Volvo Cork Week  2016 10th - 15th July

Volvo Cork Week 2016 10th – 15th July

An eclectic mix of classes, competitors, good courses and good company.


The first ever IRC European Championship will take place during Volvo Cork Week, 10-15th July 2016.

Monday 9th November 2015, Dublin:
 At the announcement of the inaugural European IRC Championships to be held as part of Volvo Cork Week 2016 were (l/r): Norbert Riley, Commodore of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association with Adrian Yeates, Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland, Michael Boyd, Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Kieran O'Connell, Chairman of Volvo Cork Week 2016 and David Lovegrove, President of the Irish Sailing Association.
 Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The new event in the RORC Calendar will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in the sailing grounds of Cork Harbour and the Atlantic Approaches. Volvo Cork Week is renowned for a variety of sailing conditions to test the competitors, and as an open event, entries for the championship are expected from all over the world.

The first edition of the RORC IRC National Championship took place in 2000, and has done so every year since. There are now seven IRC National Championships throughout the world, but up until now, there has been no continental event.

“When the Royal Ocean Racing Club was approached by the Royal Cork Yacht Club to host the first IRC European Championship, our …

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Volvo Cars Ireland Ltd continue as Title Sponsor for Volvo Cork Week 2016


The Royal Cork Yacht Club are delighted that Volvo Cars Ireland Ltd will continue as Title Sponsor for Volvo Cork Week 2016. Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Rear Admiral and Chairman of Volvo Cork Week 2016, Kieran O’Connell, is clearly delighted to have Volvo on board again for 2016 – “Volvo is one of the biggest names in the world when it comes to sailing sponsorship and it is a great boost to the event to have them on board again for 2016. Volvo Cork Week 2016 promises to be an unforgettable festival keelboat racing”   Plans for the event are now well under way, with racing taking place from 10th – 15th July 2016, the event will also return to the …

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Quokka wins Volvo Cork Week


Volvo Cork Week

Final Report-Louay Habib



Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s get it on’ and The Stranglers ‘Something better change’ rang out over the air waves as the Volvo Cork Week fleet waited for the breeze to set in for the final day of racing. However, the wind was sufficient to allow for a full racing programme to decide the winners for the regatta. Performing well in light winds requires concentration, perfect boat handling skills and tactical acumen. The teams that mastered these factors reaped the rewards. Volvo Cork Week featured the entire Irish team for this month’s Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup and all three yachts had magnificent results.


Michael Boyd’s Grand Soleil, Quokka (Royal Irish YC) was the …

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Leaders emerge at Volvo Cork Week

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Volvo Cork Week Day Three Report-Louay Habib

Unsettled weather provided changeable conditions for the third day of racing at Volvo Cork Week. The day started with bright sunshine and balmy conditions causing a short postponement for many classes and light rain (honestly!) and a stiffer breeze was encountered during the day. With many classes now completing six races, the discard has kicked in and front runners have become more apparent. What is plainly obvious from the results is races and places are being contested by seconds. Volvo Cork Week is providing exciting, close racing and ashore the Craic is the same as ever.

Fleet A composing of the fastest racer cruisers competing in IRC One and IRC Two took on …

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Ballistic Catapult


Volvo Cork Week Day Two Report-Louay Habib

The fast high performance yachts racing at Volvo Cork Week enjoyed the unique Slalom Course today, the triangular course has an offset mark which forces the crew to gybe half way down the reaching leg, providing high octane manoeuvres in close quarters with other yachts.

Marc Glimcher’s American Ker 40, Catapult (Baltimore SC) was launched on the Slalom Course today, scoring three straight bullets. Catapult’s crew include, Royal Cork’s Harry Durcan, the teenage national Optimist Champion, who was beaming from ear to ear. However it was far from easy for Catapult, which will be representing Ireland in the forthcoming Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup. Each race was won by just seconds with three high …

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