Glandore Harbour Yacht Club

2017 Classic Regatta


We’re getting spoilt by Afloat with another great article mentioning the Classic Regatta. Read here.

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Classic Regatta 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Glandore Classic Regatta. Glandore will be the place to be from 23-28th July this year if you are interested in Classic boats, great racing, or just having a good time in the most beautiful harbour in Ireland.

This page contains news updates and information about the 2017 Classic, and about visiting Glandore. Please also see the pages for the Notice of Race, Registration and Payment, Provisional Programme, Accommodation and Classic Boats (articles on boats that have sailed in previous Glandore Classic Regattas). Pages containing Sailing Instructions, and Racing results will be added later.

The Glandore Classic is always a great week, but our 25th anniversary year will be extra special. We are pulling out all the stops to ensure the anniversary is a great success, combining the usual excellent racing with lots of opportunities to admire beautiful boats, and a variety of shore side activities.

The programme will highlight the different classes of classic boats racing in the harbor, as well as the very popular ‘cruise in company’ to Castletownshend, and the nightly entertainment in our wonderful pubs and restaurants.

But to celebrate the anniversary we are adding several new features, on and off the water. Around the theme of ‘upcycling old classics’, we will have the chance to see and learn about some of the best examples of both restored and upcycled classic boats. Then there will be classic cars, classic movies, and classic stories, not to mention the Food Stalls serving classic West Cork food and drink.

Guided walks will allow the non-sailors to explore the beautiful coastal views around Glandore, including the famous Drombeg Stones, and boat trips around the harbor will provide a unique of view some of our most beautiful old houses. For those interested, the village of Union Hall just across the harbour is the home base for whale watching, deep sea fishing, and sea kayaking.

Registration is now open. You can register and pay on-line (note, the payment process starts after you submit your registration form), or you can print out the form and send it in by mail with a cheque.

For those of you not familiar with Glandore, read on to see why you should come and join us.


Sally Fegan Wyles

Chair 2017 Classic Regatta

Notice of Race, Provisional programme, Registration and Payment all available here on the club website

The 25th Anniversary Glandore Classic is shaping up nicely, with lots of beautiful, interesting boats all set to compete.

The highlight may well be the a.k. Ilen, which will sail into Glandore on her first sea voyage after her major renovation at Hegarty’s boat yard in Oldcourt. Other beautiful boats that have confirmed their participation include the two the 1898 Fife Brynoth, Cork Harbour One Design Elsie and Airlie, Spirit of Oysterhaven, Celtic Mist, Síle a Dó, Molly Bawn, Big Momma and the 1954 Watson designed Niamh Lua, built as the lifeboat for Shannon Airport, and lovingly converted by Hugh Cassidy.
In addition to the usual exciting racing, there will be a demonstration of syncronised sailing by the Dublin based Water Wags, and a parade of vintage cars thanks to the Drimoleague Vintage Car Club. There will be food trucks and stalls to help keep the cost of feeding visiting families down, as well as BBQ facilities in our new club yard.

For the non-sailors there will be lots of fun activities, kayaking, whale watching, sea fishing, guided walks, and of course the usual evening music, dancing and pub-based craic.
Please do register now and we will get information that will help us plan even better racing for you.

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Enjoy this wonderful article about our upcoming Classic Regatta by Afloat.



According to Don Street, who has spent the last 62 years racing, cruising, chartering, exploring, charting and writing about harbours on both sides of the Atlantic, “the approach to Glandore harbour is one of the most beautiful in the world”. He has further advice, “as you approach the harbour you pick up Adam, and then as you get closer, Eve. It is time to remember the sailing directions in use since the 16th century: avoid Adam, and hug Eve.”


As you pass Eve, the beautiful inner harbour opens up, with views to the village of Glandore, and on the bluff to the West, three imposing Edwardian residences built when Glandore was known as the “Irish Riviera”. In front of you is McCarthy’s castle overlooking the harbour, and the charming Kilfaughnabeg Church, which is open to the public and well worth a visit.

Glandore village is centered on the ‘terrace’ overlooking the estuary, and there are four great pubs, three of which are also excellent restaurants, all facing onto the sea. The terrace makes a natural grandstand for watching the racing in the harbour, and the racing normally starts and finishes immediately below the terrace. Ten minutes after you have picked up your mooring and furled your sails, you can be enjoying a well-earned pint.


For anyone with time to spend away from sailing, there are lovely walks around the estuary, and the famous Drombeg Stones (the best stone circle in West Cork) is within walking distance of the harbour.


The village of Union Hall is just across the estuary, and whale watching, sea angling and kayaking can all be found there, as well as several good pubs, a supermarket, and a lovely coffee shop.

There are lots of B and B’s in the area, and very good quality rental apartments, see the list of accommodation on the GHYC’s webpage.

We look forward to seeing you here this summer!


Sally Fegan Wyles, 2017 Classic, Chairperson



2017 Classic Regatta Committee


Sally Fegan Wyles


Karen Horgan

John Wyles

Cormac O’Carroll

Donal Lynch

Elmarie O’Riordan

Julia Bertram

Glandore Classic Ambassadors

Dee Forbes
Don Street
Kieran O’Donoghue