Racing at Volvo Cork Week 2024 begins on Monday 15th July and will continue daily until Friday 19th July. Event entry numbers have been steadily climbing, with entries and expressions of interest received from far and wide, including Scotland, Turkey, Hong Kong and USA.

The latest entry list is now published at www.corkweek.ie/entry-list and showcases the impressive quality and variety of boats already entered in the Volvo Cork Week fleet.

The Principal Race Officer for Volvo Cork Week 2024 will be the vastly experienced Dave Lovegrove, ably supported by local expert Ciaran McSweeney as Assistant PRO, and working closely with his team of Race Officers presiding over the various courses during the week.

The RO team will meet each morning to review weather conditions and plan the best racing possible for all fleets – perhaps taking advantage of a reliable afternoon sea-breeze on calmer days or utilising the deep sheltered waters of the harbour to continue racing in more inclement weather. This flexibility has been enshrined in the Cork Week sailing instructions throughout the event’s long history, meaning that Cork Week has never failed to provide racing.

The event boasts a large entry of J-boats of all sizes, many of which are sure to be in the mix for prizes. Also of note are some big X-boats which will face off for the first time. The high-performance Cape31 class already have a number of entries, with more anticipated in the coming weeks. Entries in the championship events that are held as part of Volvo Cork Week, such as the 1720 Europeans and the RS21s UK&I Cup, continue to grow. The increasingly popular non-spinnaker classes are also filling up with entries from a wide variety of clubs across the UK and Ireland.

 

Something for everyone

Volvo Cork Week 2024 will embrace its traditional format, with each Cork Week fleet rotating through a variety of racecourses over the 5 days of racing. The 1720 European Championships and the RS21 UK&I Cup event will run on their own dedicated course, while the Cork Week Coastal fleet will have one longer race each day, along the beautiful southern coastline. To assist with planning, the organisers will shortly be reaching out those already entered to confirm which class they intend to participate in.

The RS21s class are providing charter boats for the event, which will be available in ready to race condition at the RCYC, making this a very attractive package for those wouldn’t otherwise have the time or crew available to compete in Cork Week in their own boat. Check out the recent article for more information about the opportunity to compete in the RS21 championship event at www.corkweek.ie

The Beaufort Cup, a friendly competition between international uniformed services, has already attracted teams from Ireland, the UK, and the US. In some cases, these teams are taking part in Cork Week as part of a program of 2024 events including the classic Round Ireland race.

For those trailering their boats to the event, boats can be launched and retrieved by crane in Crosshaven, with secure storage also available for trailers locally. For more information, reach out to info@corkweek.ie

 

Social diary

Entertainment will be provided each day after sailing, in a large marquee at the heart of the event site at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, kicking off with live music by Phil Holbird every day.

The Family Fun Day including our regular Coastal Market, with family entertainment for all, will be on Sunday 14th July.

  • Free crew grub and drinks (A pulled pork bap with rustic potatoes, Mount Gay & Coke) will be provided for all competitors of Volvo Cork Week 2024 on Tuesday 16th
  • The traditional Ladies Gala Lunch, in aid of the RNLI, will be held on Wednesday 17th
  • A Battle of the DJs is planned for Thursday 18th
  • The week will be interspersed with several promotional events and a number of sponsor activities.

Daytime fun will be available to all on the Royal Cork Yacht Club site. The club’s existing playground will remain available for use within an expanded family friendly area. This will also include a Play Zone offering plenty of room for children’s games, picnics, coffee, ice cream and treats.

Multiple casual dining options will be available on-site, alongside retail outlets, chandlery and spares, sail-repair, and other event facilities.

 

Accommodation

The event organisers recognise the challenges of finding suitable accommodation for competitors and have sourced additional accommodation offering great value for those seeking self-catering in Crosshaven. Check out the ‘Accommodation’ section of the event website and contact the club’s accommodation liaison directly for more information.

Competitors with their own campervans can be accommodated at Crosshaven Rugby Club, with appropriate facilities on-site only 1km from the Royal Cork Yacht Club. See www.crosshavenrugbyfc.com for contact details.

Note that a regular bus service to/from Carrigaline and Cork City provides access to accommodation options in these locations and also stops directly outside the gates of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

 

Links

The latest Entry List can be viewed here

The Entry Form can be found here

The Notice of Race is available to view here.

The contact details for accommodation are available here.

Why not take a minute to browse through the photo galleries from previous Cork Weeks here.

Check out this video, with footage from the previous editions of Volvo Cork Week here.