By Louay Habib
A thrilling climax transpired on the final day of Volvo Cork Week with numerous classes decided in the very last race of an exciting and fun-filled regatta. With all of the IRC Classes and the Beaufort Cup hanging in the balance, three races were held for most of the classes. The high pressure, that had delivered warm weather all week, had changed to 12 knots of cold moist air from the Atlantic.
After over 40 hours of intense racing, Barry Byrne’s Irish Defence Forces team, racing J/109 Joker 2, have successfully defended the Beaufort Cup. Youen Jacob’s Baltimore RNLI team, racing J/109 Juggerknot, put the defending champions under serious pressure, taking the gun for the first race on the last day, but finished runner-up by just two points. Simon Coveney’s Irish Defence Forces Team, racing Jedi, recovered from a starting penalty in the first race of the day to make a tenacious comeback taking the final podium spot for the Beaufort Cup, just ahead of Denis & Annamarie Murphy’s Crosshaven RNLI team, racing Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo.
“We’re over the moon, it’s more than we ever dreamed of,” said Byrne. “It’s a tough event to win, especially against the calibre of people we were up against – Olympians, All-Ireland champions and people like Tim Goodbody and other great sailors.”
Frank Whelan’s Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera (Greystones SC) staged the ‘come back of Volvo Cork Week’. On the penultimate day, Eleuthera had scored two victories to move up to third and then smashed out three straight bullets today to win the class. Jonathan Anderson’s J/122 El Grand Senor (Clyde Cruising Club) was third.
Dunlop & Cox’s J/109 Mojito (Pwllheli SC) won the last two races of Volvo Cork Week to climb from third to first for a dramatic class win by a single point from Ronan Harris’ J/109 Jigameree (Royal Irish YC). Brian & Mary Jones J/109 Jelly Baby (Royal Cork YC) could well of won the class, save a steering problem in the penultimate race, which put the local team back to third, just two points away from victory.
Full results available here: http://www.corkweek.ie/results/results2018/CorkWeek2018Overall.htm
In 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club will celebrate their 300th birthday, as the oldest yacht club in the world. It will be an event like no other, and designed as a celebration not just for the Royal Cork YC but anyone with a passion for sailing. The web site for the Cork300 is now live at: https://www.cork300.com/