The inaugural ISA 'Try Sailing' Invitational will take place this July, hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC), Crosshaven, Co. Cork, as part of Volvo Cork Week from July 10th to 15th. It represents one of a number of initiatives under the ISA’s Try Sailing banner aimed at introducing as many people as possible to the joys of sailing.
“It is with huge excitement that we announce the inaugural ISA Try Sailing Invitational which will be part of Volvo Cork Week 2016. This event will attract teams from clubs across the country and will add a unique and exciting element to the already fun packed Volvo Cork Week 2016.” – Kieran O’Connell, Chairman of Volvo Cork Week.
The ISA Try Sailing Invitational invites sailing clubs from around the country to put together a team comprised of participants in their Try Sailing programmes. Each club can nominate one experienced sailor to either skipper their entry or be part of the crew. Racing will take place in 1720 sports boats, over five days, with challenging and enjoyable inshore racing. Teams will get the chance to enjoy the renowned social experience of Volvo Cork Week and the winning team will win the ISA Try Sailing Invitational Trophy.
This event will develop valuable bonds between Try Sailing participants and the clubs they represent and will give them an appreciation for what a large regatta is all about – play, sail & enjoy. The ISA Try Sailing Invitational represents a fantastic opportunity to further enhance participation in the sport of sailing through racing in the natural maritime amphitheatre that is Cork Harbour – the largest natural harbour in the northern hemisphere.
The Irish Quarter Ton Cup will also be held at Volvo Cork Week 2016. In the 1980's and 90's the then J Class raced every week in the RCYC and was made up of many different quarter tonners so many people got their first experience of sailing in a quarter tonner. The Irish Quarter Ton Cup in 2016 will not only crown a national champion but the winner will also be eligible for a class European Medal and will be in with a chance to win best overall boat of the European Championship. Volvo Cork Week 2016 is looking forward to welcoming quarter tonners from all over Ireland and the UK to compete this year.