Colin Morehead has been elected as Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club succeeding the outgoing Pat Farnan as the club celebrates its 300th year as the oldest yacht club in the world writes Bob Bateman. At the 299th AGM, Morehead was elected the 42nd Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. In his acceptance speech, he thanked Farnan for the manner in which he executed his role over the past two years and steered the club into its Tricentenary Year.
Morehead has been part of the Royal Cork all his life, following in the footsteps of generations of his family before him. He spoke briefly about plans for events due to take place in this tricentenary year calling out the St Patrick’s Day parade, Seafest, World Championship power racing, a classic regatta, Volvo Cork Week and no less than ten Cork300 dinghy events which will see European, National and Regional titles decided.
"Morehead has been part of the Royal Cork all his life"
The incoming Admiral also outlined his wish to develop a five-year plan for the club which he would like to see approved at the 300th AGM next year along with the development of a new sustainability plan for the club which underpins all of the club’s activities. He also set out an ambition to secure an additional European or World Championship event to be run at the club by 2023 (Recently the club announced that the 2021 World Topper Championships would take place at the Crosshaven based club).
In his closing remarks, he set out the fact that nothing could be achieved without the support and dedication of its staff and its incredible committee’s and volunteers. He reminded everyone that volunteers give of their time and services freely and they should be treated with respect and courtesy at all times by all members. He continued by saying “we should value and recognise our volunteers as a significant resource who enable us to achieve our objectives”.
He concluded by calling on all members to use the magnificent harbour we have on our doorstep to showcase the role which the Royal Cork plays in the promotion of sailing. He called on everyone to use the wonderful facilities which the clubhouse affords its members and in doing so offers us all the opportunity to rekindle existing friendships and the creation of new ones.