Bumper entry as Calves Week kicks off in style at Schull

LIGHT winds and glorious blue skies have marked the first few days of Calves Week in Schull this year.

Some 60 boats joined the week-long sailing and social event, with Heineken joining the list of sponsoring organisations which allows this event to continue for its 27th year.

The volunteer organisers took care this year at the pre-series captains’ briefing to warn about the main hazard of using islands as marks — unlike moored buoys, they may be surrounded by that foe of the sailor, rocks lurking under the surface.

Maybe the next one will need to remind people about Spring tides, as Gloves Off (K Twomey) found out when he lodged briefly in the mud in Baltimore Harbour before the regatta on Monday.

Another innovation this year — an IRC series is underway for Whitesail 1, with Samba (G Downing) taking winning honours on all three races to date.

The feeder races from Cork and Kinsale battled against light winds to make it down.

Only one whitesail boat (Aisling, B Heffernan) sailed overnight from Kinsale.

Five boats set off from Cork with Indulgence (A Heffernan) winning by less than eight minutes on corrected time from Exhale (D Good). The wind picked up over Sunday to a force 3/4 which allowed Neil Prendeville to send the full fleet around Clear Island on the feeder race to Baltimore, despite some groans in the smaller slower boats at the back when they heard the course.

Baltimore Regatta was sailed in glorious sunshine with the wind playing its usual tricks under the White Lady for boats trying for a spinnaker finish for the crowds.

Kinsale Town Regatta started on Saturday with an all-in coastal race to the Black Tom and back, this year saw twice as many boats entered making the racing very competitive and offering great support to the town and club.

The order was: 1 John Twomey’s Sonar, 2 Go Kart team RCI (Swantons); 3 Godot (Godkin and O’Donovan).

Sunday and Monday races consisted of round the cans with Sunday’s course sending all yachts up past the RNLI station to support their open day. Monday proved a little more challenging due to the light winds, with some boats managing to finish sideways.

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