July 16th - July 21st 2018

July 16th – July 21st 2018

An eclectic mix of classes, competitors, good courses and good company.

Fn’Gr8 the overall winner at Volvo Cork Week

Crosshaven, Co. Cork, 18 July 2018:
Racing past Weaver's Point, Crosshaven in the 16 nautical-mile Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh at Volvo Cork Week 2018 organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club.
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Fn’Gr8 skippered by Rory Fekkes from Carrickfergus Sailing Club, winner Class 4 IRC and overall winner Volvo Cork Week 2018.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

With the best score of any of the 120 boats over the past week, Rory Fekkes’ Fn’Gr8 (Carrickfergus Sailing Club) has been confirmed as the overall winner of Volvo Cork Week following an intense three-race final day. The Antrim boat was a convincing overall winner to the week despite several other strong performances in other classes but Fekkes had accumulated an impressive 19-point lead in his eleven-boat fleet.

“Best week ever! It’s the closest racing we’ve ever had,” Fekkes said even before learning of his overall event win. “We were hoping to get the overall win so we …

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Sparkling Cork

Photograph: Tim Wright

Anthony O’Leary’s Antix (right) leading the fleet at the start of racing for the One-Designs and 1720 Sportsboats.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The full armada of 120 yachts was out for the fourth day of Volvo Cork week. After a delayed start, a warm sea breeze blew into Volvo Cork Week to give over a thousand sailors champagne conditions in the Celtic Sea outside Cork Harbour. Leaders in all classes are emerging but many of them will be going to the wire. A pride of 13 Dragons and 10 powerful Cork 1720s started their Southern Championships today, taking part in two races with a building sea breeze off Power Head on a windward leeward course.

Jamie Frame’s Moonshine (right) from Glandore on …

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Spinnaker Festival in Cork Harbour

Crosshaven, Co. Cork, 18 July 2018:
Youen Jacob's Juggerknot in the 16 nautical-mile Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh at Volvo Cork Week 2018 organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club.
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Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice (left) and Jonathan Anderson’s El Gran Senor tussle for the lead of the 16 nautical-mile Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

85 yachts formed an impressive single starting line for Volvo Cork Week’s signature race in the beautiful surroundings of Cork Harbour. After a General Recall the fleet readied themselves for a Black Flag restart, which was far from conservative, many of the massive starting line up hitting the line on the B of the Bang! A kaleidoscope of spinnakers made for an amazing sight as the fleet entered Cork Harbour for close quarters racing past Spike Island and Cobh. Race Officers Jack Roy and Rob …

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Breeze Arrives at Volvo Cork Week for Incredible Fastnet Race

Ronan & John Downing's Half Tonner Miss Whiplash (Royal Cork YC). Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

1720 Sportsboat racing in the Coastal fleet.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The wind gods smiled on the second day of Volvo Cork Week with a 15 knot southwesterly piping up, giving the international fleet a day to remember in the Celtic Sea. Barry Byrne’s Irish Defence Forces team came from behind to win the double points scoring Fastnet Race for the Beaufort Cup. During the 130 mile race, four teams swapped the lead in an intense battle around the Fastnet Lighthouse. Meanwhile 100 teams were competing inshore for the second day of Volvo Cork Week. A long coastal race, in good breeze along the wild South Coast of Ireland produced fantastic racing.

Joker 2 skippered by Commandant Barry Byrne winning the Fastnet …

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If you don’t like the weather at Volvo Cork Week – wait a minute

Crosshaven, Co. Cork, 16 July 2018:
Mojito (left) owned by Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox from Pwllheli in Wales pictured of Fountainstown on the opening day of racing at Volvo Cork Week 2018 organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club.
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The leading boats in the Beaufort Cup Fastnet Race for military and rescue service crews on the opening day of racing Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

A mixture of clear blue skies and blankets of clouds made for highly changeable conditions for the first day of Volvo Cork Week. Thankfully the warm sunshine won the day, providing light air racing in beautiful Cork Harbour and the Celtic Sea. The teams returned to the dock with colour in their cheeks, a glint in the eye, and a thirst for the refreshments at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Mojito (left) owned by Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox from Pwllheli in Wales pictured of Fountainstown on the opening day of racing.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Racing kicked …

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