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Tricentenary Parade of Motor and Sail – Event Details

The parade is part of the Cork300 celebrations to celebrate the Tricentenary of the founding of our Club and will take place on Saturday 28th August 2021 to coincide with the AIB RCYC Tricentenary Regatta 2021. The Admiral accompanied by distinguished guests will take the salute from a vessel of the Irish Naval Service which will be stationed at the Oil Wharf on Haulbowline Island.

Fresh sausage rolls courtesy of Tom Durcan Meats along with Tea and Coffee will be available to members at the Clubhouse between 08:30hrs – 09:15hrs on the day.

The parade is designed to be a fun event, the below instructions are provided to guide participants on the correct protocols and etiquette for the event as well as their safety on the water. Please be cognizant of other boats in your vicinity and always maintain a safe distance and speed. A prize will be awarded for the best turned out boat, the best dressed adult and the best dressed child (pirate costumes a good option!). The key point to keep in mind is that all boats taking part need be at C1 for 10:00hrs on the day.

Tricentenary Parade of Motor and Sail and Admirals Salute


H.W Cobh 09:55hrs



10:00hrs The Fleet Assembles At The Rendezvous Area
  Golden Apple hoists the commemorative Cork 300 Flag on the Port crosstrees or appropriate flag staff
  All boats in the fleet hoist the commemorative Cork 300 Flag on the Port crosstrees or appropriate flag staff
10:10hrs The fleet are requested to take station astern of Golden Apple and proceed to No 18 Buoy. Golden Apple will lead the fleet with boats following behind in two columns at minimum of 20 meters apart. Please listen out on VHF Channel 77 for the parade marshal’s instructions who will be there to help

Boats intending to take part in the At Home Regatta should position themselves at the head of the fleet directly behind Golden Apple to assist with their preparation for racing at the end of the parade. No boat should position themselves ahead of Golden Apple

  The Admiral and Guests Arrive at Haulbowline Naval Base
10:00 – 11:00hrs Admiral, Vice Admiral, Flag Officers and their distinguished guests assemble at Haulbowline Naval Base and board the reviewing vessel
11:00hrs The Fleet Assembles at No 18 Buoy to Proceed to the Reviewing Vessel
11:15hrs The fleet will proceed upriver to the LE Roisin vessel of the Irish Naval Service which will be stationed at the Oil Wharf on Haulbowline Island
11:30hrs Golden Apple arrives at the reviewing vessel passing to the North. She lowers her Ensign and commemorative pennant to the dip, in salute to the Admiral and his guests and the Naval Service 
  Each pair of following vessels in turn will pass the reviewing vessel to the North and salute by lowering their Ensign and commemorative pennant to the dip, in salute to the Admiral and his guests and the Naval Service
  The Fleet Returns to Crosshaven or Assembles for Racing
  Having cleared the reviewing area, all vessels are requested to proceed upriver to the area where RIB marshals will be positioned
  Those vessels not racing and who wish to immediately return to Crosshaven or disperse, when instructed by the marshals, are requested to disperse to the far North of the reviewing vessel keeping well clear of the other vessels yet to salute the Admiral
  Those vessels racing or wishing to spectate will remain upriver in preparation for racing which will commence from Haulbowline Naval Base at 12:15hrs first gun being 12:10 hrs
12:00hrs Admiral, Vice Admiral, Flag Officers, and their distinguished guests prepare for the racing to commence
12:10hrs First Gun for the Tricentenary At Home Regatta Keelboat Racing
12:30hrs Admiral, Vice Admiral, Flag Officers and their distinguished guests depart the Naval Base for lunch which will be taken at the Royal Cork Yacht Club

Chart Extract Detailing Tricentenary Parade of Motor and Sail and Admirals Salute Saturday 28 August 2021 – © UKHO – Not to be used for Navigation

Local Harbour Regulations – Participants in the Royal Cork Yacht Club Tricentenary Parade of Motor and Sail and Admirals Salute are reminded that all commercial shipping has absolute right of way within the harbour area. Port of Cork notice to mariners no.14 of 2018 refers: At all times all boats shall keep at least 150 meters away from commercial vessels that are maneuvering but shall in any event maintain a safe distance from all commercial shipping, which may exceed 150 meters in certain circumstances. All boats shall keep at least 50 metres away from the refinery jetty or vessels moored alongside.

COVID Statement – By taking part in any of the events covered by this notice of event, each participant agrees and acknowledges that they are responsible for complying with any regulations in force from time to time in respect of COVID19 and for complying with the OA’s COVID-19 procedures. Participants shall comply with any reasonable request from an event official. Failure to comply may be misconduct. Reasonable actions by event officials to implement COVID-19 guidance, protocols, or legislation, even if they later prove to have been unnecessary, are not improper actions or omissions.

Risk Statement – Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each participant agrees and acknowledges that:

(a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event.

(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat, and their other property whether afloat or ashore.

(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions.

(d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate.

(e) The provision of patrol boats, and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities.

(f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances.

(g) It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event

(h) They are responsible for ensuring that their boat is equipped and seaworthy so as to be able to face extremes of weather; that there is a crew sufficient in number, experience, and fitness to withstand such weather; and that the safety equipment is properly maintained, stowed and in date and is familiar to the crew.


Notes on Flag Etiquette

Flags What to put where – A brief overview designed to demystify the basics of flag etiquette and to help everyone on the day. (All references are to flags used by members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club). Detailed information can be found within the RCYC Flag Etiquette document

The most senior position for a flag on a RCYC vessel is reserved for the Club Ensign – this is as close to the stern of the vessel as possible.  As the Ensign takes the senior position on a vessel, the order of precedence for positions for flying other flags is: 2) masthead, 3) starboard spreader, 4) port spreader. This assumes a simple plan of one halyard per spreader;

Traditionally, the RCYC burgee is flown at the main masthead. The burgee must match the Ensign if one is worn, and it should always be higher than the Ensign.

The starboard spreaders are used for signalling. These days it is becoming increasingly common for yachts to fly their RCYC burgee from the starboard spreaders because of instrumentation sited at the main masthead.

The port spreaders are used for house flags.  For the purpose of the parade of sail, we would ask that all yachts fly their Cork300 flag from the port spreader or as an alternative a halyard at the bow.


If it is impractical to wear the ensign on the taff rail as specified in part 1, then the following diagrams show the alternate positions from which it may be worn dependant on the rig. The ensign should never be worn at a greater height than the burgee and should be transferred to the taff rail when moored or at anchor.