Good Craic at Ireland’s Premier Regatta

Photo: Tim Wright

The only people more fun than sailors are Irishmen and the only people more fun than Irishmen are sailors, so tuck in for a crossbred getaway between fabled Irish holiday and world class regatta time. Now branded Volvo Cork Week post recession, before the fall of the Celtic Tiger Cork Week saw upwards of 400 boats. The numbers are slowly returning with 120 boats entering the 2018 edition. Last week the 2018 installment wrapped up with Fn’Gr8 of Carrickfergus Sailing Club taking overall winner prize of the week with Rory Fekkes accumulating a 19-point lead over his eleven-boat fleet. The J/109 Joker 2 defended the annual Beaufort Cup. Full results are posted here.

However, the appeal of Volvo Cork Week isn’t really in the numbers. All competitive racers will tell you it is, and sure, it is. But the real reason to book into Volvo Cork Week, hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club is the craic. It’s an Irish word pronounced like the one not to step on lest you break your mother’s back. It means good time. Crew opportunities are posted annually, the harbor village of Crosshaven is a reasonable drive if flying into Dublin, excursions to Cork City are feasible, trad sessions are on in the village nightly, and when you get there the two very best worlds will collide: the Irish, and sailors. In addition to nightly entertainment and food stalls at Royal Cork Yacht Club, don’t miss:

  • Party: Friday night party at Cronin’s Pub
  • Lunch: Regatta week Irish beef burger special at The Oar Bar
  • Accommodation: Airbnb right in the village