PORTISHEAD YACHTS SAIL ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO
COMPETE AT CORK WEEK REGATTA July 2022
Portishead, 25th July 2022 – For the first time in Portishead Cruising Club’s (PCC) 90 year history, yachts from the racing fleet recently set sail for Cork, Ireland to compete in the prestigious Cork Week regatta.
2022 marks the delayed tricentenary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and visiting boats were welcomed from far and wide to join in the celebrations of the oldest yacht club in the world. The 600 nautical mile round trip was not only a great adventure but also a test of boats, skippers and crew.
Leaving Portishead at 01h00 on Friday 8th July were three boats from the local PCC racing fleet – Hero, skippered by Simon Britten, Assassin skippered by Matthew Bundell and Ctrl-J skippered by Andy Williams.
The 36 hour non-stop transit to Cork was in light winds and took the crews towards Swansea and then almost a direct line across to Cork where the teams arrived safely in time for a quick refresh ahead of the regatta.
Racing took place in the Irish Sea off Cork and involved a series of ‘round the cans’ courses where the skills of our local crews were tested alongside some of the best-drilled yacht crews from Ireland, the UK and further afield.
Races are scored on a handicap system with all the Portishead boats racing in the IRC 1 (Hero and Assassin) and IRC 2 (Ctrl-J) classes.
Now safely back in Portishead after an exhilarating week’s racing, Simon Britten, skipper of lead Portishead boat Hero said, “This was the first time we’d taken some of our racing fleet to Ireland after a successful campaign at Falmouth Week last year. The teams enjoyed some highly competitive racing in great conditions off the coast of Cork and we can’t wait to mount a return campaign next year.”
If you’ve always hankered to be part of a racing yacht crew or want to get back into sailing then the team at PCC would love to hear from you! The fleet races in a number of club series across the year in the waters
of the Bristol Channel – including some evenings during the summer. Contact Nick Duppa-Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and get involved – you don’t need a boat to join in the fun!
Well done to Simon Britton for capturing all those special moments
BYCA English Coast Rally 2022
BCYA 2022 Welsh Coast Rally 1st -3rd July
• Pontoon berth :- Any length of boat £22.00 covers from 0900hrs on the 1st to 1800 hrs on the 3rd
• Free entry to rally including Free drinks reception 1800 hrs on Saturday 2nd
• Prizegiving for best dressed boat – BCYA Yachtsperson of the Year – BCYA Club of the year
• International Food & Drinks Festival and live bands
• To Book Call Kerry on 07745121498 or ideally email :- email@example.com
• When booking please supply Boat Name, Length, Skipper contact details, Estimated crew numbers.
BCYA 2022 Welsh Coast Rally
Please attend if you can as chains need checking since the winter.
Ed Moseley Louis Stephens
The library of books at the PCC Clubhouse is being rationalised as part of preparation for the potential sale of the building.
The remaining books in the library those related to sailing and include old pilots and almanacs.
Please feel free to have a look through them and take away any you are interested in, almost all of them will have to go, as otherwise they will have to be stored until we have a new home.