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Royal Cork’s Des McWiiliam is interviewed on Tom MacSweeney’ s This Island Nation

Marine Correspondent Tom MacSweeney has an excellent audio on Afloat.ie with Royal Cork’s own Des McWilliam in which he talks about his first time sailing across the Atlantic, which he has “wanted to do” throughout his long sailing career, but has never done until now. He talks about the ARC – the Atlantic Cruiser Rally – in which he will start sailing this Sunday, November 23, leaving Gran Canaria, bound for Saint Lucia – and about the disappointment that the huge successes of Irish international sailors, “the Ronaldos of the sailing world” as he describes them, are not recognised in Ireland because enough people “do not appreciate the sea and much more. Well worth a read and listen to.   Interview…

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Master Class for the Ladies

Trailer Towing

Reversing with a trailer - Master class for the Ladies.

Are you up for the challenge ladies! Annamarie Fegan has organised a master class  which will take place in the rear car park of the club on Saturday 22nd November at 11am. Why not learn some new skills such as reversing with a trailer, all of which will be very handy for dinghy towing mums and have some laughs while your at it. We will ask for a small donation to charity and lunch will be available in the club at 12.30 after all the hard work is done.…

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Junior Laying Up Supper – Optimists

The Junior laying up supper was held last Friday night at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. It was fantastic to see so mainly young sailors attend.

This year we had 15 Sailors who retired from Optimists, Tom Keal, Caoimhe Foster, Sarah Cudmore, Kelly Williams, James McCann, Harry Durcan, Juliet Nyhan, Paddy Cunnane, Patrick Day, Mia Murphy, Molly Murphy, Lia Berkery Kelly, Richard McGinley, Maeve O’Sullivan and Cian Jones. The retirees were presented with a framed photograph of themselves when they were at the beginning of their Optimist careers! Sincere thanks once again to Paul Keal who kindly sifted through his library of photographs from over the years to find and give to the Class an individual photo of each Sailor. …

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ICRA Conference 2014

Maurice (Prof) O'Connell pictured accepting the ICRA Boat of the Year Trophy from ICRA Commodore Norbert Reilly

Maurice (Prof) O’Connell pictured accepting the ICRA Boat of the Year Trophy from ICRA Commodore Norbert Reilly

The ICRA Conference was held over the past weekend in Galway and was the occasion for the presentation of the restyled ICRA Boat of the Year Award. This was awarded to the winning three boat team of Anix, Catapult and Quoka. The award was accepted on behalf of the winning team by Maurice (Prof) O’Connell as The Team Captain, Anthony O’Leary, was in London to accept the RORC prestigious Boat of the Year Award 2014 for Antix.

Also at the Galway event the Notice of Race for the 2015 ICRA Nationals was published. This event will be sailed in conjunction with the Sovereign’s …

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Royal Cork Junior Laying Up Supper

Georgia Keating winner of the RS Feva summer league

The juniors were out in force for their Laying Up supper last Friday night, with over 70 young sailors and their parents celebrating the end of an exceptional season for the club’s junior dinghies. The highlight of the evening was the award of the much coveted Pyewacket Trophy – donated by the late Roy Disney. The trophy was won, for a record 4th time, by our ISAF World Champion Silver Medalist, Seafra Guilfoyle. Congratulations also to nominees Peter McCann, Arran Walsh, Adam D’Arcy and James McCann. Harry Durcan was also recognized for his significant achievement in winning the Junior Helmsman and presented with an award by the Admiral.

There was much fun and laughter as the Class Captains recalled the …

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