IN a blow to the sailing community and the local economy, all July events for the Cork300 celebrations in Cork Harbour have been cancelled.
The events were being held to celebrate the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th birthday, but have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.
The events being cancelled include Volvo Cork Week, the prestigious sailing event held in Crosshaven (in partnership with Johnson & Perrott) which is one of the best regattas in the world and draws hundreds of boats and thousands of sailors to Crosshaven for this biennial event.
The club is the oldest in the world, founded in 1720, and this event was attracting visiting yachts and crews from Europe, Australia, San Francisco and Hong Kong, among others.
And with the coronavirus shutdown of events worldwide, many of these yachts will not be going anywhere in the coming months, and remain in their berths rather than narrowing their distance to Cork.
The club announced yesterday that the decision was taken to safeguard the health of sailors, visitors, volunteers and the community at large and that it would also give certainty to those participants and visitors who had scheduled to come to Cork in July.
Chair of Cork300 and Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Colin Morehead said: “It is with considerable regret and sadness that we have to cancel Volvo Cork Week 2020 and all other events throughout July.
“We are living in very uncertain times and the health of our members, our visitors, our city and country is now the main priority.”
But all is not lost. Organisers are continuing their plans for the remainder of this tricentenary celebration from August to December 2020.