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Round–the–World Yachtsman Alex Thomson to Give October Talk in Cork

22nd September 2014
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Round–the–World Yachtsman Alex Thomson to Give October Talk in Cork

#alexthomson – Sailing superstar Alex Thomson returns to Cork next month to speak about his life on Thursday, October 16th at 8pm in a free public lecture at Cork's Millennium Hall, City Hall. Thomson sailed into Cork Harbour in April when he and his crew were not far off Land's End in Cornwall after a leak discovered in the starboard ballast tank required overnight repairs. The British skipper in his Open 60 Hugo Boss made a surprise visit to Cork Harbour Marina in Monkstown Bay to make runnig repairs and took the time to give some 50 local junior sailors a tour of the vessel.

One of the most exciting and talented yachtsmen of his generation, Alex is the youngest sailor ever to win a round the world race, he has already broken three world records in sailing and he most recently cemented his reputation with a podium third place finish in the 2012/2013 Vendée Globe.

The visit is part of an innovation week in Cork. Imerc partners of Cork Institute of Technology, the Irish Naval Service and University College Cork have announced details of the first Imerc Innovation Week will take place in Cork from October 15th to 18th. Imerc, Ireland's Maritime Cluster, will host a range of free lectures, competitions and networking events. Imerc is one of the most exciting maritime and energy initiatives in the world establishing a campus of global significance in Cork Harbour that will house a unique mix of industry, research and training facilities.

 

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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.

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