Cork Dinghy Fest 2015

Cork Dinghy Fest 2015

August 20th to August 23rd at The Royal Cork Yacht Club.

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The National 18 British and Irish Championship Cock O’ the North

Cock O' The North Winners presentation: L to R Dion Barrett, Celine McGrath, Rear Admiral Dinghies, Stan Browne, Ewan Barry and Willie Healy, Class Captain National 18s. Pic Robert Bateman.

Cock O’ The North Winners presentation: L to R Dion Barrett, Celine McGrath, Rear Admiral Dinghies, Stan Browne, Ewan Barry and Willie Healy, Class Captain National 18s. Pic Robert Bateman.

After a week of racing in varying conditions with wind from 5 to 25 knots and with eleven of the new Phil Morrison Ultra Design boats sailing, some having been delivered only the previous week, it was abundantly clear from their performance and the smiles on the faces they were a hit. It is true that one or two of them had teething troubles and it is equally true that one or two of the helms had difficulty in coming to terms with the new hull. Indeed so much fun …

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Royal Yacht Squadron celebrates with Bicentennial Regatta and Antix takes IRC Class 1A victory

Antix had to show her mettle this week in the heavy conditions.  Pic ture Paul Wyeth

Antix had to show her mettle this week in the heavy conditions. Pic ture Paul Wyeth

Update August 1st

Anthony O’Leary from the Royal Cork Yacht Club racing his Ker 40, Antix with family and friends gained victory in Class IRC 1A yesterday.  He said of his podium result “We kept mistakes to a minimum, thankfully, and got it right. It was lovely, a beautiful day in the Western Solent – as nice as I can remember and made better by the results. We were also rather lucky to have Invictus out in front of us as a sort of a signal bearer to help us get our good result today.”  He adds “We are enjoying being part of the …

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Tom MacSweeney’s This Island Nation and the cause of the Seagulls

Seagulls are getting a bad Press as the media calls for a cull, but there is another side to the story, which is told on this edition of THIS ISLAND NATION, the maritime programme, by Stephen Newtown, Senior Conservation Officer for Seabirds with BirdWatch Ireland. He studies seabird populations all around the coast and, in this programme, highlights concerns for declining species. He talked to Presenter, Tom MacSweeney, as he worked on a research project in Dublin Bay and can be listened to here. It is a very interesting topic and I for one would hate to think of these creatures being culled. There is something very emotive about them and always associated with ‘going down to the sea’ and …

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Final Day at Topper Worlds in Lake Garda 2015

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It was a tough final day at the Topper World Championships 2015 on Lake Garda with the sailors up at 5.00am in search of wind, after a lot of waiting around wind did arrive in the afternoon.

Geoff Power from Waterford lost his place on the podium by a single point which was very tough but he should be very proud of his 4th place finish. Tom Keal was the next Irish sailor in the Gold Fleet in 21st place followed by Caoimhe Foster & Cian Jones in 24th & 25th respectively. Molly Murphy finished in 42nd place followed by Maeve O Sullivan in 43rd,  Lucy Donworth in 44th and Amy Carroll in 55th position.

We had two prize winners …

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ISA Youth Sailing Update

Report: ISA

The busiest period of the summer for young Irish sailors almost came to a close in spectacular fashion this weekend past. For a few hours we all believed Ewan McMahon had become the latest success story from the ISA Pathway in claiming the u17 European Radial title in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. However, the wind was taken from our sails a few hours later when a final race protest meant the title was no longer Ireland bound. That is sport and the decision is what it is, and Ewan will go on to fight another day. Whilst his performance stood out, the boys’ results were not as strong as recent years, and the academy will need to re-group …

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