The date has been set for Cork Week 2022, Monday July 11th to Friday July 15th 2022. With Volvo Cork Week 2020 having been cancelled as a result of the global pandemic, the Royal Cork Yacht Club are extending their Tricentenary celebrations with a number of significant events in the coming years, including Cork Week 2022. The 300th anniversary of the oldest yacht club in the world is a momentous occasion and the Royal Cork welcomes members, guests and visitors to join them for world class racing and shore-side entertainment.

Acutely aware of continued uncertainty and changing diaries, the Royal Cork are keen to cement July 11th to 15th 2022 in the diaries of all. To that end, and in the spirit of this event ‘For Sailors, By Sailors’, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Colin Morehead, has appointed his committee with Annamarie Fegan and Ross Deasy co-chairing the event.

Annamarie Fegan and Ross Deasy will co-chair Cork Week 2022. They are pictured here with Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Colin Morehead, at Weaver’s Point, Crosshaven. Photograph: Robert Bateman

Ross Deasy will chair the racing committee and having grown up overlooking Roche’s Point, has raced as part of many keelboat campaigns in the last 25 years, including a Commodore’s Cup win onboard Antix. Annamarie will chair the shore-side events and along with husband Denis and daughters Mia and Molly, has been campaigning their Grand Soleil ’40 both inshore and offshore in recent years including a win in this year’s ‘Fastnet 450’.

With the Round Ireland cancelled in 2020, Nieulargo are setting their sights on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle and Rolex Fastnet Race in 2021. Photograph: Robert Bateman

Cork Week organisers have committed to publishing an advanced notice of race by Easter 2021, thus giving boat owners and captains plenty of time to make plans to attend this very special event in Cork which organisers hope will achieve the 300+ boats expected for Volvo Cork Week 2020.

The Cork Week formula has attracted the worlds best for many years and 2022 will be no different. The mix of a warm welcome, cold beer, world class facilities, easy access from ports and airports and a can do attitude from organisers makes this an event not to be missed. The option of varied race courses will continue to be key to the success of Cork Week with windward leeward, trapezoid, coastal, harbour and even slalom courses on offer, it means every boat has the chance to have their day.

Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice (right) and Jonathan Anderson’s El Gran Senor in the middle of Cork Harbour during the 16 nautical-mile Harbour Race that included a massed start and sailpast the historic town of Cobh at Volvo Cork Week 2018. 2022 will as always see the return of the famous ‘Harbour Race’
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The 1720 class have already committed to hosting their Europeans as part of Cork Week 2022 and following a resurgence of the class in the run up to 2020, numbers are expected to exceed 35 and could even approach 50. Ben Ainslie and a young Jimmy Spithill are amongst past Cork Week competitors in the class.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Honorary life member and former Admiral of the Royal Cork, Anthony O’Leary, joins the committee as an advisor for 2022. Having raced amongst the best and recently making the podium in the New York Yacht Club invitational, Anthony knows what it takes to make a great event and he will impart his knowledge.

Anthony O’Leary’s Antix leading the fleet at the start of racing for the One-Designs and 1720 Sportsboats at Volvo Cork Week 2018.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The committee will be supported by multiple national champion and All Ireland winner Alex Barry in communications, General Manager of the Royal Cork, Gavin Deane, and Rear Admiral of Keelboat racing in the Royal Cork, Daragh Connolly.

The 1720’s and Beaufort Cup (International Inter Service Sailing Regatta) have already committed to attend in 2022 and organisers are actively speaking with IRC, one design, classics, double handed and offshore organisations, meaning there should be something for everyone. It is envisaged that a number of offshore races points scoring races from locations across the British Isles will finish in Cork Harbour in June and July 2022 thus ensuring a strong visiting fleet. Associations are asked to express their interest to chair of racing, Ross Deasy, the earlier the better of course.

Youen Jacob’s Baltimore RNLI lifeboat team on True Penance passing the Fastnet Rock in the Beaufort Cup for Military & Rescue Services on the opening day of Volvo Cork Week 2016. The Fastnet Race will again form a key part of the Beaufort Cup in 2022.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport courtesy of Baltimore RNLI

A warm welcome awaits all in Crosshaven.
Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

For more information please see www.corkweek.ie

Seasons greetings to all and we wish you and your families all the best in these difficult times.

Cover photo: Alegre competing in breezy conditions during Cork Week, courtesy of David Branigan/Oceansport