It was with deep sadness that we heard about the death of our esteemed Patron Roy Disney who passed away yesterday (Wednesday), aged 79.
“Roy first competed at Cork Week in 1992 with his Santa Cruz 70. She was sailed from San Diego to Cork – a total distance of 7,000 miles to take part. He came back in 2000 and again in 2004 with a new boat each time. The last boat he brought was Pyewacket, a Reichel-Pugh MaxZ86 which, at the time was the fastest monohull in the world.
His were the first of the real big boats to compete at Cork Week and his duel with the likes of Morning Glory was instrumental in putting Cork Week right up there in the International Regatta circuit.
His love affair with Cork Week was well known and he was also a long standing member of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Many will remember him as his legacy lives on in our Youth Sailing, through his generous bursary which, he donated for the benefit of our junior sailors.
On behalf of all of us involved with the Cork Week Event we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. He will be sadly missed”.