CORK300 – International Powerboat Festival – 11th July 2020

“Honouring the Past, Embracing the Future”


The Royal Cork Yacht Club are delighted to announce that there will be an International Powerboat Racing Festival as part of the Cork 300 celebrations in 2020. To celebrate the announcement of the International Powerboat Racing Festival Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) and Chairman of Cork300 exchanged burgees with Dr Raffaele Chiulli, President of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM).

In 2020 the RCYC will mark the 300th anniversary of its founding in 1720 and will “Honour its Past and Embrace the Future” by hosting 3 very different powerboat events where the public will see:

  • Classic Boats from the past mixed with solar and alternative energy boats of the future.
  • A modern fleet of Endurance Offshore Racing Boats which will compete for the honour of being crowned UIM Offshore Marathon World Champion.
  • And finally, The UIM Long Distance World Record “Cork – Fastnet – Cork” awaits any team that wishes to take on the challenge.

Speaking at the exchanging of burgees in Monaco recently, Mr Morehead spoke of his delight at the return of powerboat racing to Cork Harbour as part of the yacht clubs tricentenary events. “It will be 117 years to the day that the first International Power Boat Race was held in Cork Harbour when the Marathon Class entries parade past the picturesque town of  Cobh as they make thir way to the startline. The entries next year will be considerably faster than those which raced in the first race all those years ago but the atmosphere and excitement within the harbour will be no less incredible than it was back in 1903”.

There are exciting times ahead and all this on the water action will take place on the River lee, Cork Harbour and off the South West Coast all the way to Bantry in July 2020. More details will be released in the coming weeks.