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Irish Olympic Star sailor and Cork harbour local Peter O'Leary was on board the American TP52  Interlodge for a gentle warm up in Cork Harbour this afternoon and Afloat went with him. From the East Coast of the USA, Austin Fragomen is sailing this ultra-modern TP52 designed by Judel Vrojlik.  The boat has been optimized for IRC and is one of eight entries d in the regatta's super zero class. Racing starts in the morning. Bob Bateman's photos over the fold:








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No sooner had the Clipper fleet left the Lee on Friday than a second important Munster sailing festival, in as many weeks, was getting underway. Royal Cork organiser Peter Deasy declared Cork Week regatta officially open this afternoon. The rain held off for the ceremony at the Royal Cork venue that was attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin TD. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the atmosphere in Crosshaven. His photos are over the fold:


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A yacht bound for Cork Week regatta sought assistance from the emergency services tonight when their vessel ran into difficulties eight miles east of Ballycotton Bay in East Cork.  The yacht was sailing from Arklow to Cork Harbour to attend next week's Royal Cork regatta at Crosshaven. Ballycotton lifeboat station was contacted and requested to launch. They reached the yacht with four people on board at 17:50 and established a tow. Sea conditions in the area were unpleasant with the wind blowing F6 / F7. The Irish registered yacht was towed to Ballycotton harbour and safely secured alongside the pier wall but it has not been named by the Ballycotton lifeboat.

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More than 2000 sailors are descending on Crosshaven for Cork Week writes Louay Habib. They will race in fourteen different classes over a variety of courses ranging from the complex harbour course to the fast Trapezoid Course in Atlantic swell. The Royal Cork Yacht Club is bristling with rigs, as competing boats, arriving from overseas, mingle with local boats. Visit Malta Puma, the race sailing school Reflex 38, arrived on Thursday night, having taken two and half days delivering the boat from the Hamble, near Southampton.

'We had a fantastic trip across the Irish Sea." Commented skipper Tim Thubron. "The delivery crew were a great bunch and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed the sail over as we had plenty of decent breeze. We are really looking forward to some competitive action on the water, I have been to Cork Week many times and it is a superb place to race. In fact we have already done a bit of boat on boat racing already; we came over with two other Reflex 38s and had a bit of a competition to make it to Crosshaven. We celebrated our safe arrival with an excellent meal at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Part of Visit Malta Puma's crew were father and daughter, Ekkehart and Jess Staufenberg who come from Norwich, on the East coast of England.

"I do a fair bit of dinghy sailing on the Norfolk Broads but this was my first time sailing offshore." Explained Jess. "It was a fantastic experience, something I will always remember. Before we left I was really hoping to see dolphins and sixty miles off Land's End, my wish came true, a pod of twelve came up around the boat; it was a really magical moment."

Racing at Cork Week starts on Monday 12th July and concludes on 16th July. Each evening the tented village will host live music, besides being a wonderful place to sail, Cork Week is also a great place to party!


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The British yacht 'Bob', co-owned by Tony Hayward, the troubled chief executive of BP, is to race in Cork Week regatta in Crosshaven from July 10. Although some UK Press reports say Hayward will not be onboard Bob for the Irish regatta his name appears on the Royal Cork Yacht Club entry list with co-owners Sam Laidlaw and Rob Gray.

The yacht hit headlines around the world when it was reported Hayward took a weekend off dealing with the enormous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to sail the Round the Island Race in the Solent. His entry at the regatta stoked anger at the oil company as it was claimed it insulted those affected by the slick. President Obama's chief of staff, said that Hayward had committed yet another in a "long line of PR gaffes" and he was roundly vilified for the decision.

The 52-foot Farr yacht is entered in the top Super Zero division, the Cork regatta’s premier racing class.
Hayward was the subject of attack by the American media after he fronted the company's response to its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hayward’s 52-footer will be competing in an eight boat fleet made up of British, French and American visitors to Cork including super yacht entries such as Irvine Laidlaw's Highland Fling, an 80-footer. Cork Week runs from July 10-16th. 
Bob is entered into IRC Super Zero at Cork Week


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Although talk that sailing numbers are down is a persistent theme in 2010, Cork Week has always attracted the big boats and Crosshaven organisers say this year is no exception. The Super Zero Class is expected to be a competition between seven magnificent hi-tech flyers. The turboed TP52, Pace was at Cork Week 2008 and since Johnny Vincent took charge, the British based crew has been in cracking form; impressing at the RORC Easter Challenge and the Vice Admiral's Cup. From the East Coast of the USA, Austin Fragomen has brought over Interlodge, the ultra-modern TP52 designed by Judel Vrojlik has been optimized for IRC and should match Pace, for pace. Several other TP52s are racing including Silver Surfer, debuting and Cork Week with an international line-up.

Richard Matthews Humphreys 42, Oystercatcher XXVI scooped up the class trophy for IRC Zero in 2008 and was a contender for boat of the week. Matthews has shipped the boat over from the Caribbean after a very competitive season. Amongst the well drilled crew is Crosshaven's own, Eddie English. Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39, Antix is in great form, winning class at the ICRA Nationals in May. However, IRC Zero is brimming with talent. Piet Vroon's Ker 46Tonnerre de Breskens is Crosshaven bound. Dave Dwyer's Mills 39, is a proven winning race boat and Bernard Gouy's Ker 39, Inis Mor is over from France along with Jac Pelletier's Landmark 43, Qualiconsult. To be honest, this is probably the most competitive class at Cork Week and the bookies would have this one going to the wire.


Heart of the action: The Crosshaven venue for next month's Cork Week. Photo: Bob Bateman

Cork Week plays host to the J/109 Europeans and 17 one designs are entered with many from the UK. Racing is bound to be tight and expect some raised voices with crews hiking hard, jostling for position, especially at mark roundings. In a no discard series, consistency is at an optimum and it is almost impossible to pick out the favourites but of the UK boats, Robin Taunt's Jibe has a wealth of experience and Brian Morton's Juke Box was well placed in 2008. Of the Irish entries, Ian Nagle and Paul O'Malley's Jelly Baby had an excellent ICRA Nationals in Dublin and John Maybury's Joker II was the top Irish J/109 at Cork Week 2008.

Paul Kirwan's Sigma 38, Errislannan was one of the early entries. In 2008 they won the Sigma 38 Europeans at Cork Week and they are back to defend their title. From bow to stern, Errislannan is very much a family boat and they are up against some top opposition from the UK. The Sigma 38 Europeans is once again staged at Cork Week 2010.

A host of Corby Yachts are entered prompting Cowes designer, John Corby to put up some champagne prizes. Corby designed yachts competing include; Robert Davies, brand new Corby 36, Roxy 6 which will be representing Ireland in the forthcoming Rolex Commodores' Cup. In all over a dozen boats are expected to be racing at Cork Week, tuning up for the country versus country, pro-am event in August.

Cork Week attracts a huge variety of boats from all over the world and whilst the Gentleman's Class may not have the high tech gear and elite sailors competing. The seamanship in the class is very apparent. National Yacht Club member, Philip Dilworth, will be racing Grand Soleil 42, Orna. A previous class winner of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race, 2008 Cork Week winner and class winner at the recent ICRA Nationals, Orna is obviously well sailed.

Of course sailors go to Cork Week to compete but also they come from far and wide to have fun and enjoy the occasion. Like a great party, taking a spin on the dance floor is an excellent way to end the evening!

Crosshaven throws on quite a pageant and the local community really gets involved which gives the regatta a great atmosphere, the 'tented village' is buzzing with life. Many other regattas do not have the evening activities all in one place, Cork Week does and the 'session' to be had is more memorable by the fact that everybody is there; you keep bumping into people and having just one more.

There are a variety of tents to suit but one of the great concepts for Cork Week is the abundance of music, something that visitors really enjoy. Screaming your head off to Bon Jovi or sing along to a ballad with your mates or loved one, are truly memorable moments.

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Just over five weeks to go and Peter Deasy, Chairman of Cork Week 2010, feels that preparations are well on target for what is recognised as one of the best sailing regattas in Ireland.

Every two years, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven hosts Cork Week, which first took place in the magnificent waters of Cork Harbour over thirty years ago.

Quickly establishing itself as a 'must do' regatta, the event attracts sailors from all over the world, and 2010 is no exception, with entries confirmed from the United States, Belgium, France, Holland the United Kingdom and from all over Ireland, north and south.

Worth more than €6 million to the local economy, many of the competitors return time after time. Richard Matthews of Oyster Marine has been competing in Cork Week since the mid 1990s and will be back in July to defend his Class Zero Title. Also from the UK, Lloyds Yacht Club will be competing in the elegant Swan 53, Lutine. Vice Commodore of Lloyds YC, Liz Lotz says "we like to enter events that are well run and above all a lot of fun and Cork Week has that in spades."

Annamarie Fegan of Cork Week Caterers, an Excellent Choice, says that most people have no idea how much planning goes into a week such as Cork Week and this is a sign of a very well run event. Preparation has been going on for months, the ordering of marquees, furniture, flowers, food and drink. The catering operation starts weeks beforehand, often with the actual building of the venue and kitchen – she promises that Cork Week 2010 will be the Best Party in Europe

Cork Week 2010 would like to acknowledge the support of Heineken Ireland, Failte Ireland, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, the members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and, of course, the people of Crosshaven.

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Cork Week has published provisional class bands for July's regatta. So far there are seven entries in IRC super zero, 15 in class IRC zero, 17 in IRC one, 14 in IRC two, 21 in IRC 3, 19 in IRC four, 18 in IRC five, 18 in IRC 6 and 36 entries in white sails, sports boats and J109s. To find out who has entered for Cork Week 2010 this year, use the links below to check out each class.



IRC Super 0

Sail No.BoatType of BoatClassOwnerIRC TCF
GBR528R PACE TP 52 IRC Super 0 Johnny Vincent 1.375
USA5206 INTERLODGE 2006 JV TP 52 IRC Super 0 Austin Fragomen 1.374
GBR11N APOLLO TP 52 IRC Super 0 Nigel &Donna Passmore 1.352
GBR521R BOB Farr 52 IRC Super 0 Gray, Laidlaw, Hayward 1.314
ORC88 HIGHLAND FLING Wally 82 IRC Super 0 Irvine Laidlaw 1.269
FRA34625 SOLANO Latini 52 IRC Super 0 Frederic Rialland 1.264
USA23 Breakaway Santa Cruz 70 IRC Super 0 Mike Webb 1.26

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Sail No.BoatType of BoatClassOwnerIRC TCF
NED46 TONNERRE DE BRESKENS 3 Ker 46 IRC 0 PW Vroon 1.245
GBR4321 OYSTERCATCHER XXVI Humphreys 42 IRC 0 Richard Matthews 1.219
GBR4241L BREVITY Swan 42 IRC 0 Mark Devereux 1.182
NED42039 BARAKA GP Swan 42 IRC 0 HJ deGraaf 1.173
GBR150L NOVUS ARCA Beneteau First 50 IRC 0 Tony McBride 1.158
IRL1109 BLUE BELLE Ker 11.3 IRC 0 John O'Connell 1.157
FRA36789 Qualiconsult Landmark 43 IRC 0 Jac Pelletier 1.15
IRL4208 WOW Farr 42 IRC 0 George Sisk 1.149
GBR9166R INDEPENDENT BEAR Corby 41.5 IRC 0 Neil White 1.131
IRL3939 ANTIX Ker 39 IRC 0 Anthony O'Leary 1.128
FRA35439 INIS MOR Ker 39 IRC 0 Bernard Gouy 1.121
IRL2003 GLOVES OFF Corby 38 IRC 0 Kieran Twomey 1.116
NED8005 WEERGA King 40 IRC 0 W Liezenga 1.116
GBR5433R JAMMY DODGER J/133 IRC 0 Neil Martin 1.111
IRL39000 MARINERSCOVE.IE Mills 39 IRC 0 David Dwyer 1.103

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Sail No.BoatType of BoatClassOwnerIRC TCF
GBR4778R EH01 Beneteau 47.7 IRC 1 Global Yacht Racing Ltd 1.101
GBR4477L KOKO KAI First 44.7 IRC 1 Andrew Arthur 1.1
GBR970R JUA KALI Grand Soleil 43 IRC 1 Agace/Huges/Hurndall 1.095
US43545 Echo Zulu Frers 45 IRC 1 Mike Rider 1.095
FRA36859 STAMINA III A40 RC IRC 1 Michel Peretie 1.093
GBR809 Lutine Swan 53 IRC 1 Lloyds of London YC 1.089
IRL1281 AQUELINA J/122 IRC 1 Sheila & James Tyrrell 1.088
FRA13220 TRILOGY II Peterson one off IRC 1 Jean Gabriel Samzun 1.077
IRL1965 MUSTANG SALLY Corby 36 IRC 1 Rob Allen & Others 1.075
GER6333 ROCKALL 3 Corby 36 IRC 1 Christopher Opielok 1.074
GBR1236L ROXY 6 Corby 36 IRC 1 Robert Davies 1.072
GBR1031L Leadbitter Sloop IRC 1 Fairview Sailing 1.07
GBR7383R PUMA LOGIC Reflex 38 IRC 1 Sailing Logic Limited 1.069
GBR6506N NIGHT OWL PRIMA 38 2.46 IRC 1 Ed Hall 1.067
GBR7382R JAGUAR LOGIC Reflex 38 IRC 1 Will Sadler 1.067
GBR8886 LIQUID VORTEX Beneteau First 40.7 IRC 1 Hot Liquid Racing 1.067
NED317 CISNE Swan 43 IRC 1 David Collins 0.976

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Type of Boat 
GBR407T GENIE First 40.7 IRC 2 Andrew Jackson 1.062
GBR9388R Lion Reflex 38 IRC 2 Chris Reddish 1.061
GBR7385R PANTHER CLIPPER Reflex 38 IRC 2 Neal Kelshaw 1.061
GBR9380R FORWARD THINKING Reflex 38 IRC 2 Steve Nicholls 1.052
IRL13500 D-TOX X35 IRC 2 Donal O'Leary 1.052
IRL9000 Isor JS9000 IRC 2 Patrick O'Donovan 1.05
IRL1946 Aisha Dufour 40 IRC 2 Kevin Lane 1.048
GBR7380R LIGHTNING REFLEX Reflex 38 IRC 2 Geoffrey West 1.045
GBR4242L XPLETIVE Xc 42 IRC 2 Mike Crompton 1.044
GBR5833R Blackadder Corby 33 IRC 2 Dr. Johathan & Mrs. Barbara Price-Jones 1.044
IRL3709 AXIOM X37 IRC 2 Michael O'Neill 1.039
BEL3537 Tontin Archambault A35 IRC 2 Wouter Borghijs 1.031
IRL4430 SAMBA Jeanneau Sunfast 40.3 IRC 2 John Downing 1.031
GBR8844R PREMIER CRU OF COQUET Beneteau First 36S7 IRC 2 Mike Rudge 1

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Sail No.BoatType of BoatClass 
GBR6969L GRAND SLAM Grand Soleil 37 Sport IRC 3 Robin Dollar & Michael Ronson 1.031
GBR7508R A-CREWED INTEREST Sloop IRC 3 Keith Lord 1.031
GBR9880T Marisco Madness Elan 37 IRC 3 Chris Clarke 1.03
IRL1481 Acquisition Beneteau 36.1 IRC 3 Stuart Cole & Patrick O'Leary 1.03
GBR3037R Vavavoom Elan 37 IRC 3 Richard Calveley 1.029
IRL3504 Wardance Beneteau First 35 IRC 3 Brenda Reddington / Paul & John Lowry 1.025
IRL1365 X-POSURE Bermudian Sloop IRC 3 Lorcan O'Toole 1.024
IRL2805 INDULGENCE Dehler 36 IRC 3 Aidan H Heffernan 1.024
IRL9834 TRUE PENANCE Projection 35 IRC 3 Martin Darrer & Coleman Garvey 1.023
IRL673 MUMBO J35 IRC 3 Dermot Cronin 1.014
GR986R Strata 6 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i IRC 3 East Anglian Sea School 1.011
GBR1638L Grand Cru Dufour 425 IRC 3 Peter Curphey 1.001
IRL1158 DANU Moody 35 IRC 3 Adley Family 1
IRL1477 Wavetrain Channel 32 (one-off) IRC 3 Andrew & Simon Coveney 0.996
IRL6810 AURORA Dufour 34 IRC 3 Michael O'Hare 0.996
IRL3323 Dexterity X332 IRC 3 Alan McNeff 0.99
IRL6021 ELLIDA x332 IRC 3 Ria Lyden 0.988
IRL7066 X RATED X332 IRC 3 John & Clair Gordon 0.985
IRL7290 FELIX X332 IRC 3 Michael Wallace 0.983
GBR9395R ELEVATION J/133 IRC 3 Jackie & Robert Dobson 0.977
IRL34218 LADY ROWENA Sadler 34SE IRC 3 David Bolger 0.912

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Sail No.Boat 
Type of Boat 
IRL9216 J'ZUS OUTHAUL J92 IRC 4 Brian Dempsey 0.985
GBR1536L MOJITO Bavaria 39 Cruiser IRC 4 Peter Dunlop 0.975
GBR6687T SKYWAVE Elan 333 IRC 4 Adam Corkery 0.975
IRL3402 Lulu Belle Uncorked Elan 340 IRC 4 Chris Stockdale 0.972
IRL4385 Dunkerron Dufour 385 IRC 4 Robert O'Sullivan 0.97
IRL2010 Alpaca Beneteau First 31.7 IRC 4 Paul & Deirdre Tingle 0.962
IRL2005 Gosling Beneteau First 31.7 IRC 4 Ger O'Sullivan 0.961
IRL2706 KODACHI Corby 27 IRC 4 Denis Ellis 0.961
IRL993 PRIMA NOCTE Beneteau 31.7 IRC 4 Patrick Burke 0.959
IRL3007 THIRTY SOMETHING Beneteau First 31.7 IRC 4 Brian Kavanagh & Others 0.959
IRL3175 LEGALLY BLONDE Beneteau 31.7 IRC 4 Cathal Drohan & Paul Egan 0.959
IRL1193 CATALPA Beneteau First 31.7 IRC 4 Derry Nash 0.958
GBR8287 PERSEPHONE OF LONDON Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Nigel Goodhew 0.984
GBR8338 WITH ALACRITY Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Chris & Vanessa Choules 0.984
GBR8377 GAUNTLET OF TAMAR Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Kevin Hood & Gillian Burgess 0.984
GBR8399 PAVLOVA III Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Max Walker 0.984
IRL738 ERRISLANNAN Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Patrick Kirwan 0.984
IRL9388 JOKER Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Mike Broderick & Dave Gibbons 0.984
IRL8237 Persistance Sigma 38 IRC 4 /38 Charles Broadhead, Jerry Collins and Ian Stuart 0.975

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Sail No.BoatType of BoatClassownerIRC TCF
IRL26026 RUTHLESS Corby 26 IRC 5 Conor Ronan 0.958
IRL1265 ORION Sun Odyssey 32i IRC 5 Neil O'Donovan 0.955
IRL1521 GRANNY SHRULE Sun Odyssey IRC 5 Brett Wilson 0.955
GBR3615T MANANA Granada 340Regina IRC 5 Micael & Elaine McKeown 0.953
IRL222 ZOOM Dehler DB1 IRC 5 Nicola & Stuart Harris 0.951
IRL4170 SLACK ALICE GK 34 Bermudian Sloop IRC 5 Shane Statham 0.95
IRL9732 WICKED Sunfast 32 IRC 5 Mark Mendel 0.949
FRA9156 DICK DASTARDLY Half Tonner IRC 5 Brian Cusack, Stuart Kinnear & RO'Neill 0.946
IRL2525 YANKS $ FFRANCS Corby 25 IRC 5 Vincent O'Shea 0.943
IRL16859 BAD COMPANY Jeanneau Sunfast 32 IRC 5 Desmond/Ivers/Deasy 0.943
IRL2507 IMPETUOUS Corby 25 IRC 5 Fergal Noonan & Robert Chambers 0.938
GBR581R ANTIX X302 IRC 5 John Allen 0.936
IRL9187 AURORA Corby 25 IRC 5 Ronan Lyden 0.936
IRL1972 NO EXCUSE X302 IRC 5 Ted Crosbie 0.934
IRL7495 MAXIMUS X302 IRC 5 Paddy Kyne 0.933
IRL3255 C'est la Vie Beneteau 32S5 IRC 5 Declan Murphy 0.93
GBR7754T China Blue Maxi 1100 IRC 5 Chris deGlanville 0.93
IRL3691 SILKBREEZE Dehler 36 IRC 5 Ernie Dillon 0.929

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Sail No.Boat 
Type of Boat 
IRL3450 VAL KRISS First 345 IRC 6 Nigel Dann, Vincent Murphy & Michael Hennessy 0.936
IRL3492 BIG DEAL Dehler Nova IRC 6 Derek Dillon 0.926
IRL4021 Egalite Dehler 34 IRC 6 David Griffin 0.923
IRL4369 Charisma Sigma 33 IRC 6 Des Lyons 0.915
IRL4434 MINX III Sigma 33 IRC 6 Tom McNiece 0.915
IRL4506 SEA HAWK Sigma 33 OOD IRC 6 Clem McElligott 0.915
IRL78 NO GNOMES Nicholson 30 IRC 6 Leonard Donnery 0.914
IRL999999 Z Faroux quarter ton IRC 6 James O'Brien, Kenefick & Kenefick 0.908
GBR18472 JAY J/24 IRC 6 William & Patrick Coakley 0.9
IRL4794 HARD ON PORT J/24 IRC 6 Flor O'Driscoll 0.888
IRL9591 PROMETHEUS Impala IRC 6 Paul Murray 0.888
GBR737 Jenny Sonar IRC 6 Andy Cassell 0.885
FRA6374 HAKUNA MATATA Super Arlequin IRC 6 Jean-Francois Nouel 0.868
IRL325 Orient Express Albin Express IRC 6 Frank O'Regan 0.86
IRL457 MOONRAKER Bermudian Sloop IRC 6 Brian Mathews 0.854
IRL7050 WOODY Thomas 25 Custom IRC 6 Dominic Losty 0.852
IRL1294 Ben Lui Shipman 28 IRC 6 Vincent Donnelly & Dave Hunter 0.84
IRL286 SKYBIRD Moody 33 MK2 IRC 6 Daniel Fawsitt 0.828

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White Sail / Sports Boats / J109

Sail NoBoatType of BoatClassnon spi tcfOwner
GBR7682T LANCASTRIAN Starlight 46 White Sall 1.049 Neil Eatough
IRLL532 ORNA Grand Soliel 40c (White Sail) White Sail Philip Dilworth
3 Aine Bradwell 18 White Sail
538 Eilie Albin Viggen White Sail Mark Reardon
GBR4404L Tiffane Folkdancer 27 White Sail Austin Goudge
GRB8633T Ariel of Hamble Dufour 40 White Sail BBC Yacht Club
IRL228 Rapparee Contessa 28 White Sail Tom O'Mahony
IRL1275 Midnight Trapper Racing/Cruising Yacht White Sail Glen Barry, Gareth O'Callaghan & Cathal O'Connor
IRL1950 XTENSION X372 White Sail 0.953 Conor O'Donovan
IRL1968 Tranquilizer Bavaria 32 Holiday White Sail 0.925 Colin R Morehead
IRL2406 EXPRESSION Jeanneau Sunlight 30 White Sail 0.868 Billy Duane
IRL2510 LADY T Jeanneau 31i White Sail Michéal Lynch
IRL3651 AISLING Dufour 365 Grand Large White Sail 0.947 Bryan Heffernan
IRL7212 Phaeton Westerly GK 29 White Sail Clive Doherty
6 MIKADO SB3 sports/SB3 Denis Byrne
3096 Red Kite SB3 sports/SB3 Roger Harford
GBR111 Magic Marine UK SB3 sports/SB3 Hugh Styles
IRL3117 No Name SB3 sports/SB3 Domhnall McAuley
NZL3287 Sharkbait SB3 sports/SB3 Ben Duncan
GBR1773 Yknot Cork 1720 sports/1720 Michael Wilson
IRL1755 JMC 1720 sports/1720 James & Mick McKenna
IRL1843 King Louie
1720 sports/1720 Malcolm Thorpe
1609R Bluejay J/109 J/109 Greg Burgess
GBR1508R JUDGEMENT DAY J/109 J/109 Jonathan & Andrea Tithecott
GBR1509R JIBE J/109 J/109 Robin Taunt
GBR6663 Jackhammer J/109 J/109 John Ballinger
GBR6709R GO EASY J/109 J/109 Ed Winter & Steve Armitage
GBR7509R JEEZ LOUISE/J'NICKIT J/109 J/109 James Arnell
GBR9091R Juke Box J/109 J/109 Brian Morton
GBR9760R Stalker J/109 J/109 Steven Tapper
IRL1206 JOKER II J/109 J/109 John Maybury
IRL2067 JUSTUS J/109 J/109 Dan Buckley
IRL8541 Mermaid J/109 J/109 Seamus Fitzpatrick
IRL9490 JURA J/109 J/109 Barry McCabe & Others
IRL9609 JELLY BABY J/109 J/109 Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley
IRL29213 SOMETHING ELSE J/109 J/109 J.Hall, B Hall, S McDonnell

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It only happens every other year and that is probably a good thing, because it takes Crosshaven that long to recover! With less than three months to go, Cork Week 2010, is taking shape with a huge variety of boats and competitors making plans for the regatta.

The sailing fleet is growing on a daily basis, Cowes based Gray, Laidlaw and Heyward’s Farr 52, Bob is the latest entry over fifty feet. A sound Super Zero Class is expected. The scratch boat at present is Irvine Laidlaw’s Wally 82, Highland Fling, back in Europe after racing in the Caribbean. But several modified TP52's will also be in the running, including Johnny Vincent’s Pace, who took a memorable scalp at the RORC Easter Challenge, beating America’s Cup TEAMORIGIN in one race. Also TP52 Interlodge, owned by Austin Fragomen of New York is making the trip across the Atlantic.

So far there are no fewer than nineteen J Boats entered for Cork Week. The majority are J/109s competing for their European Championships but when it comes to long deliveries - Neal Martin’s J 133, Jammy Dodger, takes the biscuit.

Neal Martin normally keeps the boat in the Solent but Jammy Dodger is heading for the Norwegian fjords, before heading south to Cork Week. As Neal Martin explains, “It is about 2,500 miles of sailing through Kiel, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and onto Norway. On the way back we will race to Shetland from Bergen with about 40 Norwegian boats. After that we will visit the west coast of Scotland before coming to Crosshaven. The crew will alter during the voyage but both myself and my Norwegian girlfriend, Randi will be in Crosshaven. This will be my sixth Cork Week and we are all really looking forward to it.”

With nearly three months to go, fifteen Beneteau’s are already entered. Tony McBride’s First 50, Novus Arca is making the trip from Scotland and Royal Cork members, Paul and Deirdre Tingle, will be back to defend their First 31.7 title from 2008.

The number of SB3's entered for Cork Week is down on 2008, not surprising as the SB3 Worlds in Italy is attracting the majority of the fleet. However, SB3's and other sports boats are very welcome at Cork Week. A convenient ferry service, Fastnet Line runs daily crossings from Swansea to Cork.  Kiwi Ben Duncan will be racing SB3 Sharkbait at Cork Week, alongside Irish match racer Ric Morris. Many Irish entries and some from overseas are expected.

Paul Kirwan’s Sigma 38, Errislannan is entered. In 2008 they won the Sigma 38 Europeans at Cork Week and they are back to defend their title. From bow to stern, Errislannan is very much a family boat and they are up against some top opposition from the UK.

Ten Corby Yachts are entered and more are expected including Robert Davies, brand new Corby 36, Roxy 6 which will be representing Ireland in the forthcoming Rolex Commodores’ Cup.  Over a dozen boats are expected to be racing at Cork Week, tuning up for the country versus country, pro-am event in August.

However, Cork Week has a huge variety of boats and whilst the Gentleman’s Class may not have the high tech gear and elite sailors competing. The seamanship in the class is very apparent. National Yacht Club member, Philip Dilworth, will be racing Grand Soleil 42, Orna. A previous class winner of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race and 2008 Cork Week winner, Orna is obviously well sailed.

"Entries are going well and we are pleased with the level of support, however, there is room for plenty more and we hope that more yachts and crew will be racing at Cork Week in July and enjoying the hospitality of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the community at Crosshaven”, commented Cork Week Chairman, Peter Deasy.

This event will follow the first day of racing and it promises to be a great evening.  All competitors will have the opportunity to discuss the days “thrills and spills” in a friendly and social setting, followed by music and craic in our tented village until the early hours.

For further information see our website or contact Aileen, Event Secretary at +353 21 483 1179 or [email protected]



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Louay Habib first went to Cork Week in 1990, he had his stag party there in 2004 where he picked up the nickname ‘coiler’. He will be there again in 2010, writing the daily reports for the RCYC. “Sailing Logic finished second in class at Cork Week in 2008. Everyone had a fantastic regatta enjoying the vibrant social atmosphere and top quality racing to the full. We have secured the same crew house for the team in 2010, just outside Crosshaven which provides excellent accommodation for the duration of the Cork Week regatta. There is the wonderful hospitality of the locals, the superb racing and the amazing atmosphere that has become synonymous with Cork Week.” Philippe Falle, skipper of Sailing Logic, RORC Yacht of the year, 2009.

Since 1978, Cork Week has welcomed sailors and boats from all over the globe. It is difficult to think of any other regatta worldwide that has had held such universal appeal, for so long. Producing a successful regatta can be compared to throwing a dinner party and to do either you need the right ingredients. The most important raw material for any regatta is the sailing and Cork Week is blessed with a marvelous stretch of water with excellent breeze. The natural harbour creates a great inshore racecourse, there is truly spectacular coastal racing and high octane action in the ocean swell, out in the Atlantic. The scenery just adds to the overall concept. From the stark beauty of West Cork, to the view from the sea of Cobh and Great Island and the welcoming sight of Crosshaven, after a day’s racing.

Like a great dinner party, Cork Week serves up fine food in memorable surroundings. There is seldom a day when racing isn’t possible at Cork Week, something you can’t say about every major regatta. Flying under spinnaker passed Queenstown , surfing in the Atlantic and the beautiful bays of West Cork. The area around Crosshaven is a wonderful place to get out on the water.


Of course sailors go to Cork Week to compete but also they come from far and wide to have fun and enjoy the occasion. Like a great dinner party, taking a spin on the dance floor is an excellent way to end the evening.

Crosshaven throws on quite a pageant and the local community really gets involved which gives the regatta a great atmosphere, the ‘tented village’ is buzzing with life. Many other regattas do not have the evening activities all in one place, Cork Week does and the ‘session’ to be had is more memorable by the fact that everybody is there; you keep bumping into people and having just one more.

There are a variety of tents to suit but one of the great concepts for Cork Week is the abundance of live music, something that visitors really enjoy. Screaming your head off to Bon Jovi or sing along to a ballad with your mates or loved one, are truly memorable moments.

The Flaws, just one of the top bands that perform live at Cork Week.

Another reason that Cork Week is so popular with visitors from overseas is that the Irish are there! It might sound patronising but take it from a non-Irishman. Just about any sailor knows a few Irish mates who like to party, who like to enjoy life. As a foreigner coming to Ireland, your eyes light up because you know you are heading to a regatta, hell bent on having a good time.

See you in July,



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