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Toppers, RS Fevas, Optimists, National 18s, Mirrors, RS 200s, Mangos, Topaz dinghies and a single 29er skiff plus a mix of cruiser–racers made up a good turnout for craft took part in the first day of racing in the “At Home’ sponsored – for the second year – by The Maher Private Hospital Cork.
Over twenty cruisers got a start outside White Bay and for the first race had a course of E2, no.7 P, No3P, No.7P Finish at No.3. In the All–in IRC cruiser division, the quarter–tonner Anchor Challenge is currently leading the scoring with two wins. Racing continues today.
The National 18’s were sailing for the South Coast Championship and seven of the Ultra boats were vying for honours in this class.
Two other courses were laid on the Curlane Bank, a thirty strong fleet of Optimists were sailing closer to the shore off Luk Beach.
Another Course was set for Lasers, Toppers and mixed dinghies including Mirror,Fevas, RS 200. Mango, Topaz and 29ER.
Results are HERE
The scoreline's impressive but it belies the fact that on the water the National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch is not getting things all his own way at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Laser National Championships. A string of wins came to an end in race six this morning when Tokyo 2020 rival Liam Glynn, the former Topper World Champion, took the gun but it was business as usual in races seven and eight as Lynch built a six–point advantage over the Ballyholme YC man. Royal Cork's own Nick Walsh is third but some 17–points off Glynn.
Although Johnny Durcan made the tough decision to sit out the Laser Radial Worlds in Medemblik, Holland after day two (he was lying thirteenth after the first day) the Cork helmsman, who is recovering from injury after a capsize in California, was in fact back in action at the Nationals today, on the third day of competition in the full rig division, and counted a 3,4,2 to be right up there with Olympic trialists, Lynch and Glynn. See the standard rig results here.
Race officer Peter Crowley sailed the combined fleets in a westerly breeze outside Cork Harbour today.
Royal Cork's Luke McGrath stays top of the Radials and he has 20–point margin over Sean Craig, a recent Radial rig convert, who has moved into seconf place. The Royal St. George multi–champion is now four points clear of club mate Patrick Cahill on 36 points. Read the Radial results here.
In the 4.7 fleet, Jack Fahy also maintains his overall lead with a seven point cushion and in a show of strength for the Royal St. George Yacht Club, another George helmsman is second with Tom higgins counting 18–points. Third is Michael Carroll from Kinsale YC. 4.7 results are here.
Rounding Ballycotton Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon was satisfying, after a long beat from Crosshaven in the restored Royal Cork Ballycotton Race.
Over the 15-mile course which took about three hours a Northerly breeze veered through to an Easterly whisper and then - nothing. Coracle set the pace from the Grassy start line. As the course pulled rounded Roches Point the Easterly wind kicked in intermittently. Altair hugged the coast and as the white sails of Loch Gréine, Plumbat and Luna Sea followed this line those flying spinnakers no long benefited from the big sail. Passing Power Head the fleet split with the majority heading out to sea to avail of a tidal push while Altair and YaGottaWanna hunted breeze and wind lifts inshore.
As the fleet closed on Ballycotton Lighthouse Altair pulled a lead over Coracle, rounding Ballycotton Island and heading for the finish in what was becoming a very soft breeze, Coracle and YaGottaWanna rounded as the wind died further, with Loch Gréine and the kites of Cavatina and Scribbler II edging to the finish line. Plumbat and Luna Sea, in whitesail. without the option of a kite and no wind had to retire.
Results: IRC – 1st Altair (K.Dorgan/J.Losty); 2nd Coracle (Kieran Collins); 3rd Ya Gotta Wanna (David Lane/Sinead Enright). ECHO – 1st Loch Gréine (Tom/Declan O’Mahony); 2nd Scribbler (Tom/Cormac MacSweeney); 3rd Cavatina (Ian Hickey). Gas Rigs Trophy/ECHO and Paddy and Peg Walsh Trophy/IRC– Altair. Jim Donegan Trophy, Best Family Boat – Coracle.
This is a race which was traditional and the RCYC Cruiser Classes are interested in getting more boats involved in coastal racing. It has invited those interested, boatowners or potential crews to make contact with the club.
Cork Harbour's own Alex Barry will be out to retain his southern title in the RS400 class as part of Royal Cork's Dinghyfest that starts tomorrow. It's one of a number of championships being staged as part of the Crosshaven initiative to foster dinghy sailing.
Barry, the current holder of the ISA's All Ireland Sailing title is also a keen National 18 sailor but campaigning his RS400 takes priority this weekend. The passionate centreboard sailor has spoken previously to Afloat.ie about plans to keep dinghy sailing alive. 'Friendships Through RS Sailing is the key to future of dinghy classes', the All Ireland Champ told Afloat.
Running as part of the weekend – that looks certain to attract over 100 boats – is the RS 200 Euro Cup & Irish National Championships, the National 18 National Championships, the RS Feva and RS 400 Southern Championships plus a PY fleet and an Optimist fun Fleet.
In the RS400, Ballyholme's Gareth Flanigan leads the challengers with Baltimore's top Laser sailor Fionn Lyden also entered in the double–hander.
There will be four course areas with two inside Roche’s Point at Cuskinny and the Curlane Banks while two more course areas will be in the outer harbour between Roche’s Point and Power Head.
The RS200 and the larger RS400 will sail together while the International 420s and the National 18s will be in the same group on an outer courses. The Irish 420 fleet is buoyed up by some international results scored last week at Kiel Regatta, Germany.
Prizes are provided by event sponsors CH Marine and their Zyck range of sailing gear.
Racing gets underway on Friday for the start of the national championships in the RS200 and 420 classes while the total DinghyFest will be afloat over the weekend including the foiling Moth class from 2.30pm on Saturday where John Chambers is also expected to debut his Waszp dinghy too.
Apparently someone in the Department of the Marine doesn’t accept that the Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven is correct when the club says it is “the oldest in the world...” writes Tom MacSweeney.
On behalf of Marine Minister Michael Creed the Department issued a press release today congratulating Cork on being chosen as the city to host European Maritime Day in 2020. The press release said: “European Maritime Day 2020 will also coincide with the 300 year anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC), one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world.”
The RCYC has always stated itself to be “the oldest yacht club in the world.....” The club describes itself as: “The Royal Cork Yacht Club is based in Crosshaven, Cork, Ireland and is the world's oldest yacht club founded in 1720.”
Cork City Council repeated the Department statement in its press release. A few years ago at the opening of Sea Fest in the National Maritime College in Ringaskiddy a Junior Minister used the same Department description of the RCYC. Seems somebody up there in Dublin doesn’t appreciate the RCYC!!! My information is that it the Department disputes the RCYC claim and references the Neva Yacht Club in St Petersburg!!!! Whatever about the Department, does Cork City Council take the same view, I wonder?
The Neva Yacht Club, is a sailing club located in Saint Petersburg, close to the Neva River. Wikipedia says it that was founded in 1718, and was re-established as a club in 1958. There is no evident claim to this on its own club website. Could Putin have his eye on the RCYC’s claim?
Tom MacSweeney is a member of RCYC
Class bands released for next week's ICRA National Championship (see below) reveal a smaller than usual fleet for the Royal Cork Yacht Club Championships but with three events in three weeks all trying to attract boats out of Dublin where 90% of boats are based, it was always going to be a tough nut to crack. Championship fleet sizes will range from four boats in Class Zero to fourteen in Class Four where there will be some great battles for national honours starting next Thursday in Crosshaven. With early forecasts showing strong south-westerly winds prevailing, Afloat.ie sticks its neck out in a 'Runners and Riders' Guide to the 2017 Cork Harbour Championships.
Class 0 There are just four boats in Class Zero and two are travellers to Cork Harbour. The Dubois 37, Dark Angel, ex–Antix, with Rob O'Leary onboard, won at Cork Week last year beating local favourite Jump Juice (Ker 37) for the top spot, so this pair are likely to produce another close battle next week. If winds are strong, a previous Round Ireland winner, Inis Mor, a Ker 39, will be a force to be reckoned with. [See update: Inis Mor sinks on way to championships –Ed.] The fourth boat entered is a Salona 45, Meridian. With half of the Zero fleet travelling to Cork for the event, the hope is the strong south–westerlies won't deter.
ISORA series, pundits say she will be strong in Cork too if all three days are sailed in strong winds, but one light day may prove her undoing. ICRA Boat of the Year, John Maybury's Joker II is going for three–in–a–row of ICRA wins, with Star keelboat Olympian Mark Mansfield as Tactician. Pat Kelly's Storm, fresh from a class win at last month's Scottish Series will certainly be in the mix. The Rush Sailing Club boat has now changed to symmetrical spinnakers which will give her an edge if winds are stronger. Kelly was afloat early this year and competing in the Spring Warmer in Howth and then HYC Wednesday nights. It means this team is race–ready as they have already proved in Scotland. Whether or not the new kite is paying dividends has not been disclosed. A tight–lipped Ronan Kelly told Afloat.ie: 'We can't really give that much feedback as it is very much in the early stages of trial for us'. The IRC rating is slightly higher than Storm had prior to the change in spinnakers. And the decision to change, says Ronan Kelly, was based on the notion of 'why not try something different out?'Class 1 Only the four top J109’s from the 2016 ICRAs are turning up in Cork for this nine–boat class. Joker II, Storm, White Mischief and Jigamaree. The new Dublin Bay J109’s of Andrew Craig and Andrew Algeo are not entered. Algeo's Juggerknot is opting for the D2D and Sovereigns but not ICRAs. The JPK10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club has already shown his potency offshore this season in the
Tim Goodbody's J109 White Mischief is also very likely to be in the mix. Rob McConnell's A35 Fools Gold (second in Scotland last month) will be competitive, especially in stronger winds and former winner in ICRA Tralee 2013, the Xp–33 Bon Exemple (Colin Byrne of the Royal Irish) is also expected to be there or thereabouts. This will be a very competitive class, and wind conditions will likely make a big difference with Joker II the favourite in the mixed conditions but if it is strong on all three days, Rockabill VI is a likely winner.
Nigel Biggs new Checkmate XVII is entered and this is an unknown factor as is his appearance at all. 'We are putting long hours in at the moment but it's very touch and go. Fingers crossed...' he told Afloat.ie. If conditions are strong expect to see Ross McDonald's X-332 Equinox from Howth to be a dominant player, as she was at the 2015 ICRAs in Kinsale when she won easily in stronger winds. Paul Tingle's X34 Alpaca, as top–rated boat in this class, also could be a wild card.Class 2 Normally, the Half tonners would be favourites in this 12-boat class and any one of Checkmate, Harmony or Big Picture could take it, especially if the conditions are mixed or lighter.
Class 3 The quarter tonners, like the half tonners in class 2 are bottom of this the second biggest class of the ICRA championships with 13 entered. If conditions are light or mixed, expect Paul Gibbons Anchor Challenge to be strong. She has Olympian Kiliian Collins onboard and they will give Ken Lawless’s Cartoon, 2016 ICRA winner, a tough challenge. If conditions are stronger then the Corby 25’s Fusion and Stonehaven racing will be up there as will the two X302’s, Dux and Maximus. The Sigma 33’s could also prove competitive in the breeze. In a mixed event, however, the money would be on Anchor Challenge to take it.
Class 4 There are 10 J24’s in this class of 14, the event's biggest fleet, and the winner will very likely come from one of them. Corkman, Flor O'Driscoll, with his local knowledge, should be up there on Hard on Port. However, this is a close class and hard to call.
ICRA Nationals 2017 – Class Divisions (as at June 2, 2017). Data supplied by ICRA
|0||Inis Mor||Kerr 39|
|0||Jump Juice||Ker 37|
|0||Dark Angel||Dubois 37|
|1||Rockabill VI||JPK 10.80|
|2||Coracle IV||Olson 30|
|2||Artful Dodger||Elan 333|
|2||Checkmate XV||Mod 1/2 Ton|
|2||Checkmate XVII||Mod 1/2 Ton|
|3||Bad Company||Sunfast 32|
|3||Stonehaven Racing||Corby 25|
|3||Sea Hawk||Sigma 33|
|3||Flyover||Sigma 33 00D|
|3||Powder Monkey||Sigma 33|
|3||No Gnomes||Nicholson 30|
|4||K25 Team Scandal||J24|
|4||Hard on Port||J24|
|4||Ya Gotta Wanna||J24|
|4||Bandit||Mod Bolero 26'|
|4||Whistlin Dixie||Impala 28|
|Non Spin||Rebellion||Lambay 60|
|Non Spin||Nieulargo||Grand Soleil 40|
|Non Spin||Indulgence||Dehler 365|
|Non Spin||Aisling||Dufour 365|
|Non Spin||Sweet Dreams||Sun Odyssey 36|
|Non Spin||Surfdancer||Elan 333|
|Non Spin||Roaring Forthyes||Beneteau 35s5|
|Non Spin||Privateer||Dufour 365|
|Non Spin||Lady T||Sun Odyssey 32i|
|Non Spin||Loch Greine||Hanse 31|
|Non Spin||Aramis||Contessa 33|
|Non Spin||Cracker||Trapper T250|
|Non Spin||Speedy Gonzales||Jaguar 27|
With a month to go to the ICRA National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the Cruiser Racer body has published a 56–boat entry list to date that reveals a large entry from the host Cork Harbour Club. Royal Cork yachts represent 30% of entries received to date. Dublin Boats represent another 30% but there is likely to be some disappointment that no entries have so far been received from either the Royal St. George YC or National Yacht Clubs. To date, Howth Yacht Club is sending eight boats while the Royal Irish Yacht Club is sending similar.
18 yacht clubs are represented at the 2017 championships.
Neighbouring Kinsale Yacht Club has five entries listed. A single Scottish entry from the Clyde has been received as has a single Welsh entry from Swansea Yacht Club.
Seven boats in the fleet are J24 one designs that will also race for southern class honours, a new departure for the ICRA championships.
ICRA believes only 60% of the entries have been recevied at this stage so with five days before the early bird entry expires, ICRA Commodore Simon McGibney is urging skippers to avail of the discounted rate.
Read the provisional ICRA entry list below:
|BOAT NAME||TYPE||IRC HANDICAP||SAIL NUMBER||CLUB|
|Powder Monkey||Sigma 33||0.912||IRL 4206||Tralee|
|Rioja||J80||0.953||GBR 380||Royal Cork|
|Ellida||X332||0.981||IRL 6021||Royal Cork|
|Raptor||Mills 30CR||1.013||IRL 811||Royal Irish|
|Bandit||Mod Bolero 26'||0.881||IRL 2622||Royal Cork|
|Bonanza||Impala 28||0.888||IRL 9515||Royal Cork|
|Sea Hawk||Sigma 33||0.914||IRL 4506||Royal Cork|
|Jump Juice||Ker 37||1.109||IRL 2007||Royal Cork|
|Rebellion||Lambay 60||1.056||IRL 6001||Wicklow SC|
|Gala Racing||J24||0.884||IRL 4384||Foynes SC|
|Joker 2||J109||1.015||IRL 1206||Royal Irish|
|Fusion||Corby 25||0.934||IRL 2552||Howth YC|
|Altair||First 36.7||1.016||IRL 3670||Cobh / Royal Cork|
|Bad Company||Sunfast 32||0.934||IRL 16859||Royal Cork|
|Dark Angel||Dubois 37||1.096||GBR 8833R||Swansea YC|
|Objection||Sun Odyssey 35||0.942||IRL 4004||Kinsale YC|
|Artful Dodger||Elan333||0.952||IRL 1333||Kinsale YC|
|Alpaca||X34||0.995||IRL 35221||Royal Cork|
|K25 Team Scandal||J24||0.886||4212||Howth YC|
|Checkmate XVII||Mod 1/2 Tonner||0.944||IRL 2016||Howth YC|
|Loch Greine||Hanse 31||0.923||IRL 1033||Royal Cork|
|Surfdancer||Elan 333||0.970||IRL 1759||Royal Cork|
|Stonehaven Racing||Corby 25||0.934||GBR 6655||Royal Western YC|
|Privateer||Dufour 365||0.940||IRL 3653||Kinsale YC|
|Raffles||Sadler32||0.865||GBR 6095T||Schull HSC|
|Cartoon||1/4 ton||0.895||IRL 9186||Royal Irish YC|
|Inis Mor||Kert 39||1.118||FRA 35439||CCC Scotland|
|Bon Exemple||XP33||1.009||GBR 8933R||Royal Irish YC|
|Saxon Senator||X37||1.035||IRL 1447||Royal Cork YC|
|Jumpin' Jiv||J24||0.886||IRL 3060||Greystones SC|
|Dux||X302||0.927||IRL 988||Howth YC|
|Jostler||J92||0.970||IRL 1078||Kinsale YC|
|Relativity||Albin Express||0.877||IRL 262||Cobh SC|
|Harmony||1/2 Tonner||0.946||IRL 1484||Howth YC|
|Aramis||Contessa 33||0.920||IRL 1022||Royal Cork|
|Bene Bebe||First 210||0.840||GBR 7712T||Royal Cork|
|Stouche||J24||0.886||IRL 4215||Foynes SC|
|Equinox||X-332||0.979||IRL 1332||Howth YC|
|Indulgence||Dehler 365||0.996||IRL 2805||Royal Cork|
|Jade||J24||0.887||IRL 4094||NMCISC Maritime College|
|Slack Alice||GK34||0.949||IRL 4170||Waterford HSC|
|Johnny Bravo||J24||0.885||4115||Howth YC|
|Cri-Cri||1/4 ton||0.912||18709||Royal Irish YC|
|Rockabill VI||JPK 10.80||1.051||IRL 10800||Royal Irish YC|
|Manzanita||1/4 ton||0.889||IRL 2076||Schull HSC|
|White Mischief||J109||1.010||GBR 1242R||Royal Irish YC|
|Aisling||Dufour 365||0.985||IRL 3651||Royal Cork YC|
|Sweet Dreams||Jenneau 36||0.985||IRL 3612||Royal Cork YC|
|Whistlin Dixie||Impala 28||0.876||IRL 9516||Royal Cork YC|
|Lady T||Sun Odyssey 32i||0.932||IRL 2510||Royal Cork YC|
|Jigamaree||J109||1.011||IRL 7991||Royal Irish YC|
|Meridian||Salona 45||1.112||IRL 4076||Kinsale YC|
|Fools Gold||A35||1.022||IRL 3061||Waterford HSC|
|Maximus||X-302||0.930||IRL 7495||Howth YC|
In the first race of a seven boat 1720 division Heroes and Villains (Gary Rhodes) was the winner. Brian Twomey was second in RCYC 1 and third Brian Jones's Cosmic
As ICRA ramps up its promotion for the Cruiser–Racer National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in June, fleet sponsor WD40 is offering a free 'collectors item' model truck to the next six entries received.
The RCYC entry list is certainly hotting up. 2016 ICRA National Class Champions Jump Juice, Joker II, Checkmate XVII and Cartoon will all be back defending their national titles in Crosshaven in June.
Enter online for the ICRA Nats here.
Third in the seven–boat fleet is a J80, Rioja, sailed by Ernie Dillon and Dominic Baxter. Full results downloadable below.