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Finally, after all the frustration in Cork Harbour, the Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted 505 Worlds finish in brochure conditions...

The final day again dawned with no wind and again, the wind filled in from the NE out to sea. Today the conditions were even better than yesterday with the wind filling in slightly stronger and holding for longer. Nearly all racing was conducted in 10-12 maybe 14kn of wind. Late in the day, it did move slightly right and start to fade, but by then, boats were turning onto their last upwind of the final race.

Three races again were conducted today, allowing 7 races in total and bringing a drop into play.

The first race of the day (R5) looked like there could be some movement ahead for the leader board. McNay and Payne were 7th and Batchelor/Pascoe 3rd. The winners were Jan-Philipp Hofmann and Felix Brockerhoff in a tight battle with Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane. Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne were part that trio, but on the last run they went furthest to the left when a little righty came down the centre of the course dropping them to 6th. The German pair of Hofmann and Brockerhoff looked like they could move up to third overall.

The second race of the day (R6) was a return to form for McNay/Payne, but Batchelor/Pascoe were a little deep. Nicholas/Payne were again near the front and this time would make no mistake finishing second. Former champions Mike Holt and Adam Lowry emerged from the forest they had been lost in all regatta to give us a flash of brilliance to pick up third.

And the final race (R7), well it was an exhibition, really. McNay and Paine just sailed away from the fleet. It was impressive! In second, was the other form boat Batchelor and Pascoe with third going to Mike Martin and Adam Lowry.

In a post-race interview, McNay and Paine shared their glory with their coach, (and McNay's crew for the last two Olympics), Dave Hughes.

The two lead boats were identical packages. Brand new Ovington V2 hulls, Pinnell and Bax sails and Superspar M2 masts.

The top Irish were locals Ewan Barry and Charles Dwyer in 12th place.

Next year the Worlds return to the US West Coast in Santa Cruz and given the size of the US fleet here in Cork, it should be a great success.

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After a long wait, the 505 World Championship fleet in Cork Harbour was greeted with a 12-14kn from the N/E today.

It was a gradient breeze and expected to wane a little as the day went on. The PRO could get a maximum of three races in, and three were needed to constitute a series, so everyone knew what was to come. Whilst the breeze was oscillating, most of the fleet worked to the left upwind, and down. There seemed to be more pressure over there.

There were some performances to highlight throughout the races.

South Africans James Largier and Richard Hutton-Squire in 6th the first race of the day (R2). Lena Stückl and Johannes Tellen 7th in R2 - Lena stated yesterday she prefers breeze and proved it. In R3 Malin Broberg and Johan Röök finishing 4th and locals Ewen Barry and Charles Dwyer in R4 finished 6th, plus youngster Morgan Pickney and Garrett Brown 4th in R4.

Tomorrow the wind looks lighter but hopes remain for a few more races to finish the WorldsTomorrow the wind looks lighter but hopes remain for a few more races to finish the Worlds Photo: Christian Favreau

The first race today, (R2) was almost perfect 505 weather, the lightweight teams were in play and the heavyweight teams were in play. Crews were on the wire and the boats could power reach the runs. At the top mark the first time the team of McNay and Paine were again in the front with Mike Martin and Adam Lowry looming. The other front runners of Batchelor and Pascoe were back in the teens. For the second leg Batchelor and Pascoe moved through the fleet finishing third behind our two original race leaders.

The second race, (R3) was a couple of knots lighter moving to the 9-11kn range and favouring our lighter teams. This time Batchelor and Pascoe lead from start to finish with McNay and Paine second. The fleet was tight, so there was a large bunch fighting for third. Nicholas and Payne won that battle from the Swedish team of Broberg and Röök, the leading mixed team.

In the final race the pressure again dropped a couple more knots and moved right 20 degrees. The order for the lead was reversed with McNay and Paine leading Batchelor and Pascoe, third went to Mal Higgins and Nick (Camel) Johnstone. The big excitement for the whole fleet though was the finish of Earle Alexander and Angus Higgins in 8th. Angus is Malcolm's son and an emerging youth sailor. He joined with Earle (76y.o.), a class stalwart and permanent fixture in the 505 class for at least 40 years, and one of the most popular men in the field. Earle is there for everyone, yet he has never had a top 10 race at a Worlds, until today - there was a lot of celebration.

Tomorrow the wind looks lighter but hopes remain for a few more races to finish the Worlds. No drops as yet, so McNay and Paine have a 5-point lead heading into the final day.

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Day three is completed and the 505 World Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club still have only sailed one race.

Ireland has a large ridge of no wind sitting stationary above it, and it is wreaking havoc on the 505 fleet.

For the second day in a row, the planned racecourse offshore had zero wind.

The race committee tried to get racing on the inshore course.

There has been localised breeze inshore over the last few days and on the planned inshore course, it varied from 3-8 knots, with large direction changes.

Sailors left shore at midday and the first attempt at racing was around 2.45 pm.

The 505 class requires more than 5 knots over the course otherwise, racing is abandoned. Two races were started in 7-8 knots but both were abandoned halfway through when it dropped to 3 knots.

The fleet was kept on the water until 6 pm, but nothing eventuated, and everyone went home frustrated.

The pressure is on to get some races in. Tomorrow (Thursday) is a scheduled lay day which may be converted to a racing day, but again, no wind is expected. 

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Light winds continue to affect the 505 World Championship programme at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour.

Racing was cancelled on the second day of the competition at Crosshaven due to lack of wind.

Only one of two races were held on Monday's opening day also due to light winds.

Racing continues on Wednesday.

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Americans Stuart Mcnay and Caleb Paine have won the first race of the 505 World Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour.

Best of the Irish in the 77-boat fleet was recently crowned national champion, Monkstown Bay's Chris Bateman sailing with Paul O'Sullivan in 14th place.

The first day of racing continued the challenging conditions seen at last week's Pre-Worlds.

Racing was postponed with sailors held ashore in anticipation of an afternoon sea breeze. Competitors launched around midday with the hope of two races with a 2 pm start. There were early signs of good breeze on the sail out, but once competitors exited the harbour the wind faded away. Eventually, a light sea breeze crept over the horizon and a two-lap course was set. The wind fluctuated between 4-6 knots throughout the race but was reasonably steady in direction.

Soon after the gun, the pathfinder (lead boat who sails from a pin on port and all the other boats sail behind her in a gate start) started to lift. The phases looked long and slow, plus there was the potential of slightly more wind to the right, so a lot of the fleet headed that way. Stuart McNay and Caleb Paine USA 9245 jumped from the gate early tacked onto port crossing the fleet and then brought the fleet pack from the right, at the top mark they lead and right behind them were Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe GBR 9240. The top boats from the Pre-Worlds continued their form in the light winds. Right there also were youngsters Morgan Pickney and Garrett Brown and European Champions Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane.

Position held on the run, but at the gate, an incident saw Batchelor and Pascoe doing a turn.

For the next leg,  the top mark was moved and the course shortened to ensure a finish in the light breeze. So Batchelor and Pascoe dropped to fourth, Gilbert and McGrane climbed to second with Pickney and Brown finishing third.

From there, with no prospect of any more wind, the fleet were sent home. Racing resumes tomorrow. The wind again looks light, but with the expectation of some in the morning, the fleet will be on the water early.

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Kieran Collins’ Coracle IV, an Olson 30, won the July Thursday League IRC spinnaker division at the Royal Cork with a hat-trick of first places for a total of three points overall. Second was the Sunfast 32, BAD COMPANY (Desmond/Ivers/Keane), on 15 points and third Anthony O’Leary’s Cape 31, Antix, on 23. 

Coracle also won ECHO handicap. Second here was Billy Campion’s 1720, Wight Hare and third the Alpaca (Paul and Deirdre Tingle). Fifteen yachts raced.

Kieran O’Brien’s Magnet, an MG, won IRC Whitesail with a trio of first places, for a total of three points. Second was BG MC (McGrath family) on 13 and third Paul O’Shea’s Sun Odyssey 36, Elegance, on 15 points which took first place under ECHO, with BIG Mc second and Magnet third. Eleven boats sailed.

Friday evening Whitesail League was combined for June and July, with six races and was won by the Sigma 33, Scribbler, Tom and Cormac MacSweeney on 18 points. Second was Peter Webster’s Thistle on 24 and third the Impala, Fast Buck, John O’Connor/John Hanley, with 36.

Twenty yachts raced the series.

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Measurement and registration is underway at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven today (Weds) and tomorrow (Thursday) for the 505 World Championships, in which racing gets underway on Monday.

This is the fourth time the Championships will be held at the RCYC.

“80 boats, now fully carbon, have travelled from across the globe to compete,” say the RCYC organisers.

12 Irish boats are entered, including three Barry brothers under the Royal Cork & Monkstown Bay burgees; Peter Scannell and John Dunlea who currently live on the East Coast of the US but return to Cork for the event; Monkstown Bay Commodore Sandy Rimmington teams up with John Downey and an unmissable name on the list is Denis O’Sullivan with crew Jan Van Der Puil. The Irish fleet will be under pressure to beat Harold Cudmore and Chris Bruen’s podium finish in the 1969 Worlds in Argentina.

The entry list is a who’s who of World Sailing; Luke Payne of Australia joins us fresh from the Sail GP event in the UK, multiple World Champions and Rolex Yachtsmen of the year Mike Martin and Adam Lowry are here along with fierce rivals and fellow multiple World Champions Mike Holt and Rob Woelful, all round sailing legend Howie Hamlin has come from California, Olympic medallist Caleb Paine teams up with Olympian and Melges 24 World Champion Stu McNay from the USA.

There will be pre-Worlds sailing on Friday and Saturday.

The Championships will be raced on Monday and Tuesday, there is a Lay Day on Wednesday and racing will continue on Friday and conclude on Saturday of next week.

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At the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour, after three races sailed and three to count in the July League, Kieran Collins’ Coracle leads the Cruiser IRC SPIN Division from Antix (Anthony O’Leary), with Miss Whiplash (Ronan and John Downing) third.

Magnet (Kieran O’Brien) leads Whitesail IRC with Big Mc (McGrath family) second and Prince of Tides third.

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Royal Cork Yacht Club Vice Admiral Anna Marie Fegan was the visiting speaker at Sunday's Sea Sunday celebration at the Holy Trinity Chruch in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour.

The joint parishes and community service celebrated the work of the mission to seafarers, Seaman's Christian Friend Society. It also paid tribute to the activities of the Coast Guard, RNLI, RCYC, sailors, scouts, anglers and fishermen and all who 'enjoy the sea for leisure'.

Fegan, a keen sailor, is also chair of the fundraising of Crosshaven RNLI.

Coastguard personnel at the Sea Sunday service in Crosshaven Photo: Mary MaloneCoastguard personnel at the Sea Sunday service in Crosshaven Photo: Mary Malone

The special service was given by Rector Isobel Jackson and the Special Preacher was the Very Rev'd Pat Stevenson

Rector Isobel Jackson and the Very Rev'd Pat StevensonRector Isobel Jackson and the Very Rev'd Pat Stevenson Photo: Mary Malone

Sea Sunday Service in Crosshaven

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You could be forgiven for thinking that Newport Harbor Yacht Club was the home team at the 2022 Global Team Race Regatta. There's the name, for starters. But also the comfort level displayed by the eight-person team during the three-day event. Newport Harbor looked right at home winning 23 of 25 races, including its final nine in a row, to claim the third edition of this international two-on-two team race championship. In fact, Newport Harbor Yacht Club hails from the other coast, from Newport Beach, Calif. The home team was the New York Yacht Club, which hosted the event and finished second. The Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, Mass., defeated St. Francis Yacht Club from San Francisco in the battle for third. The top international team was Royal Cork Yacht Club of Ireland in fifth.

"For us, it’s huge," says Justin Law, team captain for Newport Harbor Yacht Club. "Newport Harbour Yacht Club is very much a team-racing club. We put our heart and soul into two-on-two, 3v3, 4v4 and basically our entire calendar year is built for team racing. Coming here and winning is fantastic."

The Global Team Race Regatta was conceived by the New York Yacht Club, which hosted the first edition in October 2018. A second edition of the Global Team Race Regatta was held in England in 2019. The third edition was scheduled for Italy in 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-10 pandemic, and eventually rescheduled for this summer in Newport, R.I., where it was held July 22 to 24 out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court.

Team Racing, which features two teams of two of four boats each sailing against one another in a close-quarters win-or-lose format, is popular around the world. World Sailing ran the Team Racing World Championship 10 times between 1995 and 2015. That event featured three-on-three competition in two-person dinghies, which favored teams of younger and lighter sailors.

While the fundamentals are very much the same, the Global Team Race Regatta uses the two-on-two format, making the competition easier to follow. The team with the last boat across the finish line in an individual race loses the race. The Global Team Race Regatta also uses keelboats instead of dinghies, making the competition accessible to a wider variety of sailors—both from a size and age perspective—and brings the added complexity of spinnakers into the mix.

According to Law, it was the use of spinnakers that helped Newport Harbor get off to a strong start in the round-robin portion of the regatta.

"The first two days, [it was] very much boathandling [that gave NHYC an edge]," says Law. "In that medium-light air, if you can just keep the spinnaker full, keep your boat moving, things are a lot simpler."

Newport Harbor won all 10 races in the initial full-fleet round robin and then dropped just two of 10 races in the Gold-Fleet double round-robin, which included the top six teams. Momentum can be fleeting in team racing, and this is especially true when, as was the case today, the top four teams are seeded into a knock-out tournament. A dramatic change in the wind conditions, and the race committee prohibiting spinnakers due to the increased breeze, only added to the sense that the regatta was effectively starting over for the top four teams.

"We weren’t really sure what was going to happen today," says Law. "Once you took the spinnakers down, it kind of reset the racing, and with knockouts you can never be too comfortable."

Any fears of a letdown were largely unfounded. Newport Harbor dispatched St. Francis Yacht Club 2-0 in the semifinal round and then did the same with the team representing the host New York Yacht Club in the finals.

"Today, with the breeze on, it was just keeping things simple," says Law. "There wasn't a race today where we felt we were faster than a team. Today was matter of hanging on and choosing your moments."

In the final, the key moment in both races was the start. Newport Harbor wanted to start to the right of their opposition as they felt it gave them a small advantage at the first windward mark. In both races, Newport Harbor rounded the first mark in first and second.

"It's really hard in these [windy] conditions for someone to overtake you downwind and really mix it up," says Law.

One of the missions of the Global Team Race Regatta is to foster growth of team racing around the world, particularly outside the traditional power centers, the United States and Great Britain. While the top four teams all hailed from the United States, Phil Lotz, the event chair and a past commodore of the New York Yacht Club, was encouraged by the enthusiasm displayed by teams from places like Japan and Belgium, where team racing isn't as common.

"We believe we’re making progress," says Lotz, citing the popularity of team racing events in the Optimist class, the continued growth of two-on-two adult keelboat racing in Europe and the growing activity in the U.S. "We want to increase the international competitions at a high level to the point that all regions of the world are represented."

While most U.S. team racing uses the three-on-three format, Lotz remains convinced the decision to run this event using the two-on-two model is correct.

"There are fewer boats required, and it’s a little easier to learn the skills," says Lotz. "The two-on-two format has contributed to the growth in Europe and even some growth in the U.S. and outside the traditional team-race locations. We'll continue to focus on two-on-two for this regatta as it seems to be the platform that supports the most growth."

The 2023 edition of the Global Team Race Regatta is tentatively scheduled for the Solent in England in September. Additional details will be forthcoming in the near future.

Newport Harbor Yacht Club: Justin Law (team captain, skipper), Jake LaDow, Haley Dahl, Chris Segerblom, Alex Curtiss (skipper), Kayla LaDow, Andrew Person, Colin Voight (with New York Yacht Club Commodore Paul Zabetakis, far right)Newport Harbor Yacht Club: Justin Law (team captain, skipper), Jake LaDow, Haley Dahl, Chris Segerblom, Alex Curtiss (skipper), Kayla LaDow, Andrew Person, Colin Voight (with New York Yacht Club Commodore Paul Zabetakis, far right)

2022 Global Team Race Regatta results

Finals (Best of 3): Newport Harbor Yacht Club def. New York Yacht Club, 2-0

Petit Finals: The Corinthian Yacht Club def. St. Francis Yacht Club, 1-0

Semi Finals (Best of 3): Newport Harbor def. St. Francis, 2-0; New York def. Corinthian, 2-1

Gold Fleet: 1. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Newport Beach, Calif., 18 points; 2. Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, Mass., 16 points; 3. New York (N.Y.) Yacht Club, 13 points; 4. St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, Calif., 12 points; 5. Royal Cork Yacht Club, Cork, Ireland, 8 points; 6. Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, Sorrento, Australia, 6 points.

Silver Fleet: 1. Royal Thames Yacht Club, London, Great Britain, 12 points; 2. Japan Sailing Federation, Tokyo, Japan, 11 points; 3. Bayerrischer Yacht Club, Starnberg, Germany, 4 points; 4. Royal Belgian Yacht Club, Zeebrugge, Belgium, 3 points; 5. Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, Great Britain, 2 points.

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