Please select your home edition
Henri-Lloyd 2022 December - SW LEADERBOARD

The Beaufort Cup - The heart of Volvo Cork Week

by Louay Habib 29 Mar 2022 02:52 PDT 11-15 July 2022

Volvo Cork Week is going to be a spectacular regatta this July, with teams from all over the world racing with the Royal Cork Yacht Club in celebration of their 300th birthday.

The Beaufort Cup is at the heart of Volvo Cork Week with €10,000 going to the chosen charity of the winning team. The Beaufort Cup pitches teams that have at least half the crew from Service or Voluntary Organisations.

While military teams will be taking part, the Beaufort Cup is suitable for all manner of service organisations including medical professionals, charity organisations, emergency services plus local and national Government Authorities. The early entry list already boasts over ten teams from Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The racing schedule for the Beaufort Cup starts with a 24-hour race around the famous Fastnet Lighthouse, which starts and finishes in Cork Harbour. The inshore race series, set on stunning coastal courses, will be held from 13th to 15th July in conjunction with Volvo Cork Week. Beaufort Cup teams will race under the IRC time correction rule, providing a level playing field to boats of different sizes and speeds. The Beaufort Cup is open to all yachts with a TCC between 0.990 and 1.060.

The overall winner will be presented with the Beaufort Cup at the Grand Prize Giving and will also be in contention to be named Volvo Cork Week 2020 'Boat Of The Week'. Entry for the Beaufort Cup is from €540, which includes event berthage and eight crew tickets for the Beaufort Cup Gala Dinner.

"The format is the same as the two previous editions, you get the chance to race around the Fastnet Rock, enjoy a great dinner, and then race in and around Cork Harbour for the last two days," confirmed James Fegan who besides being the Volvo Cork Week Committee member for The Beaufort Cup, will be racing with the Crosshaven Lifeboat team.

"All of the teams must have half the crew from a services or voluntary background, but the Beaufort Cup is not just for Defence Services, you could have doctors, nurses, and ambulance drivers as half of your crew. The entry criteria is very broad but we will not allow professional racers, and the coastal courses mean that the inshore racing will not be windward leeward style. We would love to hear from boat owners who are looking for crew for Volvo Cork Week. The Beaufort Cup has a history of owners finding new crew for their boats, not just for this regatta, but for years to come."

After the offshore race, all of the Beaufort Cup teams are invited to a formal dress code Gala Dinner at Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour. The main naval base and headquarters for the Irish Naval Service and the birth place of the Royal Cork Yacht Club in 1720.

Commander Brian Mathews is the Officer in charge for Defence Forces Sailing and will be racing with the Irish Defence Forces Team. "The Beaufort Cup is about having good clean fun on the water and building relationships off the water. The Beaufort Cup Gala dinner is a formal occasion for entrants only, and there is more informal fun for the rest of the week at the Royal Cork. The Beaufort Cup is all about meeting people, having fun, and all with prize money going to a worthy cause."

For more details and information about the Beaufort Cup visit

Related Articles

Volvo Cork Week overall
A cracking event comes to a close 192 boats took part in the biggest Volvo Cork Week for many years, which incorporated the ICRA National Championships. Teams from Ireland, France, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States enjoyed a full five-day programme. Posted on 16 Jul 2022
Volvo Cork Week day 4
Breeze on! A sea breeze kicked in on Day Four to spice up the action on the penultimate day of Volvo Cork Week, incorporating the ICRA National Championships. Posted on 14 Jul 2022
Volvo Cork Week leads way with plastic free event
Introducing significant sustainability measures this year Volvo Cork Week has introduced significant sustainability measures this year as part of the Royal Cork Yacht Club's commitment to leading the way in Ireland on low impact events and ocean health. Posted on 14 Jul 2022
Volvo Cork Week day 3
Beaufort Cup started inshore racing inside Cork Harbour The third day of Volvo Cork Week incorporating the ICRA National Championships was blessed with sunshine and 8-10 knots of breeze from the north. The majority of the 192 teams competing were racing inside Cork Harbour today. Posted on 13 Jul 2022
Volvo Cork Week 2022 Day 2
Top Racing and Heaps of Fun The second day of Volvo Cork Week incorporating the ICRA National Championships was held with races for all classes in Cork Harbour, Ringabella Bay and a technical windward leeward course off Roaches Point. Posted on 12 Jul 2022
Volvo Cork Week 2022 Day 1
A truly magical start for the 193 teams competing After four years of waiting Volvo Cork Week is back with the first day of racing organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. In total 193 teams are competing at Volvo Cork Week and the weather truly delivered a magical start. Posted on 11 Jul 2022
Nearly 200 boats set for Volvo Cork Week 2022
The majority will be racing under IRC and ECHO Rules for the Irish ICRA Nationals Waiting two more years to celebrate the first tricentenary of any yacht club has not blunted the enthusiasm for Volvo Cork Week, if anything, the legendary Craic of Crosshaven will be bigger than ever. Posted on 3 Jul 2022
Volvo Cork Week - 300 years in the making
Entry is open for the event, celebrating the tricentenary of the world's oldest yacht club Entry is open for 2022 Volvo Cork Week, celebrating the tricentenary of the world's oldest yacht club, the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Posted on 14 Feb 2022
Cork Week 2022 dates confirmed
Taking place from 11th - 15th July 2022 The Royal Cork are delighted to officially announce that Cork Week 2022 will take place from 11th - 15th July 2022. Posted on 14 Jul 2020
Entry open for IRC European Championship
The championship is expected to attract a record fleet Online Entry is now open for the 2020 IRC European Championship which will take place in Crosshaven, Ireland during Volvo Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Posted on 19 Dec 2019
Henri-Lloyd 2022 December - SW FOOTERCyclops 2023 August FOOTERDoyle Sails 2020 - Redefining Boundaries 728x90 BOTTOM