Since 1978, Cork Week has welcomed sailors and boats from all over the globe. It is difficult to think of any other regatta worldwide that has had held such universal appeal, for so long. Producing a successful regatta can be compared to throwing a dinner party and to do either you need the right ingredients. The most important raw material for any regatta is the sailing and Cork Week is blessed with a marvelous stretch of water with excellent breeze. The natural harbour creates a great inshore racecourse, there is truly spectacular coastal racing and high octane action in the ocean swell, out in the Atlantic. The scenery just adds to the overall concept. From the stark beauty of West Cork, to the view from the sea of Cobh and Great Island and the welcoming sight of Crosshaven, after a day’s racing.
Like a great dinner party, Cork Week serves up fine food in memorable surroundings. There is seldom a day when racing isn’t possible at Cork Week, something you can’t say about every major regatta. Flying under spinnaker passed Queenstown , surfing in the Atlantic and the beautiful bays of West Cork. The area around Crosshaven is a wonderful place to get out on the water.
Of course sailors go to Cork Week to compete but also they come from far and wide to have fun and enjoy the occasion. Like a great dinner party, taking a spin on the dance floor is an excellent way to end the evening.
Crosshaven throws on quite a pageant and the local community really gets involved which gives the regatta a great atmosphere, the ‘tented village’ is buzzing with life. Many other regattas do not have the evening activities all in one place, Cork Week does and the ‘session’ to be had is more memorable by the fact that everybody is there; you keep bumping into people and having just one more.
There are a variety of tents to suit but one of the great concepts for Cork Week is the abundance of live music, something that visitors really enjoy. Screaming your head off to Bon Jovi or sing along to a ballad with your mates or loved one, are truly memorable moments.
The Flaws, just one of the top bands that perform live at Cork Week.
Another reason that Cork Week is so popular with visitors from overseas is that the Irish are there! It might sound patronising but take it from a non-Irishman. Just about any sailor knows a few Irish mates who like to party, who like to enjoy life. As a foreigner coming to Ireland, your eyes light up because you know you are heading to a regatta, hell bent on having a good time.
See you in July,