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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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Royal Cork yacht Cavatina (Eric Lisson), twice overall winners of the Round Ireland race is going round again in a bid top be the the first boat to win Ireland's classic offshore race three times. The news is one of a handful developments as the fleet gathers in Wicklow for the start at 12 noon on Sunday.

Paddy and John Loden sailing Psipsina were the winners of the RORC 'Morgan Cup' race to Cherbourg last week-end start as favourites on Sunday in the Round Ireland Yacht Race Double-handed division, a ten boat section of the 37-boat fleet.

With just 5 days to the off, it looks like the 2010 Conway Media Round Ireland Yacht Race will have an impressive total of 37 yachts participating in the country’s premier off-shore race.25 per cent of entrants this year are returning contestants hoping to make history on this milestone occasion.  With boats from France, Netherlands, UK as well as from all coasts of Ireland already signed up.  Race organiser Denis Noonan, running his 6th event, is confident this promises to be an interesting race.

“Cavatina has appeared to try and get that elusive third win and failing that, we are guaranteed a new name on the trophy, as they are the only previous winning boat entered.”



Skipper Eric Lisson (standing and thumbs in air) with the Royal Cork crew of Cavatina, twice overall winners of the Round Ireland race. The Cavatina crew will be competing again on Sunday. Photo: David O'Brien

Two of the favourites for the Round Ireland title topped out the RORC IRC overall listings last weekend at the Morgan Cup an overnighter to Cherbourg. The winning boat, Psipsina, was a double-handed entry sailed by Paddy Cronin and John Loden. They pipped Piet Vroon's Tonnerre de Breskens III for the overall trophy by just over two minutes on corrected time.

The largest boat entered is Celtic Spirit of Fastnet, a sturdy 72’ Cruiser/Racer which has been to the Antarctic in the recent past. Just behind them we have a real flying machine, Pride of  Rosslare Europort , an IMOCA 60, which will be expected to take line honours.

Local Wicklow boats are  Irish Popcorn  Pride of Wicklow, Noonan Boats Oystercatcher, both flying the WSC burgee and James Tyrrells latest Aqualina from Arklow.

The major focus of attention will be on with Mick Liddy and blind sailor Mark Pollock on board their two-hander.

Sailing Schools are also featuring with double entries from both Sailing West, Dun Laoghaire, Sailing Logic from the Hamble and a single boat from Conwy Yachting in N Wales. 

 Armchair spectators can follow the Conway Media Round Ireland Yacht Race on the Tracking system, supplied by RORC, through the race website <

The Round Ireland is the longest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club calendar. The first race took place in 1980 with only thirteen boats. Since then, held biannually, the fleet has grown steadily, and in the order of 40 yachts are expected to participate this year. The final date for acceptance of entrants to the 2010 Conway Media Round Ireland Yacht Race is this Thursday 17th June 2010

Wicklow businesses are hoping to follow the Galway example with the Volvo Ocean Race and build on the opportunity of hosting such a prestigious sporting event.  The Volvo Ocean Race stopped off in Galway for two weeks last summer and injected in the region of €50 million into the local economy.  Furthermore, the festivities surrounding the event attracted over  600 ,000 visitors from both abroad and other regions of Ireland. 

Wicklow has launched a gala Sailfest in the hope that the 30th anniversary of the Conway Media Round Ireland Yacht Race will have a similar positive impact on the area.

The local business community is fully on board.  Indeed the 2010 Round Ireland was without a sponsor up until recently with the previous arrangement – BMW – not renewing.  Local businessman Roy Conway, has now stepped in and taken up the mantle of title sponsor for both the 2010 Round Ireland Race and the Sailfest. 

Roy Conway already has a great affinity with the Race, having previously participated on a number of occasions. He is delighted to be in a position to be able to support the Race and the town

The Sailfest will see free open-air concerts from the American Drifters, Heathers, Luan Parle, Mo Hat Mo Gheansai as well as an extensive array of events for children including water sports, aeroplane, Drift Car displays and Bowling tournaments.  One of the major highlights is the Midsummer Mardi Gras ball at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol on Saturday 19th of June.

More on the Round Ireland Yacht Race:

Round Ireland Yacht Race 2010 Review

Round Ireland Yacht Race, Ireland's top offshore fixture

A Round up of 80 stories on the 2010 Round Ireland Yacht Race


Published in Round Ireland

Royal Cork Boats were well represented today (Sun) at Glandore Harbour Yacht Club At Home writes Claire Bateman. Mediterranean conditions prevailed with sun, wind and sparkling blue water. When conditions such as existed today prevail this is a little piece of paradise tucked away in West Cork surrounded by glorious scenery. It was apt that they were rewarded with these conditions for the celebration of their 25th anniversary. The mouth of the harbour is marked by the Adam and Eve Islands and the cruisers had a start south east of this point using Neil Prendeville's Mary P as committee boat and a race officer team that included event organiser Cormac O'Carroll. The 16 knot breeze outside the harbour was from the south west, while inside the harbour there was a lighter breeze that one would guess was more from the north west and this was where the Squibs were sailing their two day championship.

The club is a hive of activity in furthering its amenities and they are very actively raising funds for a new club house. They had a raffle for a new car on offer today to further this project. Also they had a novel event of a Pig Roast-Barbeque with great music by the Roaring Forties and were looking forward to a great night of entertainment.


Published in Royal Cork YC

Royal Cork holds its Irish Examiner Round the Island Race this Sunday, with three different courses for boats of different speed.  Warning gun for all classes is 12.55pm.

The courses are as follows:

Optimists, RS Fevas, Taz - Spike Island(P).
Lasers, 420s, 29ers – Spit Lighthouse(P), Spike Island(P).
National 18s and White Sail Cruisers - No 18(P), No 20(P), Spike Island(P).
49ers, Multihulls, Cruisers 1, 2, and 3 - No 18(P), No 20(P), No 15(P), Spike Island(P).

Published in Royal Cork YC

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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Sail No.Boat 
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

Published in Cork Week

Cork Harbour saw the start of the feeder race to Dun Laoghaire for the Liebherr ICRA Nationals last Friday writes Claire Bateman. This race was mandatory for yachts wishing to compete in the Commodore's Cup to be held in the Solent in August and also served as a qualifier for any yacht wishing to compete in the Round Ireland Race from Wicklow in June. 

This was the first opportunity the Irish team of Anthony O'Leary's Antix, David Dwyer's and Andrew Creighton's Roxy 6 have had to sail together as Roxy, the yacht to fill the Class Three slot, only arrived in Cork Harbour fresh from the Dale-Nelson Yard in Wales two weeks ago.

Start photographs here.

Conditions on Friday night as the yachts came to the start line were magnificent.  The harbour was resplendent bathed in brilliant sunlight with yachts from the Friday night Whitesail league flying everywhere in the 12-15knot NNW wind. The feeder race start saw the competitiors beat in the harbour to No.10 buoy where spinnakers were hoisted and they then ran back out the harbour creating a magnificent spectacle as they wove their way through the Whitesail Fleet.

Racing continued throughout the night and most of Saturday with the wind lightening and becoming fluky ranging from 8 to 16 knots providing excellent experience for the crews on the Commodore's Cup yachts. In fact Marinerscove lost out when sailing into a windless area under Wicklow Head and retired at that point but speaking with Dwyer after racing he said that it was nonetheless a wonderful training opportunity with the constant almost hourly sail changes required.

ICRA Offshore Trophy Race:
1.  Antix       Anthony O'Leary
2.  Roxy 6      Rob Davies/Andrew Creighton
3.  Gloves Off  Kieran Twomey
4.  D-Tox       Donal O'Leary

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The waiting is over for ICRA members writes Claire Bateman and this is the last sailing reminder for anyone still wishing to take part in the feeder race from Cork to Dun Laoghaire on Friday next. This promises to be a challenging and exciting race and will feature three Irish Commodores’ Cup yachts from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Anthony O'Leary in his Ker 39 Antix, Dave Dwyer in his Mills 39 and Andrew Creighton in Roxy 6, the new Corby 36.  This will be Roxy's first competitive outing and there will be much interest in this latest addition to the fleet.  Entry for this race is mandatory for any boat wishing to compete in the Commodores' Cup.

As entry for the feeder race does not close until 18.30hrs. on Friday, 14th May at the Royal Cork Club Race Office, it is not known yet which boats will sail and which will travel by road. What can be confirmed is Donal O'Leary of RCYC will be sailing his well known D-tox and Schull Harbour Commodore, Morgan O'Donovan in Loco will be using the feeder as a qualifier for his entry to the Round Ireland Race in June.

First gun will be at 19.55 hrs at Weavers Point on Friday and the start line will be a laid line between a committee boat (Adrielle) and an adjacent mark in the harbour.  The finish line will be between the lighthouses on the East and West Piers at the entrance to Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  Yachts will record their own finish times together with the names and approximate times of boats immediately ahead and astern, if possible.  Time limit for the race will be 12.00 hrs on Sunday, May 16th.

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The Davies/Creighton Corby 36 has made a very welcome appearance on the marina at the Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Claire Bateman.  She was recently completed at the Dale-Nelson Yard in Wales. She is built of strip cedar and is a close clone of Quokka 7.

Roxy 6 is expected to sail for an Irish team from Royal Cork Yacht Club. She will be the Class Three representative in the biennial Rolex Commodores’ Cup, an intense seven day racing programme that will take place on the testing waters in and around the Solent from  August  15th to  21st, 2010.  Class Two will be represented by David Dwyer’s, recent winner of Class Zero at the  Kinsale Spring Series.  Class One is to be represented by Anthony O’Leary, now the new owner  of Antix, a boat he chartered from Colm Barrington in 2008 that was the top scoring boat in its class at the 2008 Commodores’ Cup event.

The Class Bands are as follows:

Class One    1.110 to 1.230

Class Two    1.075 to 1.119

Class Three  1.025 to 1.074

Ireland is entitled to send up to four teams of three boats but currently there is no word of any other team emerging.

The programme for the team is as follows: They will compete in the feeder race from the Royal Cork on May 14th to the Liebherr ICRA Nationals that will take place in Dun  Laoghaire from May 21st to 23rd.  Antix and Roxy 6 will compete at the Scottish Series from May 28th to 31st. will not compete at this event.  The full team will regroup for the British IRC National Championships at Cowes from June 25th to 27th at which event Dave Dwyer in will defend his title.  This Championship is mandatory for the British Commodores’ Cup teams to compete in.  After this its back to Royal Cork  for Cork Week from July 10th to 16th. It is hoped the French and British teams will also compete at Cork Week.  Finally they will head for the big one, the Commodores’ Cup in August, an event that we have just missed out on for the last two occasions and have some unfinished business we hopefully can settle this time round.

Published in ICRA

Just as Kinsale's Spring league ends the McWilliam Sailmakers May League takes place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC), Crosshaven, County Cork starting next Friday. All the details are here:





1          RULES

1.1       The Regatta will be sailed under the current RRS (2009 – 2012), the ISA prescriptions, the IRC Rules, part 1, 2 and 3, the ECHO handicapping System, Class rules where applicable, by this Notice of Race and by the General Conditions and Sailing Instructions of the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) except as amended by this program. Amendments to this program and RCYC General Sailing Instructions will be posted on the RCYC notice board.


1.2       IRC Crew limitation shall not apply. 


2.1       A completed signed Race Entry Declaration 2010 and current valid ECHO and /or IRC certificates must be submitted before 18:00hrs on Friday 7th May 2010 in order for a boat to be eligible for a result. Boats that have not submitted a valid Race Entry Declaration and Certificate(s) may not be given a result.


2.2       Classes will be divided on the basis of their IRC TCF and the anticipated Class Divisions are as follows:

Class                          Rule type Parameters                 Class Flag

1          IRC/ECHO    TCF 0.980 and above              Numeral Pennant 1

2          IRC/ECHO    TCF 0.920 to 0.979.                Numeral Pennant 2

3          IRC/ECHO    TCF 0.919 and below.             Numeral Pennant 3


White   IRC/ECHO    No Spinnakers, Gennakers        White Pennant

Sail                            Spinnaker poles, or

Whisker Poles


2.3       Results will only be issued to boats that have valid sail numbers clearly legible on both sides of its mainsail.


3.1       Entries must comply with ISAF Special Regulations Governing Offshore Racing for Category 4 Races.


3.2       Entries in all classes are required to fly the correct pennant. Any boat not flying the correct pennant may not be scored.


3.3       The OA reserves the right to combine Classes if the number of entries does not justify separate Classes.


3.4       Boats shall show their correct Sail Numbers. Permission to race using any other Sail Number must be sought from the Race Office prior to going afloat. Any boat not showing its correct Sail Numbers may not be scored.


3.5       The Race Committee reserve the right to place any boat in any Class they deem appropriate.


4          SCHEDULE

4.1       Dates of Racing:                                   First Gun each day:

Friday May 7th 2010                            1850

Sunday May 9th 2010                          1155

Sunday May 9th 2010                          as soon as possible after the finish of Race 2

Thursday May 13th 2010                     1850

Thursday May 20th 2010                     1850

Thursday May 27th 2010                     1850

4.2       6 races are scheduled.



The event will be sailed under the General Sailing Instructions of the RCYC.


6          VENUE

The League will be hosted by the RCYC and will be sailed in the waters of Cork Harbour and its approaches.

7          SCORING

7.1       The Low Point System of Appendix A will apply, with the following amendments:


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