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Fastnet 450

Fastnet 450


Newest Race on the Irish Sailing calendar
Fastnet 450, 22 August

The inaugural Fastnet 450 race will take place next Saturday (22 August) from Dublin to Cork, via the famous Fastnet Rock.

At least twenty boats representing sixteen different Irish yacht clubs will compete.

The newest race on the Irish sailing calendar celebrates the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the National Yacht Club. 

The pop-up IRC race, which is in association with SCORA, will start in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 22nd August and will pass the Muglin, Tuscar, Conningbeg and Fastnet lighthouses to Starboard before returning to Cork Harbour past the Cork Buoy to Port, finishing when Roches’s Point bears due East. 

The course is specifically designed to be of sufficient length to qualify skippers and crew for the RORC Fastnet Race 2021.

Competing boats are also invited to take part in other upcoming events at the Royal Cork Yacht Club to celebrate their 300th anniversary, including the prestigious Tricentenary At Home Regatta, which sees racing for IRC classes from the 28th – 30th August and will be one of the highlights of the club’s celebrations. 

Upcoming events include…

AIB 1720 Southern Championships 28th-30th August

Sadly, the 1720 Europeans scheduled to take place as part of Volvo Cork Week fell victim to the covid 19 pandemic. The Royal Cork Yacht Club is instead hosting the AIB 1720 Southern Championships 2020 as part of their Tricentenary At Home Regatta weekend. The 1720 class originated from an idea generated by some committed racing members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club with the first prototype taking to the water in 1994. Designed by Tony Castro, they have been delighting many a competitive sailor since.

1720s Race from Haulbowline to Crosshaven, 29th August
Following the Maritime Parade, a race will take place between all of the 1720s boats from the Naval Signal Tower back to the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven.  The National 18 Class will also be participating.

RCYC Exhibition at the Sirius, 29th August to 19th December
A RCYC Exhibition will be launched at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on August 29th following the day's events.  The Sirius was the Royal Cork Club House from 1854 to 1966, and the Exhibition will take a look at what life was like at the yacht club during its time there.

Fastnet Challenge, 29th August
The Fastnet Powerboat Challenge originally scheduled for the last week of July has now been moved to the last weekend of August (Weather permitting).  This will see the UIM Long Distance Cork-Fastnet-Cork World Record attempt competed for.

Cork300 Family Race to the City, 12-13 September
In conjunction with Cove Sailing Club’s annual Cobh to Blackrock race, Yachts and craft from across Cork Harbour will take part in a race to Blackrock Castle, following on from which, they will continue to the city Quays where they will remain overnight and provide a spectacle of sail within the City environs. 

AIB National 18 Championships, 12-13 September
The AIB National 18 Championships for adult sailors in the UK and Ireland will take place from 12-13 September in Crosshaven this year as part of the Cork300 celebrations.

AIB Cork300 Autumn League, 27 September-25 October
The premier yacht racing event on the South Coast this year, the AIB Cork300 Autumn League, will be held over 5 weekends leading up to the October Bank Holiday weekend.  This is expected to be the largest yacht racing event on the South Coast of Ireland this year.

AIB Irish Team Racing National Championships 2020, 21-22 November
Sailing teams from across the country will compete in Cork Harbour for the title of AIB Irish Team Racing National Champion 2020

All races will be governed by the COVID-19 guidelines as laid out by Irish Sailing and organising clubs.

The planned Tricentenary at Home Regatta and Maritime Parade that was planned are now postponed to 2021.

For further information see www.royalcork.com