Cork Week is Back with a BANG for 2020

Bumper fleets expected to attend prestigious international regatta, as part of historic club’s tricentenary celebrations.

Cork Week, once the legendary party regatta for many of our owners, lost followers in the early noughties in line with economic turmoil. Now, spearheaded by a fresh committee who are determined to see the regatta reinstate her position as a firm fixture on your schedule, Cork 2020 is shaping up to be the most exciting edition for a long time.

Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral of the Royal Cork YC and Chairman of the regatta, visited us in our office a few months back to discuss their plans. There will be a series of feeder races to help bring boats to Cork Harbour in July, followed by a Fleet Review for all yachts between Haulbowline Island and Cobh, in the presence of the Admiral of the RCYC and other dignitaries. This is expected to be a very special celebration of 300 years of the formation of the yacht club. Racing then commences from Monday 13th.

J Boats
The club are super keen to entice J Boats sailors far and wide to participate in what is promising to be a momentous event. If enough Js enter, the club will accommodate us in our own exclusive shoreside location…did someone say private party?! There will also be a wide range of social events both at the Royal Cork YC and around Cork Harbour, all week.

The race programme will incorporate one design racing, handicap racing, a race around the Fastnet Rock, and a series of mixed format inshore races. The inter-services Beaufort Cup will also return, a trophy which has been awarded to numerous Js.

All qualifying boats entered in Volvo Cork Week 2020 will automatically be entered into the ICRA National Championships, the pinnacle of the Irish inshore cruiser racing calendar which will see the Irish National Champion declared.

The recently announced 2020 IRC European Championships, organised by the RORC, will take place during Volvo Cork Week. The Notice of Race and online entry for this much anticipated standalone event offering a varied race programme, with a mixed range of courses set in and around Cork Harbour, is expected to be available shortly.

The highly prestigious Morgan Cup race – organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club since 1958 – will cross the Celtic Sea to Cork for the first time ever with the support of the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This 324nm race will carry an attractive points-weighting for the 2020 RORC Season Points Championship and is expected to attract a substantial fleet. The line honours winner for this race will be the first recipient of a specially commissioned perpetual trophy graciously donated to the Royal Cork Yacht Club by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to honour the club’s tricentenary and the close relationship between the United Kingdom, Ireland and its sailing communities

Furthermore, the 1720 European Championships will take place during the week, bolstered by the club’s own fleet of boats.

Cowes/Cork Circuit – July 2020
2nd-4th: J/Cup @ RORC, Cowes
8th-11th: Morgan Cup Race from Cowes to Cork
12th: Fleet Review
13th-18th: Cork Week

The club have put together some really useful help on their website –

Entry is open!
If this all sounds too good to miss, (and we think it is, which is why we’ll be there!) then why not get your entry in?