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Royal Cork's 'Jelly Baby' & 'Anchor Challenge' Enjoy Debut Success at Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Series (Photo Gallery)

4th April 2022
Sunday's Axiom Private Clients Spring Series saw the launch of Kinsale Yacht Club's Under 25 Team J24 named ‘Kinsailor.’
Sunday's Axiom Private Clients Spring Series saw the launch of Kinsale Yacht Club's Under 25 Team J24 named ‘Kinsailor. Scroll down for a photo gallery of the first race Credit: Bob Bateman

New Royal Cork yachts for the 2022 season enjoyed debut success in the first race of Kinsale Yacht Club's Axiom Private Clients Spring Series on Sunday (April 3). 

Cork Harbour sailor Brian Jones took victory in his new Jelly Baby in Class One while clubmate Conor Phelan topped Class Two in his new Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge.

The J122 Crosshaven entry beat an impressive seven boat fleet at the first attempt. Second in the race was the host club's Finbarr O'Regan in the J109 'Artful DodJer'. The recent Frank Godsell Series winner Reavra Too, an Elan 333 skippered by Stephen Lysaght, was third. 

As regular Afloat readers will know, this Jelly Baby is the former Greystones based Kaya and current Class Zero ICRA champion.

Brian Jones new J122, Jelly BabyBrian Jones new J122, Jelly Baby

In Class Two, Royal Cork entries also topped the top three places in the six-boat fleet with the Farr Quarter Tonner beating Fiona Young's Alin Express North Star. Kieran Kelleher and Colman Garvey were third in the Dubois Quarter Tonner, Diamond. 

As regular Afloat readers will know Anchor Challenge only recently rejoined the Cork fleet after some years in Cowes. 

Conor Phelan's new Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge Photo: Bob BatemanConor Phelan's new Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge Photo: Bob Bateman

Sunday's series also saw the launch of Kinsale Yacht Club's Under 25 Team J24 named ‘Kinsailor.’ The boat is the last J24 to have been built by Jeremy Rogers, who also built Contessas, on the Isle of Wight as Afloat reported previously here. The crew finished fifth in their first race.

Results here

Bob Bateman's Kinsale Yacht Club  Axiom Private Clients Spring Series Photo Gallery Race One

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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.

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