After summer and winter, here’s hoping for spring

If anyone doubts that Ireland has more climate than weather, they should take a trip to Crosshaven, home to Cork Week 2012.

On the fourth day of competitive racing at this biennial event sailors were less likely to get a soaking on water than the visitors on land.

On Tuesday it was gentle breezes and sunshine and it looked like summer had finally arrived. But yesterday, spoilsport winter came back with a vengeance as the rain pelted down and temperatures dropped.

It was so cold that even the beer taps in Cronin’s pub in the town were wearing overcoats although I was assured that they were just for show. Business looked quiet all round town, but that was just the calm before the storm, according to Joleen Cronin, daughter of owners Thecla and Sean Cronin, who helps run the family pub along with her brother, Denis.

Echoing the views of many local businesses who in the past felt overwhelmed by the event, she revels in the atmosphere of Cork Week 2012.

“There has been a lovely atmosphere all over town. It’s really nice when the competitors come in off the water in the afternoon and drop over for a pint.

“Our party time is from 6-9pm and then everyone goes to the club, so there is no conflict between local business and the RCYC.”

After 9pm is when the tented village outside the clubhouse comes alive, thanks to the efforts of Conor Lyons and his crew from the Bodega bar in Cork. The son of event chairman Pat Lyons, Conor is in charge of everything that makes noise at Cork Week — apart from the wind.

That’s just as well, as the rain is making its own noise and a few hundred tired sailors can only hope that, after two days of summer and winter, spring is not far behind.

* www.corkweek.ie

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