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CALVES WEEK SAILING NEWS

Following on the details of the Schull feeder race from Crosshaven provided by the Press Office, Michael Murphy of Schull Harbour Sailing Club brings us up to date on entries and the event programme.


With over eighty confirmed entries at present, the 2009 Calves Week in Schull is again expected to top the one hundred boat mark for the annual West Cork festival of sailing.

This year’s event will incorporate the McWilliam One South Coast Championship, which will be sailed in both Baltimore and Schull from Sunday August 2nd to Tuesday August 4th.

As already advised, the Crosshaven /Fastnet/Schull overnight race will start from Weavers Point at 19.00hrs on Friday July 31st, while the White Sail fleet will have a 08.00hrs start from Kinsale on Saturday morning.

Principal Race Officer, Neill Prendeville,  hopes to combine a series of courses using the natural marks of Roaring Water Bay, together with laid courses off  Long Island.

The first race from Schull will start on Sunday 2nd, when the fleets will sail a variety of courses all finishing in Baltimore in the late afternoon. Some of the boats will stay overnight, while the full fleet will return for Monday’s regatta before heading back to Schull for Tuesday’s final race of the SCORA championships.

Wednesday will provide a well earned rest day when the crews will “let their hair down” at the Cape Clear Island fun regatta.

On Thursday the racing returns to Schull, while on Friday the fleet will round the Fastnet Rock before finishing in Crookhaven, where boats will remain overnight for Saturday’s regatta.

The exhausting week will  finally conclude on Sunday August 9th with Schull regatta. The closing ceremony and overall presentation of trophies will take place in the Harbour View Hotel at 18.30hrs.

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