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The Cork Harbour One Designs

The Cork Harbour One Designs

 The Cork Harbour One Designs were designed by the famous Scottish yacht designer William Fife. The boats were 30 feet long and built of yellow pine on oak and Initially 6 boats were built at the “Gridiron” in Carrigaloe Cobh in 1896 (Querida, Elsie, Little Devil (Cygnet), Maureen, Minx and Bunyip (Sibyl). They had great racing in their first year so three more were built for 1897 - two were built in Passage West (Imp and Coleen) and another at Carrigaloe (Jap). The tenth and last boat was built at the Fisheries School in Baltimore in 1924 (Betty). Click link to see full story!

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Sailing Invasion of Cork City!

Cork City Ahoy!

One of my favourite days of the year comes each September - the annual Cove Sailing Club race from Cobh to Blackrock. The boats then continue upriver to Cork City for a great party!

I am lucky enough to have enjoyed "going up the river" on over 40 occasions - it is a day I hate to miss! There is an opportunity for everyone to participate and enjoy a great day afloat. Read the blog and find out all about it!

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Cruising the Cork and Kerry Coasts.

We are blessed in Ireland with a magnificent coastline - there are very many beautiful places but for my money the best cruising ground is Cork and Kerry. Besides amazing scenery on our coastline there are lots of great ports and safe anchorages full of character. A voyage on this coastline makes for a memorable holiday. This blog explores the coastline from Youghal in East Cork to the north Kerry and the Sahnnon Estuary. I am lucky enough to have sailed these waters for nearly 50 years and I want to share some of my insights and tips............................ 

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Why did the Costa Concordia sink?

 The town of Cobh has been a port of call for ocean liners for over 150 years - now about 60 liners visit Cork Harbour each year- we all love the liners!  Everybody in the maritime community was shocked last Friday night with the news of the grounding of the massive Italian cruise liner the Costa Concordia. I spent the weekend trawling the web to try to find out what really happened - this blog is the tragic story of the last voyage of the Costa Concordia on  Friday the 13th of January 2012.

sinking of costa concordia

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My stamp album and the Caribbean - the best sailing waters in the world!

I began my dinghy racing aboard a twelve foot fiberglass una rig boat "Emmy" with my Dad's first cousin, the late Joan Denvir - where my main job was to whistle for the wind! Joan was one of my heros as a child - she braved a world dominated by men - owning her own yacht, sailing across the Atlantic and becoming the first female Commodore of any sailing or yacht club in Ireland when she was Commodore of Cove Sailing Club.

Joan spent a lot of time in the Caribbean and always sent me postcards from Antigua. The pictures on the postcards showed blue waters, green islands, happy people, beautiful yachts and golden beaches - AND.........always SUNSHINE! The stamps repeated this theme and were pride of place in my stamp album........................

Caribbean Sailing 

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What is Powerboating?

"Powerboating" is a word I never heard in my youth but now it is one of the most important sectors of sport afloat! In this blog we have a look at it's past and it's rise to fame!

Powerboating 

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Cork - What a fantastic cruising ground!

 I have always felt very lucky to be living on the shores of Cork Harbour- what an amazing place - a cruising ground in it's own right! If I exit Cork Harbour I have Oysterhaven only 10 miles away with Kinsale 3 miles further. It's only an 11 miles hop to scenic Courtmacsherry with Glandore Harbour 20 miles away. The lovely Castlwtownsend is just 4 miles further and the mecca of Baltimore some 10 miles down the coast. Schull, Cape Clear and at least a dozen of Carbery's Hundred Isles are all within 7 miles and only 12 miles to Crookhaven - gateway to the Mizen and points further west! We are spoilt for choice - I'm hoping to get to some of these fantastic ports of call on the June Bank Holiday Cruise aboard Holy Grounder

Old Head of Kinsale

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The Celtic- world’s biggest liner and the chair in our back hall.

 One of my fathers earliest boyhood memories of the bounties of the sea was a crop of apples floating ashore at his home on East Beach in Cobh - that was back in 1928  - and the apples came from the wreck of the liner Celtic which had gone aground on Roches Point at the entrance to Cork Harbour.

White Star Liner Sails from (Queenstown) Cobh in Cork Ireland to New York

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The story of Holy Grounder - SailCorks flagship

Cobh Wed Jan 28 - foggy morning, sunny afternoon with light southerly winds- but more breeze coming!

The town of Cobh has been an important seaport for centuries. The eastern part of the town was very populous and was the major venue for shoreside socialising - it earned the name of "The Holy Ground" Most sailors would be familiar with the words of the famous song - "......and still I live in hopes to see the Holy Ground once more ..... fine girl you are!! Cobh people are often known as "Holy Grounders".

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