The Commodore of Schull Harbour Sailing Club Tadgh Dwyer last week launched the 30th Cork Dry Gin Calves Week Sailing Festival which will run from the 5th – 8th of August 2014 in Schull, Co. Cork.
Dwyer pointed out that “The attraction of Cork Dry Gin Calves Week has always been the strong mix of great sailing among and around the islands of Roaringwater Bay and the family entertainment held ashore.”
Boats travel to Schull from clubs around Ireland for Calves Week every year to take advantage of sailing conditions not available elsewhere, especially the races around the islands sprinkled across Roaringwater Bay and around the Fastnet Rock. "The races we can plan out of Schull are a significant part of the attraction for travelling sailors. When you are dealing with islands as racing marks (points to sail around), you have to be conscious of rocks, currents, wind shadows and a host of other problems, as well as beating your competitors. When you sail in a race, you can be competing as much with nature as with the other boats in your class. But a race with the Fastnet Rock as a racing mark is hard to beat.”
At the same time the committee has been focused on ensuring that boats can participate in the Regatta at a reasonable cost and that families can stay locally and enjoy the amenities of Schull. “Entry fees have been maintained at the same rate for some years but more importantly by consolidating the racing days to four consecutive days in a single week, it makes it much easier for crews to be available, book houses locally for their families, and so on. This year as well, there is the added attraction for families of the 130th Anniversary of Schull Regatta. Schull village is planning to make it really special and we are proud to support that. There aren’t many sporting traditions in this country that can claim that sort of history, bar the GAA, so it was a good year for sport in Ireland.”
Calves Week is proud to have a principal sponsor in Cork Dry Gin. Other Festival Associates are Parnells, Land Rover and Aseco.
Entry forms and the Notice of Race are available on www.shsc.ie