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

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.

The L.E. Samuel Beckett, Flagship of the Irish Naval Service makes an impressive sight passing the practice race outside Cork Harbour. Picture Robert Bateman

The  newly built L.E. Samuel Beckett, Flagship of the Irish Naval Service, makes an impressive sight passing the practice race outside Cork Harbour. Picture Robert Bateman

Make no mistake, it is all very pleasant and amicable with a wonderful spirit of camaraderie but, just like any other sport, once the start is underway the competition comes into play.

Pat Harte's 'Murgasty' that will be acting as one of the committee boats for the week. Picture Robert Bateman

Pat Harte’s ‘Murgasty’ that will be acting as one of the committee boats for the week. Picture Robert Bateman

With a good forecast for tomorrow (tues) of some 11 to 16 knots of nor westerly breeze conditions should be perfect for the in harbour race that takes the yachts up to a turning mark of Cobh and is a favourite viewing point with the general public. Given the forecast, the yachts may yet get to experience what is known as the “cathedral puff” a wind that may get deflected around the spire with sometimes interesting results!!

The crew of Catapult minus two but including 14 year old Harry Durcan who will represent Ireland this summer in  the Optimist World Championships. Picture Robert Bateman

The crew of Catapult minus two but including 14 year old Harry Durcan who will represent Ireland this summer in the Optimist World Championships. Picture Robert Bateman

It only remains to wish the best of luck to all competitors for a wonderful week of racing and to enjoy the extensive shoreside facilities organized for the week.

Report by Claire Bateman

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