Volvo Cork Week 2024 begins on Monday 15th July and will continue daily until Friday 19th July.

Event entry numbers have been steadily climbing since the entry was opened, with entries received from all over the country as well as overseas.

There has been particular interest from the Welsh fleet, some of whom will also compete in the Kingstown to Queenstown race as part of the ISORA series. Entries include Impetuous, Faenol and Mojito.

Several entries from Portishead have been received, including ScrumpyJ, Assassin and Ctrl-J.

The level of interest in Non-Spinnaker/White Sail classes is high, with many skippers keen to experience racing at Volvo Cork Week for the first time. Visiting boats will include Dreamcatcher, Apache, Hansemer and Calero. They will battle local boats, including Sweet Dreams, Indulgence, Loch Greine, Morning After and Rosmarina for the silverware.

The championship fleets are always a big feature of Volvo Cork Week 2024, with a several well known names and boats already entered. Quarter Tonners already entered include Anchor Challenge, Panic and Diamond. Half Tonners already entered include 2 Farr, with reigning ICRA Boat Of The Year Swuzzlebubble planning to enter soon. Visiting boats such as Raptor, Flyover, Meridian, Allig8r and Valentina will have to get the better of local boats such as Ellida, Magnet and North Star, if they are to lift the trophies.

Volvo Cork Week 2022, Thursday 14 July – 1720 2888 Elder Lemon
Photo Rick Tomlinson

Similarly, several notable entries have already been received for the 1720 Europeans, including local boats Zing, Dark Side and Mini Apple, as well as visitors Mo and After Midnight.

The Cape31 class previously attended Volvo Cork Week as a relatively new keelboat but is now firmly established as the most exciting one-design class in these waters. With growing interest and some entries already received, we look forward to plenty more Cape31 action in July.

Volvo Cork Week 2022, Tuesday 12 July – Cape 31 Aja
Photo Rick Tomlinson

The Notice of Race for the Beaufort Cup has recently been published on the Volvo Cork Week website – see links below.

The Beaufort Cup is a unique inter-services regatta, hosted by the Irish Defence Forces in conjunction with the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

A number of veteran teams from the USA have expressed interest in joining the competition, along with uniformed service teams from across Ireland and the UK.

Any boat owner interested in chartering a suitable boat to one of the teams is encouraged to make contact by sending an email to racing@corkweek.ie

The RS21 class will be keen to make a mark, as this is the first time the class will be part of the event.  A unique element of this fleet is the availability of charter boats in ready to race condition for the week. These boats will be supplied by the class and managed at the event by Kenny Rumball of INSS, making this a very attractive package for those that can’t bring their own boats to Cork.

Contact Kenneth@inss.ie for more details and keep an eye on the “Racing” section of the www.corkweek.ie website for updates.

 

Accommodation update

Additional local accommodation has been secured and more details are available on the website (see links below).

Competitors bringing campervans will be accommodated at the Crosshaven Rugby Club, which is provides appropriate facilities and is located c.1km from the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

See www.crosshavenrugbyfc.com for contact details.

Note that there is a regular bus service to/from accommodation options in Carrigaline and Cork City, with a bus stop directly located outside the gates of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Social update

Daily entertainment will be provided at the Royal Cork Yacht Club for all competitors after racing, along with various promotional events and sponsor activities.

The ladies gala lunch, which will be hosted in aid of the RNLI, is planned for Wednesday 17th July.

Links

The Notice of Race is available to view here.

The entry form can be found here.

Accommodation can be found here.

Check out this video, with footage from the previous editions of Volvo Cork Week here.

Take a minute to browse through the photo galleries from previous editions of the event here.