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Cape 31s Shine on Final Day of Calves Week Regatta in West Cork

6th August 2022
Dan O'Grady's Cape 31 Aja from Howth competing in Calves Week 2022
Dan O'Grady's Cape 31 Aja from Howth competing in Calves Week 2022

The weather gods were partially kind to Schull on Friday with a fickle north westerly wind of 4 to 15 knots and intermittent sunshine on the final day of Calves Week 2022.

Once again, all seven fleets had an in-harbour start with a short windward cross harbour leg before rounding the mark on the western shore, much to the delight of the crowds of spectators who had a spectacular close-up view of the activities on the water.

Sailors prepare to go afloat for Calves Week Regatta in Schull Harbour Photo: Bob BatemanSailors prepare to go afloat for Calves Week Regatta in Schull Harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

Class 0 was a day for the Cape 31 to shine, with Anthony O'Leary's Antix and Dan O'Grady's Aja taking first and second respectfully in both divisions. At the same time, third place for Paul O'Higgins was good enough for Rockabill VI to secure the overall trophy. In Echo, a third spot today for the Jones family in Jelly Baby saw them win the overall.

ISORA champion Paul O'Higgins's JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI took Calves Week Class Zero overall Photo: Bob BatemanISORA champion Paul O'Higgins's JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI took Calves Week Class Zero overall Photo: Bob Bateman

In Class 1 IRC, it was a victory for Ritchie and Mike Evans from Howth sailing Snapshot to secure them the overall from Leslie Parnell's Black Velvet, while a popular win in Echo went to Gabby Hogan's local-based Growler.

Leslie Parnell's Black VelvetLeslie Parnell's 34.7 Black Velvet from the Royal Irish Yacht club on Dublin Bay Photo: Bob Bateman

Class 2 continued to be dominated by the Royal Cork's Bad Company, who continued to hold off the challenge of Norbert Reilly's Ghost Raider by winning both divisions, while in class 3, Patrick Collins Ealu from Baltimore had a clear victory in both divisions.

Niall McPhilips's Guapa	from RCYC Photo: Bob BatemanNiall McPhilips's Guapa from RCYC Photo: Bob Bateman

In Class 4, IRC Rob O'Reilly's Bon Journo eclipsed the fleet in his Dynamo 25 B to win IRC overall and the best IRC helm of the event, while in Echo, the prize went to Des Corbertt's Netta J Sadler 25 from Cove sailing club.

Kieran O'Brien's MagnetKieran O'Brien's Magnet Photo: Bob Bateman

In White Sail 1, Kieran O'Brien's Magnet finished a great week by winning overall in both divisions. At the same time, the veteran Lady Min in White Sail 2 continued a fantastic outing by winning the Echo trophy and best local Schull boat. 

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Calves Week Regatta takes place in Schull in early August, continuing the annual tradition in West Cork since the inception of the Schull Harbour Sailing Club in 1884.

In more recent years, a more compact schedule as an alternative to the older two-week even has proved popular.

The four-day Calves Week Championships with the usual mix of courses taking in the Fastnet Rock and many of Carbery's Hundred Isles, together with laid courses in Roaringwater Bay is one of Irish sailing's enduring fixtures. 

A daily prize-giving takes place on Main Street in Schull, which sees a nautical festival theme for the village organised by local businesses.


At A Glance - Calves Week 2022

West Cork's Calves Week Regatta is traditionally held in the first week in August. In 2022 it runs from Tuesday August 2 to Friday August 5.

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