The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, today launched its online entry system for the prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2022 regatta which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around the globe compete on the waters around Cork Harbour from July 11th – 15th 2022.

Volvo Cork Week have partnered with McWilliam Bags to raffle three of their latest range of bags to those who enter by August 31st.

The world-renowned biennial regatta, first held in 1978, is expected to attract a bumper fleet of entries and will this year incorporate The Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Championships, 1720 European Championships, the Beaufort Cup, the Southern championships for the International Dragon Class and an SB20 International Grand Slam curtain raiser.

All qualifying boats entered in Volvo Cork Week 2022 will automatically be entered into the ICRA National Championships, the pinnacle of the Irish cruiser racing calendar.

Volvo Cork Week has historically been regarded as a ‘must-do’ regatta on the international sailing calendar due to its unparalleled reputation for exhilarating competitive racing on a variety of race courses in fair sailing waters, and its incredible line-up of post-racing entertainment and social activity.

Volvo Cork Week 2022 will have extra special significance in the wake of the cancellation of the 2020 event due to COVID-19. The Royal Cork Yacht Club again invites competitors and visitors to celebrate its Tricentenary, marking 300 years since the club’s founding in 1720.

Volvo Cork Week Co-chairperson, Ross Deasy said: “I look forward to welcoming sailors from around the world to Cork Harbour in 2022. Having missed out in 2020, there is huge pent-up excitement about this event and we promise great fun both on and off the water. We already have a packed regatta schedule which includes the ICRA Nationals, the 1720 Europeans and the Beaufort Cup. The addition of the SB20 Grand Slam in the lead in to Volvo Cork Week is likely to prove very popular as international crews come to Ireland in advance of the Worlds in Dublin”

“Since 1978, every Cork Week has delivered a unique mix of top-notch competition afloat & top-class entertainment ashore, and next year will be no different. In fact, judging by the interest received and the stories of glory days already being retold, Volvo Cork Week 2022 will set a new standard on both counts. This event has been over 300 years in the making, no sailor should miss it.”

Richard Colwell, Commodore of the Irish Cruising Racing Association said, “The ICRA is delighted to be partnering with the Royal Cork Yacht Club to hold the Irish Cruiser Racing National Championships as an integral part of Volvo Cork Week 2022. We encourage all of the cruiser racing fraternity in Ireland to travel and take part in what promises to be an exciting and competitive event, as part of Royal Cork’s broader Tricentenary celebrations.  With visitors from countries all over Europe, it is important that Irish Cruiser Racing shows the strength that we have across all classes from White Sails to Cruiser 0 at the National Championships and so contribute to the competitive racing expected.”

A bumper fleet of more than 50 yachts from Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Italy and elsewhere around Europe is expected to compete in the 1720 Sports Boat European Championships as part of Volvo Cork Week 2022. The race committee is particularly pleased to host this European Championship event due in part to the fact that the original idea for the 1720 was conceived by a group of committed racing members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This distinctive class of boat also took its name from the year in which the club was founded.

The third edition of the Beaufort Cup, the prestigious international inter-services sailing regatta, will also be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club with the support of the Irish Defence Forces, during Volvo Cork Week. A specially commissioned perpetual trophy in honour of Sir Francis Beaufort, creator of the Beaufort Scale, will be presented to the overall winner of the regatta which will entail a mix of challenging offshore and tactical inshore racing, including an overnight race around the iconic Fastnet Rock and back to Cork. International teams from their associated national emergency services are invited to compete in this prestigious competition, with the proviso that 50% of each team must be active in the service they represent.

In addition to this, the International Dragon Class will return to Volvo Cork Week in 2022 following their very successful outing in 2018, to hold their Southern Championships in Cork.

As always, the atmosphere in Crosshaven, home of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, will be second to none both during and ahead of Volvo Cork Week 2022, with a series of national and international races to Cork taking place in the run up to the five-day regatta.

The Notice of Race and online entry to Volvo Cork Week 2022 opened today on www.corkweek.ie.  Make sure to enter early to avoid disappointment.

Cover photo: Jelly Baby at the start of the Harbour Course at Cork Week. Courtesy of David Branigan/Oceansport