Monkstown Bay Sailing Club is full of dinghies in Cork Harbor

Monkstown Bay Sailing Club is based in the inner part of Cork Harbor and is buzzing with the start of its October league and, according to Commodore club Sandy Rimmington, a relaunch of the 5O5 fleet and a plan to expand the teaching of sailing sailing in schools.

A 5O5 owner himself, he is banking on renewed interest in the fleet to focus on hosting the 5O5 World Championships in Cork next year. For the fourth time, they will take place at the RCYC in Crosshaven around the port of Monkstown, from August 3rd to 13th.

“This led to the rejuvenation of the 5O5 fleet, which had always been strong in Monkstown,” said MBSC Commodore.

Alex Barry (right) at the helm of a 505 during the RCYC ‘At Home’ regatta Photo: Bob Bateman

Support for dinghy racing is strong, with the club successfully hosting the Munster Optimists Championships earlier this month and being awarded the Feva South Championships in April next year and, in the week before the world 5O5 next August, Monkstown will host the Irish Championships for the class.

The Munster Optimists Championships were organized by MBSC Photo: Bob BatemanThe Munster Optimists Championships were organized by MBSC Photo: Bob Bateman

The club committee is preparing a busy program for next season.

“We plan to push dinghy sailing even further next year, particularly the Lasers, RS Dinghies, 5O5s and Oppies, with Laser Frostbites in February where we expect up to 20 participating boats, RS Southerns for Feva /200s/400s in April, preparing for the 5O5 Worlds Winter Sprint series We are trying to make sailing accessible to everyone by working with schools who may not have the opportunity to use the water and teach teenagers how to sail.We are currently fundraising to buy more boats for this.The Optimists event was a huge success and will allow us to generate interest in sailing and organize more events.

“The club bought a 1720 which was used for adult training”

The club purchased a 1720 sports boat which was used for adult training and purchased two new rescue boats. “It allows us to increase the number of people we can train.”

There are plans to put the 1720 in its first competitive event next season, possibly at Cork Week at the RCYC.

The Commodore leads the club’s Saturday morning class one dinghy league, sailing an RS 400, crewed by Alex Barry. In second place is Richard Harrington in Laser and third Ronan Kenneally, also in Laser.

Three RS Feva XL are the leading boats in class two. Robyn Barry, along with Hazel Barry, are the leaders; 2nd Amy and David Doherty and third Isabelle McCarthy, with the crew of Bella Clarke Waterman.

The Monkstown Bay Club dinghies are based on the Sand Quay in the middle of the village, and that’s where I spoke to Commodore Sandy Rimmington, my guest on this week’s podcast, which you can listen to here.

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