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COVID-19 Notice To Members

On March 15th we announced the suspension of organised sailing activities and the closure of the club bar and offices until the 29th March 2020, this was then extended to Sunday 12th April and included the closure of the entire site including marinas and we can now confirm that following the most recent statement from […]

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WBW#19 – South Coast Boatyard

There is a long history of boat building in the harbour. This article by Dan Cross relates the tale of one yard which in it’s relatively brief existence produced over 100 yachts and helped make Cork Harbour a center of excellence on the international sailing scene. (more…)

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David O’Brien elected President of Irish Sailing

Past Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, David O’Brien, has been elected President of Irish Sailing following last weekend’s Irish Sailing AGM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the AGM was attended only by outgoing President Jack Roy and CEO Harry Hermon with the quorum being achieved through proxy appointments from Clubs. David served as Admiral […]

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WbW#18 – The Royal Corkers

No matter what, our members have a great ability to rise to the occasion. In this post Marina Rose outlines some of the fun and frolics of the wonderful “Royal Corkers” – the group that took no prisoners in their hilarious annual review at the Laying Up supper for many years. (more…)

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Cork300 Update

Following on from our last update on March 15th, you will all be acutely aware that the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve. The measures we currently have in place with regard to sailing activities and use of the club facilities will remain in place until at least March 29th. With regard to Cork300, our tricentenary […]

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Way Back When – No. 17

This post is a follow on to WbW#15 where we republished some fabulous photographs by Bob Batemen as part of the celebration of the work he and Claire did over the years. Here are more of Bob’s great photos, with a focus on the crews. (more…)

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WbW#16 – The Rankin Punt

This post is a lovely article by Conor English, one of the principle drivers of the great Rankin dinghy revival of the last five years. The Cobh built Rankin has a large following all over the harbour including being a popular transport on the river… (more…)


COVID-19 Notice To Members

As the Coronavirus situation evolves, we continue to closely monitor the National and Global situation and take guidance from the Irish Government, HSE, Irish Sailing and other experts. Specific measures have been implemented with regard to organised sailing activities and the bar has now closed and will remain so until the 29th March 2020, at […]


Way Back When – No. 15

The WbW series relies primarily on photographs for its mission to tell interesting stories about the club, the boats, the members and indeed the wider harbour community. This post celebrates one photographer and his better half that have done so much for so long…. (more…)

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The Royal Cork Yacht Club will play host to the third running of the Beaufort Cup, an International Inter Service Sailing Regatta open to the Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Airforce, Police and other Rescue Services. The winning crew will again take home the specially commissioned trophy in honour of Sir Francis Beaufort, creator of the […]

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Way Back When – No. 14

The Club Boats are to most of us like wall paper, rarely getting a second glance. Here we look at some of the hardest working boats in the harbour and we have unearthed a letter and a fishing boat registration to add a little bit more to the knowledge bank. (more…)

Royal Cork Yacht Club - greening for St Patrick's Day


Yacht Clubs globally encouraged to Go Green for St Patrick’s Day to celebrate 300th anniversary of oldest yacht club in the world Every St Patrick’s Day, famous landmarks around the world turn green in celebration of the Irish national holiday, from Rome to Rio and London to Las Vegas.  This year, the Royal Cork Yacht […]

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Cork will host an International Power Boat Festival this summer

An International Power Boat Festival will take place in Cork Harbour and the waters off the Cork coast on 11th and 12th July 2020. The Festival, which is a first for Ireland, is part of the Cork300 events series, which celebrates the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th birthday (tricentenary) – the oldest yacht club in […]


Volvo Cork Week Amendments Make For Thrilling Schedule

Volvo Cork Week 2020 organisers have posted a number of amendments to the Notices of Race for both the ICRA Nationals and the IRC Europeans. The changes to the structure of the event have been made following feedback from competing sailors and the result is a simplified and more inclusive schedule of racing. In simple […]

Perhaps one of the three Brooke boats being referred to by Buchan above. This boat is a Brooke from the early 1920s which has been in the Roberts family for over 60 years. Here she is in 2017 with Mairead, Julianne, Grattan and Richard on board. But this is a digression - the new clubhouse very quickly became home to the Royal Munster Yacht Club as Buchan relates below...

WbW#12 – The March Calendar

This months calendar picture is the classic clubhouse view. We have some entertaining and informative extracts from the memoirs of it’s architect, his vision for club development from the late ’60s, and a little background to the first club amalgamation in the river….. (more…)

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Volvo Cork Week 2020 Attracting Entries From Around The World

The Royal Cork Yacht Club are delighted to launch our prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta, which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around the globe compete on the waters around Cork Harbour from July 13th – 17th. This year’s Volvo Cork Week has extra special significance as it […]

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Way Back When – No. 11

In one of the Royal Cork yearbooks there is an article about a yacht that has been in continuous use on Cork Harbour since 1936.  This led your WbW team to wonder if this is a record or whether others could lay claim to the title. So we went investigating… (more…)

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