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ILCA and Topper Frostbite Prizes Presented at Royal Cork Yacht Club (Photos Here!) as Topper Worlds 2023 Announced for Cork Harbour

28th November 2022
Topper dinghy sailors are on a high at Royal Cork with the news that the class World Championships will be sailed from Crosshaven from 24th-28th July 2023
Topper dinghy sailors are on a high at Royal Cork with the news that the class World Championships will be sailed from Crosshaven from 24th-28th July 2023 Credit: Bob Bateman

There were great celebrations at Crosshaven for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites prizegiving not only for the winners of the three-race series but also because of confirmation of Royal Cork's staging of the Topper World Championships in 2023.

Class captains Tom Mapplebeck and Eddie Kingston of the Topper and ILCA classes, respectively, presented the prizes in the company of RCYC Rear Admiral dinghies Maurice Collins and a big turnout of Cork Harbour youth sailors.

This is the first year for some years that RCYC has had a full rig in its Frostbite Series as some of the Topper and 4.7 Laser sailors graduate to the bigger rig.

The Topper World Championships will be sailed from Crosshaven from 24th-28th July, the prizegiving heard.

Claire Crosbie is presented with flowers by Rear Admiral Dinghies Maurice Collins for assisting with Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbite Race Officer duties with her husband Tom Photo: Bob BatemanClaire Crosbie is presented with flowers by Rear Admiral Dinghies Maurice Collins for assisting with Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbite Race Officer duties with her husband Tom Photo: Bob Bateman

After three races sailed and no discard, Craig Jnr O Neill won the 25-boat Topper division on four points. Shane Collins was second on five points. Third was Isha Duggan with 10 points.

Fionn Lynch receives the prize on behalf of sister Niamh, third in the silver fleet of the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites from Topper class Captain Tom Mapplebeck and Rear Admiral Dinghies Maurice Collins Photo: Bob BatemanFionn Lynch receives the prize on behalf of sister Niamh, third in the silver fleet of the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites from Topper class Captain Tom Mapplebeck and Rear Admiral Dinghies Maurice Collins Photo: Bob Bateman

Michael Egan  - 2nd silver Toppers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanMichael Egan  - 2nd silver Toppers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

Isla Duggan - 1st Silver and 1st girl Toppers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanIsla Duggan - 1st Silver and 1st girl Toppers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

Abbie Shorten - 3rd Gold and 1st girl Gold Toppers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanAbbie Shorten - 3rd Gold and 1st girl Gold Toppers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

Shane Collins - 2nd Gold Toppers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanShane Collins - 2nd Gold Toppers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

Craig O'Neill Jnr - Topper winner with Cian Jones at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanCraig O'Neill Jnr - Topper winner with Cian Jones at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman 

ILCA4 win for Duggan

RCYC's Liam Duggan won the 15-boat entry in the ILCA 4 division on four points from Eve McCarthy on seven. Eolann Miles took third on 11.

Ethel Bateman - 4rd ILCA4 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites from ILCA Class Captain Eddie Kingston and Rear Admiral Dinghies Maurice Collins Photo: Bob BatemanEthel Bateman - 4rd ILCA4 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites from ILCA Class Captain Eddie Kingston and Rear Admiral Dinghies Maurice Collins Photo: Bob Bateman

Eve McCarthy - 1st girl and 2nd ILCA4 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanEve McCarthy - 1st girl and 2nd ILCA4 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

Liam Duggan was the ILCA 4 winner at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanLiam Duggan was the ILCA 4 winner at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

MacSweeney wins in ILCA 6

Oisin MacSweeney was the winner of the 13-boat ILCA 6 division with Daniel Mallon second and Joe O'Sullivan in third  at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

Max Tolan 3rd ILCA6 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanMax Tolan 3rd ILCA6 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

 Ana Scarlett 1st lady and 2nd ILCA 6 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanAna Scarlett 1st lady and 2nd ILCA 6 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

Oisin Mac Sweeney  - Winner of the ILCA 6 division at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanOisin Mac Sweeney  - Winner of the ILCA 6 division at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

O'Shaughnessy victory in ILCA 7

Jonathan O'Shaughnessy, on four points, won the eight-boat ILCA 7 contest. Wexford Harbour's James Murphy was second and Chris Bateman third.

Chris Bateman -  3rd ILCA7 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanChris Bateman -  3rd ILCA7 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

Jonathan O'Shaughnessy -  Winner ILCA 7 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob BatemanJonathan O'Shaughnessy -  Winner ILCA 7 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Dinghy Frostbites 2022 Photo: Bob Bateman

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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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