It was a great sight when the lovely southwesterly breeze added to the success of the opening day of Royal Cork last weekend for “At Home” which was sponsored by none other than Mater Private. Kieran O’Connell, the RCYC Real Admiral did the honors by representing himself as a race officer for Cruiser division.  Forming a windward mark towards the Cork Harbor’s entrance and utilizing navigation buoys for leeward and gybes marks, in addition to beginning with the white sail fleet notified that every fleet was in close proximity to one another.

Besides, the dinghies on Curlane Bank began to sail and it was great to see many younger players taking part in the sailing competition. It was their actual race for the first time after completion of sailing courses which they learned during summer vacations. The National 18s began to sail their own course on the bank, which indeed provide a vibrant sight. This was all about Saturday, but Sunday did turn out a bit grey with some strong winds. The wind was quite strong and a huge log collided with the keelboat fleet. There were some young sailors on the dinghy course, who were brought out through the Committee boat so as to ensure that they could watch the Fevas, RS 200s and other classes at best speed along with the capsize as well.

While returning to the shore, it was time to enjoy the Crab Fishing and Ladies Afternoon Tea. The Admirals match and the Tug of War contest was a part of the entertainment zone. The girls less than 12 years of age achieved, albeit through the help of some large tools used to grind winches. All in all, it was a great competition and many young sailors not only took part but also enjoyed competing with each other.


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