Excitement and activity building

Racing at Volvo Cork Week 2024 begins on Monday 15th July and will continue daily until Friday 19th July. Event entry numbers have been steadily climbing, with entries and expressions of interest received from far and wide. The dedicated event team at the RCYC continue to focus on preparing for another epic event.

Accommodation

The event organisers recognise the challenges of finding suitable accommodation for competitors and have sourced additional accommodation at great value for those seeking self-catering in Crosshaven. Check out the ‘Accommodation’ section of the event website and contact the club’s accommodation liaison directly for more information.

Competitors with their own campervans can be accommodated at Crosshaven Rugby Club, with appropriate facilities on-site only 1km from the Royal Cork Yacht Club. See www.crosshavenrugbyfc.com for contact details.

Note that a regular bus service to/from Carrigaline and Cork city provides access to accommodation options in these locations and stops directly outside the gates of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Racing

Volvo Cork Week 2024 will embrace its traditional format, with each Volvo Cork Week fleet rotating through a variety of racecourses over the 5 days of racing. Every day will bring new challenges and new opportunities for competitors, from longer Coastal courses raced offshore, to ‘Round-the-Cans’ racing inside the harbour. Some race-days will feature multiple short races on Windward/Leeward and Olympic courses laid in the open waters off Roches Point lighthouse.

Some Volvo Cork Week classes may have slightly less variety in their racing format, but certainly no less challenge. For instance, the 1720 European Championships and the RS21 UK&I Cup event will run on their own dedicated course, while the Volvo Cork Week Coastal fleet will have one longer race each day along the beautiful southern coastline.

The racing will be presided over by a recently appointed team of experienced race officers. They will meet each morning to review weather conditions and ensure the best racing possible for all fleets. This might mean taking advantage of the reliable afternoon sea-breeze on calmer days or utilising the deep sheltered waters of the harbour to race in more inclement weather. This flexibility has been enshrined in the Cork Week sailing instructions throughout the event’s long history, meaning that Volvo Cork Week has never failed to provide racing.

Social diary

Entertainment will be provided each day after sailing, in a large marquee at the heart of the event site at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, with live music by Phil Holbird.
The Family Fun Day including our famous Coastal Market with family entertainment will be on Sunday 14th July
The traditional ladies gala lunch, in aid of the RNLI, will be held on Wednesday 17th July.
A Battle of the DJs is planned for Thursday 18th July.
The week will be interspersed with several promotional events during the week and a number of sponsor activities.
Daytime fun will be available to all at the Royal Cork, with the club’s playground remaining available for use within an expanded family friendly area which will include a Play Zone for children’s games, picnic area, coffee, ice cream, sweets etc.
Multiple casual dining options will be available on-site, alongside retail outlets, spares, sail-repair and other facilities.

Class entry update

The Quarter-Ton class is always fiercely competitive, and this year will be no different. Entries are lodged from Anchor Challenge, Panic and Diamond with more set to join from around Ireland and the UK. The reigning ICRA Boat Of The Year ‘Swuzzlebubble’ is an early entrant in the big-brother Half-Tonners class, where she will be joined by recently refurbished and optimised 2 Farr. This pairing is set for a closely watched battle in July.

In the IRC & ECHO handicap classes, local entries such as Luas, Bateleur88, and Prince of Tides are joined by travelling boats such as Aris, Valfreya, and Extreme Reality. Other class battles are likely to establish themselves within the handicap classes, for instance entries already include several J109’s, with Welsh entries Mojito and Ctrl-J preparing to take on all comers. Who will be lifting Cork Week trophies at the Friday evening prizegiving?

The level of interest in Non-Spinnaker/White Sail classes is high, with entries received from several ‘first-time’ skippers and crew, keen to experience racing at Volvo Cork Week.

Several notable entries are already confirmed for the 1720 European Championships, including travelling boats Mo, After Midnight and Elder Lemon. With some UK 1720s already on the Royal Cork Yacht Club grounds waiting for the event, this is sure to be a championship to remember.
The 1720s will be launched by crane in Crosshaven, with secure storage available for their trailers locally. These services are likely to be of interest to any travelling Quarter Tonners and Half Tonners.

The high-performance Cape31 class previously attended Volvo Cork Week as a relatively new keelboat in 2022 but is now firmly established as the most exciting one-design class on the water. Entries received already include team Shotgunn from the Isle of Mann and top local boat Antix.

The RS21s will be keen to make a mark at Volvo Cork Week 2024, 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, provided in ready to race condition for the week 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.

Beaufort Cup

The Beaufort Cup is a unique inter-services regatta, hosted by the Irish Defence Forces in conjunction with the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The format for this year is unchanged, with the Beaufort Cup teams first taking on an offshore race around the iconic Fastnet lighthouse, before joining the Volvo Cork Week fleet for 3 days of inshore competition.

A number of veteran teams from the USA have expressed interest in competing, along with uniformed service teams from across Ireland and the UK.
Some of these crews are still looking for suitable boats for the event – any boat owner interested chartering their boat is encouraged to contact racing@corkweek.ie.
Note that, as the event rules require only 50% of a boat’s crew to be active members of the relevant service, interesting opportunities exist to charter your boat, join forces with a Service crew, and still sail aboard yourself with some of your own crew.

The Notice of Race for the Beaufort Cup is published on the event website.

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.