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Sparkling Cork

Photograph: Tim Wright

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.

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, …

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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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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.

The Beaufort Cup switched to inshore mode for the Harbour Race. Barry Byrne’s Irish Defence …

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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

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.

The Irish Defence Force team, racing J/109 Joker 2, skippered by Barry Byrne, opened their defence of the Beaufort …

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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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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.

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 …

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Volvo Cork Week 2018 Joins International Race to Protect Our Seas

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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 …

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