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O'Keefe's Tux Wins Royal Cork Race

13th May 2011
O'Keefe's Tux Wins Royal Cork Race
Mary O'Keefes' Tux, an X-332, was the winner of last night's IRC class one fleet in Cork Harbour, a night of perfect sailing conditions reports Hugh Mockler. In class two Kieran and Liz O'Brien's Magnet, an MG335, scored a second race win to lead overall after the second race of the season. Full Results below.

Short legs and plenty of mark roundings and a WNW breeze of 15 to 18 knots with flat water and sunshine made for a great night's sailing at Royal Cork Yacht Club.

There were over 20 boats racing in the McWilliam Sailmakers May league. Class 1 started at 19.00hrs, then Class 2 & 3 at 19.05 and then the White Sail at 19.10.

Race Officer was Edmund Cogan (National 18 sailor) with the help of his team. The combnined fleet started at Corkbeg and the firt leg was a beat to No.8, staying on the Eastern side of the course seemed to pay off.

The tide was ebbing with low water at 20.00hrs but for neap tides, there was still a good flow out of the harbour.

Adding an extra complication to race tactics was a cable laying tug in the middle of the course with yellow marker buoys around it, marking an exclusion zone. 'Do we go North or South?' was the decision skippers had to make.

Far easier was remembering the course; all the marks were to starboard.

After No.8 there was a short reach to No.10. After No.10 the fleet headed for No.7 before a gybe back to Corkbeg.

Spinnakers came down at Corkbeg and a close-hauled reach across the harbour to the Cage Buoy off the Grassy Walk line.

After that there was another reach back the way we came to Corkbeg, with big debates whether to carry a kite or not. .

The fleet rounded Corbeg and then reached close-hauled once again back to the finish line at the Grassy Walk.

Main results below

Class One IRC
Series PlaceSail No Boat Type of Boat Owner Handicap Series Points Race 1 Race 2
1 IRL3209 Endgame A35 Frank Doyle 1.031 5 1 4
2 IRL6021 Ellida X332 Ria Lyden 0.986 5 3 2
3 IRL8991 Exhale X362 Sport Diarmuid & Hilda Good 1.024 7 2 5
4 IRL892 Tux X332 Mary O'Keeffe 0.981 8 7 1
5 IRL2003 Gloves Off Corby 38 Kieran Twomey 1.115 10 7 3
6 IRL7290 Felix X332 Michael Wallace 0.981 11 4 7
7 IRL2805 Indulgence Dufour 36 Aidan Heffernan 1.023 13 7 6
8 IRL1367 Endeavour First 36.7 Conor & Denise Phelan 1.009 16 7 9
8 IRL2007 Jump Juice Ker 37 C & D Phelan 1.105 16 7 9
8 IRL3939 Antix Ker 39 Anthony O'Leary 1.129 16 7 9
8 IRL4430 Samba Sunfast 40.3 John Downing 1.030 16 7 9
8 IRL9609 Jelly Baby J109 Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley 1.029 16 7 9
8 IRL9834 True Penance Projection 35 Mod Colman Garvey & Martin Darrer 16 7 9
8 IRL13500 D-Tox X35 Donal O'Leary 16 7 9
8 IRL17200 Antix Beag 1720 Mod Robert O'Leary 1.005 16 7 9
Class Two IRC
Series PlaceSail No Boat Type of Boat Owner Handicap Series Points Race 1 Race 2
1 GBR9896 Magnet MG335 Kieran & Liz O'Brien 0.945 2 1 1
2 IRL9732 Wicked Sunfast 32 Mark Mendell 0.940 5 2 3
3 IRL16859 Bad Company Sunfast 32 Desmond, Ivers & Deasy 0.939 8 6 2
4 IRL1022 Aramis Contessa 33 Pat Vaughan 0.929 8 4 4
5 IRL78 No Gnomes Nicholson 33 mod Leonard Donnery 0.910 11 3 8
6 IRL1972 No Excuse X 302 MK2 Ted Crosbie 0.931 11 6 5
7 IRL1193 Catalpa First 31.7 Derry Nash 0.955 12 5 7
8 IRL6676 Y-Knot First 32S5 Pat Barrett & Cathal Conlon 0.933 14 8 6
9 GBR7525 Thunderbird Corby 25 Denis Coleman 0.940 19 8 11
9 IRL2005 Gosling First 31.7 Gerard O'Sullivan 0.955 19 8 11
9 IRL2525 Yanks $ Ffrancs Corby 25 Vincent O'Shea 0.938 19 8 11
9 IRL3492 Big Deal Dehler 34 Derek Dillon 0.925 19 8 11
9 IRL3651 Aisling Dufour 36 Bryan Heffernan 0.933 19 8 11
9 IRL3861 Cavatina Granada 38 Ian Hickey 0.928 19 8 11
9 IRL9187 Aurora Corby 25 Ronan Lydon 0.935 19 8 11
9 IRL9992 Split Point Dufour 34 Performance Seamus Gilroy 0.966 19 8 11
White Sail IRC
Series PlaceSail No Boat Type of Boat Owner Handicap Series Points Race 1 Race 2
1 IRL3691W Silk Breeze Dehler 36 Ernie Dillon 0.927 2 1 1
2 IRL3612W Sweet Dreams Sun Odyssey 36i Batt O'Leary 0.982 6 2 4
3 IRL2510W Lady T Jeanneau 32i Michael Lynch 0.940 6 3 3
4 GBR1786YW Thistle Hustler 25.5 Peter Webster 0.805 7 5 2
5 IRL3610W Elegance Sun Odyssey 36i Paul O'Shea 0.963 11 4 7
6 IRL1022W Aramis Contessa 33 Pat Vaughan 0.920 14 7 7
6 IRL1950W X-Tension X-372MH Conor O'Donovan 0.952 14 7 7
6 IRL2005W Gosling Beneteau 31.7 Ger O'Sulllivan 0.945 14 7 7
6 IRL2406W Expression Jeaneau 30 Billy Duane 0.868 14 7 7
6 IRL3492W Big Deal Dehler 34 Derek Dillon 0.915 14 7 7
6 IRL3651W Aisling Dufour 365 Brian Heffernan 0.930 14 7 7
6 IRL3861W Cavatina Granada 38 Ian Hickey 0.913 14 7 7
6 IRL9992W Split Point Dufour 34 Seamus Gilroy 0.955 14 7 7
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Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club lays claim to the title of the world's oldest yacht club, founded in 1720. 

It is currently located in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, Ireland and is Cork Harbour’s largest yacht club and the biggest sailing club on the south coast of Ireland.

The club has an international reputation for the staging of sailing events most notable the biennial world famous Cork Week Regatta.

In 2020 RCYC celebrated its tricentenary under its Admiral Colin Morehead.

Royal Cork Yacht Club FAQs

The Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in the world, and celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2020. It is one of the World’s leading yacht clubs, and is in the forefront of all branches of sailing activity. It is the organiser of the biennial Cork Week, widely regarded as Europe’s premier sailing event. It has hosted many National, European and World Championships. Its members compete at the highest level in all branches of sailing, and the club has a number of World, Olympic, continental and national sailors among its membership.

The Royal Cork Yacht club is in Crosshaven, Co Cork, a village on lower Cork Harbour some 20km south-east of Cork city centre and on the Owenabue river that flows into Cork Harbour.

The club was founded as The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork in 1720, in recognition of the growing popularity of private sailing following the Restoration of King Charles II. The monarch had been known to sail a yacht on the Thames for pleasure, and his interest is said to have inspired Murrough O’Brien, the 6th Lord Inchiquin — who attended his court in the 1660s and whose grandson, William O’Brien, the 9th Lord Inchiquin, founded the club with five friends.Originally based on Haulbowline Island in inner Cork Harbour, the club moved to nearby Cobh (then Cove) in 1806, and took on its current name in 1831. In 1966 the club merged with the Royal Munster Yacht Club and moved to its current premises in Crosshaven.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club today encompasses a wide variety of sailing activities, from young kids in their Optimist dinghies sailing right through the winter months to the not-so-young kids racing National 18s and 1720s during the remaining nine months. There is also enthusiastic sailing in Toppers, Lasers, RS Fevas and other dinghies. The larger keelboats race on various courses set in and around the Cork Harbour area for club competitions. They also take part in events such as the Round Ireland Race, Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race. In many far off waters, right across the globe, overseas club members proudly sail under the Royal Cork burger. The club has a significant number of cruising members, many of whom are content to sail our magnificent south and west coasts. Others head north for the Scottish islands and Scandinavia. Some go south to France, Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean. The more adventurous have crossed the Atlantic, explored little known places in the Pacific and Indian Oceans while others have circumnavigated the globe.

As of November 2020, the Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club is Colin Morehead, with Kieran O’Connell as Vice-Admiral. The club has three Rear-Admirals: Annamarie Fegan for Dinghies, Daragh Connolly for Keelboats and Mark Rider for Cruising.

As of November 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has approximately 1,800 members.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club’s burgee is a red pennant with the heraldic badge of Ireland (a stylised harp topped with a crown) at its centre. The club’s ensign has a navy blue field with the Irish tricolour in its top left corner and the heraldic badge centred on its right half.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. The club also hosts many National, European and World Championships, as well as its biennial Cork Week regatta — widely regarded as Europe’s premier sailing event.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has an active junior section with sailing in Optimists, Toppers and other dinghies.

Charles Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club regularly runs junior sailing courses covering basic skills, certified by Irish Sailing.


The Royal Cork hosts both keelboats and dinghies, with the 1720 Sportsboat — the club’s own design — and National 18 among its most popular. Optimists and Toppers are sailed by juniors, and the club regularly sees action in Lasers, RS Fevas, 29ers and other dinghy classes.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club has a small fleet of 1720 Sportsboats available for ordinary members to charter.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Club House office can provide phone, fax, email, internet and mail holding facilities for a small charge. Club merchandise and postcards may be purchased. Showers and toilet facilities are available 24 hours a day, free of charge. Parking is plentiful and free of charge. Diesel and petrol are available on site. Marina berths are generally available for a fee payable in advance; arrangements must be made before arrival.

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Club House has all of the usual facilities, including bars and restaurant, which are open during normal licensing hours. The restaurant provides a full range of meals, and sandwiches, snacks etc, are available on request.

Normal working hours during the sailing season at the Royal Cork Yacht Club are 9am to 9pm daily. For enquiries contact the RCYC office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

Yes, the Royal Cork Yacht Club caters for all types of events rom weddings, anniversaries, christenings and birthday celebrations to corporate meetings, breakfast meetings, luncheons, private dinners and more. For enquiries contact the Royal Cork Yacht Club office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

New members are invited to apply for membership of the Royal Cork Yacht Club by completing the Nomination Form (available from and returning it to The Secretary, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven Co Cork. Nominations are first approved by the Executive Committee at its next meeting, and following a period on display for the members, and are reviewed again at the following meeting at which any objections are considered.

No; while ordinary members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club are usually boat owners, there is no requirement to own a boat when submitting an application for membership.

The annual feel for ordinary members (aged 30+) of the Royal Cork Yacht Club is €645. Family membership (two full members and all children aged 29 and under) is €975, while individuals youth (ages 19-29) and cadet (18 and under) memberships are €205. Other rates are available for seniors, associates and more. All fees quoted are as of the 2020 annual subscription rates.

Memberships of the Royal Cork Yacht Club are renewed annually, usually within 60 days of the club’s Annual General Meeting.
For enquiries contact the Royal Cork Yacht Club office on 021 483 1023 or email [email protected]

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