Fleet growing daily as Cork Week build-up gathers pace

CORK WEEK chairman Peter Deasy said he is pleased with the level of support for the bi-annual regatta and is also looking forward to welcoming more yachts and crew in July.

The big boat fleet for Cork Week 2010 is growing on a daily basis, with Cowes-based Gray, Laidlaw and Heyward’s Farr 52, Bob the latest entry in the over 50 feet category.

A sound Super Zero Class is also expected at the at the regatta which will be held at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, Co Cork on July 10-16.

The scratch boat at present is Irvine Laidlaw’s Wally 82, Highland Fling, back in Europe after a spell racing in the Caribbean.

Several modified TP52s will also be in the running, including Johnny Vincent’s Pace, who took a memorable scalp at the RORC Easter Challenge, beating America’s Cup Teamorigin in one race. Also TP52, Interlodge, owned by Austin Fragomen of New York, is making the trip across the Atlantic.

So far there are no fewer than 19 J Boats entered for Cork Week. The majority are J109s competing for their European Championships.

Neal Martin normally keeps his J133 in the UK but is heading for the Norwegian fjords before heading south to Cork Week.

Martin explains: “It is about 2,500 miles of sailing through Kiel, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and onto Norway. On the way back we will race to Shetland from Bergen with about 40 Norwegian boats. After that we will visit the west coast of Scotland before coming to Crosshaven. The crew will alter during the voyage but both myself and my Norwegian girlfriend, Randi will be in Crosshaven.

“This will be my sixth Cork Week and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Fifteen Beneteaus have already entered Cork Week 2010. Tony McBride’s First 50, Novus Arca is making the trip from Scotland and RCYC members, Paul and Deirdre Tingle with Alpaca will compete to defend their First 31.7 title from 2008.

Paul Kirwan’s Sigma 38, Errislannan has also entered. He won the Sigma 38 Europeans at Cork Week in 2008 and is back to defend his title.

Ten Corby Yachts are entered and more are expected including Robert Davies, brand new Corby 36, Roxy 6 which will be representing Ireland in the forthcoming Rolex Commodores’ Cup.

Cork Week 2010 has a huge variety of boats and whilst the Gentleman’s Class may not have the high-tech gear and elite sailors competing, the seamanship in the class is very apparent.

National Yacht Club member, Philip Dilworth, will be racing Grand Soleil 42, Orna. A previous class winner of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race and 2008 Cork Week winner, Orna is obviously well sailed.

“Entries are going well and we are pleased with the level of support,” says Cork Week chairman Deasy. “There is room for plenty more and we look forward to welcoming more yachts and crew at Cork Week in July to enjoy the hospitality of the RCYC and the community in Crosshaven.”

- To enter or to get more information visit www.corkweek.ie

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