Final Day 5 Report

Like a fine seafood platter, Cork Week dishes up a huge variety of courses and today’s Harbour Race was the centrepiece of a phenomenal week of racing.

The entire international fleet racing at Cork Week enjoyed a scenic race in Cork’s historic harbour. The weather may have closed in once again but the myriad of racing boats parading passed Cobh provided a spectacular finale to what has been a very special regatta.
In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon’s electric blue Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens streaked away right from the start to take line honours by a significant margin. Frank Gerber, mainsheet trimmer, has been a long time member of a solid team and he was quick to praise the boat captain, Matt Trautmann and first mate, Jack Boutelle. “Matt and Jack are the unsung heroes of our success, Tonnerre is immaculately prepared for racing and that means we can concentrate on going the right way and fast. Also tactician Dave Lenz hasn’t missed a shift all week and the crew has pulled off every manoeuvre. This is the first big win for us for some time, we came second in the Round Ireland Race and choked on the last day of the RORC IRC Nationals, so it has been fantastic to come here and win, Piet is absolutely over the moon.”
In IRC One, Richard Fildes’ Abersoch based Corby 37, Impetuous held off a strong challenge from Royal Cork YC member, Conor Phelan racing Ker 37, Jump Juice. “To have a realistic chance of beating Impetuous we needed them to have a bad day and we had a go at them from the start.” Explained Conor Phelan. “We did manage to slow them down and we had an excellent first part of the race but Impetuous came back well to hold onto their overall lead and I would like to congratulate them on a fine win.”
It was all to play for in IRC 2 with two yachts vying for the class win and the title of 2012 Irish J/109 National Champion. After two legs of the Harbour Race, Hall & McDonell’s Dublin based Something Else led the charge but Ian Nagle’s Jelly Baby made a decisive move on the beat past Roches Point to gain the upper hand. Royal Cork’s Jelly Baby never looked back and won the last race of the regatta to win both the class and the J/109 Irish Championship.
In IRC 3, Tim Cunliffe’s Half Tonner, Insatiable won today’s Harbour Race to take second overall. The team are all from Cornwall and the vintage half tonner was beautifully restored at the famous Pendennis Shipyard. However, the clear winner of the class was the Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral, Peter Deasy with his Sunfast 32, Bad Company. Diarmuid Foley’s Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge was third overall.
In IRC 4, John Twomey’s Sonar, Baileen Ban won today’s race scoring their fifth win of the regatta. John’s next event will be the Paralympic Games in Weymouth and everybody at Cork Week wishes the Kinsale man good luck in the Games. Claridge & Fox’s Sigma 33, Excelle scored their fifth podium finish of the regatta to clinch second place just ahead of Finbarr Dorgan’s Sonar, No Half Measures.
In the 1720 Class, Robin & Ben O’Mahony took the gun today putting pressure on overall leader Denis Murphy’s Aquatack. However, Aquatack managed a third place to hold on to the class win.
In the White Sail Class, Mike Bailey & Andy Roy’s vintage Swan 46, Something was a late starter to Cork Week, missing the first day of racing. However, the vintage Swan had a fantastic battle with Dublin skipper Dan O’Neill steering IMX 38, Xerxes. Something won the class title with Xerxes second. Annie O’Sullivan Elan 37, Diamonds are Forever won today’s Harbour Race to claim third in IRC. The all girl crew have never sailed as a team before and have been improving their performance as each day has gone by. Their dedication to partying is also most noteworthy, as the Girls for Sail charter team have been the last out of the party tents just about every night!
In White Sail Two, a close encounter between two yachts from the Royal Cork Yacht Club was settled today. Tom McNeice’s Minx III came out on top but the Sigma 33 had an epic battle with Conor O’Donovan’s X-372 Xtension. Xtension won the last two races of the regatta but it wasn’t enough to beat their club rivals and McNeice’s team were declared class winners.
Cork Week Racing Chairman, Anthony O’Leary has been racing his Ker 39, Antix all week and narrowly missed out on beating Tonnerre de Breskens in today’s Harbour Race by just 25 seconds. “ I think that the overall standard of racing this week has been very high, both from the competitors and also the race management team. With the wind mainly in the northwest, setting courses is not easy and for a variety of reasons I think that the race management team have done an excellent job. In difficult conditions, we only lost two races, which is a credit not just to the race officers but also to the entire team, I would also like to add that everybody wishes Martin Stephens a speedy recovery from an injury sustained whilst laying marks at Cork Week.”
After tonight’s Final Prize Giving, The Papa Zitas will close out the evening entertainment. Recognised as are Ireland’s definitive Motown Big Band experience. Their 10-piece outfit will deliver a set of 1960’s Motown classics to conclude a memorable and fun filled week.

2 TOKOLOSHE Michael Bartholomew
3 PENINSULA SIGNAL 8 Jamie McWilliam 

1 IMPETUOUS Richard Fildes
2 JUMP JUICE Conor Phelan
3 INGA II FROM SWEDEN Richard Goransson 

1 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle & Paul O'Malley
2 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall
3 CHENAPAN Gilles Caminade

1 BAD COMPANY Desmond/Ivers/Deasy
2 INSATIABLE Tim Cunliffe
3 ANCHOR CHALLENGE Diarmuid Foley 

1 BAILEEN BAN John Twomey
2 EXCELLE Toby Claridge & J. Fox
3 NO HALF MEASURES Finbarr Dorgan 
1 JELLY BABY Ian Nagle
2 SOMETHING ELSE J Hall, S McDonnell & B Hall
3 JALAPENO Baker et al

1 AQUATACK Denis Murphy
2 IRL1760 Robin & Ben O'Mahony
3 WAHOO Finbarr Jeffers

IRC Non Spinnaker 1:
1 SOMETHING Mike Bailey & Andy Roy
2 XERXES Dan O'Neill

IRC Non Spinnaker 2:
1 MINX III Tom NcNeice
2 XTENSION Conor O'Donovan
3 AISLING Bryan Heffernan

Full results can be found at  

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Day 4 Report

The penultimate day of Cork Week will be remembered for some seriously feisty weather, torrential rain overnight continued through the morning and a thick sea fog and a building sea state produced what the Crosshaven locals call ‘proper weather’. With 20 knots of breeze and Atlantic swell, Cork Week’s Race Committee had the option of racing inside Cork Harbour and took it.
All classes bar IRC Zero and One were set a windward leeward course inside the safe confines of Cork Harbour but the visibility around the Moonduster mark ensured a tight course. Outside the harbour the big boat fleet managed to get one race in before the front drove through to leave a sloppy sea state and no wind, scuppering any chance of a second race today.
In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens proved unstoppable again today, blasting through the surf to score yet another bullet. “I should buy a lottery ticket today!” Admitted mainsheet trimmer, Dave Lenz. “We had excellent breeze down the run and it literally shut down behind us, stopping all of our competition. The phrase rich get richer certainly applied to today’s race.” Piet Vroon and his team don’t even need to race tomorrow’s Harbour Course to win the class but Vroon insisted that Tonnerre de Breskens would be racing tomorrow. Michael Bartholomew’s Mills 40, Tokoloshe could only score a fifth today but is still second overall, whilst Jamie McWilliam’s Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 is third.
In IRC One, Richard Fildes’ Corby 37, Impetuous won Race 7 to stamp their authority on the class. Conor Phelan’s Ker 37, Jump Juice got the better of Richard Goransson’s Corby 36, Inga of Sweden today to leapfrog into second place. However, barring a shocker in tomorrow last race, Impetuous look to have won their class.
Getting IRC 2 away for the first race was not easy, there were hooters a plenty as two general recalls resulted in a third re-start with a black flag. Ian Nagle’s, J/109 Jelly Baby nailed the pin end and extended in clear air at the top mark to win the first race of the day with Gilles Caminade’s French A 35, Chenapan taking second. However, Hall & McDonnell’s J/109, Something Else got buried into the pack and scored a lowly ninth. Donal O'Leary’s X-35, D-Tox won the second race of the day but the big story in IRC 2 is that Something Else who have led from the start of the regatta have dropped to third place on countback from Chenapan and local Cork boat Jelly Baby are now top of the class. However, Something Else still leads the J/109s for the Irish title by just a point from Jelly Baby.
In IRC 3, Royal Cork’s Admiral Peter Deasy with Bad Company has opened up a seven-point lead after scoring two podium finishes today. Tim Cunliffe’s Half Tonner, Insatiable has their best day of the regatta. The Cornish team were spotted ‘fuelling up’ at the Royal Cork Yacht Club bar last night, obviously with the desired effect! However, Diarmuid Foley’s Quarter Tonner was out-gunned by the displacement yachts in today’s heavier conditions and drops to third. Brian Goggin’s Corby 25, Allure finished the day on a high, winning the last race of the day but by just two seconds.
John Twomey’s Sonar Baileen Ban has virtually sealed the win in IRC 4 with a second and first place today, but a battle is raging for second place. Finbarr Dorgan’s No Half Measures and Claridge and Fox’s Sigma 33, Excelle are on equal points and Nyhan & Buwalda’s Hunter 707, Outrigger is just a point behind.
The 1720’s were racing outside the Harbour today, which was a full on experience. However, some very experienced crews race the pocket rockets and all was well. Denis Murphy’s Aquatack won today’s race from close rivals Robin & Ben O'Mahony but there was only 7 seconds between them. Aquatack now have a four-point cushion virtually sealing the class win.
Take That, The Prodigy, Vengaboys, MC Hammer and House of Pain are just some of the top 90s bands that won’t be on the main stage tonight but Irish tribute band, Smash Hits will. Delivering a high-energy set to a packed crowd that will be looking to stretch some tired limbs after four days of hard racing at Cork Week.

Full results and much more can be found at 

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Day 3 Report

It may be a ‘boutique’ edition of Cork Week but there is a fantastic buzz at the Royal Cork Yacht Club and with the sun bursting through the clouds and a moderate to fresh breeze of 15 - 20 knots, the racing area south of Roches Point was a truly spectacular location for Ireland’s longest running and most prestigious sailing regatta.
On today’s Slalom Course, Piet Vroon’s electric blue rocket ship, Tonnerre de Breskens revelled in the conditions, fully pulling the trigger, hitting 18 knots of boat speed. Tonnerre de Breskens romped home in both races by over two minutes. Mike Bartholomew’s Mills 40, Tokoloshe and Jamie McWilliam’s Ker 40, Peninsula Signal 8 took a second place each today cementing second and third respectively on the leaderboard.
With a discard kicking in, Richard Fildes, Corby 37, Impetuous returns to the top of the class, scoring a first and a fourth in today’s races. Richard Goransson’s Corby 36, Inga from Sweden was desperately close to a win in the opening race of the day, missing out by just ten seconds. However, a lowly 7th place in the last race means the Swedish yacht has now lost the class lead. Royal Cork member Conor Phelan, helming Ker 37 Jump Juice had another solid day to claim third overall. “We’re enjoying it, sailing well and hanging in there.” Declared Phelan shortly after racing.
In IRC Two, Hall & McDonnell’s J/109, Something Else leads the class with two more solid results today. However, Ian Nagle’s local J/109, Jelly Baby had a better day and has closed the gap on their rivals for both the class and the J/109 Irish title. Gilles Caminade’s A 35, Chenapan scored a first and a second today, moving the French team up to third overall.
“Jelly Baby goes well in good breeze and we certainly got that today.” Explained Jelly Baby’s tactician Killian Collins. “Getting away well was important today and we liked the pin end and really went out to win the starts. With the discard kicking in, we are just a couple of points off the lead and with a big fleet, we can easily make that up in just one race, so its all to play for.”
It’s tight at the top of IRC Three. Royal Cork Yacht club Admiral, Peter Deasy had a very good day at the office. His Sunfast 32, Bad Company won both of today’s races, putting the team from Cork just half a point behind the class leader, Diarmuid Foley’s Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge. Tim Cunliffe’s Half Tonner, Insatiable had their best day so far, scoring two podium finishes to put the Cornishmen into third in class.
In IRC Four John Twomey’s Sonar, Baileen Ban started the regatta with a disappointing fifth but since then the team has been virtually unstoppable, winning all but one of the five races. Twomey has enjoyed a distinguished Paralympic career and will make a phenomenal tenth Games appearance at London 2012. At the Games in Weymouth, he’ll be at the helm with teammates Ant Hegarty and Ian Costelloe. Finbarr Dorgan from the Cove Sailing club is in second place racing Sonar, No Half Measures and Nyhan & Buwalda’s 707, Outrigger is still very much in contention in third place.
Right now, it is standing room only at the Royal Cork Yacht Club with competitors enjoying a glass in brilliant sunshine.
Tonight’s entertainment features a young band from Cork that the New York Times described as ‘the new U2”. The Calvinists will be delivering foot stomping original songs and well-known covers played with heaps of energy on the main stage in the event village.
Full results and much more can be found at

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Day 2 Report

There was plenty of drama at the second day of racing at Cork Week. The day started with a gentle breeze, which built during the day to provide some electric action and plenty of incidents. With 18 knots of breeze towards the close of play, crew were hiking to the max. and boat handling became a much bigger issue than the previous day.

In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens stamped their authority on the class, scoring two more bullets but it was far from straight forward, the Dutch flier won by both of today’s races on the Trapezoid Course by just a few seconds.

There was plenty of drama at the second day of racing at Cork Week. The day started with a gentle breeze, which built during the day to provide some electric action and plenty of incidents. With 18 knots of breeze towards the close of play, crew were hiking to the max. and boat handling became a much bigger issue than the previous day.

In IRC Zero, Piet Vroon’s Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens stamped their authority on the class, scoring two more bullets but it was far from straight forward, the Dutch flier won by both of today’s races on the Trapezoid Course by just a few seconds.

“The course today was very short, which makes it difficult to make up a time correction of 5 minutes an hour. I have to say that the two main reasons for our success today were the excellent way in which the boat is prepared and how well the crew handle the boat. I first came to Crosshaven in 1969 and I think the reason that I have been coming back for all these years is that the natives are so friendly and I have always been impressed by the high standards of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and this year is no exception.”

Tonnerre de Breskens is the clear leader in IRC Zero, Michael Bartholomew’s Mills 40,Tokoloshe scored two podium results today to move up to second with Kieran Twomey’s Corby 38, Gloves Off dropping a place to third.

There was plenty of drama in IRC One today, Richard Goransson’s Corby 36, Inga from Sweden has taken over the class lead but an incident at a top mark with Howth entry Mills 37, Crazy Horse was caught on camera by the Cork Week TV crew. This may have an effect on the result of Race 4. However, last night’s leader, Richard Fildes’ Corby 37, Impetuous was called OCS in Race 3, scoring a debilitating 20 points. However, Impetuous came back strongly, leaping off the start line like a wild salmon, to win the last race of the day. Royal Cork’s Conor Phelan racing Ker 37, Jump Juice scored well today to move up to third overall.

IRC Three has a new leader, Diarmuid Foley’s Quarter Tonner, Anchor Challenge had a great day on the water winning the first race to depose Royal Cork’s Admiral Peter Deasy, racing Bad Company, from the top of leaderboard. Crosshaven local, Paul Tingle racing First 31.7, Alpaca finished the day in fine style with a bullet in Race 3.

“A light and shifty first race but the windward leeward course certainly suits us better than the Trapezoid course.” Admitted Diarmuid Foley. “Now we just have to negotiate the hazards ashore after racing but we are Cork boys so we know are way around the clubhouse!”

In the Non-Spinnaker Class, Dan O’Neill’s IMX 38, Xerxes has scored three clean bullets. Dan was raised in Annapolis, USA but has lived in Dublin for over 20 years.

“Xerxes has won many top regattas in the past but a few years back, I decided to stop racing at that level, mainly due to the cost. Also you need nine really good sailors but racing with just white sails we only need three good crew, leaving room on board for good friends who don’t have that much experience. Racing in this class is a great way to introduce people to the sport in a safe environment. This week I am sailing with my cousin, who is visiting Ireland for the first time from Missouri, USA and I can guarantee you, he is enjoying every moment of Cork Week.

After an energetic day out on the racecourse many of the thousand or so sailors gathered to celebrate Cork Week may well be in need of a sugar rush. Tonight blues and rock sensation, Death by Chocolate is ready to provide one!

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Day 1 Report

A shifty northwesterly breeze of between 8-12 knots provided a gentle but tricky start to racing for the international fleet at Cork Week. The tight Olympic and Trapezoid courses provided some close encounters, with plenty of close boat on boat action. However, reading the changes in both the wind direction was vital to success. As the day progressed the wind became less stable with a fresh front arriving later in the afternoon, giving a damp finish to a day of hot racing.
IRC Zero boasts an international fleet of the fastest yachts racing at Cork Week. Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens won both of today's races, with local favourite, Corby 38 Gloves Off, skippered by Kieran Twomey scoring two podium finishes to end the day second in class. A tie for third place in race 2 typified the intense battle in the big boat class. Michael Bartholomew's South African Mills 40, Tokoloshe and Jamie McWilliam's Ker 40, Peninsular Signal 8 from Hong Kong, could not be separated after time correction.
In IRC One the day was emphatically won by Richard Fildes' Corby 37, Impetuous, which won both of today's races. Richard sails out of Abersoch, Wales and is a veteran of Cork Week. 
"I have been coming here since 1979 and this is my 12th trip on the trot but I have to say that is the best day I have ever had here!" Laughed Richard. "Great competition on the water and I have to admit to getting a thick slice of luck. Inga of Sweden was going so well in the first race but got slowed down by a boat in another class, which definitely helped us and in the second race, I have to admit we were late to the restart and crossed at the Committee boat by chance rather than judgement and plugged into a really useful shift, which really made the win."
In the 1720 Class, Jane McLelland's Girls Antix, with Libby Greenhalgh at the helm, won the first race of the day and after two races the girl's team are level on points with Denis Murphy's Aquatack. Jane is the mother or two young children that are back home in London with their father. "Well what a fantastic day!" Smiled Jane. "The decisive moment in the first race came when we saw that the leading boats were slowing down in a luffing match and we managed to sail around them. But I have to say it was a totally unexpected win, I haven't been out racing for ages and we are all a bit rusty but what a great way to start Cork Week!"
In IRC Three, Peter Deasy, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club took the win in the only race of the day. "We didn't have the best start but we spotted a shift and made an early tack onto it, which proved decisive." Commented Deasy. "But we were made well aware of some great sailors in this class, especially Dermot Foley's Anchor Challenge. We will have a glass in the club tonight but we will be keeping our powder dry for another battle tomorrow."
Local weather expert, Eddie English believes that conditions for tomorrow's racing may be fairly similar to today with perhaps a slight shift to NNW with maybe a knot or two more pressure. Tonight, the blue touch paper will be set a blaze by Cork Week's headline act. Ska Rock band, Pontious Pilate & the Nail Drivers, who will deliver a high energy set on the main stage ... bring your dancing shoes!
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