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RACE REPORT DAY FOUR Proper Weather

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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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RACE REPORT DAY THREE Champagne Wednesday

Cork Week 2012  Day 3 Tonnerre de Breskens (Tim Wright/photoaction.com)

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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VIDEO – Race Day 2

VIDEO RACE DAY 2

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Mon 9th July Race Day One – Nip and Tuck

Chenapan A35 Giles Caminade (Tim Wright/photoaction.com)

A shifty northwesterly breeze of between 8-12 knots provided a gentle but tricky start to racing for the international fleet at Cork Week. The tight Olympic and Trapezoid courses provided some close encounters, with plenty of close boat on boat action. However, reading the subtle changes in the wind direction was vital to success. As the day progressed the wind became less stable with a fresh front arriving later in the afternoon, giving a damp finish to a day of hot racing.

IRC Zero boasts an international fleet of the fastest yachts racing at Cork Week. Piet Vroon’s Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens won both of today’s races, with local favourite, Corby 38 Gloves Off, skippered by Kieran Twomey …

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Racing starts today!

The Trapezoid Course is approx. 3nm ESE of Roches Point. First warning signal 1055 for IRC 0, IRC 1, J109 & 1720.

The Olympic Course is approx. 3nm S of Roches Point. First warning signal 1055 for IRC 2, IRC 3, IRC 4 & Non Spinnaker.

Cork Week will be blogging live from the race course…

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