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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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Way Back When – No.10

Today we celebrate the club volunteer, without whom nothing would be possible. We have a lovely photo from Cork Week 1992, give details of how to volunteer for any of this year’s many events and take a irreverent view on what you might end up doing…. (more…)

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WbW#9 – The National 18s

The National 18s are the oldest active class in the Royal Cork and it is quite safe to say that the bulk of the credit for this fact must go to the Dwyer family. In this article Tommy Dwyer outlines the history, the people and the fun that has made the class so enduring.  (more…)

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Way Back When – No. 8

This post is a follow up on WbW#6 where Larrie Martin beautifully described his long career as an Oppie Parent. In it we unscientifically examine the changes to the way Junior Sailing is approached and try to illustrate with photographs from 2007 and some 40 years earlier. (more…)

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WbW#6 – The Oppie Parent

The Royal Cork may well have the record for the longest continuous Oppie parent career in the world. A former Rear Admiral and Oppie parent of 17 consecutive seasons recalls his time with the fleet. (more…)

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Way Back When – No. 5

In WbW#4 we discovered the ladies bar that was behind the fireplace up to 1946. By coincidence we have a nice photograph from that year of a ladies race in dinghies with some nice connections to both the past and the present. (more…)

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Way Back When – No. 3

Members make any club and today’s photograph from 1971 is not just a snapshot of that time – it also illustrates nicely the inherent strength of the Royal Cork. (more…)

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Way Back When – No. 1

This year we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the club in 1720. Much has been recorded and published about the clubs origins and illustrious past. This series looks at the club in the living memory of the current membership. (more…)

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Colin Morehead elected as 42nd Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club

Last night at the 299th AGM, Colin Morehead was elected the 42nd Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. In his acceptance speech, he thanked Past Admiral Capt. Pat Farnan for the manner in which he executed his role over the past two years and steered the club into its Tricentenary Year. Morehead has been […]

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Monaco Team Racing Event 2020

The Royal Cork Optimist team for the Monaco Team Racing Event 2020 left Cork airport at 6am on Wednesday 8th January for Nice via Amsterdam.  Their arrival was well greeted by Monaco Yacht Club representatives.  It was great to meet up with the opposition teams at the apartments that hosted all the competitors and jurors. […]


Junior Dinghy Coaching Forum

  To: All Junior Dinghy Fleet   Annual Club Coaching Forum    Upstairs Bar, Royal Cork Club House, Sunday, January 19th, 2020 @ 1900hrs   Please complete the following Survey HERE prior to the Forum so that we can get an understanding of Coaching Requirements for planning purpose. Please complete regardless if you are attending the forum […]


Keelboat racing update

Hi all, update on O Leary Insurance Group Winter Series keelboat racing tomorrow. We are monitoring the conditions and looking at a possible window to race in the inner harbor. We will make a final call tomorrow morning. We would also strongly advise that even if racing does not go ahead skippers check lines and […]


Junior Laying Up Supper Report 2019

This years Royal Cork Yacht Club Junior Laying Up Supper was held on Saturday 23th 2019 in the club house with parents and junior Sailors making up the 170+ attendees. Rear Admiral Dinghies Brian Jones welcomed the Admiral, Pat Farnan, Vice Admiral Colin Morehead and all the sailors & parents to the last social evening […]

Volvo Cork Week 2020 entries go live

Volvo Cork Week 2020 entries go live

Bumper fleets expected to attend prestigious International Regatta Incorporating Irish Cruiser Racing Association National Championships as part of historic club’s tricentenary celebrations.  Press Release and online entry  

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