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National 18 Class Captain Charles Dwyer (left) presents Bob Bateman with the Michael Sullivan Trophy for his exceptional support of the dinghy class
The National 18 class has shown its appreciation to Cork Harbour-based photographer Bob Bateman for his 'outstanding support' of the dinghy class at its end of season meeting. Bateman, who is assisted by Mary Malone on many of his waterborne…
The Cork Harbour One Design Jap is the oldest yacht in the 10th-anniversary edition of the Centenary Trophy, and the smallest of the competing boats in Saint Tropez
Royal Cork Yacht Club Olympic helmsman Harold Cudmore will be on the tiller of the oldest and the smallest yacht at the classic yacht Centenary Trophy fleet in Saint Tropez later this month. Cudmore is skippering RCYC's restored Cork Harbour One…

Charles Wallrock with the King's silver bowl. The magnificent silver bowl given by William IV to the Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wight in 1835 is now for sale. Dealer Charles Wallrock from Lymington, Hants, bought it in the US and has carried out research. It is believed to be the one won by Irishman John Smith-Barry from Fota House in Cork Harbour.
A magnificent silver-gilt bowl presented by King William IV to the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) is back in England thanks to a maritime antique dealer. The bowl's history is an appropriate reminder of the depth of the sailing history of…
Royal Cork are third overall at the NYYC Invitational Cup at Newport, Rhode Island
Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork team scored a 4 and a 9, in day three racing of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup to continue in third place overall. If it wasn't the lumpy seas, it was the capricious breeze. Wherever…
Simon Coveney
Cork Harbour is now thought to be out of the running to host the America’s Cup in 2024. An announcement is expected tonight (Wednesday, 15 September) from America’s Cup holders Team Emirates New Zealand (ETNZ) in which they will reveal…
Boats in Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour’s ambitions to host the America’s Cup in 2024 have an unlikely champion in former Munster Rugby captain Doug Howlett. But as the New Zealander tells The Currency, his sporting passions extend beyond rugby into the sailing realm —…
Emirates Team New Zealand racing against their future challenger of record INEOS TEAM UK
Business leaders in Cork believe the city’s chance to host the 2024 America’s Cup is “ours to lose” and could be secured with the Government’s guarantee of funding. But as the Irish Examiner reports, there are fears that recent political…
With speculation mounting that Ireland increasingly looks like the venue for the 37th America's Cup in Cork Harbour, boosted by some positive Irish Government cost analysis this week, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) and Defender Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ)…
There was an 11-boat turnout for the final Thursday night cruiser race at Royal Cork Yacht Club
The final sixth race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's August and September Thursday League 2021 was a light air affair in Cork Harbour that saw Ria Lyden's X332 Ellida emerge as the overall winner in both IRC Spinnaker and ECHO divisions. In second…
'Guilfoyle Durcan' Sailing, as they are now known, will compete in their first competitive race this winter when they head to Oman for the World championships.
Tokyo 2020 stars Robert Dickson and Sean Widdlove of Howth have suddenly got competition with the announcement of a Cork Harbour rival campaign for Paris 2024 in the men's 49er skiff dinghy. Both young members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club…
Haulbowline Naval Base Spencer jetty upgrade is underway 
Remedial and strengthening works to the steel piles and concrete deck are underway at the Spencer Jetty at the Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour. As Afloat reported last October, the upgrade at the Haulbowline Naval Base includes the construction of a raised…
The North Sea Giant ship berthed at Marino Point in the Port of Cork
The massive North Sea Giant ship that berthed at Marino Point in the Port of Cork at the weekend is among the largest and most advanced subsea construction vessels ever built. The Norwegian flagged offshore supply ship docked over the…
LE William Butler Yeats starts the annual Naval yacht race in Cork Harbour
Celebrations of 75 years of the Irish Navy continued in Cork Harbour this afternoon with the annual Naval Race run under the burgee of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.  It followed yesterday's successful Cobh to Blackrock race organised by Cove…
Some 50 participants in over 20 boats took part in the Ocean to City Youth Event, covering the 4.5km from Blackrock Village to Lapp’s Quay.
The river Lee was bustling with young people in traditional currachs as Meitheal Mara hosted their first physical event in Cork Harbour almost two years. Some 50 participants in over 20 boats took part in the Ocean to City Youth…
Yachts finish the Cobh to Blackrock race at Blackrock Castle in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
Starting from Cobh at 2 pm and finishing at Blackrock Castle yesterday, this year's Cobh to Blackrock Yacht Race in Cork Harbour was extra special as the club is helping the Naval Service commemorate its 75th anniversary. Festivities on the…
Denis & Annamarie Murphy’s Grand Soleil 40, Nieulargo, was first in IRC One in last year’s Cobh to Blackrock Race
Cove Sailing Club is looking forward to seeing a big turnout for this year’s Cobh to Blackrock Race on Saturday 4 September. Starting from Cobh at 2pm and finishing at Blackrock Castle, the 2021 race is extra special as the…

Cork Harbour Information

It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy.

‘Afloat.ie's Cork Harbour page’ is not a history page, nor is it a news focus. It’s simply an exploration of this famous waterway, its colour and its characters.

Cork Harbour Festival

Ocean to City – An Rás Mór and Cork Harbour Open Day formerly existed as two popular one-day events located at different points on Cork’s annual maritime calendar. Both event committees recognised the synergy between the two events and began to work together and share resources. In 2015, Cork Harbour Festival was launched. The festival was shaped on the open day principle, with Ocean to City – An Ras Mór as the flagship event.

Now in its sixth year, the festival has grown from strength to strength. Although the physical 2020 festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, the event normally features nine festival days starting on the first week of June. It is packed full of events; all made possible through collaboration with over 50 different event partners in Cork City, as well as 15 towns and villages along Cork Harbour. The programme grows year by year and highlights Ireland’s rich maritime heritage and culture as well as water and shore-based activities, with Ocean to City – An Rás Mór at the heart of the festival.

Taking place at the centre of Ireland’s maritime paradise, and at the gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork is perfectly positioned to deliver the largest and most engaging harbour festival in Ireland.

The Cork Harbour Festival Committee includes representatives from Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, UCC MaREI, RCYC, Cobh & Harbour Chamber and Meitheal Mara.

Marinas in Cork Harbour

There are six marinas in Cork Harbour. Three in Crosshaven, one in East Ferry, one in Monkstown Bay and a new facility is opening in 2020 at Cobh. Details below

Port of Cork City Marina

Location – Cork City
Contact – Harbour Masters Dept., Port of Cork Tel: +353 (0)21 4273125 or +353 (0)21 4530466 (out of office hours)

Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0) 21 4831023

Crosshaven Boatyard Marina

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)21 4831161

Salve Marina Ltd

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0) 21 4831145

Cork Harbour Marina

Location: Monkstown, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)87 3669009

East Ferry Marina

Location: East Ferry, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)21 4813390

New Cove Sailing Club Marina

(to be opened in 2020)

Location: Cobh, Co. Cork
Contact: 087 1178363

Cork Harbour pontoons, slipways and ramps

Cork City Boardwalk Existing pontoon

Port of Cork 100m. pontoon

Cork city – End of Cornmarket St. steps and slip;

Cork city - Proby’s Qy. Existing limited access slip

Quays Bar & Restaurant, Private pontoon and ramp for patrons, suitable for yachts, small craft town and amenities

Cobh harbour [camber] Slip and steps inside quay wall pontoon

Fota (zoo, house, gardens) Derelict pontoon and steps

Haulbowline naval basin; restricted space Naval base; restricted access;

Spike Island pier, steps; slip, pontoon and ramp

Monkstown wooden pier and steps;

Crosshaven town pier, with pontoon & steps

East Ferry Marlogue marina, Slip (Great Island side) visitors’ berths

East Ferry Existing pier and slip; restricted space East Ferry Inn (pub)
(Mainland side)

Blackrock pier and slips

Ballinacurra Quay walls (private)

Aghada pier and slip, pontoon & steps public transport links

Whitegate Slip

Passage West Pontoon

Glenbrook Cross-river ferry

Ringaskiddy Parking with slip and pontoon Ferry terminal; village 1km.

Carrigaloe pier and slip; restricted space; Cross-river ferry;

Fountainstown Slip

White’s Bay beach

Ringabella beach

Glanmire Bridge and tide restrictions

Old Glanmire - Quay

Cork Harbour Festival & Ocean to City Race

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, Cork Harbour Festival will now take place 5 – 13 June 2021, with the Flagship Ocean to City An Rás Mór on 5 June.

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