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The Final Chapter

Like a fine seafood platter, Cork Week dishes up a huge variety of courses and today’s Harbour Race was the centrepiece of a phenomenal week of racing.

The entire international fleet racing at Cork Week enjoyed a scenic race in Cork’s historic harbour. The weather may have closed in once again but the myriad of racing boats parading passed Cobh provided a spectacular finale to what has been a very special regatta.

In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon’s electric blue Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens streaked away right from the start to take line honours by a significant margin. Frank Gerber, mainsheet trimmer, has been a long time member of a solid team and he was quick to praise the boat …

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The penultimate day of Cork Week will be remembered for some seriously weather, torrential rain overnight continued through the morning and a thick sea fog and a building sea state produced what the Crosshaven locals call ‘proper weather’. With 20 knots of breeze and Atlantic swell, Cork Week’s Race Committee had the option of racing inside Cork Harbour and took it.

All classes bar IRC Zero and One were set a windward leeward course inside the safe confines of Cork Harbour but the visibility around the Moonduster mark ensured a tight course. Outside the harbour the big boat fleet managed to get one race in before the front drove through to leave a sloppy sea state and no wind, scuppering …

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Cork Week 2012  Day 3 Tonnerre de Breskens (Tim Wright/

RACE REPORT DAY THREE Champagne Wednesday

It may be a ‘boutique’ edition of Cork Week but there is a fantastic buzz at the Royal Cork Yacht Club and with the sun bursting through the clouds and a moderate to fresh breeze of 15 – 20 knots, the racing area south of Roches Point was a truly spectacular location for Ireland’s longest running and most prestigious sailing regatta.

On today’s Slalom Course, Piet Vroon’s electric blue rocket ship, Tonnerre de Breskens revelled in the conditions, fully pulling the trigger, hitting 18 knots of boat speed. Tonnerre de Breskens romped home in both races by over two minutes. Mike Bartholomew’s Mills 40, Tokoloshe and Jamie McWilliam’s Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 took a second place each today cementing …

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Close Encounters on Day two Cork Week 2012 (Tim Wright/

Tues 10th July Race Day Two – Close Encounters

There was plenty of drama at the second day of racing at Cork Week. The day started with a gentle breeze, which built during the day to provide some electric action and plenty of incidents. With 18 knots of breeze towards the close of play, crew were hiking to the max. and boat handling became a much bigger issue than the previous day.

In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens stamped their authority on the class, scoring two more bullets but it was far from straight forward, the Dutch flier won by both of today’s races on the Trapezoid Course by just a few seconds.

“The course today was very short, which makes it difficult to make …

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