Sunday saw a fleet of 88 boats turn out for the first race of the 2008 Matthews Autumn League at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.
The morning started with a very informative briefing from Capt. Pat Farnan (Harbourmaster) and two of the Cork Harbour Pilots that focused on the difficulties faced by them in coordinating commercial and leisure sailing vessel movements in the harbour. Most graphic were shots taken from the bridge of several vessels which showed clearly the danger that some leisure vessels face due to their proximity to commercial vessels in the main shipping channel. Following some recent incidents it was a salutary reminder of the need to keep clear of commercial vessels at all times.