History of Sailing in Cork
Mariners have sailed the seas for thousands of years but it was the Dutch who invented the sport - back in the 1600's Sailing came to Ireland in the early 1700's - to Cork Harbour. Muiris O' Brien the Earl of Inchiquin sailed from his estate in the eastern end of Cork Harbour. The harbour is said to be the second largest natural harbour in the world - second only after Sydney in Australia.
The sailing waters he used are just at the entrance to East Ferry - where SailCork sails today - sailing has been carried on in these waters for 300 years - SailCork are the proud standard bearers of this tradition.
The "Cork Water Club" was founded in 1720 on Haulbowline Island and it's direct decendant the "Royal Cork Yacht Club" was based in Cobh for nearly 200 years. During the late 1800's Queenstown (Cobh) was home to major international events - second only to Cowes in England as a yachting venue. The RCYC is now based in Crosshaven across the harbour.
Cork Harbour proudly follows the tradition of sailing with SailCork based in East Ferry, Cove Sailing club in Cobh, Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Monkstown , The Naval Yacht Squadron in Haulbowline and the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven. Indeed one of the world's leading regattas "Cork Week" is run every two years from Crosshaven attracting an entry of up to 500 boats - this event was run by Eddie English of SailCork in 2002.
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The Cork Harbour One Designs
The Cork Harbour One Designs were designed by the famous Scottish yacht designer William Fife. The boats were 30 feet long and built of yellow pine on oak and Initially 6 boats were built at the “Gridiron” in Carrigaloe Cobh in 1896 (Querida, Elsie, Little Devil (Cygnet), Maureen, Minx and Bunyip (Sibyl). They had great racing in their first year so three more were built for 1897 - two were built in Passage West (Imp and Coleen) and another at Carrigaloe (Jap). The tenth and last boat was built at the Fisheries School in Baltimore in 1924 (Betty). Click link to see full story!