Cork Dinghy Fest 2015

Cork Dinghy Fest 2015

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

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Another Royal Cork Yacht Club Maritime Author to add to our ranks with Capt. Cormac MacSweeney’s new book

compBrown, Ferguson Ltd., recognised as one of the leading specialist maritime publishers In the world, has published “BROWN’S GUIDE TO SURIVAL AT SEA,” written by Capt. Cormac MacSweeney of Crosshaven. “For seafarers, knowledge is key and this book is essential in understanding the basics of sea survival,” the publishers say.

Capt. MacSweeney is much involved with the club in the organisation of the Optimist Class, with whom his son Oisín sails. Dad, Tom MacSweeney, another well known Royal Cork member and also an author, broadcaster and marine journalist saiils the well known ‘Scribbler’, a Sigma 33 cruiser, and both Oisín and his Dad also sail with him and the family also sail a Mirror dinghy.

Captain MacSweeney having commanded ships …

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Cadet Club cancelled – Monday August 3rd.

High winds forecast for Cork harbour have forced the cancellation of this evening’s Cadet Club.

The club would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to seeing you at next Monday’s Cadet 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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