It’s sails’ ahoy once more for The Royal Cork Yacht Club’s exciting Cork300 events schedule.
The Crosshaven based club, which is the oldest yacht club in the world, had planned a series of events across Cork Harbour this summer to celebrate its 300th anniversary. Unfortunately many of the larger high profile international events, such as The Great Gathering, the Powerboat Festival, and Volvo Cork Week, which were set to attract thousands of sailors and competitors from around the globe, had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However the Royal Cork Yacht Club has now announced that a select number of events will now take place from August following the publication of the Government Road Map for reopening society and the easing of public health restrictions.
The celebratory and competition events include a Tricentenary Regatta, a fantastic Maritime Parade in Cork Harbour, a RCYC Exhibition at the Sirius Arts Centre, a Family Race to / from Cork City, and several National Championship races.
Commenting, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and Chairman of Cork300 Colin Morehead said, “We were disappointed that we had to cancel our March to July Cork300 events as a huge amount of work went into organising the celebrations for what is an incredibly historic year for our club and for sailing world-wide. However public health is of paramount importance and we are delighted that a revised schedule of our events can now go ahead next month, adhering to Government and HSE guidelines.
“We are especially pleased to be able to host several prestigious National Championship sailing competitions as part of the new Cork300 schedule. All competitors and attendees will be required to comply with public health safety guidelines and we are communicating clear information on how to participate and use our facilities in a safe and enjoyable manner on our website.
“As sailors and members of the oldest yacht club in the world, we’re thrilled to be able to get back out on the water and mark this historic anniversary for the Royal Cork Yacht Club and for sailing clubs globally. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation around Covid19.”