Overseas Teams Seeking Charters for Volvo Cork Week’s Beaufort Cup

Overseas service teams have contacted the Royal Cork Yacht Club in search of suitable charter boats to compete in the Beaufort Cup at Volvo Cork Week.

“As only 50% of a team is required to represent the relevant service, this provides an opportunity for interested owners of suitable boats to participate in the event alongside a partly uniformed service crew,” says the Royal Cork’s Admiral, Annamarie Fegan, in a message to clubs which says that entries are “continuing to flow in for the event from Monday to Friday, July 15-19.

“Cork Week entries are ramping up with diverse and notable yachts of all sizes across the fleet, including everything from Quarter-tonners to J122s, from RS21s to 1720s, and from ‘white-sail’ cruisers to Cape 31 racing machines.

“Many of the larger keelboats from the East Coast, as well as Wales and Scotland, are expected to arrive in good time for the start of the event, completing the “Kingstown to Queenstown” ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire to Cobh.

“Several notable UK keelboats are expected to arrive around the same time, some participating race from Falmouth to Cork (also starting on 12th July from the RCYC in Falmouth).

A light air start to the 2022 Beaufort Cup in Cork Harbour Photo: Bob Bateman

Some notable visiting entries, no doubt hoping to challenge our local heroes at their home regatta, include ValenTina (a J-Cup champion J112 from the National Yacht Club), Impetuous (a successful Corby 37 from South Caenarvonshire), Prime Suspect (a Custom Mills 36), Cougar of Cowes (a Reflex 38 representing RORC / JOG / LSCS) and Blitz (a Mills 40, sailing under the flag of the RHKYC).”

The Welsh Corby 37 Impetuous from South Caenarvonshire will compete at Volvo Cork Week 2024 Photo: Afloat

“Several teams from Ireland and abroad are assembling crews for the Beaufort Cup, the International Interservices Regatta, which will see service teams pitch their abilities against each other. The event features a long offshore race around the iconic Fastnet Lighthouse before teams enjoy shorter course racing with the Cork Week fleets. The Beaufort Cup is hosted by the Irish Defence Forces in conjunction with the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

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