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RNLI “Sailing by the Lee” Lunch 2012

Kinsale and Crosshaven RNLI have announced renowned International maritime journalist Bob Fisher as guest speaker at the annual RNLI “Sailing by the Lee” lunch on Friday, 27th  January, 2012 at the Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, Cork. This follows on from the success of the 2011 event where the guest speaker was Marine Photographer Rick Tomlinson. The event has earned a reputation for showcasing high profile speakers including Ron Holland, Roy Disney, Bruno Troublé, Chay Blyth and Brad Butterworth.

Proceedings will commence at 1200 (with a complimentary drinks reception) followed by a three course lunch at 12.45hrs. The guest speaker’s presentation will be followed by a luxury raffle and random spot prizes.

Commenting on the launch of the event, Susie Travers, Kinsale RNLI’s Fundraising Secretary stated: “We are delighted to have secured Bob Fisher to entertain us at the 2012 event. Bob has some incredible maritime stories and adventures to recount. He has been around almost since Noah grounded the Ark on Mount Ararat, but he still thinks he is 29! It is bound to be an extremely entertaining day out, all for a great cause, in aid of the Kinsale and Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat services.”

Brought up in a little fishing/yachting village on the English East Coast, there was nothing in the way of his desire to get afloat.  While he listened to the “old salts” in the Fishermen’s shelter at the top of the Hard, he learned of the America’s Cup from those who had Shamrock and Endeavour emblazoned across their jerseys.  It started a lifelong search for the truth on that event.

Bob sailed in whatever was available at the time with his childhood friend Reg White – to start with it was an oyster skiff with spars the found and a sail made from two bedsheets!  They soon discovered leeway and rectified it with leeboards made from discarded fish boxes.  Progress was made to the new fangled racing dinghies after several years in heavier craft by the simple process of building his own Hornet.  There followed a series of these and Fireballs – in both classes he won world championships.

Parallel to this he was engaged in catamaran development from the mid-Fifties and was a pioneer in the C-class from its inception, with Reg White, Rod Macalpine-Downie and John Fisk; winning the Little America’s Cup in 1967.  That year he also helped to develop the rig for the Tornado and sailed the prototype in the IYRU trials that saw it selected as an International class.

His sailing progressed through Solings and then offshore with the level-rating classes (one of which was a Ron Holland Golden Shamrock from the South Coast Boatyard in Carrigaline) to Admiral’s Cuppers.  He commissioned, from the BBC, the 45-foot Barracuda of Tarrant, the star of Howard’s Way and campaigned her for several years.  Subsequently, he has owned other 35 and 40 footers which he has raced in Cork Week and is currently the owner of an 1896 Solent One-Design-the first ever one-design class – beating the Cork Harbour One-Designs to the water by a month! She is the last of 25 built still afloat (and still winning races). Bob has recently purchased a younger and smaller boat – an 1898 Fife 27-foot day-boat, which he is restoring.

For the past fifty years, Bob has written for newspapers and magazines around the world about sailing as well as 35 books, culminating in his two-volume history of the America’s Cup entitled “An Absorbing Interest.”  He recently published a book on an event he has followed since its inception in 1973 – the Whitbread/Volvo race entitled “Sailing Legends.”  Still in the pipeline is the third volume of the history of the America’s Cup and one on the seamier side of that event – “The Poisoned Chalice.” 

Tables of 10 are again selling for a discounted price of €400 this year; 10 places for the price of 8! Individual tickets €50 each. Please contact Susie Travers at 087-9183337 or for more information and reservations. Tickets are on sale on a first come, first served basis.

The RNLI is a registered charity that saves lives at sea.  It provides an on call 24-hour lifeboat search & rescue service as a web of protection around the coast of Ireland and the UK.  RNLI Lifeboats rely entirely on charitable donations.

RNLI media contacts: For information on the above please contact Susie Travers Fundraising Hon Sec tel: 087 918 3337 or Niamh Stephenson Divisional Media Relations Manager tel: 087 1254 124 or

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Key facts about the RNLI: The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 150 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 139,000 lives. Visit the RNLI’s official YouTube channel for more films and follow our rescue stories on Twitter.

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