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Cobh to Blackrock Race Yachts Flew Spinnakers from Start to Finish (Photo Gallery Here!)

11th September 2022
Competitors sal past Blackrock Castle in the 2022 Cobth to Blackrock race. Dinghies sailed in the Cobh to Blackrock Race for the first time in several years Scroll down for Bob Bateman's photo gallery
Competitors sal past Blackrock Castle in the 2022 Cobth to Blackrock race. Dinghies sailed in the Cobh to Blackrock Race for the first time in several years Scroll down for Bob Bateman's photo gallery Credit: Bob Bateman

Spinnakers were flown from start to finish of the Cobh to Blackrock annual race up the River Lee on Saturday afternoon.

It was a great Cork Harbour spectacle as the fleet carried the colourful sails up through Lough Mahon, the Class 1 and 2 boats vying for position as the breeze varied.

Throughout the race, from the start off the seafront at Cobh to the finish off Blackrock Castle, racing was very close.

Dinghies sailed in the Cobh to Blackrock Race for the first time in several years. Monkstown Bay Sailing Club organised the dinghy racing for the overall race organisers, Cove Sailing Club.

Royal Cork's Nieulargo, the ICRA boat of the year, competed in the White Sails Division Photo: Bob BatemanRoyal Cork's Nieulargo, the ICRA boat of the year, competed in the White Sails Division Photo: Bob Bateman

Cruisers raced two Spinnaker Classes, in whitesail and a traditional boat class.

Spinnakers/Kites 1 was won by George Radley's Imp; 2nd Jelly Baby, Jones Family; 3rd Alpaca, Paul and Deirdre Tingle. All from RCYC.

Spinnakers/Kites 2 was won by Illegal, K.Dorgan, Cove SC; 2nd Scribbler, Cormac MacSweeney RCYC; 3, Bad Company, Desmond/Ivers/Keane, RCYC.

Only one boat sailed in ECHO/Kites Netta J, Des Corbett, Cove SC.

The Cork Harbour One Designs Elsie raced in the Traditional boat class Photo: Bob BatemanThe Cork Harbour One Designs Elsie raced in the Traditional boat class Photo: Bob Bateman

The Whitesails Class 1 was won by Prince of Tides, Frank Caul; 2, Magnet/KOB/F.Carroll; 3, Aramis/Pat Vaughan. All RCYC.

The Whitesails 2 winner was Barossa, Maurice Kidney of Cove SC; 2nd Loch Greine, Tom O'Mahony/RCYC; 3rd, Re Eile, D&A Ahern, Cove SC

The Rally Fleet Prize was awarded by the Race Committee to the 1720/MBSC, Crotty/Dineen.

There were two dinghy fleets. Class 1 winner was Ronan Kenneally's National 18 from the RCYC; 2nd, Ewen Barry/505/RCYC; 3rd, Simon Butler, Laser, MBSC. 

Tim and Isobel O'Connor sailed the smallest boat in the fleet, a 10 foot 10 inch Mirror dinghyTim and Isobel O'Connor sailed the smallest boat in the fleet, a 10 foot 10 inch Mirror dinghy Photo: Bob Bateman

The smallest boat in the fleet, the Mirror sailed by Tim and Isobel O'Connor from Monkstown Bay SC won Class Two; 2nd was Fiona O'Connell's Rankin, The Green Machine, Cove SC and 3rd, Cliodhan, T Class boat, Owen O'Connell, Cove SC.

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Bob Bateman's 2022 Cobh to Blackrock Race Photo Gallery

Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for Afloat.ie. He presents the monthly programme Maritime Ireland on Podcast services and Irish radio stations.

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