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The recently crowned ICRA Boat of the Year, the Half-Tonner Swuzzlebubble, is confirmed among the early entries for Volvo Cork Week 2024,  just one of a number of key campaigns aiming for the biennial race week at Royal Cork Yacht Club next July.

Skipper Dave Dwyer told Afloat that Ireland's top yacht in 2023 will race on her home waters of Cork Harbour in what will be an action-packed IRC season in Ireland.

The dates for Volvo Cork Week 2024 are Monday, 15th July to Friday, 19th July, facilitating boat movements at the weekends before and after.

For those crews looking for even more competition, a number of offshore races are set to arrive in Cork at the ideal time for the event.

'RCYC 2'

An offshore race from Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (Falmouth) to the Royal Cork Yacht Club will start at 1300hrs on Friday, 12th July 2024, providing an ideal way for UK boats to make the crossing in good company while competing for the Cork 300 Trophy, presented to the Royal Cork Yacht Club by HRH Prince Charles in 2020. This fleet is expected to reach Cork Harbour on Saturday afternoon, just as preparations for Cork Week go into overdrive.

Volvo Cork Week 2024

Kingstown to Queenstown Race

Aimed at the Irish Sea fleet, this challenging race is also set to finish beneath picturesque Queenstown (now Cobh) on Saturday 13th July, with competitors racing overnight from a start off the mighty piers of Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire). Forming part of the ISORA race series, some of Ireland’s top offshore yachts are sure to participate.

Top Class Racing at Cork Week

The RS21 class are a new addition to the Volvo Cork Week fleet in 2024, where a fully class-supported charter fleet will provide uniquely accessible and exciting one-design racing. This is hoped to provide an attractive option for international skippers wishing to participate in Cork Week, without the logistical challenge of bringing their own boat. No doubt some more local sailors also will see the attractions of this option. Those wishing to find out more are invited to reach out to Kenny Rumball at the INSS. Email [email protected]

1720 Euros

The 1720 sportsboats docked at Royal Cork Marina for the 2022 Volvo Cork Week Regatta Photo: Bob BatemanThe 1720 sportsboats docked at Royal Cork Marina for the 2022 Volvo Cork Week Regatta Photo: Bob Bateman

The 1720 class will return to Cork Week for their European Championships in 2024. A central part of the regatta, the competition in this class is as hot as it gets. In 2022, Atara swept all before her, taking home both the 1720 European Championship trophy and the Kinsale Kettle for Volvo Cork Week ‘Boat of the Week’ – will she be back to defend her double title in 2024?

Find out more about the history of this extraordinary trophy below.

Expect plenty of excitement in the keelboat classes too, where Volvo Cork Week brings together a wide variety of racing yachts to compete across multiple classes and racecourses.

Cape 31

Anthony O’Leary's Cape 31 Antix Photo: Bob BatemanAnthony O’Leary's Cape 31 Antix Photo: Bob Bateman

The Cape31 is a no-holds-barred modern race boat and is now the pre-eminent racing class in the Solent. At Volvo Cork Week 2022, Antix, sailed by the RCYC’s Anthony O’Leary, saw off the challenge of visiting Dublin and UK teams to win the inaugural Cape31 Irish Nationals. Will we see a rematch in at Volvo Cork Week 2024?

The ‘Kinsale Kettle’

While the origins of ‘Cork Week date back to 1978, the first big Cork Week was held in 1986 when local brewer Beamish and Crawford came aboard as sponsors, and the ‘Carling European Offshore Team Championship’ was introduced to the event.

The prize offered for the best team at that regatta was the renowned Royal Cork Cup (aka the ‘Kinsale Kettle’ Challenge Cup, previously awarded to the winner of the Kinsale Harbour Regatta).

This splendid trophy dates back to 1859 and has been won by many notable yachts throughout its long history. Indeed, according to RCYC records, the Cork One-Design ‘Sybil’ won it twice in a row.

The Cork Week Carling European Offshore Team Championship was won by a Royal Cork Yacht Club team in 1986. The victorious RCYC team was captained by Stafford Mansfield and comprised Luv Is… (DB1, Stafford Mansfield), Liberty (X-99, Walter Haenel) and Rumkinily (DB1, Stuart Brownlow).

The victorious 1986 Royal Cork team was captained by Stafford Mansfield and comprised Luv Is… (DB1, Stafford Mansfield), Liberty (X-99, Walter Haenel) and Rumkinily (DB1, Stuart Brownlow).The victorious 1986 Royal Cork team was captained by Stafford Mansfield and comprised Luv Is… (DB1, Stafford Mansfield), Liberty (X-99, Walter Haenel) and Rumkinily (DB1, Stuart Brownlow).

In more recent Cork Weeks, the Kinsale Kettle has been awarded to the best overall performing boat in the regatta.

the Kinsale KettleThe Kinsale Kettle

The Notice of Race for Volvo Cork Week 2024 is available to view here.

Enter now to avail of discounted early entry rate.

See the Volvo Cork Week website for a list of accommodation options and related contact details.

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Volvo Cork Week 2024 is gearing up for a thrilling edition, with entries already in for the biennial event scheduled for 15th July to Friday, 19th July, allowing ample time for boat deliveries before and after the event.

Excitement is building up as the Notice of Race is now downloadable below. Interested participants can also avail of the early entry discount through the official website.

The Kingstown to Queenstown race is expected to see many larger keelboats from the east coast of Ireland arriving in good time for the start of the event. This historic race, which was first held in 1860, will commence on 12th July, as recently announced by ISORA.

Meanwhile, keelboats from England will also be arriving in Cork Harbour around the same time, having participated in the race from Falmouth to Cork Harbour. The race winner will be awarded the coveted Prince of Wales 300th anniversary perpetual trophy, commissioned and donated by His Royal Highness King Charles to mark the tricentenary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club in 2020.

The Crosshaven RNLI won the 2022 Beaufort Cup on Annemarie Fegan and Denis Murphy’s Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo Photo: Rick TomlinsonThe Crosshaven RNLI won the 2022 Beaufort Cup on Annemarie Fegan and Denis Murphy’s Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Participants from Ireland and abroad are eagerly preparing for the increasingly popular Beaufort Cup, hosted by the Irish Defence Forces in conjunction with the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The sailing (and socialising) skills of the service teams will be put to the test in this exciting event. The overall winner will be presented with a specially commissioned Perpetual Trophy in honour of Sir Francis Beaufort, the creator of the Beaufort Scale.

1720 European Champions and overall Cork Week winners  Rope Dock Atara Photo Rick Tomlinson1720 European Champions and overall 2022 Cork Week winners Rope Dock Atara Photo Rick Tomlinson

The Cork 1720 class has also confirmed that their European Championships will be hosted during Volvo Cork Week 2024. Fans can expect to see high-octane racing from this fleet, with a Cork 1720 having won the prestigious overall winner award in Volvo Cork Week 2022.

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The RS21 one design will make its Cork Week debut in the 2024 regatta taking place from 15-19 July.

Organisers say the inclusion of the relatively new keelboat class, which was introduced in 2019, “is a testament to the event’s commitment to providing diverse and challenging racing opportunities for all participants”.

The RS21 has rapidly gained popularity thanks to its emphasis on close, tactical racing and its accessibility for sailors of varying skill levels.

This year was a breakthrough season for the class, with 55 boats at the World Championships in Sardinia, a first visit to the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and rapidly growing fleets around the world.

Cork Week organisers are excited at the keelboat’s potential to attract a new generation of sailors to the regatta, as well as provide seasoned competitors with a dynamic new racing experience.

RS Ireland and Volvo Cork Week will be providing RS21 charter boats for the event, offering international teams a hassle-free solution to their logistical challenges and an accessible avenue for participants from closer to home. For charter and RS21 information, contact Kenneth Rumball of RS Ireland at [email protected].

Entries for Cork Week 2024 opened earlier this month, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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The Royal Cork Yacht Club has opened entries for its biennial Volvo Cork Week Regatta in Cork Harbour.

"It's the starting gun for the 2024 regatta," according to Cork Week Chairman Ross Deasy. "It will take place from Monday, July 15 to Friday July 19, and entries can now be submitted online.

Since the inaugural event in 1978, Cork Week has earned a reputation for offering competitive racing to all classes on a variety of race courses, with post-racing entertainment provided."

"After a very successful event in 2022, we have carefully considered the feedback received from all competitors and stakeholders in our planning for this event and are confident of hosting another exceptional regatta in 2024.

"Volvo Cork Week 2024 will include a mix of courses, classes, and championships within its unique format. I am sure that all our competitors, whether this is their first Cork Week or their tenth, will find something new and exciting to enjoy in Crosshaven next July," said Deasy.

"As ever, Volvo Cork Week is an event run “By sailors for sailors”, we look forward to delivering another exceptional sailing regatta next July.”

Beaufort Cup 2024

The fourth edition of the Beaufort Cup, the prestigious inter-services sailing regatta, will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club during Volvo Cork Week 2024, with the support of the Irish Defence Forces.

The Beaufort Cup includes a mix of challenging offshore racing and tactical inshore competition, including an overnight race from the site of the Royal Cork’s original clubhouse in the inner harbour to the iconic Fastnet Rock and back to Cork.

The 2022 Beaufort Cup in Cork Harbour Photo: Rick TomlinsonThe 2022 Beaufort Cup in Cork Harbour Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Teams from the uniformed services and first-responders are invited to enter this prestigious competition, with the proviso that 50% of the crew of each boat must be active in the service they represent.

Various championships to be held as part of Volvo Cork Week, are expected to be confirmed and announced in the coming weeks.

Bluewater sailors should also expect news of offshore races, to be run in conjunction with Irish & UK yacht clubs, that will bring boats to Cork in early July.

Volvo Cork Week 2024 Notice of Regatta is available online, and entry forms are available via the RCYC website.

Class Associations Invited To Consider Cork Week

The club says that "representatives of any class associations interested in holding a championship event as part of Cork Week 2024 are invited to contact the organisers at [email protected].

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This is your last chance to get your hands on the special Volvo Cork Week 2022 collection of marine clothing, available exclusively from CH Marine.

Stocks are now limited to this final clearance offerThese quality, branded items would make wonderful gifts to commemorate this summer’s fabulous events in Cork. So act fast as when they're gone, they're gone!

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Last week's Cork Week regatta incorporated the Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships for 2022 and produced a list of National Champions that reads like a who's who of the Irish cruiser-racer scene.

As previously reported, in IRC 2, the immaculate scoreline of John Maybury's Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the week's top performance across the six IRC classes. It made the Dun Laoghaire yacht the overall ICRA champion for 2022.

Joker II's crew at Cork were: Bow: Adrian (Jack) Mulligan, Irene Sorohan, and Sarah O'Callaghan, Mast and Nav: Ronan Verling, Pit: Michelle Fitzgerald, Trim: Brian Phelan and Nick Kelly Main and Tactics: Stefano Cherin and Helm: John Maybury.

Joker II on her way to one of nine podium finishes at Cork Week 2022Joker II on her way to one of nine podium finishes at Cork Week 2022. Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Joker II's 2022 season started with a bucket list trip to the Caribbean, and it proved a good warm-up for the season with strong winds and fairly big seas every day.

Initially, Maybury didn't have enough crew available to do Wave Regatta in Howth in early June, but the last-minute availability of a good crew from another boat that had to withdraw made for a last-minute entry. Joker II took some early wins off Ireland's Eye to lead overall after day one, but a non-discardable DSQ in the Lambay Race put paid to any chance of a podium there.

J/109 Joker makes a neat job of the Cruiser One start on Howth Wave’s opening day Photo: AfloatJ/109 Joker makes a neat job of the Cruiser One start on Howth Wave's opening day Photo: Afloat

Cork Week was on Maybury's agenda from the start of the season, and the week came together well for the Dublin Bay sailors. 16 IRC Two teams had windward-leeward and round the cans courses over the five days at Cork Week, and Joker II scored four race wins, and nine podium finishes in ten races.

ICRA Overall champions -The Joker II crew at Cork were Bow: Adrian (Jack) Mulligan, Irene Sorohan, and Sarah O’Callaghan, Mast and Nav: Ronan Verling, Pit: Michelle Fitzgerald Trim: Brian Phelan and Nick Kelly Main and Tactics: Stefano Cherin and Helm: John MayburyICRA Overall champions -The Joker II crew at Cork were Bow: Adrian (Jack) Mulligan, Irene Sorohan, and Sarah O'Callaghan, Mast and Nav: Ronan Verling, Pit: Michelle Fitzgerald, Trim: Brian Phelan and Nick Kelly Main and Tactics: Stefano Cherin and Helm: John Maybury Photo: Bob Bateman

The next big event for the Maybury crew is the defence of the J109 National Championship title in September; a crown Maybury has already won five times.

ICRA National Champions 2022 (at Cork Week)

ICRA National Championship Prizes laid out at CrosshavenICRA National Championship Prizes laid out at Crosshaven Photo: Bob Bateman

ICRA Commodore Dave Cullen addresses the National Championship and Volvo Cork Week prizegiving Photo: Bob BatemanICRA Commodore Dave Cullen addresses the National Championship and Volvo Cork Week prizegiving Photo: Bob Bateman

The complete list of ICRA National Champions for 2022 are: 

IRC:

  • Class 0 Samatom
  • Class 1 Journeymaker II
  • Class 2 Joker II
  • Class 3 Headcase
  • Non Spinnaker 1 Prince of Tides
  • Non Spinnaker 2 Shillelagh

Class 0 SamatomClass 0 Samatom

Class 1 Journeymaker IIClass 1 Journeymaker II

ICRA Overall champions -The Joker II crew at Cork were Bow: Adrian (Jack) Mulligan, Irene Sorohan, and Sarah O’Callaghan, Mast and Nav: Ronan Verling, Pit: Michelle Fitzgerald Trim: Brian Phelan and Nick Kelly Main and Tactics: Stefano Cherin and Helm: John MayburyClass 2 Joker II (and overall winner)

Class 3 HeadcaseClass 3 Headcase

Non Spinnaker 1 Prince of TidesNon Spinnaker 1 Prince of Tides

Non Spinnaker 2 ShillelaghNon Spinnaker 2 Shillelagh

Echo divisions:

  • Class 0 Alpaca
  • Class 1 Jellybaby
  • Class 2 Bateleur 88
  • Class 3 Illegal
  • NS1 Hansemer
  • NS 2 Shillelagh

Class 0 AlpacaClass 0 Alpaca 

Class 1 JellybabyClass 1 Jellybaby

Class 2 Bateleur 88Class 2 Bateleur 88

Class 3 IllegalClass 3 Illegal

NS1 HansemerNS1 Hansemer

Next year's ICRA National Championships are in Howth from the 1-3rd September.

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A win for Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox's J109 Mojito in July's inaugural 260-mile K2Q Dun Laoghaire to Cork via Fastnet Race, followed by an overall win of the IRC Coastal Division of Volvo Cork Week, is a highlight of the season so far for the visiting North Wales crew.

The K2Q race was a collaboration between the Munster-based SCORA and the Irish Sea ISORA offshore racing associations. As previously reported, was a restaging of the first recorded Irish offshore race of 1860.

"The K2Q race was a real tough one for the crew, both physically leading to the rock and mentally coming away from it, according to Mojito co-skipper Cox. 

The Mojito crew on the K2Q were Peter Dunlop, Anthony Doyle, Dave Jackson, Garrett Kinnane, Sammo Jones, Charlie Hazelwood and Ben Cartwright. At the last minute, Cox was unable to race but rejoined the boat for the Cork Week Regatta.

Only four boats completed the long course version of the race, three of them from Wales.

The Mojito crew on the K2Q were Peter Dunlop, Anthony Doyle, Dave Jackson, Garrett Kinnane, Mike Manzke, Charlie Hazelwood and Ben Cartwright. Cox was, at the last minute, unable to race but rejoined the boat for the Cork Week Regatta.The Mojito crew on the K2Q were Peter Dunlop, Anthony Doyle, Dave Jackson, Garrett Kinnane, Sammo Jones, Charlie Hazelwood and Ben Cartwright. Cox was, at the last minute, unable to race but rejoined the boat for the Cork Week Regatta Photo: Afloat

K2Q winners - In 1860 It is reported that the winner of the race was paid a prize of £15 at the time, and all competing boats got a bursary of 10/6 each. The first race winner was a Schooner Kingfisher owned by Cooper Penrose Esq. The race was held on July 14th 1860, and had sixteen boats racing. In 2022, Mojito was awarded the first prize of a cheque for €15 mounted and framed and a Trophy provided by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world.K2Q winners - In 1860, It is reported that the race's winner was paid a £15 at the time, and all competing boats got a bursary of 10/6 each. The first race winner was a Schooner Kingfisher owned by Cooper Penrose Esq. The race was held on July 14th 1860, with sixteen boats racing. In 2022, Mojito was awarded the first prize of a cheque for €15 mounted and framed and a Trophy provided by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world. Photo: Bob Bateman

Mojito's Cork Week Coastal campaign

"I must admit Cork Week has always been a favourite, and there was absolutely no hesitation from our crew when we said we would do it as they all enjoyed the fun there in 2018", Cox told Afloat. 

Twenty-one teams raced in the Coastal Class, which proved to be one of the most competitive classes of the Week. In the early stage, Robert Rendell's Grand Soleil 44 Samatom from Howth YC led the class after winning the Harbour Race by just 32 seconds. Jamie McWilliam's Royal Hong Kong YC team racing Ker40+ Signal 8 was also on the pace. 

In Afloat's Cork Week 2022 race reports, WM Nixon referred to Mojito as the 'Steady Eddy of the Coastal IRC Class' and how the crew upped their game a tiny bit for the final and closest race of the class's Week by bringing their immaculately-maintained ISORA offshore star in first on Corrected Time, which in due course gave Mojito the scoreline for winning the overall title. 

Mojito (GBR9047R) under spinnaker in Cork Week's predominantly light airsMojito (GBR9047R) under spinnaker in Cork Week's predominantly light airs Photo: Rick Tomlinson

 "It was amazing to compete against the bigger boats such as Signal 8 and Pata Negra, but as soon as they left the start line, we could barely see them, making it difficult to gauge how we were doing in the race", Cox says. "All we could do was sail as best we could, and amazingly we won the first race".

"A third place on Wednesday, and we realised we were up against an amazing crew on Signal 8, so we'd really have to push to get a good result. We really have to thank our crew for the results as every eye was looking out for wind shifts, wind holes and the inevitable sea breeze", she told Afloat.  

Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox on the podium in Cork Week as Coastal division championsPeter Dunlop and Vicky Cox on the podium in Cork Week as Coastal division champions Photo: Bob Bateman

What's Next for Coastal Champion Mojito? 

Mojito continues her busy season, heading back to Dun Laoghaire at the end of the month, racing in the next ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli.

Once back in her home port, she'll compete in the Welsh IRC National Championships (5th to 7th August), followed by Abersoch Keelboat week at the end of August and an ISORA Welsh coastal race. That then sets Mojito up nicely for the last ISORA race of the season, the famous James Eadie trophy race from Pwllheli to Dun Laoghaire.

At the end of the ISORA series, Mojito returns home to Pwllheli Sailing Club to compete in the popular Autumn and Winter series and the Pwllheli Challenge. "We really find that series a great place to train for offshore, especially when the strong south-westerlies kick in on the jet stream', Cox says.

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A blaze of Dragons raced at Cork Week with entries from Kinsale YC, Royal St. George YC, Royal Irish YC, and Glandore Harbour YC.

Races were held on the Windward Leeward Course off Roches Point. Cameron Good’s Little Fella from Kinsale YC scored three race wins in a huge variety of conditions to win the Dragon Class.

Cameron Good was the Dragon class winnerCameron Good was the Cork Week Dragon class winner

Peter Bowring’s Phantom from the Royal St. George led after the second day but finished the six race series as runner up. Daniel Murphy’s Whisper from Kinsale YC is third by just a point from Phantom.

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Volvo Cork Week Regatta came to a close in Crosshaven on Friday evening. 192 boats took part in the biggest Week for many years, which incorporated the ICRA National Championships.

As Afloat reported this week, racing was held on five different courses for 14 different classes. The 2022 edition of Volvo Cork Week lived up to its billing as a huge celebration of Royal Cork Yacht Club’s signature regatta to celebrate their tricentenary.

See all of Afloat's coverage in one handy Cork Week link here and scroll down for the prizegiving gallery below.

Close to two thousand sailors took part and the Royal Cork’s clubhouse in Crosshaven was buzzing after racing and into the evening.

As predicted, British visitors took their fair share of the IRC silverware, winning Coastal, IRC One and IRC Three divisions. Irish crews, however, topped the podium in IRC Two. Crosshaven RNLI won the Beaufort Cup Inter-Services Cup and there were local victories too in the Dragons1720 Europeans and inaugural Cape 31 National Championships.

The Volvo Cork Week Prize Giving was opened by Royal Cork Admiral Kieran O’Connell who commented to huge applause: “On behalf of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and our sponsors and partners, I would like to extend the biggest thanks to every single competitor from near and far that gave their time money and effort to attend one of the most iconic sailing events of 2022. As a competitor, I would offer thanks to all of the seasoned race officers and their teams on all five race courses, which in difficult conditions pulled off an outstanding display of race management.”

Royal Cork Admiral Kieran O’ConnellRoyal Cork Admiral Kieran O’Connell Photo: Bob Bateman

The prizegiving had a number of important speakers not least Una May, the new CEO of Sport Ireland and ICRA Commodore Dave Cullen as well as sponsor David Thomas of Volvo Car Ireland. 

ICRA Commodore Dave CullenICRA Commodore Dave Cullen Photo: Bob Bateman

Teams from Ireland, France, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States enjoyed a full five-day programme of racing both inside and outside of Cork Harbour. Established in 1720, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has an enthralling history as the oldest yacht club in the world.

 Una May, CEO of Sport Ireland Photo: Bob Bateman Una May, CEO of Sport Ireland Photo: Bob Bateman

Bob Bateman's Cork Week Photo Gallery 2022

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17 high-performance racer-cruisers had eight races on a mixture of longer round the cans courses and shorter technical windward leeward racetracks during Cork Week 2022 for ICRA National Championships honours.

On Day two, the British J/112 Happy Daize was not even in the top three. However, four bullets and a second propelled the team to the top of the leaderboard. James Chalmers and his Knight Build team racing Happy Daize will be cutting some shapes on the dance floor tonight! Louise Makin and Chris Jones’ J/111 Journeymaker II from the Royal Southern YC finished in second. Nick Burns Royal Hong Kong team racing Mills 39 Zero II, scored their second race win on the final day to secure the final podium position.

The Happy Daize crew Photo Rick TomlinsonThe Happy Daize crew Photo Rick Tomlinson
“This is amazing to be honest,” commented James Chalmers, skipper of Happy Daize. “This event has always been on my calendar since I was a kid, so to come here has been just stunning. The team did so well, and our tactician had to be brave in the light airs and make tough decisions. The best thing about the boat is that it is good in all conditions and excellent in others, and this week we have been very lucky with the weather.”

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