A new chapter is being written for the Volvo Cork Week 2014 Regatta and included here is a quote from Adrian Yeates, Managing Director Volvo Car Ireland Ltd: “Cork Week has enjoyed a long and illustrious history, both on the Irish and international sailing calendar. Volvo Car Ireland, in conjunction with Johnson and Perrott Motor Group, is both proud and delighted to add its name to this prestigious event. Volvo has invested heavily in the sailing arena over the years and Ireland benefitted greatly from the visit of the Volvo Ocean Race to Galway for the last two round the world races. Volvo Cork Week will be the biggest sailing event to take place in Ireland in 2014 and we are looking forward to an exciting programme in Crosshaven in July and welcoming sailors and visitors alike".
Cork Week is recognized as one of the premier regattas in Europe and the Royal Cork Yacht Club is very proud to continue to host this event since its inception thirty six years ago. John Roche, Chairman of Volvo Cork Week, is looking forward to welcoming many old friends who have been coming to Crosshaven for a long number of years and of course also looking forward to welcoming new competitors to this premier event. Racing on Cork Harbour’s world famous courses will, as always, be under the direction of Anthony O’Leary, renowned national and international sailor.
In 2014, conscious of the economic environment, there will be a substantial reduction in the entry fees and the format of the event will change from five to four days, Tuesday to Friday inclusive with Monday being a practice day for those wishing to avail of this. Volvo Cork Week 2014 will strive to include ten races and will continue to offer free berthage and a free car parking space for the duration of the event.
Of course there will be the usual variety of courses set in open water, coastal and in the harbour which should test crew handling and get just about every sail out of the bag .
In recent years, Two-Handed racing has become increasingly popular all over the world and Volvo Cork Week will recognise this by introducing a two handed class for the first time. The Sir Thomas Lipton Cup is one of the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s most famous awards and the trophy, dating back to 1900, will be awarded to the best yacht in this class. Also, by its very nature, sailing short handed reduces accommodation and living expenses for a competing yacht.
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the in the world, looks forward to extending a warm welcome to all sailors who come to visit and would like to extend good wishes to all for a very enjoyable and safe regatta.