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Big Thursday

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Well it doesn’t get better than this; gusting over 20 knots with wind over tide, kicking up the surf, the penultimate day of Cork Week was a day for some ballistic racing and a few dramatic moments.

Super Zero

Racing kicked off with a beat across the approach to Cork Harbour in the open sea to Ringabella Bay for the big boat class. There was drama right at the start, as Stephane Neve’s TP52 Paprec Recyclage came off a huge wave and down with a thump, blowing out their head sail. It took the French team minutes to recover, as the rest of the fleet blasted to windward. Austin Fragomen’s TP52 Interlodge rounded the top mark first with Johnny Vincent’s …

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Rock and Roll!

Rock and Roll!

Big breeze and lumpy seas created some mind-boggling action at Cork Week on Day Three of racing. Torrential rain in the early morning, gave way to some sublime sunshine giving the competitors some classic Irish sailing along the rugged coastline. 15-18 Knots of breeze from the south with wind over tide, created a mogul-field of swell with waves nudging three metres at times.

IRC Super Zero

The carbon-fibre flyers were racing on the tactical windward leeward course with the stunning backdrop of rocks near Roberts Cove. These boats light up in big conditions and the TP52s were an awesome sight surfing through the waves.

Gray and Laidlaw’s Solent based Farr 52, Bob and Austin Fragomen’s American TP52, Interlodge won a …

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Quick out of the Blocks!

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After the first night of partying in the tented village to some wicked sounds from Irish rock band Setmaker, competitors at Cork Week woke up this morning to an eerie Irish mist, enveloping Crosshaven. Curious dolphins were a regular sight on the racecourse popping up next to competing boats, they adding to the ghostly atmosphere.

The fickle breeze was from the southeast but barely rose above ten knots. Starts are always important but especially in light wind. Getting into clear air and not stalling the boat was paramount today.

IRC Super Zero

Johnny Vincent’s Pace continues to impress, winning both of today’s races by a comfortable margin. Tactician Jeremy Robinson has won the Rolex Fastnet Race, Rolex Sydney Hobart and …

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Costa del Cork

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As if by magic, sublime, almost Mediterranean weather, arrived for the first day of Cork Week 2010. Sunshine and a moderate breeze of 10-15 knots from the southeast, gave competitors a day to remember. Racing for all classes commenced with few delays and there were some happy sailors returning to the dock this afternoon, having had a spectacular day on the water.

IRC Super Zero

The Clash of the titans was on the Slalom course today and it was exciting stuff as Paprec Recyclage tactician, Sebastien Destremau explains: “We were happy with our boat speed and performance in Race One but it was pretty difficult out there, these boats are really powerful and the corners come up a bit too …

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Variety is the spice of Cork

Variety is the spice of Cork

Competitors from all over the world have arrived in Crosshaven for the biggest sailing event in Ireland for 2010. The marina is buzzing with accents from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Holland, Ireland, Isle of Man, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States and Wales.

Tomorrow marks the start of racing for Cork Week and by early evening the regatta village will be a frenzy of activity, as thousands of competitors enjoy the full hospitality of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

In Class Super Zero, there is the mouth-watering prospect of an international line up of turbo-charged TP52s ripping up the race course. Stephane Neve’s French TP52, Paprec Recyclage has Sebastian Destremau calling tactics, who has sailed with Russell …

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