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Kinsale Regatta Celebrates 222 Years As Ireland's Oldest

6th August 2018
Kinsale Regatta is Ireland's oldest at 222 years Kinsale Regatta is Ireland's oldest at 222 years Credit: Bob Bateman

Celebrating 222 years, the oldest regatta in Ireland is set in one of Ireland's most spectacular harbours writes Bob Bateman. Kinsale Regatta in County Cork was a fun packed weekend, with many land-based events in addition to the traditional water activities. These range from ocean yachts to mixed dinghy racing, a long-distance swim around Sandycove Island and children's sailing.

Sitting outside Una Crosbie's Cafe drinking a traditional cup of tea (i.e tea leaves with a strainer) in balmy conditions gave a continental feel with live entertainment provided by the Blarney Brass and Reed Band.

From Crosbie's, it was possible to watch the dinghies wending their way down the slipway to participate in their various races.

Kinsale regatta1Kinsale Harbour Master Julian Renault Photo: Bob Bateman

The start-finish line could be seen from our vantage point as the yachts returned from their race they hardened up at the Spit Buoy and the earlier finishers were two of the beautiful 2.4R single-handed dinghies sailed by both sailability and able-bodied people. Then the classic lines of the Dragons hove into view providing a magnificent special as they headed for the finish line.

Kinsale regatta1(Above and below) Kinsale's Para Euro Medal Winner Gina Griffin was competing in Kinsale Regatta Photo: Bob Bateman

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"Earlier finishers were two of the beautiful 2.4R single handed dinghies sailed by both sailability and able-bodied people"

Following on came the cruisers lead by John Godkin sailing 'Godot' followed by a plethora of smaller dinghies including the Toppers which are getting in some last minute practice before heading to China next week.

Kinsale regatta1John Godkin's Godot Photo: Bob Bateman

Kinsale regatta1There were many shoreside activities to keep the large crowd entertained Photo: Bob Bateman

Kinsale regatta1(Above and below) A spectacular fireworks display lit up the sky over Kinsale on Sunday night Photos Bob Bateman

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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.