Crosshaven Cork Week 2012 by Annette J Dunlea
Bewteen July 7th – 13th 2012 the Royal Cork Yacht Club will host Cork Week.Held on a biennial basis at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. Cork Week is a Grand Prix sailing event and is renowned, worldwide, for exciting and challenging racing. Boats from all over the world are expected, and this year, entries have already been received from as far away as South Africa and Hong Kong and it promises to be one of the most competitive events yet with the relaxation of the professional sailor rule.Cork Week 2012 will also host the J109 Irish National Championships following the very successful European Championship at Cork Week 2010.However, in addition to top class racing, the fabled on-shore tented village lets all crews interact socially in a fun way which has become one of the main ingredients in the success of Cork Week. The centrepiece of this year’s entertainment line up is “Bodega by the Sea” – which sees Cork’s Club Bodega setting sail down river, bringing with it a motley crew of Ireland’s biggest Bands & DJs. Cork Week will see acts such as Soul Driven, Pontius Pilate & the Naildrivers, The Papa Zittas, Death By Chocolate and some of the country’s best-known DJs.
Cork Week 2012 Event Chair, Pat Lyons said: “Cork Week comes along every two years and offers an occasion to celebrate all that is best about how we can enjoy the wonderful facilities that our environment has placed on our doorstep. In Cork Harbour, we have a world class maritime playground and by bringing together a sailing event of international quality, the Royal Cork provides an opportunity for both sailors and spectators alike to meet old friends, engage in a top class sailing competition, and enjoy the waterside hospitality and entertainment for which Crosshaven is renowned. They are also are putting the final touches to a great line-up of activities – getting out in the harbour amongst the boats, having interactive sea creature adventures shore side, maritime workshops and a food fair and market in the Club’s Tented Village.”
A bevy of Cork 1720s are expected for Cork Week and rumour has it that several professional sailors will be making an appearance to take on top Irish competition. In the IRC racing classes, several winning yachts are returning to defend class wins from 2010 including; Paul Kirwan’s Sigma 38, Errislannan, who was jointly awarded Cork’s top award of Boat of the Week last time out. Conor & Denise Phelan’s Kerr 37, Jump Juice will be returning to defend their hard fought class victory in 2010 and a large contingent of Corby Yachts is expected including Richard Goransson’s Inga from Sweden with round the world sailor, Matt Humphries calling tactics and four time Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Richard Mason amongst the crew.Gavin Dean noted that it is a common misconception that Cork Week is expensive. The entry fee for Cork Week includes your mooring fees and if you want to arrive a few days before the event and stay a couple more after, there will be no additional charge. As far as catering facilities, Anthony McCann and his team have been doing a fantastic job for the club this year and will have a variety of menus available, including breakfast each morning. In the Tented Village, we will also have BBQ food as well as a food court with gourmet fast food and oriental cuisine, all at competitive prices. We are determined to deliver a memorable event. In addition to top class racing, the fabled on-shore craic in the tented village has become one of the main ingredients in the success of Cork Week with some of Ireland’s best bands performing live each evening. Plans include a whale workshop, an aquarium touch tank and other attractions. The festival will also host cultural and artistic flavours of the region including the work of local artists and vendors of local fayre. Meitheal Mara will be sailing to town with their Dragon boats and offering people an opportunity to sail on them.There will be free admission on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th July from 11 am to 5pm. RCYC Admiral Peter Deasy said: “We in the Royal Cork are very confident that the support of the people of Cork and in particular, Crosshaven, will insure that Cork Week 2012 will, once again, prove that people are prepared to enjoy their hard earned leisure time in what has always been one of the best sailing, and fun, regattas in Europe.”
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