's Bar'.

As Afloat reported earlier, this year's Cove Sailing Club race was an open event and Commodore Niall Hawes gave a  start time at 3 pm near to the harbour's Spit Bank.

The race started from Committee boat Brisa Mar with OOD Joanna O’Brien onboard.

Class 1 started first with a quick dog leg down to 16 and back to no 20 then straight to Ballinacura.

Class 2 started straight after with a fleet of 9 with 4 Rankins in attendance with 2 young hopefuls Sam and Noah Dorgan racing Optimists.

The breeze began to drop as the fleet neared the corner of east ferry and the Race officer decided to finish Class 2 at the church in East Ferry.

Class 1 consisting largely of National 18’s carried on up the East Passage where the tide was flooding rapidly with the shifty breeze.

The race concluded with Class 1s finishing at South Quay in Ballinacurra with the committee boat Bris Mar braving the shallow channel to record the finish

There were three classes; class 1, Class Two (dinghies) plus local Rankin dinghies racing to Ballinacurra.There were two classes racing to Ballinacurra.

A number of Rankins (below), two catamarans (above), two RS400s and a few mixed dinghies including two Optimists also started the race.

A number of Rankins, two catamarans, two RS400 and a few mixed dinghies including two optimists also started the race.

An interesting course for Class 1 dinghies was set to send them round Spit buoy and run back to No. 20 buoy and then straight to Ballinacurra.

Winds were very light prior to the start with some boats towed the final quarter of a mile just to get to the line. 

The wind filled in for the start of the race to Ballinacurra with one National 18 dinghy over the line and having to returnThe wind filled in for the start of the race to Ballinacurra with one National 18 dinghy over the line and having to return

Although largely a family affair, the race was not without some decent competition especially for the National 18 lead in Class One.

In very strong tide, the National 18s found it hard to keep spinnakers filled at East FerryIn very strong tide, the National 18s found it hard to keep spinnakers filled at East Ferry

Ballinacurra Race Results 2021

Class 1

1st National 18 Misfits Andrew Crosbie & Stephen O’Shaughnessy

2nd National 18 Puss in Boots Katie Dwyer, Tome Dwyer & Willy Healy

3rd National 18 Minnie’s Return Colin Barry, Ronan Kenneally & John O’Gorman.

Class 2

1st Rankin Maurice & Francis Kidney

2nd Rankin Owen O’Connell & Joe Keenan

3rd Rankin James & Suzanne Burke

There was also a special presentation to the youngest competitor Harry Coole who was just 10 years old.

Cove Sailing Club wish to thank all the competitors who ensured this historic race was well supported.

Thanks to Charles Dwyer of the National 18 class for helping organise with us, Joanne O’Brien and crew of the Bris Mar for providing committee boat duties, the Brooklands Bar for providing much needed libations and to Steven Byrne and Harry McDwyer for providing rescue cover.

Ballinacurra Race Photo Gallery By Bob Bateman

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Royal Cork's National 18 dinghy League had a seven boat turnout for Wednesday's race in Cork Harbour.

The three-man dinghy fleet returned to the racecourse at Royal Cork on June 10th for the first racing league of 2021 and have been racing every Wednesday as part of a busy 2021 line up.

As Afloat previously reported, highlights of the upcoming calendar include the National 18 Championships (Cock O’ The North) in August, the presentation of The Curlane Cup for the overall winner of the combined harbour races plus the Cork Harbour Archipelago Raid, a series of harbour point to point races which plays on the famous Swedish Archipelago Raid.

National 18 RCYC League Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman 

 

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Nick Walsh's Fifty Shades was the first to finish the National 18s River Race held last night at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour.

The Owenabue race marked the final race of the season for the dinghy class and there was an enthusiastic turnout of all but one of the (new) designs, giving an 11-boat fleet.

The weather threw in everything for the finale; evening sunshine, dark clouds, a shower, light winds and finally a shower that brought more breeze and a rainbow.

With the tide in but ebbing the course was a beat to a weather mark, a run downwind and then a right turn into the marina in front of the RCYC clubhouse, rounding a mark back out to continue the run to leeward mark.

National 18 dinghy River Race photo slideshow below

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Fifty Shades sailed by Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and  Eddie Rice are the winners of the 2020 National 18 Foot Class Irish National Championships after an eight race series sailed off Cork Harbour at the weekend.

Walsh and crew won by six points from FOMO sailed by Alex Barry, Andrew Woodward and Grattan Roberts. Third in the nine boat fleet was Colin Chapman's Aquadisiacs sailing with Eric Lyons and Morgan O'Sullivan. 

Full results are here

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Alex Barry, Sandy Rimmington and Richard Leonard sailing Aquadisiacs were the overall winners of an 11-boat National 18 Southern Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club last weekend.

The Royal Cork/Monkstown Bay trio won by a margin of three points over Barry's older brother Ewen steering FOMO crewed by Stanley Brown and Dion Barrett on 14 points. Two points back was third overall, Fifty Shades sailed by Laser ace Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and Eddie Rice. 

The  Aquadisiacs crew sailed a consistent seven-race series on Cork Harbour dipping only once out of the top three in a scoreline that included two race wins.

National 18 Southern Championships 2020 Results

National 18 Southern Championships 2020 ResultsNational 18 Southern Championships 2020 Results

See National 18 Southerns photo slideshow by Bob Bateman below

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The winner of the National 18s Dognose trophy sailed on Saturday in Cork Harbour was Shark II skippered by Charles Dwyer.

The one-day event at the Royal Cork Yacht Club marked a welcome return to the water for the three-man dinghy class after the disappointing cancellation of the national championships this month at the same venue.

Dwyer and his crew are continuing their winning form from 2019, having won the Southern Championships in Baltimore, West Cork.

As Afloat reported previously, unfortunately, the class will also miss out this October on its chance to host the All-Ireland Sailing Championships due to the format of the event and COVID restrictions.

See Bob Bateman's slideshow of photos from the 2020 Dognose Trophy below.

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The National 18ft Class Association has very reluctantly concluded that they must cancel the 2020 UK & Irish Championships sponsored by AIB.

The event was due to be held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club this August as part of the Cork300 celebrations.

However, the remaining Government restrictions against coronavirus, in particular those on foreign travel and social distancing, will make it impossible to run a successful event, the organisers said.

Many options were considered, including a deferred 2020 date. But to protect the health of all and the sailing and social integrity of the regatta, the decision has been made to cancel.

Despite the disappointment, plans for a domestic season both in Ireland and the UK are under way with a revised calendar will be issued in the coming weeks, and an announcement on the rescheduling of the Class Championships will follow.

The cancellation does not impact the AIB-sponsored Optimist Nationals or the Laser Nationals, which are also planned for August but later in the month.

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Wednesday, April 1st marked the day that the Cork Harbour National 18 fleet would begin their April League. This league is traditionally marked as the beginning of their racing season. As was predicted, the crewed-by-three 18 footers had their league cancelled. This was of no moment to the big dinghy class and soon enough, racing had been organised elsewhere.

Unfortunately, the races would not be run in any of the usual spots. Instead, the National 18 class decided to take a step into the unknown world of virtual online sailing. No beauty scenes to be spoken of, but in replacement of the gulls and sunlight there would be simple, short and competitive online racing for the National 18 fleet.

A competitor from each boat would enter the six races scheduled. With the first gun set for 20:00 pm, twenty boats lined up on the start line to begin race one. It became evident who had been practising, with the computer-savvy competitors flying into the lead. Unfortunately, the game crashed for most of the fleet and had to be abandoned. We’ll pretend it was a squall.

online Nat18 sailorsThe online National 18 fleet

Race two began with closer racing, as the fleet improved their button pressing. It’s no mainsheet, but the racing was tight and competitive. Wildcard Alex Barry racing his GP14 “Gee Pee” took out race two. In second place was Charles Dwyer racing his 18 “Shark II”. Making up third was Adam McCarthy, racing the well known “Badger”.

Race three was close but eventually taken out by Colin Barry racing “Herbie”. Staying consistent in second place was Dwyer in “Shark II”. In third place was Paddy Crosbie, racing “Second Wind”.

By the time race, four came around, the buttons had been pressed enough for the stragglers to take on the “gamers”. McCarthy in “Badger” dominated the fleet and won the race. In second was Colin Barry racing “Herbie” and in third was the familiar “Shark II” raced by Dwyer. By this stage, it was clear who was the dominant force, with race four being taken out by Crosbie in “Second Wind”. Keeping a consistent second was “Shark II” raced by Dwyer, with old “Badger” raced by McCarthy making up third.

The final race of the day was won by “Badger” raced by Adam McCarthy, who pulled into the overall lead with his two strong bullets. Coming second in that race was “Oystercatcher” (raced by your overjoyed and slightly confused correspondent). Making up third was Paddy Crosbie in “Second Wind”.

Overall, a brilliant start to the virtual National 18 April League. Great fun and great racing, even without the smell of the sea. In the end, it’s all good craic. We believe Rory Fitzpatrick in “Blacklist” came the closest to genuine freshwater activity, having attempted to take his iPad for a swim mid-race. 

Next week’s racing will be held in the same place, with all National 18’s and their representatives present and correct.

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National 18 sailors converged in usual strong spirit at the Royal Findhorn Yacht Club, to compete in their annual UK and Ireland Championships that were held last week writes Chris Bateman

With the event officially kicking off on Sunday (28th July), a week of good racing was in store for the competitors.

It was a fresh start for day one, with a solid 10-15 knots from the north blowing down the bay. Still on form from his win at the National 18 Southerns, Charles Dwyer on the helm of the ultra ‘Shark 11’ took the win for the first race of the day.

NAt 18 findhornThe National 18s at Royal Findhorn Yacht Club

Light winds were on the menu for the next couple of days. The breeze took some time to find itself each morning, and the sailors had to wait about an hour (average) each day for it to settle. Once filled in, a fickle 5-8 knot breeze was the maximum.

Colin Chapman helming the ultra ‘Aquadisiac’ was on form, sailing well and leading the fleet for the first half of the week. This meant that he won the prestigious ‘Cock of the North’ trophy.

A lay-day on Wednesday marked the halfway point of the week, giving the competitors an opportunity to get a lie-in and enjoy Scotland for a day.

Racing in the ‘Ultimate’ fleet, the dominant force was ‘Fat Girl Racer’ who took seven bullets out of ten races. The numbers may have been lower in the Ultimate fleet, but the racing was as tight as any. Thirteen boats made up the ‘Ultra’ fleet, which made the event very competitive.

Nat 18 winnersWinners - Charles Dwyer, John Coakley and Harry Pritchard

The second half of the week in progress, and in the Ultra fleet ‘Shark 11’ was back on form, with several bullets under their belt. The 18’s were now competing for the overall championship trophy, but the points were tight. Leading up to the last day, any five teams could have won.

The final day of the championships rolled around. Five teams had a chance at the title, the best performing one would take the lead. Light winds made the racing tricky, but ‘Shark 11’ secured two bullets.

The winners of the UK/Ireland championships with a comfortable 10 point lead were Charles Dwyer, John Coakley and Harry Pritchard, sailing ‘Shark 11’. Charles is the third generation of Dwyers to win the championships, with Tom, his father and Charlie, his grandfather having won on a few occasions over the last 70 years. It is a testament to the long history of the class.

Next years championships will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the club.

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The CH Marine sponsored National 18 South Coast Championship fleet gathered in West Cork on June 1 to race on the beautiful waters of Baltimore Harbour.

The championships attracted a fleet of nine 18s. These nine boats were seen rigging at the top of the slip to be on the water in time for a noon start.

A windward/leeward with a spreader mark was the course for the day. The 18s jostled on the start line until race one was underway. A light fickle breeze made tactics very difficult and the sailors had to go fast towards the best side of the course, tending towards the left. Four rounds were scheduled for all races but with the light winds the course was shortened to three rounds. Charles Dwyer helming “Shark” took first place, staying ahead of Tommy Dwyer helming “Puss in Boots” in second, and Colin Barry and his team in third.

South Coasts June 2019 4National 18s racing in Baltimore

Race two began in slightly more breeze, having shifted slightly more into the south. With slightly patchier winds, there was a huge importance on looking for wind shifts. A shortened course and three rounds later saw Charles Dwyers “Shark” take first place. In second was Nick Walsh helming “50 Shades” and Tom Crosbie helming “Second wind” in third.

Race three kicked off and leading by round three was Colin Barry and his team. He held this lead to cross the finish line in first place. Second place was taken by Tom Crosbie, who finished just ahead of Nick Walsh in third place.

Race four, the last race of the day was started with increased wind. The breeze had swung even further into the left. Charles Dwyer held his lead and finished in first place, just in front of Tom Crosbie in third. Colin Chapman helming “Aquadisiacs” finished right behind in third place.

Sunday rolled around, and strong winds greeted the sailors. Wind readings of over 30 knots forced Day two to be abandoned. Once the National 18s were packed up, the sailors went into Baltimore Sailing Club for the prizegiving.

Taking first place was “Shark” helmed by Charles Dwyer. In second place was Tom Crosbie and crew in “Second Wind”. Taking third place was Colin Barry and his team.

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