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Volvo Cork Week - Day 1

 
A mixture of clear blue skies and blankets of clouds made for highly changeable conditions for the first day of Volvo Cork Week.

Racing kicked off with an early start for the 17 teams racing in The Beaufort Cup, a 150-mile offshore race from Cork Harbour, to the Fastnet Rock and back.

Simon Coveney's Irish Defence Force team that led out of Cork Harbour and away along the south coast of Ireland.

The fleet will be on the wind for the first night, and expected to make the Fastnet Rock in the early hours of Tuesday 17 July.

The Volvo Cork Week Armada were out in action off Weaver's Point for an inshore race with a top mark in the picturesque Ringabella Bay.

Jay Colville's First 40 Forty Licks (East Down YC) won the race in IRC One by just 26 seconds on corrected time from Jonathan Anderson's J/122 El Gran Senor (Clyde Cruising Club). Performance Yacht Charter's Grand Soleil 43 Jua Kali (RORC) was third.

In IRC Three, Kieran Collins Olson 30 Coracle IV (Royal Cork YC) won by a handsome margin from Paul & Deirdre Tingle's X-34 Alpaca (Royal Cork YC). John Swan's Half Tonner Harmony (Howth YC) was third.

Congratulations to all of today's class winners including:

Dunlop & Cox's Mojito (Pwllheli SC), Denis Byrne's Cracker, Ronan Stack's Supergroove (Arklow SC), Broadhead, Collins & Stuart's Persistance (Royal Irish YC), Donal and O'Mahony's Loch Greine (Royal Cork YC), and Patrick Doherty's Tailte (NSYS & RCYC).

Volvo Cork Week continues tomorrow Tuesday 17th July with racing from 1100 inside and outside of Cork Harbour.

For race documents, results and event guides: www.corkweek.ie

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