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The All-Schull Vintage Boat Takes Final Classics Race at Cork Week

15th July 2022
The gaff cutter Lady Min created in Schull by Maurice O’Keeffe in 1902
The gaff cutter Lady Min created in Schull by Maurice O’Keeffe in 1902 Credit: Mary Malone

It’s not unreasonable to suggest that there will have been no other skipper in Cork Week sailing to final race victory in a boat designed and built by an ancestor back in 1902 at his family’s own home port, but that was the very clear distinction recorded by Simon O’Keeffe of Schull Harbour SC, racing the gaff cutter Lady Min created in Schull by Maurice O’Keeffe in 1902.

In fact, Lady Min was flying, taking line honours overall in Race 5 ahead of the shiny Dick Carter Tina designs from France – mere striplings of the late 1960s – and the Cork Harbour OD Elsie (Patrick Dorgan).

J J Olu’s 1966 Tina Bilou- BelleJ J Olu’s 1966 Tina Bilou- Belle Photo: Bob Bateman

Overall, however, the kick-in of the discard enabled J J Olu’s 1966 Tina Bilou- Belle to win on 7pts while Elsie was second on 9, and third on 10 was Dafydd Hughes from Aberaeron with the S&S 34 Bendigedig with Lady Min fourth on 11 in an astonishingly varied lineup of boats.

The Cork Harbour One Design Elsie (Patrick Dorgan) The Cork Harbour One Design Elsie (Patrick Dorgan) Photo: Bob Bateman

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Published in Cork Week, West Cork
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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Cork Week 2022

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, the dates for the 2022 edition of Cork Week in Cork Harbour is: 11 –15 July 2022

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