Cork300 events series launched for 2020

Cork300 events series launched for 2020

Cork300 events series launched for 2020

Cork300 will celebrate Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary, where it all began, and Cork’s maritime haven, with a series of events next summer.

In 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven will celebrate its 300th anniversary with an exciting series of events on and off the water across Cork harbour, called Cork300.

Founded in 1720, by a group of 25 pioneering individuals, the Royal Cork Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in the world, and its tricentenary celebrations will take a look back at the origins of ‘where it all began’, which is attracting significant international interest from thousands of yacht clubs across the globe.

Sailing communities throughout Europe and as far as Australia, Hong Kong and San Francisco are expected to attend the Cork300 celebrations - which will take place primarily during the months of July and August 2020 – to participate in the exciting variety of competitive and non-competitive nautical and on shore events scheduled, many of which are also open to the public.

As part of the celebrations, communities across Cork harbour will host a vast array of sailing, racing, food, and entertainment events, along with a number of talks, ensuring Cork will be the only place to be in Summer 2020.

  • The Great Gathering – 6-7 July
  • Cowes to Cork Race – The Morgan Cup – 8-10 July – to include trophy generously donated by HRH The Prince of Wales
  • Kingstown / Queenstown Race – 9-10 July
  • Classic Yacht Regatta – 9-11 July
  • International Powerboat Festival – 11-12 July
  • Royal Cork Fleet Review / Parade of Sail – 12 July
  • Wild Atlantic Way Cruise – 12-19 July
  • Volvo Cork Week – 13-18 July
  • Glandore Classic Regatta – 18-24 July
  • The Three Championship Weeks – 2-22 August

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Commenting on the Cork300 events series, Chairman of Cork300 Colin Morehead said, “I am incredibly proud to be Chairman of Cork300 – this is probably the most significant historic milestone that the Royal Cork Yacht Club and the sailing community worldwide will see in our lifetime, so it truly is an honour to be part of … and to share where it all began.

Everyone, everywhere around the world, is invited to join in the celebrations and be part of the Cork300 crew.  We have a really exciting events series planned with lots of more news to announce over the coming months.

“We are especially delighted to hear of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales’ support this week.  This truly is an honour.”

Cork300 will promote community, international friendship, sustainability and the role of sailing worldwide.  We want to inspire and motivate future generations to sail and we hope to leave a legacy for sailing and Cork harbour, Ireland’s maritime haven, into the future.” 

 “Of course, Cork300 is made possible only by the support of our partners - AIB the premier partner, Volvo, Port of Cork, Cork County Council, Cork City Council and Heineken, so we would like to sincerely thank them for their generosity.”