Festival & Event Manager: Joya Kuin


+353 (0) 21 484 7673

Ocean to City
c/o Meitheal Mara
Crosses Green House
Crosses Green
Cork City | T12 HF38

Frequently asked questions

– Note: please note that the below information may be subject to change. Participants will receive final details by email in the week before the race – 

*Provisional Information*

Your Race Entry Details

  • Accuracy: Please ensure to double-check the information at the bottom of the Active confirmation email for accuracy as these are the details which will determine your race class. Those who have failed to advise us of any changes will be eliminated from the prize categories.
  • Complete: If you have not yet completed your entry contact the office at your earliest convenience. Incomplete entries will not be allowed to race.
  • Changes: If you need to change anything to your entry, please let us know asap. The registration system does not allow participants to make changes themselves so all changes have to be emailed through to admin(@) Be particularly aware of any changes that might alter your racing class (e.g. age, crew gender, boat types). All boat types will be verified before launch and late changes to crews, craft etc. must be recorded before the race.


  • Ocean & City Courses: Registration will first open on the Friday before the race from 16:00 – 20:00 at the RCYC in Crosshaven. Because of the early start on Saturday, we encourage anyone who can register and collect their race pack on Friday, to do so. On Saturday morning we will open registration 9:00-11:00 at the RCYC. A mandatory Participant Safety Briefing will also be given at 10:45. Your race pack will contain: Course map & instructions, recovery information, orange flag, regulations and general information.
  • Monkstown Course: Participants starting from Monkstown have to register at the Monkstown slip, between 11:15-12:30, on the Saturday of the race. A mandatory Participant Safety Briefing will also be given there before the race. This means that it is not needed for Monkstown participants to travel to Crosshaven.

Please note that it is your responsibility to advise us of any changes in your entry. Those who have failed to advise us of any changes may be eliminated from the prize categories.

Boat & trailer parking: 

Before the race:

  • Crosshaven – at the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC): Open Friday until 20:00. Saturday open from 07:00
  • Monkstown: please note that this is a public slip without secured boat storage. We advise participants to not leave their boats unattended.
  • Cork city – exact location TBC: Open Friday 5 June, from 18:00 (TBC).

After the race: 

Either at your accommodation or at the dedicated parking area (TBC), Cork city, which opens:

  • Friday 5 June: from 18:00
  • Saturday 6 June: all day
  • Sunday 7 June: TBC morning and afternoon time.

Launch & Recovery

  • Launch RCYC: Crews are welcome to launch their boats at the big slip in front of the Dinghy Hut in the RCYC from Friday morning onwards. Note: There is no crane available at the start. The big slip facilitates enough space to launch from your trailer. Our Launch Coordinator will be present from 16:00-20:00 and on Saturday morning in case of any questions. For Monkstown, please note that this is a public slip without secured boat storage. We advise to arrive with your boat on the morning of the race and follow instructions from our Monkstown Coordinator.
  • Recovery: At the finish line our team of volunteers will be working hard to get every boat recovered as fast as possible. With over 200 boats to recover, we would ask for your patience. Our volunteers will endeavour to get your boats recovered as quickly as possible. Boats will be recovered by the Doyle’s Shipping crane. Kayaks will be recovered from the Port of Cork Marina and must be collected from North Custom House Quay (strictly pick up only). Please click here for recovery information.

How to best time your arrival

If you are arriving on the Friday, we would recommend to:

  1. Register at the RCYC in Crosshaven between 16:00-20:00
  2. Offload your trailer and launch your boat between 16:00-20:00 so that you can time it perfectly and…
  3. Park your trailer overnight at the Cork city centre trailer parking area (TBC) in Cork City
  4. . You can then avail of the Crew Bus on Saturday morning (details below).

Crew Buses

  • To Crosshaven: Special Crew Buses will be organised to run from Cork’s Albert Quay to the RCYC in Crosshaven on race day for those who have already left their boats at the start. This bus will leave 9:30 and arrive in time for the mandatory Safety Briefing.
  • To Monkstown: We will also organise a minibus to the Monkstown Start, leaving from Albert Quay in Cork (outside the Idle Hour Pub, departing at 11:15

Tickets cost €5 pp and need to be purchased through the Active registration system (available under additional purchases until Monday 1 June 2020).

Mandatory Safety Briefing

There will be a mandatory and detailed safety and course briefing before the race start. A member of every crew (captain or cox) must attend this Safety Briefing and a sign-in sheet will record signatures. Crews who have not attended the Safety Briefing will not be permitted to launch or race.

  • Crosshaven (RCYC Dingy Hut): 10:45
  • Monkstown (Sand Quay slip): 13:15

2020 Race Start

The provisional first start time from Crosshaven is 12:30. Boats will start to arrive at the finish line around 14:30. The race limit time is at 17:00.


Please assist us to ensure everyone’s safety by de-registering as soon as you have finished the race. De-registration is an important record for us that participants have finished and are safely ashore. The de-registration tent will be located near the top of the Port of Cork Pontoon. Paddlers are strictly required to return the special bibs as they are on loan from the ICU. Post-race showers are available for €5 pp at the Clayton Hotel.

Race Regulations

For full Race Regulations, please check here.

Prize Giving Ceremony

With over thirty different types of craft, there are many prize categories  in the Ocean to City. The Prize Giving Ceremony will take place after the race, at 20:00, at the Clayton Hotel on Lapp’s Quay.

Don’t forget…

  • Prepare for up to 4 hours on the water, with appropriate protection for the elements. Conditions can change on the open water, and protection from both cold, wind and sun is recommended: sunscreen, rain gear, layered clothing, hat/cap, shades, etc.
  • Bring at least 2 litres of drinking water per person as well as food
  • Boat safety requirements include: 20ft towline, two 2l bailers, a clearly displayed race number, mobile phone and an orange flag (in race pack). Spot checks will take place on the day.
  • All crew members must wear a suitable PFD at all times while afloat/near the water or the crew will be disqualified (PFD belt packs not permitted)
  • It is the responsibility of each competing crew to ensure that their craft is seaworthy for the area and the forecast conditions. All boats must present themselves for inspection on race day.
  • Retiral/rescue: participants must report to a Shore Safety Point if they retire; if rescued, participants will not be permitted to continue racing.
  • Rules of racing: participants must go through gates; gates are integral to the course and to safety; overtaking boats must keep clear of boats they are passing; boats being overtaken must hold their course; participants must not wash hang. Participants that do not pass through gates will be automatically disqualified.
  • Detailed rules and regulations can be found here.

Participant Events (Cancelled )

  • Meet the Crews! Friday 5 June, 19:00-21:00, Idle Hour Pub, Albert Quay, Cork: Gather with other crews and our host club Naomhóga Chorcaí to get the inside tips on the race, the courses and the harbour. A warm welcome to all our visiting participants!
  • Make it colourful: We’ve generally got over 200 boats taking part and encourage all participants to join the party! Hoist a flag in the stern of your boat, come along in fancy dress or paint your own crew battle-stripes on your face. The more colour the better!
  • Race Day Festivities – Saturday 6 June, from 13:30 onwards: Join the party in the harbour with street performances, balloon making, face painting, walkabout acts, food stalls, family cycles, music, craic and more! Details in will appear on
  • Prize Giving Ceremony: 20:00 at the Clayton Hotel, Lapp’s Quay, Cork.
  • After-Party at Idle Hour Pub, Albert Quay: Unwind after the tough race and celebrate your achievements with a jig, a reel, and a cold drink in hand. Hosted by Naomhóga Chorcaí.
  • Cork Harbour Festival: Ocean to City is the flagship event of the Cork Harbour Festival, taking place 5 – 14 June 2021 with over 70 different maritime events. Details on