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Kinsale Yacht Club Celebrates its Round Ireland Race Achievements

4th July 2022
Shindig skipper Tony Kingston,(left) Artful Dodjer skipper Finbarr O'Regan (centre) and Cinnamon Girl skipper Cian McCarthy were applauded by Kinsale Yacht Club for their 2022 Round Ireland Race achievements in June
Round Ireland's Kinsale skippers - Shindig skipper Tony Kingston,(left) Artful Dodjer skipper Finbarr O'Regan (centre) and Cinnamon Girl skipper Cian McCarthy were applauded by Kinsale Yacht Club for their 2022 Round Ireland Race achievements in June Credit: Bob Bateman

Kinsale Yacht Club's long tradition with the Round Ireland Yacht Race was celebrated again at the weekend when the West Cork Club marked the achievement of their three boats in the 21st race. 

June saw one of the longest and toughest races of recent times and the event was recalled in detail when the competitors past and present gathered at Kinsale for a special evening of Round Ireland memories.

 There was a packed clubhouse to recognise the Kinsale YC Round Ireland competitors Photo: Bob Bateman There was a packed clubhouse to recognise the Kinsale YC Round Ireland competitors Photo: Bob Bateman

Many competitors, past and present spoke, of the trials and tribulations of "doing a Round Ireland". File footage of past events was shown during the evening.

J109 - Artful Dodjer 

The top overall IRC performance came from Finbarr O'Regan's J109 Artful Dodjer.  

The O'Regan crew were Corinthian race winners and 18th in Line Honours, third in IRC Overall, second in IRC 3 and 2nd in the ICRA division too.

Kinsale J109 Artful Dodjer departs Wicklow on the 2022 Round Ireland Race Photo: Bob BatemanKinsale J109 Artful Dodjer departs Wicklow on the 2022 Round Ireland Race Photo: Bob Bateman

Finbarr O'Regan (pictured centre with trophy) and the J109 Artful Dodjer crew with Tony Scannell, KYC Vice Commodore (second from left) Photo: Bob BatemanFinbarr O'Regan (pictured centre with trophy) and the J109 Artful Dodjer crew with Tony Scannell, KYC Vice Commodore (second from left) Photo: Bob Bateman

Sunfast 3300 - Cinnamon Girl

Cian McCarthy sailing two-handed on the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl with Sam Hunt held the overall lead of the race as Afloat reported here.

It was a stirring performance from the duo who a month earlier had won KYC's own inaugural Inishtearaght Race. 

Cinnamon Girl completed the Round Ireland 14th in Line Honours, eighth in IRC Overall, fifth in IRC 3, second in 2 Handed Class and fifth in the ICRA class. 

Cian McCarthy sailing two-handed on the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl with Sam HuntCian McCarthy sailing two-handed on the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl with co-skipper Sam Hunt Photo: Bob Bateman

Sam Hunt (left) with Tony Scannell of KYC (centre) and Cian McCarthy Photo: Bob BatemanSam Hunt (left) with Tony Scannell of KYC (centre) and Cian McCarthy Photo: Bob Bateman

Swan 40 - Shindig

Tony Kingston and son Jack were third in the Round Ireland's Cruising class in their immaculate Swan 40, Shindig. The duo were 23rd in IRC Overall, 6th in 2 Handed Class and 5th in IRC 4

Swan 40 - ShindigThe Kingston's Swan 40 Shindig shortly after the Round Ireland start off Wicklow Photo: Bob Bateman

Jack Kingston, Tony Scannell of KYC and Tony Kingston Photo: Bob BatemanJack Kingston, Tony Scannell of KYC and Tony Kingston Photo: 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.

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