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.


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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Classic Opener in Cork Harbour


Volvo Cork Week Day One Report-Louay Habib

Thrilling conditions welcomed an international fleet of yachts from all over Europe and the United States to Volvo Cork Week. 100 yachts racing in Cork Harbour produced a magnificent spectacle. Cork Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and provides stunning scenery and tricky wind and tidal conditions. The gusty north easterly breeze tested the boat handling skills of the international fleet, with several yachts reporting a boat speed of up to 20 knots on the surf.

The first race of Volvo Cork Week started just outside Roches Point, the wind speed piped up to 17 knots with a short sea state. The beat into Cork Harbour had the …

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