Iconic race features as a highlight on third day of Volvo Cork Week

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Crosshaven, Co. Cork, 18 July 2018:Racing in the 16 nautical-mile Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh at Volvo Cork Week 2018 organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Still with two days of racing to go, Volvo Cork Week staged a spectacular gathering of all the racing yachts today for the iconic Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh.

A huge starting-line of a kilometre in length was needed to accommodate the 85 boats and stretched across the mouth of Cork Harbour outside Roche’s point.

Sun split through the broken clouds as a long stream of spinnaker sails snaked from Church Bay northwards towards Cobh as the procession of boats raced past the rising slopes of the famous maritime town.

But a serious game was also in play with several classes battling to establish strong leads going into the final two days that will feature three intense races daily.

An overall winner of the Harbour Race was declared across all classes that saw Johnny Swan on Harmony from Howth Yacht Club emerge top boat overall, defeating even the larger and newer boats of Class One thanks to a very fast time around the 16.5 nautical-mile course.

Individual class results were also declared with points from today’s race counting towards the overall series still to be decided on Friday.

While absent on Government duty, Simon Coveney’s crew on Jedi emerged winners of the Harbour Race in the Beaufort Cup fleet and the team now lies second to defending title-holder Commandant Barry Byrne on Joker 2.

The full Volvo Cork Week fleet will be on the water tomorrow (Thursday) when the handicap classes will be joined by one-designs including the elegant International Dragon keelboat and Sportsboat divisions bring the number of boats on the water to 120 boats.

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