Cork - a regatta for allcomers

In addition to the regular yacht racing fraternity, Ford Cork Week is attracting several fleets of classic yachts

Tuesday January 29th 2002, Author: Royal Cork YC, Location: United Kingdom
The organisers of Ford Cork Week 2002 have announced that twenty berths have been booked with Swansea-Cork Ferries to bring a fleet of Salcombe Yawls to their regatta in July.

With a history that reaches back to the small inshore fishing boats plying the South Devon waters some 150 years ago this fleet adheres to association rules which are designed to maintain the boats traditional appearance - built in wood, and with wooden spars, the boats incorporate an iron centreplate and 'iron shoe' type external keel.

The Salcombe Yawl Association made the decision to ship across en masse to Cork based on reports of the fun and excitement to be had a Ford Cork Week. Indeed, such was their determination to attend that they are arranging their own rescue service as well as providing extra helpers for the Race Office.

Joining our friends from Devon will be the X-332 Association of Great Britain & Ireland which will hold its European Championships at Ford Cork Week. This is the first association to say they will hold a European Championship at the regatta, and 25 of these yachts are expected to race throughout the week.

In addition to this the organisers claim they have received numerous requests from American and English owners of 45 - 55ft classic yachts. Chief Race Officer, Peter Crowley, has arranged to accommodate their requests, by allowing for a once-a-day Coastal Course, to begin after the harbour races have started. The Royal Cork Yacht Club is targeting 'sea-proven' yachts, able to anchor off the harbour entrance, and is moving forward with the idea on this basis.

Feeder race to Cork

The French club, the Société Nautique De La Baie De Saint-Malo has announced that in conjunction with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and the Royal Cork Yacht Club, on July 8th, 2002 a feeder race will leave St. Malo to arrive in Crosshaven in time to participate in the Ford Cork Week.

The race is scheduled to finish at Ford Cork Week 2002 on July 12th, with prizes being awarded on the opening night of the event.

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