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Jelly Baby Wins RCYC Wins Winter League Race, Club Recovers Yacht Aground off Roches Point

19th November 2017
RCYC's Kieran O'Connell (in RIB) assists Winter league competitor Blue Oyster that went aground yesterday in Cork Harbour. Race three photo gallery below RCYC's Kieran O'Connell (in RIB) assists Winter league competitor Blue Oyster that went aground yesterday in Cork Harbour. Race three photo gallery below Photo: Bob Bateman

A yacht that went aground during racing in the O'Leary Insurance Winter League in Cork Harbour yesterday was successfully recovered by fellow competitors and Royal Cork Yacht Club officials writes Bob Bateman.

The 38–foot yacht that was competing in the White Sails division of the league when it hit a rocky area area known as 'Chicago Knoll' in the vicinty of Roches Point.  

Although there was a rising tide, a lee shore presented further potential difficulties for the stricken boat. The RNLI were called at 1.30pm.

Some quick thinking by RCYC's Michael Murphy got a line on to the yacht. Sails were taken down and furled and RCYC Rear Admiral Kieran O'Connell took a halyard from the tip of the yacht's mast in an effort to pull the yacht over to release her. Happily, it was a tactic that worked and Blue Oyster floated off the rocky area without any 'structural damage', according to an RNLI report.

Crosshaven RNLI, assisted in escorting the Blue Oyster back to the Royal Cork marina.

Meanwhile, conditions for race three, at the halfway point of the series, dawned with mist and zero wind. However, by start time a 10–knot south westerly breeze had filled in.

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Racing started off a committee boat at Corkbeg and the all–in fleet sailed to cage (P), No3 Buoy (S), Wno6 (P), Cage (S), No9 (S) No5 (S) and a finish at Cage.

OLI day3 17 9098Jelly Baby won the IRC race Photo Bob Bateman. Scroll down for photo gallery

Leading the race saw the J109 Jelly Baby Brian Jones, with Nigel Young of North sails onboard, leading at the Cage buoy followed by 1720 T Bone Tom Durcan/Clive O'Shea then Paul and Deirdre Tingle's Alpaca. Jelly Baby went on to win today's race IRC division.

Last year the O'Leary Family presented the Club with the perpetual Irish Mist trophy to honour the memory of Archie O'Leary, a past Admiral of the Royal Cork.

This trophy will be awarded for the best performing boat under IRC of the League.

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