Cork Reports

From the winning 1720 Babbelaas Bach; Farr 40s; designer Mark Mills on Thunder's win; the Laser SB3s
Ford Cork Week - excellent hospitality, a fine venue, but this year there were a few gripes which emerged. The fleet as usual was divided between marinas, but in the interests presumably of saving money the organisers had failed to lay on a water taxi between the two and only half the fleet ended up enjoying the famous Cork post-race pontification at the beer tents. Another comment madfor sailing received was that the turnaround between some of the races took too long. "I thought they could have turned the races around a bit quicker for us, seeing as we are the high performance racing class. There seemed to be a lot of delay - we seemed to be sailing more between races than during the races which was the only bad thing I think. But I really enjoyed it. Everything else was really organised, it was all safe, no violence," one crewman told us. However there was considerable joy on one 1720 - John Riccards' Babbelaas Bach.She was not only IRM/Sportboat Boat of the Week but also won the generous prize offered by Peter Harrison's GBR Challenge of sending two of their amateur crewmen to New Zealand to watch one of the first two Round Robins of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Taking up the prize will be the owner's son, the team's 13 year old bowman, Owen Rickards, and trimmer, Andrew Price. Babbelaas Bach was first in the 1720 class by a comfortable margin - with 28 points ahead of Michel Riley's Le Bouchon on 56. There were accusations that this was the North Sails works team, trying to make an impression on the class, but Nigel Young, Manager of North's One Design division in the UK and who was doing mainsheet on board denies this. "It's funny. We just sail