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In 1860 the first ever ocean yacht race in the United Kingdom was held from Kingstown (Now Dun Laoghaire) to Queenstown (Now Cobh). It is reported that the winner of the race was paid a prize of £15 at the time and all competing boat got a bursary of 10/6 each. The winner of the first race was a Schooner Kingfisher owned by Cooper Penrose Esq. The race was held on the 14th of July 1860 and had sixteen boats racing. This year at Volvo Cork week we are going to hold the race again for any boat wishing to take part and the winning boat will be awarded a first prize of a cheque for €15 mounted and framed, …

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Non-Spinnaker Appendix A is removed.


To all Non Spinnaker Competitors for Volvo Cork Week 2016. The OA has decided to remove Appendix A from the Notice of race for Volvo Cork 2016, This Appendix covered the restriction on sail material in white sail classes for VCW 16. It was decided to remove this restriction and instead to split the non spinnaker classes into two classes. Both classes will still race together on the same course but will get separate results after racing and overall the class split will be decided by the OA before the regatta begins and published online. This is the same system that was used for the 2014 addition of Volvo Cork Week. Apologies for any confusion caused by this late change …

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ISA Try Sailing Challenge


The inaugural ISA Try Sailing Invitational will take place this July, hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC), Crosshaven, Co. Cork, as part of the highly successful Volvo Cork Week from July 10th to 15th. It represents one of a number of initiatives under the ISA’s Try Sailing banner aimed at introducing as many people as possible to the joys of sailing.

“It is with huge excitement that we announce the inaugural ISA Try Sailing Invitational which will be part of Volvo Cork Week 2016. This event will attract teams from clubs across the country and will add a unique and exciting element to the already fun packed Volvo Cork Week 2016.” –Kieran O’Connell, Chairman of Volvo Cork Week.…

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Irish Quarter Ton Cup at Volvo Cork Week

Quarter ton

The Irish Quarter Ton Cup will also be held at Volvo Cork Week 2016. In the 1980’s and 90’s the then J Class raced every week in the RCYC and was made up of many different quarter tonners so many people got their first experience of sailing in a quarter tonner. The Irish Quarter Ton Cup in 2016 will not only crown a national champion but the winner will also be eligible for a class European Medal and will be in with a chance to win best overall boat of the European Championship. Volvo Cork Week 2016 is looking forward to welcoming quarter tonners from all over Ireland and the UK to compete this year.…

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Great turn out for the early entry of Volvo Cork Week 2016


We are delighted to announce that we now have 76 boats entered on Early Entry, a whopping 70% increase on early entries in 2014!

To all boats that have signed up, thank you & we look forward to welcoming you to Volvo Cork Week 2016.

All 76 entries will be put into the draw to win a weekend 40ft barefoot charter from Sovereign Sailing. The lucky winner will be announced this Friday.

Interested in racing but haven’t signed up yet? Not to worry, you can still enter via our website: http://www.corkweek.ie/entry-form-volcork-week-2016/

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