GHYC At Home Regatta – With Visiting Boats from Cork & Kinsale
In the 1970’s and early 80’s one of the feature events of the South Coast Sailing Calendar was the Crosshaven – Fastnet – Baltimore race for the bigger IOR boats, and the Crosshaven – Baltimore race for the smaller classes. The race commenced with an 8pm start in Crosshaven on Friday of the June Bank Holiday weekend, boats from Cork Harbour and Kinsale participating, the race finished in Baltimore on Saturday where the crews relaxed and enjoyed pints in Bush’s, Teddy Browns and the old Baltimore House Hotel after their overnight exertions.
Then it was back to business on Sunday with a race from Baltimore to Kinsale for the “Crohogue Jug”, after an overnight in Kinsale it was time to disperse with the Cork Harbour boats returning to Crosshaven and Cobh. Overall a long weekend, Friday to Monday, lots of racing, lots of pints, lots of fun for the lads. But, not much fun for the ladies who were left at home on the Bank Holiday weekend with the children who were facing the impending Exams.
These factors together with safety considerations for the boats and crews particularly in the long overnight races often in heavy weather and a growing lack of enthusiasm for sitting on the weather rail in wet and windy conditions let to changes in the Racing Schedule.
Current Race Format – The new race schedule introduced in the late 80’s involved :
Race from Crosshaven to Glandore on Saturday of the Bank Holiday
Race from Kinsale to Castletownshend also starting on Saturday morning.
Both of the fleets converged in Glandore on Sunday morning.
2016 At Home Regatta
The June bank holiday weekend is the traditional start of the sailing season in Glandore and this year was no exception, especially with the glorious weather. GHYC was very much At Home and was delighted to welcome 13 cruisers from Kinsale Yacht Club into our lovely harbour on Saturday June 4th, after their super enjoyable race down from Kinsale.
Afterwards we hosted a fantastic BBQ and prizegiving in our brand spanking new yard/ dance floor beside the clubhouse. The BBQ was just first class and huge thanks have to the GHYC club members who made it all happen : the cooks (Diarmuid, Pat an Kevin), the amazing salad-makers (too many to mention), the Servers/ runners (Jean & Myriam), the Catering Director, Sally Wyles, who worked non-stop all day long and the best juniors in the world : Claudia – the plate seller and Fiachra the novice barman. Thank you all.
And thanks too to all the ferryboat drivers and Dan O’Sullivan in particular who made sure that all of our guests got back on board with a few on board!
And on Sunday morning at the very early time of 9:55 (for Glandore anyway) there was a fantastic race start comprising most of the Kinsale boats (minus the ones that slept in!!) and the local Dragon fleet and a lone Squib. All raced together to the mouth of the harbour where the KYC fleet peeled east and the GHYC fleet raced on around Adam and Sheila marks. All good fun and in keeping with the fun weekend, everyone got a prize for getting up so early !!!
Thank you to one and all – GHYC is most definitely up and at it for 2017!
20 16 Results
Kinsale YC Cruisers
1 – Zubenelgenubi
2 – Chameleon
3 – Endgame
Compete Results are here
All In Harbour Race
1 – Aphrodite
2 – Sonata
3 – Miss Fire
4 – Gypsy (RET)
1 – Tóg go bug é
1 – Kyachtic