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EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour

Team Averda at the prizegiving ceremony. David Kenefick second from right of picture.

Team Averda at the prizegiving ceremony. David Kenefick second from right of picture.

A course change from east to west for the 2015 edition resulted in 14-days of testing upwind racing on the six-leg, 760-nautical mile course from Oman to Bahrain. Noted for being one of the toughest on record, the 11 pro-am racing teams with crews from 21 different nations experienced a truly unique, highly competitive, cultural adventure.

A third place in the final leg was enough to confirm Frenchman Sidney Gavignet and his mixed Omani and European team overall winners of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour for the second year in a row. EFG Bank (Monaco) were not the only champions in Bahrain on Saturday however with …

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PY 500

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The 2015 PY500 race is fast approaching and the entries are starting to build. This was a great race last year with 30 entries and is gearing up to be even better this time round.

So get that dinghy out of the garage and down to the club on the 14th of March for your chance to race against all types of dinghies on the river outside the club and possibly walk away with €500 for your efforts.

You can now enter on line at the following link On-line Entry and the Notice of Race is available to download from this site.

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Royal Cork Retains Five Gold Anchor Status

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It gives us great pleasure to announce that the Royal Cork Yacht Club has retained the TYHA 5 Gold Anchor Marina award as well as an ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) Clean Marina Award.

The Royal Cork became the first Yacht Club in Ireland to be awarded this prestigious title in 2011 and further to a recent inspection, the Club has again retained this status. Ratings range from one to five gold anchors and for the Royal Cork to attain the maximum number of anchors again is a fantastic achievement by all of the Club staff involved.

Preparations for a busy summer of visiting yachts from all corners of the globe and organisation for some of Ireland’s most …

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Damien Foxall and Royal Cork’s David Kenefick in close contention at Sailing Arabia – The Tour

EFG Bank (Monaco) Wins Toughest Leg of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. Defending champion, Sidney Gavignet, and his all-star team including world-class sailors Damian Foxall, Alex Pella, and Nicolas Lunven, are unstoppable. In winds that reached 25kts, they increased their lead overnight and, by the time a shortened course was signaled at Gate 3, they had built up nearly two-miles over second placed Team Renaissance.

Gavignet commented: “This was the toughest leg ever in the history of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour. It was breezy into headwinds all the way, and we had up to 1.5m waves, which is quite something for the Farr 30s.” Commenting on how Team EFG Bank (Monaco) keeps up the momentum on such …

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Normal Service Resumes!

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Normal service resumes!  What a week the Optimist Sailors and their families had in Baltimore last week.  17 Coaches from around Ireland and Europe gathered on Saturday evening together with 150 sailors from around the country to participate in the CH Marine Spring Training Week organised by IODAI.

There were 39 Royal Cork sailors aged from 9 to 14.  Activities included movie night, disco, Rules Talk by International Judge Gordon Davies, guided walks for the parents, fitness sessions by “Run with Ros” and of course lots of sailing!.

Friday saw all the new skills acquired put to the test in a Regatta with RO Stephen O’Shaughnessy.  The Junior and Senior Fleets raced 4 races in ever changing conditions and …

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