Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Classic Yacht With Historic Connection is First Cork Week 2020 Entry

19th December 2019
David Aisher's 60ft George Wanhill designed classic Thalia David Aisher's 60ft George Wanhill designed classic Thalia

A substantial fleet of classic yachts will be racing at Volvo Cork Week, with one entry having a history with the Royal Cork dating back over 100 years. David Aisher's 60ft-George Wanhill designed classic Thalia raced for the Royal Cork Yacht Club in 1890.

Irish Times Sailing Correspondent David O'Brien wrote recently how, in fact, Thalia was the first entry received for the Cork300 celebrations.

Th entry was received within minutes of the official entry system opening.

The biennial regatta week has extra significance next year as it forms a vital part of the Royal Cork’s historic ‘Cork300’ celebrations marking what is claimed to be the oldest yacht club in the world’s tricentenary.

As Afloat reported previously, Thalia will most likely be one of the oldest boats competing. Built in 1888, she was first raced from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, moving to the south coast of England in 1918.

After a more recent stint in the Caribbean, she was bought by David Aisher in 2010 and returns to Crosshaven for an important homecoming.

Published in Cork Week Team

About The Author Team

Email The Author is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button