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Joker II, Commandant Barry Byrne's winning J109 entry from this Round Ireland Race will meet teams from the National Services and a US Marines team at the Beaufort Cup at Cork Week starting on July 15th.  

The second ever Beaufort Cup, a race exclusively for teams associated with their national services, will take place at this year’s Volvo Cork Week. Hosted by The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the event invites services from Ireland, Europe and further afield, to compete for the Trophy. Defence Force Teams from a number of countries will compete and also other services such as Police, Fire, Rescue, RNLI and Coastguard service teams.

Following the huge success of the inaugural race in 2016, this year’s competition welcomes an American team made up of former marines and coast guards who were seriously injured while on service. The team of four includes Sgt Robert Aiken who began sailing through the initiative of the Warrior Sailing Program, providing maritime education and outreach for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans organised by the US Merchant Marine Academy. “I’m very thankful to the wonderful donors and staff for recognising the therapeutic value sailing has to offer those of us adjusting to new circumstances - both physical and emotional” said Sgt Aiken. 

The rest of this very exceptional team includes Brett Linville, Sergeant in United States Marine Corps for 8 years. Conducting combat missions in western Iraq between 2005-2006 as a machine gunner and team leader of 8 other gunners during various operations, Sgt Linville sustained a back injury from a fall during a mortar attack. Accrediting many attributes to the values instilled in him through the Marine Corps, he will also share a boat with Dawn Hart who has spent 12 years in the US Coast Guard. Having come on the racing scene in the US she says she has enjoyed “sailing and competing in regattas and taking advantage of as many opportunities as possible. I thought this was an amazing opportunity and an experience in which I could learn from other sailors.” 

This event develops valuable bonds between national team members and international colleagues alike, through a competitive, but also very sociable, event. The Beaufort Cup represents a fantastic opportunity to strengthen international ties through offshore sailing and closely fought inshore racing in the natural maritime amphitheatre that is Cork Harbour.

“The Beaufort Cup invites sailing teams from their associated national services, 50% of each team must be active in the service they represent. Racing will take place over five days in a mix of challenging offshore and tactical inshore racing. Teams will get the chance to enjoy the renowned social experience of Volvo Cork Week and the winning team will have €10,000 donated to a nominated charity of their choice while the winner will also be eligible for the ‘Boat of the Week’ prize at Volvo Cork Week 2018” says Kieran O’Connell, Chairman of Volvo Cork Week.

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With 110 boats already entered, Volvo Cork Week is preparing to welcome crews and boats from all over Ireland, the UK and from as far away as Dubai, Australia and Hong Kong. With a new flexible format of racing available to participants, competitors can choose to race for the full five days, three days or contestants can hold their own class championships, finishing on the Saturday. It’s an exciting amendment that has attracted a diverse demographic from many sectors of the sailing world. It also allows competitors to enjoy the outstanding entertainment once ashore.

At The Royal Cork Yacht Club, there are fun packed family events such as treasure hunts, face painting and kids games on Sunday,15th and Saturday, 21st July, kicking off at 11am.

At the Opening Ceremony on 15th July, there is live music from easy listening crooner, The Loungeman, who returns for the Ladies Fashion Show and Lunch on Wednesday 18th July. Every night of the week there is world class music and entertainment following the races and Gala Dinners, including The Roaring Forties, Midnight Sons and Amazing Apples as well as late night DJs throughout the weekend.

Online entry is still open and the closing date is 30th June.

Event and Entertainment Timetable Volvo Cork Week Race Week Timetable

Sunday 15th July
12.00pm: Family Fun Day with Volvo Promotions
15.00pm: Live Music with The Loungeman
17.00pm: Opening Ceremony
20.00pm: Admirals Dinner

Sunday 15th July
11.00am: Morning Practice Racing
14.30pm: Afternoon Practice Racing

Monday 16th July
13.00pm: Afternoon Tea with BUMBLEance and special guest Anna Geary
16.30pm: Live Music with RECKLESS
19.00pm Live Music at The Royal Cork Yacht Club

Monday 16th July
11.00am: Fastnet Race/ Wreck Series - Race 1

Tuesday 17th July
13.00pm: Public Open Day with 96fm Giveaway
16.30pm: Live Music with Gerald Ahern
19.00pm Live Music at The Royal Cork Yacht Club

Tuesday 17th July
11.00am: Fastnet Race/ Wreck Series - Race 2

Wednesday 18th July
12.30pm: Ladies Fashion Show & Lunch with special guests Francis Brennan and harpist Carys Ann Evans
16.30pm: Live Music with The Loungeman
19.00pm Live Music at The Royal Cork Yacht Club
20.00pm: Beaufort Cup Gala Dinner at Naval base
21.00pm: Live Music with Amazing Apples - followed by late night DJ

Wednesday 18th July
11.00am: Harbour Race - Race 3

Thursday 19th July
16.30pm: Live Music with Holy Moly
19.00pm: Corporate Evening, BBQ and Live Music
21.00pm: UV5 followed by late night DJ

Thursday 19th July
10.00am: In Shore Series - Race 4
12.30pm: In Shore Series - Race 5
14.30pm: In Shore Series - Race 6

Friday 20th July
16.30pm: Live Music with Savage Cabbage
20.00pm: Volvo Cork Week Closing Dinner with Spectacular Fireworks Display
21.00pm: Live Music with Midnight Sons - followed by late night DJ

Friday 20th July
10.00am: In Shore Series - Race 7
12.30pm: In Shore Series - Race 8
14.30pm: In Shore Series - Race 9

Saturday 21st July
11.00am: Family Fun Day with Volvo Promotions
16.00pm: Live Music
19.00pm: Quartet For Drinks Reception
20.00pm: Black Tie Gala Dinner
21.00pm: The Roaring Forties

Saturday 21st July
12.30pm: Club Regatta Race 1 & 2

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After the success of the inaugural Beaufort Cup for Military and Emergency teams in 2016, this year's entries are approaching 20 boats already, including no less than eight J109's for the Cork Week event. There's an excellent line up of Dublin and Cork boats now involved and organisers are appealing for further Irish boats owners to team up with Services teams.

Fancy entering Volvo Cork Week for free? Joining an exciting new fleet, having a chance to win €10,000 prize money and getting some experienced crew to help race your yacht?  Maybe the Beaufort Cup is the event for you...?

JEDI j109 INSS 0367Tanaiste Simon Coveney has entered the Dublin-based INSS J109 for the Beaufort Cup. Photo: Afloat.ie

The Beaufort Cup is an international sailing event, run as part of Volvo Cork Week for military and emergency service teams. Beaufort Cup teams also have the opportunity to participate in the full sailing programme for the week.

"There are currently a number of teams looking to team up with Irish boats"

Only 50% of the team must be from the service they are representing, and there are currently a number of teams looking to team up with Irish boats.

So what's in it for you?

Free entry to Volvo Cork Week, the possibility to team up with a military or emergency services crew, join us at the Beaufort Bar in the tented village at Volvo Cork Week, which will have exclusive parties throughout the week, the unique opportunity to attend the Beaufort Cup Gala dinner on Haulbowline Island Naval Base, €10,000 prize money for the charity of your choice, plus the now famous short offshore; a 24hr race from Cork Harbour to the iconic Fastnet Rock and back.

Asked what the lure of this event is, 2016's winner Commandant Barry Byrne said that "the unique atmosphere and camaraderie between the services teams in the fleet is something the yacht owners really enjoy being a part of, also the short offshore is the perfect length; 24 hours down to the Fasnet along some of the most scenic coastline in the world is a great feature of the event, last time we had nine boats all rounding the rock within an hour of each other."

Grand Soleil 40 Neulargo 1Denis Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo will race as RNLI Crosshaven in the Beaufort Cup. Photo: Afloat.ie
For J109 owners in particular, the possibility to join this fleet and compete against another eight J109s, from the Royal Navy, Royal Engineers, Royal Air Force, Irish Defence Forces and a myriad of other teams, is very appealing.

While there is a large fun element to the competition, and lots of friendly rivalry between the services, there is also very serious racing at the top end of the fleet. This year's fleet has attracted some high profile racing names, such as Irish past All Ireland champions Peter O'Leary and Stephan Hyde.

See the full 2018 Cork Week and Beaufort Cup entry list here

There are currently a number of highly experienced international and national teams looking to team up with Irish boats, if you are interested in getting involved, contact Barry Byrne at [email protected] or James Fegan at [email protected]

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The UK Launch of Volvo Cork Week 2018 was held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble, with an after party at the King & Queen Pub. Representing Volvo Cork Week was Director of Racing Rosscoe Deasy, Event Chairman Kieran O’Connell, and Gavin Deane General Manager of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This July, Volvo Cork Week welcomes a wide variety of international sailors to experience well-managed racing on a range of courses, both inside and outside of Cork Harbour. Classes will include IRC rated boats, non-spinnaker, 1720, Dragons and Sportsboats. 1st of May is the early bird deadline.

“Entries for Volvo Cork Week are coming in well above last year's quota from Irish competitors, and the UK launch was all about informing and encouraging British teams to come and compete.” commented Kieran O’Connell. “We are delighted to hear that the Royal Southern YC will be forming a youth team for Volvo Cork Week, and we are delighted to welcome more teams from overseas to enjoy the hospitality of the Royal Cork YC this July. The new format allows a huge variety of sailors and boats to attend, with events ranging from a full week of racing to just a single day, there is a style of racing to suit just about everyone.”

The second edition of the Beaufort Cup will take place during Volvo Cork Week 2018. International teams from their associated national services will take part, 50% of each team must be active in the service they represent. Racing is scheduled over five days with a mix of challenging offshore, and tactical inshore racing, including a Fastnet Rock Race. Teams will be able to join in the shoreside fun at Volvo Cork Week and their own Gala Dinner. The winning team will have €10,000 donated to their nominated charity.

“We have already got a lot of entries from the UK and one from France including the Welsh Police Force, Royal Air Force, Royal Engineers, and Royal Navy. Three teams will compete from the Irish Defence Forces and we have interest from two RNLI stations, Crosshaven and Baltimore. We would welcome entries from other services, and right now we have owners who have made boats and crew available for the Beaufort Cup and we would be delighted to put them both together. We hope to get in excess of 20 entries.” commented Chair of the Beaufort Cup, James Fegan.

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For 40 years Volvo Cork Week has welcomed teams from overseas to the biennial regatta hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, and what better time than Patrick's Day for the UK Launch of Volvo Cork Week 2018.

Senior members of the organising committee for Volvo Cork Week will be in attendance for two events in Hamble, which just happens to coincide with the England versus Ireland Six Nations Rugby and Grand Slam decider and St Patrick's Day.

Representing Volvo Cork Week in Hamble will be Volvo Cork Week Director of Racing, Rosscoe Deasy, Event Chairman Kieran O'Connell, and Gavin Deane, General Manager of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

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An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, TD, launched, Volvo Cork Week, today on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, following the cancellation of the original launch last Friday due to the arrival of Storm Emma.

Royal Cork Yacht Club has reconfigured its biennial regatta with a number of novel new features. The event takes place this year in Crosshaven from July 16th to July 21st.

Speaking at the launch Minister Coveney said: “It is always a pleasure to be asked to officially launch an event like Volvo Cork Week. Events like this are very important for Ireland, showcasing, as they do, the beautiful marine resource we have, particularly here in Cork Harbour, the second biggest natural harbour in the world. Competition for The Beaufort Cup will see teams from many different national and international defence forces, RNLI, Coast Guard, Welsh and Northern Ireland Police, and other service teams, competing against each other and this year it again includes an overnight race around the famous Fastnet Rock. It is great to see Volvo Cork Week being the first Irish Regatta to take an active approach on the fight against plastics. It is a subject that is very close to my heart and I will do all I can to assist them in their effort this year. Cork is truly at the forefront of sustainability and renewable energy, with MaREI (Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy) located here in Cork Harbour.”

All photos by Bob Bateman

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David Thomas, MD Volvo Car Ireland, said that Volvo Car Ireland, in partnership with Johnson & Perrott, are proud to sponsor Volvo Cork Week for the third time: "since coming to Ireland, I have seen and appreciate the importance of the water as an island nation. The Volvo brand is synonymous with sailing across the world and we believe in the importance of supporting, and partnering, with sports and communities where our customers live, work, and play." 

Kieran O’Connell, Chair of Volvo Cork Week, welcomes the growing awareness of the plastics issue amongst the public and particularly amongst sailors. He intends to put an emphasis on reducing Volvo Cork Week’s impact on the environment. Amongst the initiatives being proposed is that all competitors will be asked to use reusable drink containers and there will be water coolers/fountains available. Suppliers will be asked to reduce their use of plastic and use compostable materials. “Each year, 8 million tonnes of plastic enters our seas and if no action is taken there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, every bit of plastic ever made still exists somewhere. Care to the environment is a core value at Volvo Car Ireland and we intend to play our part during Volvo Cork Week 2018. Education and outreach activities will be facilitated by MaREI during the event."

The first of a series of beach clean ups took place during the launch. Schoolchildren from Crosshaven took part in an initial clean up of the beach on Haulbowline Island. This is the first in a series of nationwide beach clean ups Volvo have planned to help raise awareness of the #TurnTheTideOnPlastics initiative.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club is the NMU Marina of the Year and is a Gold Anchor Awardee from the Yacht Harbour Association. It is committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment and has created a Green Events Policy which will be applied during Volvo Cork Week 2018.

While retaining many of the successful elements of previous events Volvo Cork Week 2018 has a completely redesigned format which gives competitiors various options to choose whilst still enjoying the world class racing that is on offer. Entries have already been received from Ireland, England, France, Dubai and Australia and this year. The SB20 sportsboat class will host its Southern Championships on the two days before Cork Week (14/15 July) and the Dragon Class will host their championships at Volvo Cork Week for the first time.

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Following the recent announcement of the Volvo Cork Week ‘Super Early Bird’ competition winners who won back their full entry fee for the regatta, event organisers have announced a new enticing deal for those who sign up before March 31st. A very lucky 5% of entries received over the next eight weeks will receive a crew gear pack, which contains 10 branded Helly Hansen Crew tops personalised with the boat name, and one skipper’s branded Helly Hansen Regatta jacket, also personalised with the boat name. 

With a 45 entries before the end of December, and international interest, indicators show that Volvo Cork Week is shaping up to be the biggest yet with over 50% of total entries for the last regatta already registered, 6 months in advance of the event itself.

With Volvo Cork Week’s new format, and again teaming up with Ireland’s principal sponsor of sailing events Volvo Car Ireland, and local dealership Johnson and Perrott at Mahon Point, the organising committee are focusing on attracting more sailors from more areas of sailing and from a more diverse demographic. This, accompanied by six nights of entertainment, will make for a event in 2018.

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Cork Week has announced the lucky 10% of Super Early Bird entries that will receive a full refund on their entry fee for Volvo Cork Week, which will take place in the Royal Cork Yacht Club from the 16th to the 21st of July next, in association with Volvo at Johnson & Perrott Mahonpoint. Off to a winning start are: Colin Galavan and Richard Hayes with CARPE DIUM, Rory Fekke with F’n Gr8, Anthony O’Neill with Tenacious, Joan Mulloy Racing and Johnny Swan with Harmony.

The event received a whopping 45 entries before the end of December and indicators show that Volvo Cork Week is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet with over 50% of total entries for the last regatta already registered, 6 months in advance of the event itself.

Volvo Cork Week organisers are always looking for new and exciting ways to make the regatta better for competitors. The committee invested a lot of time looking at how best to offer a tailored experience to as many competitors as possible. This year will have a brand new format giving people the option to build their own regatta from the multi series format of the new event. Competitors have the option to enjoy the full five days of world class racing and great entertainment; there is an option of a new, three-day, series for those that can’t commit to the five days; if participants enjoy the longer offshore style racing both fully crewed or shorthanded, then that is also on offer and if participants would like to hold their own class championships, finishing on the Saturday, then that is also an option.

With this new format, and again teaming up with Ireland’s principal sponsor of sailing events Volvo Car Ireland, the organising committee hope to attract more sailors from more areas of sailing and from a more diverse demographic. This, accompanied by six nights of world-class entertainment, will again make for a world-class event in 2018.

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The Beaufort Cup returns in 2018 and with entry level already surpassing 2016 it is gearing up to be a great success.

Three English teams have already committed to take on the challenge and there’s also interest from Wales, America, France and Northern Ireland.

Download the Notice of Race below

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The 2018 Notice of Race for Volvo Cork Week, which will take place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club from the 16th to the 21st of July, 2018 has been published (and is downloadable below)

A Super Early Bird entry rate until December 30th where a lucky 10% of entries received before the deadline will get a full refund on their entry fee.

2016 saw a revived interest in the Club’s biennial regatta, which has been going strong since 1978. For its 40 year anniversary in 2018, RCYC is launching an all new format where competitors can pick a choose which element of the week that they wish to attend, giving the options for one, two, or three days racing, or go all in for the full Volvo Cup.

Cork Week organiser Kieran O'Connell told Afloat.ie 'We are also holding a number of One Design Class Championships during the week with racing for these classes on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st. If your class would like to be part of this, and benefit from the great entertainment that will be laid on for the week, please get in touch'.

The Beaufort Cup returns in 2018 and with entry level already surpassing 2016 it is gearing up to be a great success. Three English teams have already committed to take on the challenge and there’s also interest from Wales, America, France and Northern Ireland. Download the Beaufort Cup Notice of Race here.

The new Offshore Series on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th will attract boats from all over to compete in the challenging over night Fastnet race and in the shorter day race Wreck series for the smaller boats.

The online entry system is now live and RCYC is running a Super Early Bird entry until December 30th where a lucky 10% of entries received before the deadline will get a full refund on their entry fee.

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