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“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

– Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Mission Blue Foundation

Volvo Cork Week 2018 has been awarded Gold Certification by the International ‘Sailors for the Sea’ Clean Regatta programme with the event sustainability partners MaREI Centre for Marine & Renewable Energy and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme.

The Clean Regattas programme is the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. The initiative helps people run more environmentally friendly events to protect local waters and beyond, raising  the  bar  for ocean  health  around  the  world.  “We are thrilled to support the Volvo Cork Week in their  efforts  to  educate  participants  on  environmental  protection  by  serving  as  a  model  for  responsible  sailing.”– Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director, Sailors …

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“No water, no life. No blue, no green.”

– Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Mission Blue Foundation

Volvo Cork Week 2018 has been awarded Gold Certification by the International ‘Sailors for the Sea’ Clean Regatta programme with the event sustainability partners MaREI Centre for Marine & Renewable Energy and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme.

The Clean Regattas programme is the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. The initiative helps people run more environmentally friendly events to protect local waters and beyond, raising  the  bar  for ocean  health  around  the  world.  “We are thrilled to support the Volvo Cork Week in their  efforts  to  educate  participants  on  environmental  protection  by  serving  as  a  model  for  responsible  sailing.”– Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea.

The  ocean  is  in  crisis,  every  year,  8  million  metric  tons  of  plastic  enters  the  ocean  from  land  each  year  and  40%  of  the  oceans  are  heavily  affected  by  human  activity,  including  pollution,  overfishing  and  destructive  fishing  practices,  and  the  loss  of  coastal  habitats.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club implemented a range of Clean Regattas Best Practices to reduce our environmental impact, including the provision of reusable water bottles and hydration stations, compostable food and coffee containers, paper straws, energy conservation, online registration forms, and an information campaign on reducing single use plastics and marine litter.

Aoife Deane, Communications & Public Engagement Manager for MaREI commented “Our collaboration with Clean Coasts on supporting Volvo Cork Week in their efforts to run a cleaner, greener regatta represented an important opportunity for us to engage the sailors and members of the public on sustainability issues such as ocean degradation, marine litter and plastics” 

The Royal Cork Yacht Club is dedicated to protecting the waters upon which we sail.

 

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Fn’Gr8 the overall winner at Volvo Cork Week http://www.corkweek.ie/fngr8-the-overall-winner-at-volvo-cork-week/ http://www.corkweek.ie/fngr8-the-overall-winner-at-volvo-cork-week/#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:44:50 +0000 http://www.corkweek.ie/?p=6602 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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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 kept going to the end even though we only had sixth place to discard.” As for the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club in 2020, Fekkes reckons “It’s a class event so we’ll be back!”

A thrilling climax transpired on the final day of Volvo Cork Week with numerous classes decided in the very last race of an exciting and fun-filled regatta. With all of the IRC Classes and the Beaufort Cup hanging in the balance, three races were held for most of the classes. The high pressure, that had delivered warm weather all week, had changed to 12 knots of cold moist air from the Atlantic.

Barry Byrne’s Joker 2, winner of the Beaufort Cup on the final day of racing at Volvo Cork Week 2018.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Beaufort Cup

After over 40 hours of intense racing, Barry Byrne’s Irish Defence Forces team, racing J/109 Joker 2, have successfully defended the Beaufort Cup. Youen Jacob’s Baltimore RNLI team, racing J/109 Juggerknot, put the defending champions under serious pressure, taking the gun for the first race on the last day, but finished runner-up by just two points. Simon Coveney’s Irish Defence Forces Team, racing Jedi, recovered from a starting penalty in the first race of the day to make a tenacious comeback taking the final podium spot for the Beaufort Cup, just ahead of Denis & Annamarie Murphy’s Crosshaven RNLI team, racing Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo.

“We’re over the moon, it’s more than we ever dreamed of,” said Byrne. “It’s a tough event to win, especially against the calibre of people we were up against – Olympians, All-Ireland champions and people like Tim Goodbody and other great sailors.”

 

Cork Week 2018 – Wrap Up

Frank Whelan’s Eleuthera, overall winner of Class 1 IRC at Volvo Cork Week 2018.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

IRC One

Frank Whelan’s Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera (Greystones SC) staged the ‘come back of Volvo Cork Week’. On the penultimate day, Eleuthera had scored two victories to move up to third and then smashed out three straight bullets today to win the class. Jay Colville’s First 40 Forty Licks (East Down YC), which had led for much of the regatta was runner up, and Jonathan Anderson’s J/122 El Grand Senor (Clyde Cruising Club) was third.

Peter Dunlop and Vicky Coxs’ Mojito from Pwllheli Sailing Club, overall winner of Class 2 IRC at Volvo Cork Week 2018.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

IRC Two

Dunlop & Cox’s J/108 Mojito (Pwllheli SC) won the last two races of Volvo Cork Week to climb from third to first for a dramatic class win by a single point from Ronan Harris’ J/109 Jigameree (Royal Irish YC). Brian & Mary Jones J/109 Jelly Baby (Royal Cork YC) could well of won the class, save a steering problem in the penultimate race, which put the local team back to third, just two points away from victory.

Miss Whiplash owned by Ronan and John Downing, overall winner of Class 3 IRC at Volvo Cork Week 2018.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

IRC Three

There was high drama from the start with the overnight leader, John Swan’s Half Tonner Harmony (Howth YC), disqualified in a Black Flag start at the beginning of the last day. Ronan & John Downing’s Half Tonner Miss Whiplash (Royal Cork YC), took full advantage taking a bullet in the first race of the day and scoring a second place in the final race to clinch the class. Kieran Collins Olson 30 Coracle IV (Royal Cork) was third. A special mention to Volvo Cork Week’s biggest fans, Paul & Deirdre Tingle’s X-34 Alpaca (Royal Cork YC), which finished the regatta in style with a win in the last race.

IRC Four

Fn’Gr8 (Carrickfergus SC) was the winner, James Mathews’ Ed Dubois Diamond (RCYC/KYC), won a close battle for runner up from Paddy Kyne’s X-302 Maximus, who was third, just a point ahead of Denis Byrne’s Trapper 25 Cracker (Royal Cork YC).

Desmond, Ivers and Deasy’s Sunfast 32 Bad Company (Royal Cork YC), finished Volvo Cork Week with a win in the last race for the IRC Coastal Class, but the class win went to Denis Hewitt’s Mills 37 Raptor (Royal Irish YC), which dominated the class winning three out of five races. Steve Hayes’ Magic Touch (BSC/GSC) scored a second today to move up to runner-up for the regatta. Patrick Burke’s First 35 Prima Luce (Royal Irish YC) was third.

Indulgence skippered by Aidan Heffernan, overall winner of Non-Spinnaker class 1 at Volvo Cork Week 2018.Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

In IRC 1 Non-Spinnaker, Broadhead, Collins & Stuart’s Sigma 38 Persistance (Royal Irish YC) won the first race of the day to extend their lead, but Aidan Heffernan’s Dehler 36 Indulgence (Schull Harbour SC), answered the call with two race wins to take victory in the class by a single point. Clodagh O’Donovan’s Roaring Forties (Royal Cork YC) scored three podium finishes today, to place third for the regatta.

In IRC 2 Non-Spinnaker, there was a photo-finish, as the top three boats, all from the Royal Cork YC, finished the regatta with the same score. After discard, Tom McCarthy’s Impala 28 Whistlin’ Dixie, was still on level points with Pat Vaughan’s Contessa 33 Aramis. Whistlin’ Dixie was declared class winner by virtue of more first places in the 8-race series. The O’Mahony’s Hanse 31 Loch Greine (Royal Cork YC), which had led for much of the regatta, was just a point of the win in third place, after discard.

The International Dragon enjoyed three races today. Their respective Southern Championshops will conclude tomorrow. Daniel Murphy’s Serafina (Kinsale YC) leads the class but the second day of the championship belonged to Peter Bowring’s Phantom (Royal St.George YC), which scored a 2-2-1 today elevating the team to second for the series.Cameron Good’s Littla Fella (Kinsale YC) is third. After five races, Anthony O’Leary’s Antix (Royal Cork YC) is the clear leader for the 1720 Southern Championship. Brian Twomey’s Dark Side (Royal Cork YC) is second after scoring three podium finishes today. Brook & Griffith’s Luvly Jubbly (SCYC & PSC) is third. Racing for the 1720 and International Dragon Southern Championships will conclude tomorrow, Saturday 21st July.

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.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Full results available here: http://www.corkweek.ie/results/results2018/CorkWeek2018Overall.htm

In 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club will celebrate their 300th birthday, as the oldest yacht club in the world. It will be an event like no other, and designed as a celebration not just for the Royal Cork YC but anyone with a passion for sailing. The web site for the Cork300 is now live at: https://www.cork300.com/
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Sparkling Cork http://www.corkweek.ie/sparkling-cork/ http://www.corkweek.ie/sparkling-cork/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:37:49 +0000 http://www.corkweek.ie/?p=6591 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.

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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 the first day of racing for the One-Designs and 1720 Sportsboats.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The Dragons were flying by the second race, with 15 knots of wind over tide powering the fleet up to full tilt. The racing was exceptional close, and by the end of two contests, three teams were tied at the top. Daniel Murphy’s Serafina and Cameron Good’s Littla Fella, both from Kinsale YC, and Denis Bergin’s Sir Ossis of the River (Royal Irish YC).

Daniel Murphy’s Serafina and Cameron Good’s Littla Fella were having a pint at the Royal Cork Yacht Club after racing, and both agreed: “In recent years, the Irish Dragons have organised their own events but we decided that we wanted to have a bit of a change from that and take part in bigger regattas. Volvo Cork Week has a much bigger social scene, and we know many of the sailors taking part in the other classes, which makes for great socialising after racing. The Royal Cork has made us feel very welcome, mooring us all together, and the race management and courses today were excellent.”

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

For the first day of the 1720 Southern Championship, Anthony O’Leary’s Antix (Royal Cork YC) won both races. A late crew replacement for Tommy Murphy due to illness, led to 11 year-old Harry Moynan from Templebreedy National School Crosshaven, stepping on board Antix for his first taste of Volvo Cork Week. “It was great racing with my dad and such great sailors, I race in the Opi class at the Royal Cork, but I have never raced like that before. I was pumping the main downwind in the first race, and helped get the main in at the bottom mark.” commented Harry Moynan.

“It is great to see the 1720s and Dragons out for Volvo Cork Week.” commented Anthony O’Leary. “The 1720s are naturally part of this event but the Dragons have not been racing here for some time, and they have received a warm welcome by the Royal Cork. The race committee put on a very good course for us today. We were a little under crew weight, which helped in the first race as the wind was light, but for the second race, we paid the price when the wind got up. David Love (Mini-Apple) was pushing us very hard.”

For the Beaufort Cup, Barry Byrne’s Irish Defence Forces team, racing J/109 Joker 2, still lead the series but their lead has been cut down to just three points after two races today. Youen Jacob’s Baltimore RNLI team, racing J/109 Juggerknot, moved up to second place, and could have gone into the lead, but for a headsail problem in the first race. Denis & Annamarie Murphy’s Crosshaven RNLI team, racing Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo, won both of today’s races to move up to third for the series.

“We sat down as a team at last night’s Gala Dinner, and talked long and hard about giving it are all for the rest of the regatta, and everything went very well today.” commented Dennis Murphy. “ Nieulargo is heavier than the J/109s so we love a bit of breeze, and we hope that will continue tomorrow.”

Photograph: Tim Wright

IRC One

Frank Whelan’s Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera (Greystones SC) revelled on today’s Olympic Course, winning both races to move up to third. After five races sailed, Jay Colville’s First 40 Forty Licks (East Down YC) leads the class by five points from Jonathan Anderson’s J/122 El Grand Senor (Clyde Cruising Club).

IRC Two

Ronan Harris’ J/109 Jigameree (Royal Irish YC) was in sparkling form, winning both of today’s races to go top of the class after five races. Brian & Mary Jones J/109 Jelly Baby (Royal Cork YC) scored two podium results, but dropped to second, just two points off the lead. Dunlop & Cox’s J/108 Mojito (Pwllheli SC) and Jean Francois Nouel’s Sunfast 3200 Hakuna Matata (CN Pornic) are tied on points for third.

IRC Three

After six races sailed the discard rule has come into force for the class. John Swan’s Half Tonner Harmony (Howth YC) has maintained their lead, but only by a single point from Kieran Collins Olson 30 Coracle IV (Royal Cork). Both teams scored race wins today. Ronan & John Downing’s Half Tonner Miss Whiplash (Royal Cork YC) won the last race of the day, staying in touch, just two points off the lead.

IRC Four

Rory Fekkes’s Quarter Tonner Fn’Gr8 (Carrickfergus SC) was in fine form on today’s windward leeward course, smashing out two bullets to take a strangle hold on the series. Denis Byrne’s Trapper 25 Cracker (Royal Cork YC) is in second place, but only on countback from Paddy Kyne’s X-302 Maximus, which won the first race of the day.

Denis Hewitt’s Mills 37 Raptor (Royal Irish YC) looks unstoppable in the Coastal IRC Class, scoring their third win of the series Raptor has ten point lead over Patrick Burke’s First 35 Prima Luce (Royal Irish YC). Henry Hogg’s Lisador (Garrykennedy Sailing Club) is just a point behind Prima Luce in third.

In IRC 1 Non-Spinnaker, a two-horse race has developed between the leading yachts. Broadhead, Collins & Stuart’s Sigma 38 Persistance (Royal Irish YC), and Aidan Heffernan’s Dehler 36 Indulgence (Schull Harbour SC), are locked in a battle royale. The two teams have won every race in the class so far, but Persistance has held onto the lead, after scoring two bullets today. Clodagh O’Donovan’s Roaring Forties (Royal Cork YC) is third.

In IRC 2 Non-Spinnaker, the O’Mahony’s Hanse 31 Loch Greine (Royal Cork YC) still leads the class, but two other Royal Cork YC teams are applying the pressure. Tom McCarthy’s Impala 28 Whistlin’ Dixie is just a point off the lead, after winning two of today’s races. Pat Vaughan’s Sigma 33 Aramis is third.

Photograph: Tim Wright

Anthony O’Leary’s Antix (right) leading the fleet at the start of racing for the One-Designs and 1720 Sportsboats at Volvo Cork Week 2018.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Racing for the IRC Classes at Volvo Cork Week will conclude tomorrow, Friday 20th July, The 1720 and International Dragon Southern Championships will race through until Saturday 21st July.

For all the stories, pictures and videos from Volvo Cork Week like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VolvoCorkWeek/
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Spinnaker Festival in Cork Harbour http://www.corkweek.ie/spinnaker-festival-in-cork-harbour/ http://www.corkweek.ie/spinnaker-festival-in-cork-harbour/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:05:53 +0000 http://www.corkweek.ie/?p=6582 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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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 Lamb were roundly applauded at the daily prize giving for their teams efforts in producing a great day of racing.

Crosshaven, Co. Cork, 18 July 2018:
Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice leading the fleet to the first mark in the 16 nautical-mile Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh .
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The Beaufort Cup switched to inshore mode for the Harbour Race. Barry Byrne’s Irish Defence Force team, racing Joker 2, pulled off a Harry Houdini Act to win the race by just seven seconds from Simon Coveney’s Irish Defence Forces Team, racing Jedi. Joker 2 was deep down in the class rounding in front of Cobh, but came back with some tenacity. The two J/109s were overlapped going through the finish line, Jedi took the gun by one second but Joker 2 was the victor after time correction. Youen Jacob’s Baltimore RNLI team, racing J/109 Juggerknot was third. Joker 2 now has a three point lead in their defence of the Beaufort Cup. Jedi and Juggerknot are tied for second place.

Crosshaven, Co. Cork, 18 July 2018:
Denis Hewitt’s Raptor in the 16 nautical-mile Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

In IRC Three, John Swan’s Half Tonner Harmony (Howth YC) took a game changing win to go top of the class, scoring the fastest corrected time under IRC from all of the 85 starters.

“We got a great start and that put us in clear air after the top mark, which really helped us position the boat for good downwind speed.” commented Harmony’s John Swan. “In Cork Harbour the boys did a great job on the manoeuvres, so it really came together well.”

In IRC Two, Brian & Mary Jones’ J/109 Jelly Baby (Royal Cork YC) put in a strong performance to win the Harbour Race and in doing so lead the class for the series after three races but only on countback from Dunlop & Cox’s J/109 Mojito (Pwllheli SC).

In IRC Four, Rory Fekkes’ Quarter Tonner Fn’Gr8 corrected out to win the Harbour Race to go top of the class. Denis Hewitt’s Mills 37 Raptor (Royal Irish YC) scored their second win of Volvo Cork Week in the Coastal IRC Class, just ahead of Brian Twomey’s 1720 Dark Side (Royal Cork YC), which showed terrific pace.

“Great racing today, absolutely perfect conditions and a great course.” commented Raptor’s Denis Hewitt. “I have done this race so many times and always messed it up somewhere but we have some top local knowledge on board from Barry Rose and great sailors like Fintan Cairns. To be honest I just did what they told me, and we hardly put a foot wrong.”

Aidan Heffernan’s Dehler 36 Indulgence (SHSC) corrected out to win the Harbour Race in Non-Spinnaker IRC One, ahead of Broadhead, Collins & Stuart’s Sigma 38 Persistance (Royal Irish YC), which leads the class with the lowest net point score for the regatta. Pat Vaughan’s Sigma 33 Aramis (Royal Cork YC) was the winer of Non-Spinnaker IRC Two.

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.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Volvo Cork Week continues tomorrow, Thursday 19th July, with three short sharp races scheduled for most of the IRC Classes, as well as the start of the One Design Southern Championships for the 1720 Class and the International Dragons.

For all the stories, pictures and videos from Volvo Cork Week like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VolvoCorkWeek/
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Breeze Arrives at Volvo Cork Week for Incredible Fastnet Race http://www.corkweek.ie/breeze-arrives-at-volvo-cork-week-for-incredible-fastnet-race/ http://www.corkweek.ie/breeze-arrives-at-volvo-cork-week-for-incredible-fastnet-race/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:46:44 +0000 http://www.corkweek.ie/?p=6561 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.

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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 Race for the Beaufort Cup.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The Irish Defence Force team, racing J/109 Joker 2, skippered by Barry Byrne, opened their defence of the Beaufort Cup with a win in the 150 mile Fastnet Race. After digging in for trench warfare, with a beat all the way to the Fastnet Rock, Joker was fourth around the iconic lighthouse, and picked off the leaders to take the gun by just over four minutes from the Baltimore Lifeboat team skippered by Youen Jacob. The Baltimore Lifeboat team, with Olympian Peter O’Leary calling tactics staged their own comeback, sailing offshore into extra breeze to move up the ranks and threaten the leaders. Tánaiste Simon Coveney (Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland) racing J/109 Jedi, with an Irish Defence Force Team, led the fleet for much of the race, but lost out in the last few hours to come third. The Fastnet Race is a double scoring race for the Beaufort Cup, three days of inshore racing will decide the overall winner, who will also nominate a donation of 10000 Euros to the charity of their choice.

Jedi skippered by Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (standing centre-right) during the Beaufort Cup. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

“Incredible.” commented Barry Byrne as Joker 2 crossed the finish line of the Fastnet Race for the Beaufort Cup. “The offshore race was a great battle, we were fourth at the Fastnet but I knew that we were still in it, and we were confident of our downwind speed. We know the job is not done yet. We have three more days of racing with no discard and the last race will be weighted 1.5. The level of competition is very high, probably the highest at Volvo Cork Week.”

Full Audio Interview with Barry Byrne: https://soundcloud.com/louay-habib/barry-byrne-skipper-of-irish-defence-forces-in-the-beaufort-cup

Brian Griffin’s Stonehaven Racing (right) from Killaloe Sailing Club.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

In IRC One Jonathan Anderson’s J/122 El Gran Senor (Clyde Cruising Club) was today’s winner. “I have been coming here for year’s, because it is always a good regatta.” commented Jonathan. “We were competing with the same team in Bangor a few weeks ago, and we have a great crew. We have managed to beat Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice in two races, which is a rarity, and there are plenty of well sailed boats in the class.”

In IRC Two, Ronan Harris’ J/109 Jigamaree (Royal Irish YC) corrected out to win by under a minute from yesterday’s winner, Dunlop & Cox’s J/109 Mojito (Pwllheli SC). “I am a Cork Week virgin.” admitted Ronan Harris. “I have a home in Baltimore and love to come and sail in West Cork. We are having a cracking battle with Mojito. We chose to duck them near the end of today’s race, and it worked out for us, plus the crew did a good job getting us through the light airs patch near the finish.”

 

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

In IRC Three, Ronan & John Downing’s Half Tonner Miss Whiplash (Royal Cork YC) won Race 2, crossing the finish line just four seconds ahead of Wright, Cronnelly & DeNeve’s Corby 27 Kodachi (Howth YC). “The team did a good job today, especially on the beat where we can suffer against some of the boats in our class.” commented Ronan Downing. “I would say that the wind was up for most of the race, but there was one light patch where we positioned the boat well to get through.” Volvo Cork Week Chairman Kieran O’Connell is one of the crew on Miss Whiplash, Kieran was excused from boat wash down today, only on account of providing a case of Heineken for the team!

Congratulations to all of today’s class winners including: Rory Fekkes’s Quarter Tonner Fn’Gr8 (Carrickfergus SC), Denis Hewitt & Ors’ Mills 36 Raptor (Royal Irish YC), Broadhead, Collins & Stuart’s Sigma 38 Persistance (Royal Irish YC), Donal & O’Mahony’s Loch Greine (Royal Cork YC), and Patrick Doherty’s Tailte (NSYS & RCYC).

Volvo Cork Week continues tomorrow, Wednesday 18th July, with the scenic and tactically challenging Cork Harbour Race, and the start of the One Design Southern Championships for the 1720 Class and the International Dragons.

For all the stories, pictures and videos from Volvo Cork Week like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VolvoCorkWeek/
For race documents, results and event guides: www.corkweek.ie

 

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If you don’t like the weather at Volvo Cork Week – wait a minute http://www.corkweek.ie/if-you-dont-like-the-weather-at-volvo-cork-week-wait-a-minute/ http://www.corkweek.ie/if-you-dont-like-the-weather-at-volvo-cork-week-wait-a-minute/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:27:44 +0000 http://www.corkweek.ie/?p=6533 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

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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 off with an early start for the 17 teams racing in The Beaufort Cup, which set off on a 150-mile offshore race from Cork Harbour, bound for the Fastnet Rock and back to the finish. After a fly-by from the Irish Air Force, the Baltimore RNLI team, skippered by Andrew Algeo, and the Irish Defence Force team, led by Barry Byrne, got away to a great start with the duo leading the fleet past the iconic town of Cobh. However, it was Simon Coveney’s Irish Defence Force team that led out of Cork Harbour and away along the south coast of Ireland. The fleet will be on the wind for the first night, and expected to make the Fastnet Rock in the early hours of Tuesday 17th July.

The Volvo Cork Week Armada were out in action off Weaver’s Point for an inshore race with a top mark in the picturesque Ringabella Bay. A light breeze from the southwest, and a building tide, made for a tricky start.

In IRC One, Frank Whelan’s Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera (Greystones Sailing Club) got the best start to lead the fleet on the beat along the shore. However, on the return to Weaver’s Point the breeze started to fade and the lower IRC rated boats made up their time. Jay Colville’s First 40 Forty Licks (East Down YC) won the race in IRC One by just 26 seconds on corrected time from Jonathan Anderson’s J/122 El Gran Senor (Clyde Cruising Club). Performance Yacht Charter’s Grand Soleil 43 Jua Kali (RORC) was third.

Jay Colville’s First 40 Forty Licks leads up the shore. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

“Never give up, that’s the motto on Forty Licks.” commented Jay Colville. “We didn’t make too many mistakes today, and we are good at spotting the new breeze. We came from behind with the wind, but we are very happy because we sailed well. This is my sixth Cork Week in total, and the last three Volvo Cork Week’s on the go. We keep coming back because it is a lovely place to sail and it is competitive, recently at regattas we have had loads of seconds, so we would love to win this one.”

In IRC Three, Kieran Collins Olson 30 Coracle IV (Royal Cork YC) won by a handsome margin from Paul & Deirdre Tingle’s X-34 Alpaca (Royal Cork YC). John Swan’s Half Tonner Harmony (Howth YC) was third.

Coracle IV skippered by Kieran Collins off Fountainstown on the opening day of racing.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Congratulations to all of today’s class winners including: Dunlop & Cox’s Mojito (Pwllheli SC), Denis Byrne’s Cracker, Ronan Stack’s Supergroove (Arklow SC), Broadhead, Collins & Stuart’s Persistance (Royal Irish YC), Donal and O’Mahony’s Loch Greine (Royal Cork YC), and Patrick Doherty’s Tailte (NSYS & RCYC).

Volvo Cork Week continues tomorrow Tuesday 17th July with racing from 1100 inside and outside of Cork Harbour. For all the stories, pictures and videos from Volvo Cork Week like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VolvoCorkWeek/
For race documents, results and event guides: www.corkweek.ie

 

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Volvo Cork Week 2018 Joins International Race to Protect Our Seas http://www.corkweek.ie/volvo-cork-week-2018-joins-international-race-to-protect-our-seas/ http://www.corkweek.ie/volvo-cork-week-2018-joins-international-race-to-protect-our-seas/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:14:59 +0000 http://www.corkweek.ie/?p=6525 Race organisers collaborate with MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Programme to Go Green and Achieve Clean Regattas Certification

Volvo Cork Week, taking place in Crosshaven, County Cork, July 16th – 21st, is proud to announce their collaboration with An Tasice’s Clean Coasts programme and the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy at University College Cork as they join the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas programme.

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Race organisers collaborate with MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Programme to Go Green and Achieve Clean Regattas Certification

Volvo Cork Week, taking place in Crosshaven, County Cork, July 16th – 21st, is proud to announce their collaboration with An Tasice’s Clean Coasts programme and the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy at University College Cork as they join the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas programme.

The ocean is in crisis, every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean from land each year and 40% of the oceans are heavily affected by human activity, including pollution, overfishing and destructive fishing practices, and the loss of coastal habitats.

Clean Regattas is a certification system that enables sailors to protect their local waters with 25 Best Practices that make sustainability approachable and easy. This program is an effort by Sailors for the Sea raising the bar for environmental sustainability and ocean health around the world.

“Our collaboration with Clean Coasts on supporting Volvo Cork Week in their efforts to run a cleaner, greener regatta represents an important opportunity for us to engage the public on the issue of marine litter and tackling single use plastics” commented Aoife Deane, Communications and Public Engagement Manager, MaREI Centre.

Over the 40 years of its history, Volvo Cork Week has cemented its reputation as a world-class sailing experience, flavoured with the key ingredients of friendly competition, varied sailing and excellent entertainment. With over 110 boats from around the world set to compete in this year’s event, Volvo Cork Week is also dedicated to protecting the waters upon which they sail. According to Regatta Chair, Kieran O’Connell, “The Royal Cork Yacht Club is committed to protecting our waters and has implemented a number of Clean Regattas Best Practices to reduce our environmental impact, including the provision of reusable water bottles and hydration stations, compostable food and coffee containers, paper straws, energy conservation, online registration forms, and an information campaign on reducing single use plastics and marine litter.”

For more information on the regatta, as well as on-line registration forms and the Notice of Race (NOR) visit www.corkweek.ie

About Clean Regattas

Clean Regattas is the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. The program enables sailors to protect their local waters by empowering them with tips and resources to implement sustainability initiatives. Since 2006, more than 1100 Clean Regattas have been run in 36 countries and in over half of all the United States. To learn more contact Robyn Albritton (robyn@sailorsforthesea.org) or visit sailorsforthesea.org.

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An Economic and Tourism highlight in Cork http://www.corkweek.ie/an-economic-and-tourism-highlight-in-cork/ http://www.corkweek.ie/an-economic-and-tourism-highlight-in-cork/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:09:00 +0000 http://www.corkweek.ie/?p=6505 Volvo Cork Week runs,  this year, from Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st July. Over the 40 years of its history, Volvo Cork Week has cemented its reputation as a world class sailing experience, flavoured with the key ingredients of friendly competition, varied sailing and excellent entertainment.

Cork County Council Chief Executive, Mr Tim Lucey said “Cork County Council through our Economic Development Fund is delighted to be a Platinum Sponsor of Volvo Cork Week 2018. I wish to congratulate The Royal Cork Yacht Club on organising this biennial sailing regatta based around Crosshaven and Cork harbour. The strength and appeal of the Cork tourism offering is significant and this event provides an excellent opportunity to highlight what Cork has to …

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Volvo Cork Week runs,  this year, from Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st July. Over the 40 years of its history, Volvo Cork Week has cemented its reputation as a world class sailing experience, flavoured with the key ingredients of friendly competition, varied sailing and excellent entertainment.

Cork County Council Chief Executive, Mr Tim Lucey said “Cork County Council through our Economic Development Fund is delighted to be a Platinum Sponsor of Volvo Cork Week 2018. I wish to congratulate The Royal Cork Yacht Club on organising this biennial sailing regatta based around Crosshaven and Cork harbour. The strength and appeal of the Cork tourism offering is significant and this event provides an excellent opportunity to highlight what Cork has to offer.

Cork County Council’s sponsorship will provide a platform to provide a direct Economic Impact to the Cork Region. Cork is the best place in Ireland to explore both of the best experiences in Ireland – Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way. Cork is truly a remarkable place with so much to do, see and experience. Go take a trip on the Dursey Island Cable Car, visit Mizen Head, Michael Collins House, Clonakilty, Spike Island, Cobh, Youghal Clock Gate Tower, Bridgetown Priory, Castletownroche, there is so much to do in our beautiful county.”

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy said “ I wish The Royal Cork Yacht Club every success  for Volvo Cork Week 2018 and I look forward to attending events during the week. Volvo Cork Week has cemented its reputation as a world class sailing experience and this can be seen in the number of entries to this year’s event. I would like to welcome all the visiting participants, families, and supporters to our great county and commend you all for the hard work, passion and dedication that has brought them here. While this is a competition, I wish to remind all participants, families and supporters to take some time to enjoy all that is “Pure Cork”.

“Cork is Ireland’s Maritime Haven with a significant maritime history spanning over a thousand years, set in a beautiful soft coastal environment where the land, the people, and their culture will allow you to discover a quirky way to stimulate all of your senses, have a look at Purecork.ie to make your own individual itinerary.”

Volvo continue their strong partnership with the sailing regatta in Crosshaven again this year.Volvo Car Ireland are proud to continue their association with Volvo Cork Week 2018 for a third time. Together with Johnson & Perrott, we work to support what we see as important events in the communities where our customers live, work, and engage in sporting activities as a central part of their lives. At Volvo Cars, everything we do begins with people, from our commitment to safety, to our innovative style.”

“The Volvo brand is evolving in Ireland and globally. Volvo have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs offering the latest in technology and safety. The new XC40 is no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle and our new range of cars will be on display at the regatta. May wind and sunshine continue, to delivery the racing conditions that this wonderful event deserves. Volvo wishes all competitors good luck for an enjoyable event on land and at sea in Crosshaven at Volvo Cork Week.” – David Thomas, Managing Director, Volvo Car Ireland.

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Winning Team to receive €10,000 for their nominated charity

in a race which welcomes veteran US Marines and Irish Defence Forces

The second ever Beaufort Cup, a race exclusively for teams associated with their national services, will take place at this year’s Volvo Cork Week. Hosted by The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the event invites services from Ireland, Europe and further afield, to compete for the Trophy. Defence Force Teams from a number of countries will compete and also other services such as Police, Fire, Rescue, RNLI and Coastguard service teams.

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Winning Team to receive €10,000 for their nominated charity

in a race which welcomes veteran US Marines and Irish Defence Forces

The second ever Beaufort Cup, a race exclusively for teams associated with their national services, will take place at this year’s Volvo Cork Week. Hosted by The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the event invites services from Ireland, Europe and further afield, to compete for the Trophy. Defence Force Teams from a number of countries will compete and also other services such as Police, Fire, Rescue, RNLI and Coastguard service teams.

Following the huge success of the inaugural race in 2016, this year’s competition welcomes an American team made up of former marines and coast guards who were seriously injured while on service. The team of four includes Sgt Robert Aiken who began sailing through the initiative of the Warrior Sailing Program, providing maritime education and outreach for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans organised by the US Merchant Marine Academy. “I’m very thankful to the wonderful donors and staff for recognizing the therapeutic value sailing has to offer those of us adjusting to new circumstances – both physical and emotional” said Sgt Aiken.

The rest of this very exceptional team includes Brett Linville, Sergeant in United States Marine Corps for 8 years. Conducting combat missions in western Iraq between 2005-2006 as a machine gunner and team leader of 8 other gunners during various operations, Sgt Linville sustained a back injury from a fall during a mortar attack. Accrediting many attributes to the values instilled in him through the Marine Corps, he will also share a boat with Dawn Hart who has spent 12 years in the US Coast Guard. Having come on the racing scene in the US she says she has enjoyed “sailing and competing in regattas and taking advantage of as many opportunities as possible. I thought this was an amazing opportunity and an experience in which I could learn from other sailors.”

This event develops valuable bonds between national team members and international colleagues alike, through a competitive, but also very sociable, event. The Beaufort Cup represents a fantastic opportunity to strengthen international ties through offshore sailing and closely fought inshore racing in the natural maritime amphitheatre that is Cork Harbour.

“The Beaufort Cup invites sailing teams from their associated national services, 50% of each team must be active in the service they represent. Racing will take place over five days in a mix of challenging offshore and tactical inshore racing. Teams will get the chance to enjoy the renowned social experience of Volvo Cork Week and the winning team will have €10,000 donated to a nominated charity of their choice while the winner will also be eligible for the ‘Boat of the Week’ prize at Volvo Cork Week 2018” says Kieran O’Connell, Chairman of Volvo Cork Week.

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Volvo Cork Week showcasing the best of Cork Harbour http://www.corkweek.ie/volvo-cork-week-showcasing-the-best-of-cork-harbour/ http://www.corkweek.ie/volvo-cork-week-showcasing-the-best-of-cork-harbour/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:20:19 +0000 http://www.corkweek.ie/?p=6453 Volvo Cork Week is the biennial sailing regatta based around Crosshaven and Cork harbour, this year it runs from Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st July. Over the 40 years of its history, Cork Week has cemented its reputation as a world class sailing experience, flavoured with the key ingredients of friendly competition, varied sailing and excellent entertainment. In partnership with Johnson & Perrott, Volvo Cork Week has seen a surge in entries for this years event as 110 boats and crews from all over Ireland, the UK and from as far away as Dubai, Australia, Hong Kong, USA have already signed up. With 28 clubs represented, it makes 2018 one of the most successful regattas to take place in Crosshaven. …

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Volvo Cork Week is the biennial sailing regatta based around Crosshaven and Cork harbour, this year it runs from Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st July. Over the 40 years of its history, Cork Week has cemented its reputation as a world class sailing experience, flavoured with the key ingredients of friendly competition, varied sailing and excellent entertainment. In partnership with Johnson & Perrott, Volvo Cork Week has seen a surge in entries for this years event as 110 boats and crews from all over Ireland, the UK and from as far away as Dubai, Australia, Hong Kong, USA have already signed up. With 28 clubs represented, it makes 2018 one of the most successful regattas to take place in Crosshaven. Gavin Deane, General Manager of The Royal Cork Yacht Club, recognises the importance of the local economy saying “it is worth up to 2 million euro to the locality”.

Competitors can enjoy a packed line-up of events and nightly entertainment on-site. There are fun packed family events such as treasure hunts, face painting and kids games on Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st July. On shore, there is live music, DJ’s, ladies fashion shows and gala dinners throughout the week combining with the excitement of the races fusing together to make Volvo Cork Week an unforgettable event for all.

With stunning views of Owenabue River on offer and the delightful pianist Stephen O’Connor performing, Afternoon Tea at The Royal Cork Yacht Club will support the wonderful charity BUMBLEance, the children’s ambulance service. Special guest, camogie player and television personality, Anna Geary, will also be making an appearance on Monday 16th July. Funds raised will support The Saoirse Foundation to provide services which ensure that the journey of a sick child is as safe and comfortable as possible, it is the most modern children’s ambulance service on the planet. The world’s first interactive ambulance purposefully designed for children, it has the capacity to operate the latest medical equipment and interhospital communication systems. Tickets are €40 per person and more information can be found at corkweek.ie

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