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Cian McCarthy Wins Kinsale Yacht Club's Bertoletti Trophy

9th June 2018
Cian McCarthy (right) winner of the Bertoletti Trophy, receives his prize from Patricia Bertoletti and Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore David O'Sullivan Cian McCarthy (right) winner of the Bertoletti Trophy, receives his prize from Patricia Bertoletti and Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore David O'Sullivan Credit: Bob Bateman

Cian McCarthy and the crew of Eos was the winner of Kinsale Yacht Club's 'all–in' race for the Bertoletti Trophy sailed on Friday.

Every year in June, KYC boats including Cruisers, Dragons, 1720’s, Squibs and Sonars race for the trophy that commemorates the late KYC steward Mario Bertoletti who served at the club from the 1970’s for over 30 years.

'Mario’s competence, style and unfailing good humour were a huge asset to KYC that played a huge part in the club's success', Commodore David O'Sullivan told

Blue skies, flat seas and a gentle breeze saw a fleet of 5 Squibs, 4 Dragons and 13 Cruisers take part in the Bertoletti Trophy race on Friday last in Kinsale. This event is held in memory of Mario Bertoletti who was for many years the Club Steward. The trophy was given to the club by his wife Patricia and their

The course was out to the Bulman buoy then back into the outer harbour. Given the light airs the Race Officer, Michele Kennelly, followed the fleet in case the course needed to be shortened. Cian McCarthy’s Eos rounded the buoy in pole position, with Siboney, Lobster and Justus jockeying for position behind him. Unfortunately, Siboney was white sailing which meant that once the spinnakers went up John Stallard and crew lost out. Having seen some of the fleet around the buoy the next decision for the Michele was when, not if,
to shorten as the breeze was getting lighter all the time.

The fleet came back into the harbour under spinnaker which made for an impressive sight. Eos was still in front and finished the race an impressive 10 mins ahead of John Godkin’s Godot. This secured Eos 1 st place. Cian O’Regan on Artful Dodger came home just 2’ 8” behind Dan Buckley on Justus which secured 2nd place for him and Justus was 3rd. 5 boats retired from the race as the breeze died almost completely and it was the tide that brought the last of the finishers across the line. The first Dragon home was Serafina, Maeve Cotter/Daniel Murphy/Sean Murphy and the first Squib was Fuggles with Sam & Sara Hunt.

Back in the club Patricia Bertoletti and family presented the Trophy to Cian McCarthy and Eos.

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Kinsale Yacht Club located in Kinsale, County Cork lies just 120 nautical miles from Wales, 240 from North West France and only 500 from the Galician Coast of North Spain.

Kinsale Yacht Club is only a few minutes walk from every shop, hotel, pub and restaurant in Ireland’s gourmet capital but most significantly it is only 30 km by road from Cork, Ireland’s second city, and between the two lies one the region’s main assets - Cork International Airport - with its daily links to many European capitals.

Club members, of which there are more than 600, race Cruisers, One Design Keelboats and Dinghies.

The club runs inshore and offshore races, has an active cruising scene, a powerboat section and most significantly for any real club, a strong and dynamic junior training programme.

Beyond the club’s own marina is the club house itself and the dinghy park. Within the clubhouse are changing rooms, bar and restaurant all with full wheelchair access. The club’s full-time secretariat, steward and marina manager are there to look after sailing visitors and members alike in a relaxed, informal and fun environment.

The club welcomes new members and has always got room on its members’ yachts for new comers to the sport.