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Volvo Cork Week - There be Dragons!

 
The full armada of 120 yachts was out for the fourth day of Volvo Cork week.

A pride of 13 Dragons and 10 powerful Cork 1720s started their Southern Championships Thursday, taking part in two races with a building sea breeze off Power Head on a windward leeward course.

In the Dragons, three teams were tied at the top. Daniel Murphy's Serafina and Cameron Good's Littla Fella, both from Kinsale YC, and Denis Bergin's Sir Ossis of the River (Royal Irish YC).

For the first day of the 1720 Southern Championship, Anthony O'Leary's Antix (Royal Cork YC) won both races.

For the Beaufort Cup, Barry Byrne's Irish Defence Forces team, racing J/109 Joker 2, still lead the series but their lead has been cut down to just three points after two races Thursday.

Youen Jacob's Baltimore RNLI team, racing J/109 Juggerknot, moved up to second place, with Denis & Annamarie Murphy's Crosshaven RNLI team, racing Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo, winning both races to move up to third for the series.

In IRC One, Frank Whelan's Grand Soleil 44 Eleuthera (Greystones SC) won both races to move up to third.

After five races sailed, Jay Colville's First 40 Forty Licks (East Down YC) leads the class by five points from Jonathan Anderson's J/122 El Grand Senor (Clyde Cruising Club).

In IRC Two, Ronan Harris' J/109 Jigameree (Royal Irish YC) was in sparkling form, winning both of races to go top of the class after five races.

Brian & Mary Jones J/109 Jelly Baby (Royal Cork YC) scored two podium results, but dropped to second, just two points off the lead. Dunlop & Cox's J/108 Mojito (Pwllheli SC) and Jean Francois Nouel's Sunfast 3200 Hakuna Matata (CN Pornic) are tied on points for third.

IRC Three and after six races sailed John Swan's Half Tonner Harmony (Howth YC) has maintained their lead, but only by a single point from Kieran Collins Olson 30 Coracle IV (Royal Cork).

Both teams scored race wins Thursday. Ronan & John Downing's Half Tonner Miss Whiplash (Royal Cork YC) won the last race of the day, staying in touch, just two points off the lead.

In IRC Four, Rory Fekkes's Quarter Tonner Fn'Gr8 (Carrickfergus SC) took two wins to take a strangle hold on the series.

Denis Byrne's Trapper 25 Cracker (Royal Cork YC) is in second place, but only on countback from Paddy Kyne's X-302 Maximus, which won the first race of the day.

Racing for the IRC Classes at Volvo Cork Week will conclude Friday 20 July, The 1720 and International Dragon Southern Championships will race through until Saturday 21 July.

Full results availabel here

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