‘Cork Dinghyfest 2015’ will consist of 4 days of world class racing, with courses inside and outside Cork Harbour. Irish class associations will be holding the following events during the 4 day regatta:
- RS200 – Euro Cup & National Championships
- RS Feva National Championships
- RS 400 Southern Championships
- Mirror National Championships
- 420 Nationals Championships
- Topper Munster Championships
- National 18 Nationals Championships
- Optimist Championship
- Optimist Fun Fleet
There will also be mixed dinghy racing as well as an Optimist championship.
Announcing the event, Nicholas O’Leary, ‘Cork Dinghyfest 2015’ Director of Sailing said:
“I’ve been monitored the growth of dinghy sailing over the past number of years and believe the time is now right to get all fleets together and host a National Dinghy Festival. I’m delighted that we will be hosting Cork Dinghyfest 2015 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Over the last year or so I’ve seen a lot of old competitors and good mates migrate back to our roots of the dinghy classes. Graduates of old from the social Intervarsity Team Racing Circuit are now picking up affordable dinghies like the RS’s, Lasers and Mirrors to name but a few. The latest to get into the dinghy craze is Ireland’s Figaro “Full Irish” Campaigner, David Kenefick, who will join over a dozen RS 400’s now racing in Cork Harbour.
“There’s a fair amount of dinghy sailors who want to get together to race hard and renew friendships forged in their youth sailing days. Expats further afield will hopefully come to the party and Dinghyfest 2015 will facilitate those sailors coming home to compete and hopefully bring sailors, from the UK and beyond , to enjoy what Cork Harbour has to offer. We have four race courses planned and will look at rotating classes to challenge the tactical skills of all, with the varying conditions which each race area will present.”
Cork Dinghyfest 2015 will encompass a number of Class Championships with two, three and four days racing planned depending on the requirements. An overall Cork Dinghyfest Championships will combine results for three days racing from the 21st to the 23rd and the finer elements are detailed within the NOR now and SI’s when released. Entries for all events will be through the dedicated website www.corkdinghyfest.ie.