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Big Turnout for Royal Cork's Winter League (Photo Gallery)

5th November 2017
1720 sportsboats broke through to take the lead in today's first race of the RCYC O'Leary Insurance Winter League. Scroll down for photo gallery 1720 sportsboats broke through to take the lead in today's first race of the RCYC O'Leary Insurance Winter League. Scroll down for photo gallery Photo: Afloat.ie

Royal Cork Yacht Club had a great turnout for the opening race of its O'Leary Insurances Winter League for sailing cruisers in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman.

Race officers Clem and Wendy Mc Elligott got the 32 boats – up 50% up on last year– away in W/NW winds from 11 to 14 knots but only at the second attempt at a start and also under an X flag.

The boats sailed were to sail a full course of: Corkbeg no10p, E2s, 8s, 5s, Cage p, E4s and a Cage finish but the course was shortened at Cage mark after the first round.

Coracle skipperd by Kieran Collins led at the weather mark but lost lead to three 1720s sportsboats on the run downwind. The J109 Jelly Baby helmed by Brian Jones also broke through.

The cruisers returned to RCYC marina with Laser and Topper Leagues also starting today, providing a great winter sailing spectacle.

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