International Classic Motorboat Rally
Time & Location
About the Event
“Honouring the past” Historical Boats (Classics)
This Historic rally is for Boat owners to be part of the RCYC 300th Celebrations , it gives owners the opportunity to meet likeminded people and put on display their Classic Boats in a truly historic setting. Some what the crews will get to do and see.
1) Cruise on the original “Harmsworth Trophy” course from 1903.
2) Blackrock Castle, Dating from 1582 it is oldest surviving structure still in use in the city of Cork. This historic castle has served as an Admiralty Court, a lighthouse, a signalling station, a gun battery whilst defending the river approach to Cork City and of course an Observatory.
3) Cobh (formerly Queenstown) is situated on North shore of Cork Harbour. It was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. These included Annie Moore and her two brothers – the first immigrants to be processed on Ellis Island in New York. On 11 April 1912 Queenstown was the final port of call for the RMS Titanic as she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage.
4) Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney Harbour in Australia. It has helped to shape world history and today is a thriving port and emerging tourism hub. The Lower Harbour is a vast expanse of sheltered water which has six significant islands. All, apart from Spike Island are now connected to the mainland.
5) Royal Cork Yacht Club. In the early part of the 18th century sailing for pleasure started to become popular in Cork Harbour. In 1720 the 9th Lord Inchiquin and five of his friends got together to formalize their activities and in so doing established the first Yacht Club in the world - The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork on Haulbowline Island. In 1831 King William IV granted the club the privilege of using the prefix “Royal” and it became known as the Royal Cork Yacht Club. In 1854 the club opened a magnificent new clubhouse in Cobh which now houses the Sirius Arts Centre. In 1903 the Club ran the First International Powerboat Event for the “Harmsworth Cup” The club now operates from the pretty village of Crosshaven, nearer the mouth of Cork Harbour
“This is only a small sample of what this Historic Area has to offer”.