Crosshaven sparkled both on and off the water today as all is in readiness for the official start of racing tomorrow (Tues) at Volvo Cork Week 2014

These three crew members of visitor ‘Carte Blanche of Helford’ sum up the spirit of Volvo Cork Week. Picture Robert Bateman

The aura of goodwill and smiling faces was in evidence everywhere in Crosshaven today. The Royal Cork Yacht Club was buzzing with last minute registrations of yachts still arriving, the sun shone non stop and there was a delightful summer breeze wafting around to keep the crews on the water. Many of the yachts, particularly the visitors, took the opportunity to make an observance trip of the harbour both inside and out while others decided to take part in the practice races organized by the Race Committee and to iron out an last minute glitches in their final preparations.…

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Resounding Success for Volvo Cork Week Open Fun day followed by Official Opening of the Week by Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and The Marine

L. to R. Adrian Yeates, Managing Director Volvo Car Ireland, Mayor of Cork County Alan Coleman, Admiral Pat Lyons, Minister Simon Coveney and Vice Admiral and Chair of Volvo Cork Week John Roche. Pic Robert Bateman

The morning commenced with the PYR Race Dash for Cash. This event was boasting a prize fund of €1,000.00 and was to be a tightly fought battle from which Peter McCann with crew Arran Walsh, sailing a 420, emerged victorious to take the first prize of €500.00. They were followed in second and third place respectively by John Downey and Sandy Remmington and Alex Barry and Richard Leonard both sailing RS 400s. Race Officer for the event was Shane Kennedy.

Peter McCann with crew …

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Exciting week of competition in store for Volvo Cork Week 2014

By Claire Bateman

George Sisk’s Farr42 Wow will sail the coastal course in Volvo Cork Week 2014. Picture Robert Bateman

A brief look over the entry list for Cork week would suggest a challenging week ahead as the various fleets look forward to a competitive and enjoyable week of sailing. At the cutting edge in the big boat class there are several Ker 40’s including Marc Glimcher’s Catapult visiting Cork for the first time and Andy Williams’ Keronimo a return visitor to Cork since 2013 with her distinct and easily recognizable ‘HH’ on the bow. Both these yachts will have to compete with Anthony O’Leary’s Ker 39 Antix, just fresh from her victory at the British IRC National Championships. Also …

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Fun Orienteering Keel Boat Race

On Sunday the 6th of July, during the open day of Volvo Cork week, we will be running a very exciting and fun concept for all keel boats. The Cork Harbour Orienteering Race will be fun on a whole new level of adventure. Bellow you will find the general principle of the race and the rules that will govern the race. It will be a great way to get to know the harbour for the visiting boats and be in with a chance to pick up some prizes for your troubles, we look forward to seeing you on the start line.

 

Basic Principle: A predetermined number of inflatable marks or set channel marks are used within the harbour by …

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MONDAY IS PRACTICE DAY

The day before competition starts is normally a preparation day and to assist competitors, at this years VOLVO Cork Week the race committee are arranging a practice session for the various fleets. The format will be as follows:

Your Race Officer will set a starting line in the area advised in the Volvo Cork Week 2014 Sailing Instructions. A standard 5-minute starting sequence will follow with all classes starting in the same sequence as published in the Sailing Instructions. A windward mark will be positioned approx 0.5nm upwind. A series of practice races – FG Race 1 at 14.00 hrs – will follow with the course being a short beat with a port rounding of the weather mark and a…
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