Cork club to host in­ter­na­tional yacht event

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Riordan

The world’s old­est yacht club has been se­lected to host a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional fo­rum at its head­quar­ters in Cork next year.

Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) has been se­lected to host the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) World Fo­rum in Crosshaven in Septem­ber 2019.

The ICOYC World Fo­rum is a unique op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in dis­cus­sion with fel­low rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the world’s lead­ing yacht clubs on ar­eas of in­ter­est to clubs and the sport and to share ex­pe­ri­ences to the mu­tual ben­e­fit of all in at­ten­dance.

The an­nounce­ment was made by ICOYC pres­i­dent Andy An­der­son at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of this year’s fo­rum at St Fran­cis Yacht Club, San Fran­cisco.

Colin More­head, vice-admiral of RCYC and chair­man of the Royal Cork’s Tri­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in 2020, said it was an hon­our for the flag of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the Royal Cork Yacht Club to be cho­sen to host the ICOYC World Fo­rum in 2019.

“Cork Har­bour has been home to the world’s old­est yacht club since its found­ing in 1720 and has been wel­com­ing sailors from across the globe through­out that time. Be as­sured all in­tend­ing to travel will re­ceive an es­pe­cially warm wel­come as the har­bour and its com­mu­ni­ties are busy pre­par­ing to mark the 300th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Royal Cork in 2020,” he said.

RCYC gen­eral man­ager Gavin Deane said the club is de­lighted to have been cho­sen to host this pres­ti­gious fo­rum and looks for­ward to wel­com­ing fel­low coun­cil mem­bers from Canada, New Zealand, Aus­tralia, the US, Hong Kong, and from many coun­tries around Europe.

“Many of the at­ten­dees will stay on af­ter the four-day con­fer­ence and visit the tourist at­trac­tions around Cork City and county and be­yond.”

Colin More­head, vice-admiral, Royal Cork YC; Andy An­der­son, ICOYC pres­i­dent; and Gavin Deane, gen­eral man­ager, Royal Cork YC.

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