Cork Institute of Technology’s Sailing team will depart tomorrow(Wed) to represent Ireland at the 31st Student Yachting World Cup. The regatta, which takes place in Brittany from October 22nd to 30th, will see CIT compete to regain the title they first won in 2008.
CIT were victorious at the Student Yachting Nationals in October 2010 which earned them the right to represent Ireland at the World Student Championships. The team consists of Skipper George Kenefick, Joe Bruen, Donagh Good, Kevin Goulding, Maria Connolly, Gemma Twohig, Judy O’Brien and Aidan Mc Laverty.
The Student Yachting World Cup takes place annually and attracts the best student sailing teams from all over the world boasting entries from countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK and the USA. This is the fourth time that CIT will take part in the competition: they were runners up in 2007 and won the title in 2008. The event consists of 7 days of high intensity fleet racing including coastal and night races.
Skipper, George Kenefick of RCYC has high hopes of making history by bringing the cup back to Ireland for the second time in five years. One of Ireland’s best known sailors, George was guest helm on Michael Kershaw’s ‘Chimp’ the overall winner of the 2011 Classic Half Ton Cup at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Cowes in August and has this month been crowned the Irish Sailing Association All Ireland Champion. “Preparations have gone very well, we are in good shape, training on the water and working out in CIT’s Elite Gym”, says George. “We have secured sponsorship with Bank of Ireland, Euro Car Parks, Avis Ireland and Musgraves which has provided us with the financial support necessary to compete to the highest level”.