Schull gets ready for festival as 100-boat entry expected for Calves Week

WITH over 80 confirmed entries already, the 2008 Calves Week in Schull, is again expected to top the 100-boat mark for the annual west Cork festival of sailing.

The week-long sailing event, is once again sponsored by Howard Holdings and Saab.

This year’s event incorporates the McWilliams, SCORA South Coast Championships and will feature racing for eight classes, including the new class Zero and class 4, together with the traditional classes 1, 2,and 3 and the growing West Cork 1720 fleet.

Due to the increase in numbers the White Sail fleet will be split into two, with a cut-off point of approximately 35ft. Both fleets will begin the series in Kinsale, where they will start a daylight race to Baltimore at 8am on Saturday morning August 2.

The cruiser fleets in classes Zero, 1 and 2 will start the traditional Crosshaven-Fastnet-Schull overnight race at an earlier time of 7.30pm on Friday August 1 from the Weavers Point line, while classes 3 and 4 will sail a shorter course direct to Schull.

The opening reception and briefing will be held at the newly refurbished Courtyard in Schull centre, while the final presentation of prizes will be held indoors in the Harbour View Hotel.

The first race from Schull will start on Sunday, August 3, when the fleets will sail a variety of courses, which will all finish in Baltimore.

Some of the boats will stay overnight, for Monday’s regatta with the full fleet again resuming for battle in Schull on Tuesday morning, where a ‘Saab’ costal race is scheduled.

On Wednesday the fleet sail to Cape Clere Island for the fun regatta of the week. The racing boats will anchor in south harbour, while the support crafts will tie up in north harbour.

This infamous event is run by the secret committee of the Cape Clere Yachting Association and has always proved to be the ideal location for the crews to “leave their hair down.”

On Thursday, racing returns to Schull, while on Friday the fleet round Fastnet Rock to finish in Crookhaven, where boats remain overnight for the following day’s regatta.

The week finally concludes on Sunday, August 10, with Schull Regatta, where racing will take place in Roaring Water Bay, with the closing ceremony and overall presentation of trophies at 6.30pm.

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