Classic Yachts at Cork Week 2022

July 16, 2022 | Grant | Reading Time: < 1 minute

The 2022 dedicated Classic Yacht Class at Volvo Cork Week was a magnificent spectacle racing in picturesque Cork Harbour every day. Five races were organised for nine beautiful boats from France, Ireland and Wales with superb vistas in White Bay and along the Holy Ground outside Cobh Town.

I was delighted to be commissioned by the Royal Cork Yacht Club to create the Perpetual Trophy for this special event the “Prix D’Elegance”

My design is based on a Classic Gaff Rig and draws from different aspects of Classic Yachts.

Her hull is highly polished stainless steel with brushed topsides featuring details including deck house, cockpit, tiller and bowsprit with dolphin striker.

Her main and mizzen gaff sails were handmade in copper, with stainless steel hanks attaching to the flying jib and staysail.

Volvo Cork Week has historically been regarded as a ‘must-do’ regatta on the international sailing calendar due to its unparalleled reputation for exhilarating competitive racing over a variety of race courses in fair sailing waters and its incredible line-up of post-racing off the water entertainment and social activity.”

Elsie, winner of the ‘Prix D’Elegance’ trophy at Volvo Cork Week July 2022

Elsie, Cork Harbour One Design, Gaff Cutter
Photo by Robert Bateman