Anyone fancy a European event in 2020?

In 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven in the Republic of Ireland is celebrating its 300th anniversary with a number of events through the summer. If we are interested the Club are minded to invite us to an Osprey event (to a format that suits us) on the week commencing 2nd August in parallel with the National 18 Class Championships.

I am not yet sure if we would be able to align the dates so that this does not detract from our National Championships at Castle Cove, but if there is sufficient interest we can look at possibilities.

Getting there would involve a ferry from South Wales probably to Rosslare and around 130 mile drive in Ireland, but from what I have heard the hospitality at the Royal Cork Yacht Club is excellent and I know from experience that these National 18 sailors know how to party.

If you are interested please get in touch.

David Downs

January 2020 Update

I now have some more details of the Cork 300 celebrations at Royal Cork Yacht Club.  The Osprey Class have an invitation to join the National 18's at their Championships from August 2nd to 7th with a regatta of our own. Racing is planned to be scheduled either inside or outside Cork Harbour. It is planned that there will be a combined handicap race on the Wednesday.  I really need to judge if we have sufficient interest to make this viable, and if so how many races a day would we want - the National 18s are planning up to 14 races over the 5 days.

Costs are dependent on how many boats we get to attend, but RCYC will be able to negotiate preferential rates on Irish Ferries.
Please could you let me know if you are interested.

The following is extracted from the National 18 NoR

Welcome to the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven, the oldest yacht club in the world on our 300th anniversary, known as Cork 300.
Cork 300 is the umbrella title for a series of events which will be held in Cork harbour and further afield in 2020, including the National 18 UK and IRL Championships. 300 years earlier, 25 individuals came together and created what is now the oldest yacht club in the world. Cork, its harbour and its communities proudly celebrate all that is on offer to visitors to Irelands Maritime Paradise with a series of events throughout the year. For more information visit
We are delighted to welcome you and trust you will have a safe trip and enjoy the week of sailing and entertainment planned. In addition to the regatta plan there are many things to do here in this historic harbour and the wider region. Be sure to plan a visit to Camden Fort Meagher and Fortress Spike Island

Accomodation: It is essential to plan ahead. There are local house rentals and B&B available both privately and via airbnb. For accommodation inquiries please contact Peter O’Donovan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or April at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Camper van and camping facilities are all available on site at the RCYC. For further information please visit

Travel: There will be a discount rate for Cork 300 participants with Irish Ferries. Once this has been finalised the details will be published to the class.

We look forward to seeing you all here in August 2020.