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Big Breeze for Second Race of Royal Cork Autumn Regatta

9th October 2011
Big Breeze for Second Race of Royal Cork Autumn Regatta

Strong westerlies that swept Royal Cork's Yacht Club's George Kenefick to success at the All Ireland championships on Lough Derg also blew for the second race of his club's Autumn regatta in Cork Harbour today writes Claire Bateman. Bob Bateman's action photos are below.

It was a day that kept the best wine until last. There was much sailing activity in the harbour with some seventy five cruisers sailing their various courses and some ninety dinghies from Optimists to Laser 4.7s sailing in a strong westerly breeze with warm overtones . Although the wind was there all day, and plenty of it, when the sun broke through in the early afternoon it created that special Cork Harbour sailing ambience.

cruiser racing cork

A great start for the Autumn fleet. Photo: Bob Bateman. More pics below

Classes Three, Four, and Whitesail 1 and 2 sailed on the Eastern Bank with Race Officer Richard Leonard and he started with a triangle course followed by a windward/leeward course. There was plenty of excitement on this course with mention of Chinese gybes. The Dorgan Sonar from Cove Sailing Club revelled in the conditions and got the better of Ian Travers' Bandit from Kinsale (currently for sale on the Afloat boats for sale site here)  while Michael Murphy's Shelly D had won the day in ECHO with Alan Mulcahy's Sundancer from Kinsale taking IRC.

Meanwhile on the Red Course with Race Officer David O'Brien it was a perfect day for the 1720s and fleets 1 and 2. Your scribe was watching the second race that started inside the harbour just inside Roches Point on a beat in a strong flood tide to W2, a screaming reach to Harp, a beat back to W2, back to W1 before a number of dramatically tight finishes near the Cage. The 1720s displayed the best of One Design racing as they came into W2 with one boat becoming the meat in the sandwich between the buoy and the fleet with no quarter being given and had to do their penalty turn. In the best 1720 tradition, despite the high, wind they hoisted their kites as they went hither and thither before most got sense and finally dropped their kites.

On the day it was Denis Murphy's Aquatack from the home club took the honours followed Peter O'Flynn's Two 2 Tango.

At the time of prizegiving Class 2 were still involved with protests but first again this week on IRC was Brian Goggin's Allure (KYC) followed by the Desmond/Deasy/Ivers Bad Company from the home club. In Class Zero IRC in a reversal of last week's results Kieran and Brian Twomeys' Gloves Off got the better of Conor Phelan's Jump Juice on the day. In Class 1 IRC David Scott's EOS again took the spoils but Dan Buckley's Justus was going very well and took the second slot.

As Rear Admiral Cruisers Ronan Enright had promised, the prizegiving was bang on 5.30pm with the prizes being presented by Frank O'Flynn of the Sponsor Company who incidentally had been sailing on the Peter O'Flynn Two 2 Tango 1720.

Racing continues in the O'Flynn Exhams sponsored league next Sunday with a first gun at 11.55am.

Published in Royal Cork YC
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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 www.royalcork.com/membership) 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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