Yesterday we featured the Rolex Ilhabela Race Week as one of our ultimate bucket regattas, and today, video producer Digby Fox makes the case that another big event deserves the same distinction. Check out this video for visual confirmation, and if you like it, click here for more great videos – Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5 of the same regatta.
Maybe the most noteworthy aspect of this year’s running of Ireland’s iconic Cork Week regatta was the continued competition from 83-year old ocean racing legend Piet Vroon, who nailed his class and the overall win with the Ker 46 Tonnerre De Breskens. The old Dutch pirate had a tear in his eye during the final prizegiving, and with dozens of Cork Weeks, countless RORC races, and 26 Fastnets under his belt, Vroon has seen more people learn the ropes than most of us could ever hope to. He is a credit to the sport.
Ireland Paralympic sailor John Twomey also stood out, beating all the able-bodied sailors in Class 4 by a long way. He’s simply a very good sailor, and I’ve never seen a story like this in 25 years covering sailing.
It was also the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s tragedy; a bit of Titanic tourism thrown in didn’t hurt, not that the event needed much more excitement!
It may be a long way for our North American friends to travel, but I’d put Cork Week up against almost any regatta in the world; certainly one of the top 5 events anywhere. Fly and charter, and come sailing in the Emerald Isle.