Racing is underway in Kinsale for the 9th biennial Sovereign's Cup Regatta.
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Kinsale Yacht Club is gearing up to welcome over 100 boats and their crews for The biennial Sovereign’s Cup - a fantastic four day sailing and social programme from 22nd-25th June.
Entries are rolling in each week, with both regular competitors and newcomers to the event from all over Ireland and the UK. This year welcomes previous Sovereign’s Cup winner, Eamonn Rohan returning to defend his title on his Quarter tonner ‘Anchor Challenge’. Also registered is previous Sovereign’s Cup winner and team Captain of last year’s victorious Rolex Commodore’s Cup Team, Anthony O’Leary on his Ker 39 ‘Antix’.
There are a number of entries in the strong Quarter Ton fleet, including international professional yachtsman, Peter Morton who will race on ‘Odd Job’ as his wife Louise Morton (and Quarter Ton Class Secretary) will race on ‘Espada’. Other Quarter tonners include ‘Black Fun’ from New Zealand, Neil Kenefick on ‘Tiger’, Rob Gray on ‘Aquila’, Ian Travers on ‘Bandit’ and Ken Lawless on‘Supernova’, to name but a few.
Partners for The Sovereign’s Cup include MGM Boats, Eli Lilly and Fáilte Ireland. “We are delighted that these organisations have come on board to offer their support. MGM Boats has opened a new brokerage office in Kinsale, Eli Lilly is a long-established multi-national and the support of Fáilte Ireland is a great measure of the impact the event has on local tourism,” said Gary Horgan, Regatta Director.
“As well as the excellent sailing conditions, race management and social programme ashore, we are encouraging sailors and guests to finalise their travel and accommodation plans. We are delighted that the Cork Swansea ferry will enable more sailors to access Kinsale easily from the UK and Failte Ireland’s website www.discoverireland.ie/cork
is an excellent vehicle for checking out accommodation in Kinsale and surrounding areas,” he added.
The Sovereign’s Cup was established in 1995 and has been a very successful and hugely popular cruiser regatta. The biennial event attracts over 140 boats from all over Ireland and the UK who compete for the prestigious Sovereign’s Cup for best all round score in IRC and The Portcullis Trophy for best ECHO handicap.
The social programme is based around providing a fun atmosphere after racing for people to enjoy and later in the evenings there will be some great music for a top party atmosphere with Resident DJ Mark Wilson, Crazy Chester and iFunk. The event kicks off with a launch reception at Kinsale Yacht Club on Tuesday 21st June and the week will draw to a close following the prizegiving on Saturday 25th June with a Bar-B-Q and musical entertainment from the Cadillac Cats.
For more information on The Sovereign’s Cup, contact Kinsale Yacht Club on (021) 4773433, www.kyc.ie