*Due to shortages of crew, the event will unfortunately not now take place in 2022*
The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Ireland and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth, England are delighted to announce that the historic race between the two ports, most recently run in the late 90’s, is to be revived this summer, starting at 2100hrs on 7th July 2022 off Pendennis Point.
In 2022, the overall race winner will be the inaugural recipient of a specially commissioned perpetual trophy donated by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, to the Royal Cork Yacht Club to mark its 2020 tricentenary and recognise the very close relationship between the sailing communities of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Commenting on the announcement, Kieran O’Connell, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, paid tribute to his counterpart at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Commodore Sarah Hancock and the members and volunteers at the RCYC in Falmouth who have been so generous with their support for the race. He also expressed his deep appreciation to His Royal Highness for his commitment to the provision of an impressive trophy for the race, which will be delivered to Cork in time for the prizegiving.
Commodore Hancock of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club said “I am personally delighted to see the race reintroduced as I was on the winning boat in the Falmouth to Cork race in 1984 and I am particularly pleased that the Royal Cork Yacht Club has decided that the winner of the race on this occasion will be the inaugural recipient of the Prince of Wales’s 300th Anniversary Trophy” – noting that His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, is Royal Patron to the Falmouth based yacht club.
The 180nm course will provide competitors with a mix of strategic coastal navigation and challenging open water sailing on the passage between Falmouth and Cork. The race is set to start at Falmouth at 2100hrs on Thursday 7th July and competitors are expected to reach Cork late on Friday night, where they will be welcomed by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.
It is anticipated that boats and sailors interested in the Falmouth to Cork race may also compete at Volvo Cork Week 2022, the latest edition of the biennial regatta run by the Royal Cork since 1978, which will be held in Cork Harbour from 11th to 15th July. Co-chairman of Volvo Cork Week 2022 and Regatta Race Director Ross Deasy commented that there has been strong interest from Volvo Cork Week entries in this exciting race from Falmouth and, given the attractions of a wonderful new trophy for the winner, he is sure that the standard of the fleet will be high.