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, and there is a 20% discount for those who register, and pay, before the end of March. 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
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
Glandore Classic Ambassadors