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The now-almost-mythical Cork One Tonner Golden Apple racing in 1974
In 1974, Ireland - and particularly Cork - leapt to a new level of international sailing prominence as the fresh combination of the design talents of Ron Holland, the sailmaking skills of Johnny McWilliam, and the boat-building talents of the…
Keelboat on the water at the Royal Cork Yacht Club
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has announced that this year’s O’Leary Insurances Winter League will be run as an all-in White Sail league. The club says it initiated the trial event for 2021 to encourage as many keelboats as possible…
The J/109 Jelly Baby is successfully recovered and returned to Crosshaven Boatyard for haul out and damage assessment.
From a sad scene of what appeared to be nearly certain destruction for a racing yacht, a Cork Harbour Coastguard led team has successfully refloated the J/109 that grounded at the mouth of the harbour this afternoon. As Afloat reported…
J109 yacht Jelly Baby from the Royal Cork Yacht Club on the rocks at the entrance to Cork Harbour
All crew are reported safe, but a top racing yacht of the Royal Cork Yacht Club is on the rocks at Cork Harbour after a Mayday emergency incident on the final day of racing in the Club's Autumn League. After…
America's Cup contenders at Auckland – it's an abiding and evocative image, but at what cost?
According to one usually reliable line of information, yesterday was to be the day in Auckland when Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, as Trustees and Holders of the America's Cup, were due to confirm the…
National 18s racing in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club's National 18 class continues to grow at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour and thanks to existing class members ordering three new boats, three used boats are on the market. With a 12+ fleet sailing every Wednesday night…
Revival - 505 sailing at the MBSC October dinghy league in Cork Harbour
After four races sailed in Cork Harbour, a resurgent 505 fleet leads Class One of the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club October League 2021. Racing is for mixed dinghies under the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap rule. Heading a 34-boat Class One, Ewen Barry…
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Commodore, Sandy Rimmington
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club is based in the inner part of Cork Harbour and is buzzing with the start of its October League and, says Club Commodore, Sandy Rimmington, a revival of the 5O5 fleet and a plan to expand…
The dolphins were accompanied out of the shallow water by local boats including the RNLI lifeboat in the Crosshaven Harbour, four or five times, as the tide was going out
Four boats, including a Port of Cork RIB, a kayak and the local RNLI, were involved in Tuesday morning's dolphin rescue in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour that eventually saw two small dolphins escorted safely back to sea. The dolphins were…
Kinsale Gas Field's final support ship, Ocean Spey which was based out of Cork Harbour through the Mainport Group, was bade a sad farewell as their support ship was delivered to new owners. The ship sailed to Spain from where above is a scene taken just before the Irish flag was lowered for the last time.
The Cork Harbour based Ocean Spey has been sold by the Mainport Group which operated the supply/standby support vessel for the past five years at PSE's Kinsale Gas Field which was decommissioned this year, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to Mainport, the…
Simon Coveney opens hostel for homeless Defence Force veterans Cobh. The Government is committed to supporting retired members who have fallen on hard times, said the Minister.
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney officially opened a hostel for homeless Defence Force veterans in Cobh, Cork Harbour. On the occasion he said the Government is committed to working with the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen (ONE) to support former members…
Cork helmsman Harold Cudmore lifts the trophy in St. Tropez after winning Le Voile Saint Tropez Classic Regatta on the restored Cork Harbour one Design, Jap. RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead is pictured third from left
The restored Royal Cork Yacht Club Cork Harbour One Design Jap skippered by Harold Cudmore and with a crew that counts club Admiral Colin Morehead among its number have won Le Voile Saint Tropez Classic Regatta in the South of France. Jap,…
Marcus Hutchinson of Howth and Kinsale has worked on five Americas Cup events
Ireland is in a far strong negotiating position over the America's Cup than it may realise, and should set clear conditions if it is going to host the event, according to international sail racing project manager Marcus Hutchinson. It is…
Diarmuid Higgins, the incoming president of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann (ONE) which is to open of a five-bed hostel for homeless veterans in Cobh, Cork Harbour, on Sunday.
A new incoming president of the charity which supports former members of the Irish Defence Forces says he plans to encourage the State to do more to support “forgotten veterans”, especially those who’ve fallen on hard times. Diarmuid Higgins, who…
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…

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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