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Royal Cork Yacht Club & Volvo Move on with Poignant Noonday Ceremony

13th July 2020
At the socially-distanced noonday ceremony at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday to consign Volvo Cork Week 2020 to history were (left to right) Kieran O’Connell (Vice Admiral RCYC and Chairman Volvo Cork Week 2020), George Mills (Johnson & Perrott and Volvo), Ross Deasy (Director of Racing – Keelboats Cork300), Colin Morehead (Admiral RCYC & Chairman Cork300), Daragh Connolly (at signal cannon, Rear Admiral Keelboats RCYC), Megan O’Sullivan (Optimist sailor, RCYC), Annamarie Fegan (Rear Admiral – Dinghies RCYC) and Harry Moynan (Optimist sailor RCYC). At the socially-distanced noonday ceremony at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday to consign Volvo Cork Week 2020 to history were (left to right) Kieran O’Connell (Vice Admiral RCYC and Chairman Volvo Cork Week 2020), George Mills (Johnson & Perrott and Volvo), Ross Deasy (Director of Racing – Keelboats Cork300), Colin Morehead (Admiral RCYC & Chairman Cork300), Daragh Connolly (at signal cannon, Rear Admiral Keelboats RCYC), Megan O’Sullivan (Optimist sailor, RCYC), Annamarie Fegan (Rear Admiral – Dinghies RCYC) and Harry Moynan (Optimist sailor RCYC). Photo: Robert Bateman

At times of sadness, we are helped by ceremonial. For sure, no-one would dream of comparing the enormous grief visited upon those who have been and will be bereaved by COVID-19 with the quiet sense of loss caused the absolutely correct and timely decision to cancel Volvo Cork Week 2020. Yet it was to be the high point of the Club’s keenly-anticipated international Tricentennial celebrations. So at the beginning of the week in which it should all have been happening, something was needed to mark the moment, some small but poignant ceremonial to signal that the club and its members, while saddened by the cancellation, are capable of moving on, and are indeed moving on.

It happened at noon on Sunday. Key figures in the running of the club and the planning of the Tricentenary assembled in a small enough group on the club lawn to maintain social distance, and with them were two young Optimist sailors to symbolise the class whose National Championship at Crosshaven on August 13th to 16th will see the club return to national action after a month and more in which down-home club activity has been steadily building following the total Lockdown.

Daragh Connolly, Rear Admiral Keelboats, fired three cannon shots, and the Optimist sailors sent aloft the flags ’N’ over ‘A’ to signal that Volvo Cork Week 2020 was cancelled. It said everything that needed to be said. And then Admiral Colin Morehead and George Mills of Volvo Car agents Johnson & Perrott signalled the announcement that Volvo Cork Week 2022 will be staged from July 11th to 15th 2022. The Crosshaven tradition of superb events run ”by sailors, for sailors” is very much alive and well. And in the days and weeks ahead, the club will see a steady but measured continuing resumption of activities to mark the Tricentenary in a heartfelt yet subdued manner in keeping with the current circumstances.

RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead and George Mills of Johnson & Perrot launch the futureLong live Volvo Cork Week 2022. RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead and George Mills of Johnson & Perrot launch the future. Photo: Robert Bateman=

Published in Cork Week, Royal Cork YC
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, the dates for the 2022 edition of Cork Week in Cork Harbour is: 11 –15 July 2022

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