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Royal Cork Launches September's DinghyFest Regatta for Cork Harbour

6th August 2019
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Brian Jones, RCYC Rear Admiral Dinghies pictured centre with volunteers, sailors and supporters to launch DinghyFest 2019. Pictured also Jonathan Horgan, Jonathan O’Shaughnessy, Celine McGrath (CDF Committee), Andrew Crosbie and Emmet O’Sullivan Brian Jones, RCYC Rear Admiral Dinghies pictured centre with volunteers, sailors and supporters to launch DinghyFest 2019. Pictured also Jonathan Horgan, Jonathan O’Shaughnessy, Celine McGrath (CDF Committee), Andrew Crosbie and Emmet O’Sullivan Photo: Bob Bateman

Claiming to be the 'largest stand-alone dinghy festival event in the country', the official launch of Cork Dinghy Fest took place in the Royal Cork Yacht Club last week.

Royal Cork Yacht Club Rear Admiral Brian Jones was joined by volunteers and sailors as they marked the announcement of the continued sponsorship and support from CH Marine and the Port of Cork for the popular biennial event.

As Afloat reported previously, Event chairman Alex Barry is looking forward to another great event and was very excited to announce that DinghyFest ’19 will play host to three national championships, four Southern Championships and even a world championships.

2019 is gearing up to be a great event, according to Barry, who says it was great to have such support from our sponsors this year. Barry is a strong advocate for dinghy sailing of any type, recently moving to a GP14 in advance of the Worlds in Skerries in 2020.

This year’s event will see boats of all shapes and sizes race over the two days with National Championships for Multihulls, National 18’s and RS Fevas, Southern Championships for RS 200s, 400s, 29ers and Mirrors and a world championships for the clinker-built Rankins of Cork Harbour. Strangely enough, the international entries have been slow to date for the Rankin, says Barry, but he’s holding out hope.

The event will take place on September 14th and 15th in the Royal Cork Yacht Club with entry and NOR available on the website here

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