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The Naval Storehouses and Mrs. Deane from Cork

 Cobh and the lower Cork Harbour area has many interesting buildings - and this week we take a look at the beautiful naval storehouses on Haulbowline Islands which were completed 187 years ago.

Naval Stores 

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The Spit Lighthouse in Cobh

 As I sit here at my desk admiring the 100 or so yachts racing in Cork Harbour I am also gazing at the Spit Lighthouse which stands sentinel over the Spit Bank in front of Cobh. This weeks blog has a quick look at the work of its designer Alexander Mitchell.

Spit Lighthouse

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Autumn - a time for learning!

The evenings are getting shorter - and next week they will be even shorter again! Time to be indoors in the evenings and where better than an evening class! This weeks blog is is a piece I did for the excellent radio programme "Seascapes" by Tom Mc Sweeney which went out on Radio 1 on last Friday night - a second piece will be goion out this Friday(23 Oct) It was great to go back to the studios on Fr. Matthew Quay in Cork and record the piece with the producer of the show Marcus Connaughton. 



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Autumn slides in gently!

 After a great September we are now being treated to a mild October - great for getting afloat. Cork harbour buzzing! Lots of boats out on weekdays (including SailCorks "Holy Grounder"), dinghy racing in Monkstown and SailCork  junior sailing on Saturdays, dinghy and cruiser sailing in Crosshaven on Sundays , angling boats out every day - it's great to see the harbour so busy. 

With the evenings getting shorter it is limiting time afloat but indicates the beginning of evening classes - time for learning to begin! 

Interesting talk from our Deputy Harbour Master on Yachts v Ships more

sailboat ship near miss

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Our super September summer! (+Croatia)

 As I write the sunshine is streaming in the window.......I spent yesterday afloat in a Cork Harbour!! What a fantastic month we have had! It was great to come back to sunshine in Ireland after a sizzling super sailing week in Croatia. Well done to Ant O' Leary and the Royal Cork team who came 4th in the New York YC Invitational Cup and a very special well done to Nin O' Leary who retained his title as the All Ireland Sailing Champion! Plenty of action coming up with the RCYC Autumn League ......... and of course our series of navigation courses at the RCYC and East Ferry!   Read on to hear about the SailCork cruise in Croatia.............

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Summer is here…..for a while!

 Thank God for the bit of sunshine! Cork Harbour is abuzz with activity! We needed it badly after last Sunday - we had a great trip up the river to Blackrock - we had good waterproofs and we were ready for the long wait to come alongside (the race started at a rather early time - we were in Blackrock 4 and a half hours before HW!) The sun gods came mid week and hopefully we will get a few more days out of it! Anyway I'm happy - we are off to Croatia next Saturday!

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Cobh to Blackrock - a great race?

 Next Sunday is traditionally the big end of season gathering for sailors in Cork Harbour - the race from Cobh to Blackrock..............but is the weather going to spoil the day? With a high tide in Blackrock at 19:30 are Cove Sailing Club wise to schedule some of the starts for as early as 14:00? The direct distance from Cobh to Blackrock is about 6.5 nautical miles. So if a dinghy (the starters at 14:00) sails at only 2.5kn with a tide of 1kn - she will get there in less than 2 hours - well before half tide! Will lead to a bit of mudlarking!! However it is the weather that I see as being the main worry - looks like rain all day(heavy) and strong southerly rain. If there is a race I'll be there on "Holy Grounder" but we are not going to subject any pupils to misery!! On a good day it is a great race and if you want to find out more about the "Blackrock Race" have a look at my blog................

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West Cork is calling…..................!

West Cork is calling! The annual migration is about to begin – I will leave the SailCork base at East Ferry in the capable hands of my trusted Senior Instructors, Suzie and Jonny, and head for Crookhaven – then Baltimore and finally Schull for the Holy Grail – Calves Week! 

SailCork at Fastnet

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Dun Laoghaire Regatta goes to Howth and Killiney….......... Calves Week on the way!!!

 New and improved courses, a great social scene with 450 boats competing  - all made for a very successful Dun Laoghaire Regatta. We had a great trip from Cork to Dublin aboard Irish Mist and an interesting return journey -  this boat can do Cork Dublin in less than 9 hours! The West Cork  season is almost upon us - Calves Week begins on Bank Holiday Friday (31 Jul) and the fun continues until the famous Schull Regatta (Sun Aug 9th) - Why not join us aboard Holy Grounder!

Fastnet - SailCork destination

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Champagne Sailing and Super Social Sovereign’s Cup

Champagne Sailing and a Super Social Scene were the order of the day for Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale last week. Congrats to Tony Kingston and his crew and all at KYC for a great week! We have some more news and a number of very special social awards for special performances rendered during an amazing week! Make sure to look below to see if you were captured on candid camera!

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