Cork Week sets sail

News from Ireland's leading regatta which kicks off tomorrow

Sunday July 14th 2002, Author: Robin O'Sullivan, Location: United Kingdom
Ford Cork Week 2002 was officially set on its way this evening by the Minister for Health & Children, Mr. Micheal Martin TD. At the official ceremony the Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Mr. David O'Brien, said that they were delighted that the real racing that attracted so many sailors to Crosshaven for the event was underway.

Over the next five days more than 500 boats, carrying more than 5,000 crew members, in a range of classes and sizes, will race twice a day over six courses. Already, one class, the 25 Sigma 38s, is at sea having left on a 24-hour overnight race at lunchtime.

Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland, Mr. Eddie Murphy, paid tribute to the continuing success of the event, which is held every two years. "The amount of effort put in by members of Royal Cork Yacht Club and hundreds of volunteers is at the core of the success of what is now acknowledged to be Europe's premier sailing event", said Mr. Murphy.

Ford Cork Week Organising Committee Chairman, Mr. James McGrath, said that they set out to create an event that is as inclusive and as positive as possible for the club itself, for Irish sailing and tourism and especially for entrants and visitors. The site at Crosshaven has been streamlined to ensure optimal conditions for sailors, on-shore visitors and club members alike.

Mr. McGrath in thanking Ford Ireland for their continued generous support, also welcomed Bord Failte's involvement through the International Sports Tourism Initiative in this year's event and the other supporting sponsors.

Already, the on-shore social programme has got off to a great start and this afternoon's Family Event drew hundreds of parents and children from infants and toddlers upwards to the Crosshaven site. Beside a veritable forest of masts the festive atmosphere and fine weather ensured a highly successful start to Ford Cork Week 2002.

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