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West Cork Sailing


West Cork Sailing

West Cork has 1,094 kilometres of coastline. The bays and inlets provide natural harbours,
bays and beaches for sailors to dock or anchor. Maureen O’Hara and her husband, Charles
Blair, chose to live in Glengarriff, West Cork because of its natural bay where Charles could land his seaplane. They are not the only celebrities to choose West Cork as their European home for its access to the coast and one of the favourite pastime in West Cork, Sailing.


Sailing is the natural pastime for Cork natives as they are always close to the sea, and often choose to also sail, canoe and row on the numerous lakes and rivers. The larger towns of Youghal, Cobh, Kinsale, Schull, Bantry, Baltimore and Castletownbere all have natural harbours. Many have their own sailing clubs and schools, and host regattas and summer camps.

We have included a diary of sailing events in Cork during 2016.

Event Date Title Category Location
16/04/2016 Round Cobh Race Longboards Windsurfing
02 - 03/07/2016  J/24 Southerns  J/24 Royal Cork YC
02 - 04/07/2016 Topper Irish Nationals  Topper Royal Cork YC
02 - 05/08/2016 Gas Calves Week Regatta All Classes Schull Harbour SC
07/08/2016  Sutton Dinghy Regatta All Classes Sutton Dinghy Club
07 - 12/08/2016  Mirror Europeans 2016West Cork Sailing Mirror Royal Cork YC
12 - 13/08/2016  Sailability Presidents Cup All Classes Kinsale YC
13 - 14/08/2016 Squib South Coast Championship Squib Glandore Harbour YC
19 - 21/08/2016 Squib Irish National Championship Squib Kinsale YC
20 - 21/08/2016 RSFeva Southerns RS Monkstown Bay SC
26 - 28/08/2016 RS400 Irish Nationals RS Schull Harbour SC
26 - 28/08/2016 RS200 Irish Nationals RS Schull Harbour SC
27 - 28/08/2016 Topper Munster Championship Topper Kinsale YC
31/08 - 04/09/16 Dragon Irish Championship Dragon Kinsale YC
10 - 11/09/2016 Optimist Munsters Optimist Royal Cork YC
17 - 18/09/2016 All Ireland Inter-Schools Championship All Classes Sutton Dinghy Club
17 - 18/09/2016 SB20 Southern Championships SB 20 Cove SC
01- 02/10/2016 ISA Senior All Ireland Sailing Championships All Classes Royal Cork YC

Outdoor Activities

Water sports and outdoor pursuits are closely connected. Many of the adventure and outdoor
pursuits centre include water sports, specifically sailing, as part of their activities. Here are a few of the local outdoor pursuits centres:


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Oysterhaven Activity Centre:
Kayaking, Windsurfing, Summer Camps, Team Building Days and Sailing

Ballyhass Lakes Adventure Centre:
Activity Centre, Wakeboarding, Holiday Homes and Fishery

Blackwater Outdoor Activities:
Kayaking, Tubing, Zorbing, Dune Buggies, Archery, Camping and Survival skills

Funkytown Adventure Centre:
Kayaking, Surfing, Sailing, Wake Boarding, Kite Surfing and Sea Safari, Powerboating

Cork Powerboat & Waterski Club:
Waterskiing and Wakeboarding

Fun Facts:

 The oldest yacht club in the world is in County Cork – Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, County Cork.

 Corkman John Twomey will be the only man in the world to compete in his 11 th Paralympic or Olympic Games when he skippers the Irish sonar crew in Rio 2016.

 Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world.

 RMS Titanic made its last ever port of call to Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, to
collect 123 passengers and mail and then continued on its fateful journey. Those 123
passengers were only a few of the 2.3million that have emigrated from the town over the centuries.


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